Podcast 159 - Hot desks: Do not touch

The modern office, based largely on a ‘factory’ model, is constantly being re-organised in a bid to optimise output. But how far have cubicles, hot desks and pods been effective? What principles should guide these design choices?

Written by Ross Garner
Published 20 August 2019
Podcast 159 - Hot desks: Do not touch

On this week’s #TheGPPodcast, Ross GarnerRoss Dickie and Owen Ferguson are joined by author and workplace designer Neil Usher.

In this episode you’ll find out about

  • Factors to consider when designing an effective office space
  • The relationship between spaces and the meanings we attach to them
  • The pros and cons of working from home.

Show notes

Neil’s book, The Elemental Workplace, is available from Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Elemental-Workplace-fantastic-workplace-everyone/dp/1911498649

He blogs at workessence.com

The study Ross Garner discussed, on the effect that working from home had on a Chinese travel company, was: Bloom, N., Liang, J., Roberts, J., & Ying, Z. J. (2014). Does working from home work? Evidence from a Chinese experimentThe Quarterly Journal of Economics130(1), 165-218.

Owen’s WILTW on the 3-click rule was from The Nielson Norman Group: https://www.nngroup.com/articles/3-click-rule/

The podcast episode Neil talked about was ‘157 — Why should we care about behaviour change?’ with Julie Dirksen.

For more on ‘libertarian paternalism’, see the book Nudge by Thaler and Sunstein, or the paper:

Thaler, R. H., & Sunstein, C. R. (2003). Libertarian paternalismAmerican economic review93(2), 175-179.

The podcast episode that Ross Dickie recommended was from Reply Allhttps://gimletmedia.com/shows/reply-all/xjhx3l/146-summer-hotline

The film that Ross Garner discussed was Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood. If you want to know some background before you go in, see the Tate Murders Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tate_murders

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About the author

Ross Garner

Ross Garner

Instructional Design Manager
Ross has been working in L&D for seven years and he heads up the instructional design team at Emerald Works. In 2019 he completed a Masters in Digital Education and was named Learning Technologies’ Learning Designer of the Year. He is also one of the hosts of the GoodPractice Podcast.

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