Nudge Theory and the Workplace

In 2008 Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein published their book, Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness.  'Nudge' is a concept in behavioural science, political theory and behavioural economics which proposes positive reinforcement and indirect suggestions as ways to influence the behaviour and decision making of groups or individuals. Nudging contrasts with other ways to … Continue reading Nudge Theory and the Workplace

What’s Your Perfect Office?

The debate on open plan versus enclosed offices rages on, but it’s not binary, it’s not black or white, it’s not a dichotomy. Plus office occupants appear to have different preferences from the wide range of workplace design solutions that are available. We need to understand what drives these individual preferences. Is it factors like … Continue reading What’s Your Perfect Office?

Office Culture & Creating Workplaces for Wellbeing

Catherine Gall of Steelcase, speaking at our 2012 Workplace Trends Conference, on Office Culture and Wellbeing. It's interesting to look back on this six years later. Workplace has definitely moved on, but there's still much to do. Understanding local culture is vital to using space as a key strategic tool for global organizations. Whether you … Continue reading Office Culture & Creating Workplaces for Wellbeing

Activity Based Working in the Netherlands

Louis Lhoest of Veldhoen + Co, speaking at our 2012 Workplace Trends Conference, on the concept of ABW, just as relevant today as it was then. According to Wikipedia, the term "activity based working" was first coined in the book the Art of Working by Erik Veldhoen, Dutch consultant and author of the book The Demise of the … Continue reading Activity Based Working in the Netherlands

How (and why) happiness works as a business model

We aim to highlight new thinking at Workplace Trends events. Happiness and wellness are today's buzzwords, but even way back in 2012 we were honoured to have Nic Marks, whose happiness and wellbeing research methodology is world-renowned, give the keynote at our Workplace Trends autumn conference. Sometimes people think that happiness is somewhat frivolous in … Continue reading How (and why) happiness works as a business model