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  • How to map Workplace Performance Measures to Strategy – Step 2.

    How to Identify Positive Workplace Performances That Will Impact Strategy In the last Blog we described the need to weed out Weasel words in strategy statements. In this Blog we focus upon the need to identify the most significant performances that we can deliver that have positive causative impacts upon those strategic goals. In doing

    How to Map Workplace Performance Measures to Strategy – Step 1.

    Workplace Performance Measures and Strategy In an earlier Blog we discussed the need to establish workplace performance measures that mapped upon the strategic outcomes that the client business sought. To do this, it is obvious that we must understand what the strategies mean in really simple terms. It is unfortunate that strategic statements rarely are

    3 Tips For Flexible Working

    Advanced Workplace Associates (AWA) are proud advocates for agile working and activity based working (ABW). As we’ve highlighted in other articles (see below), alternate ways of working like agile working commonly adopt flexible working practices that help enable teams to work anywhere and at any time. This working style is increasingly being utilised in workplaces

    Winter and Workplace Performance

    It’s come to that time of year where the northern hemisphere starts to freeze over. That’s right, winter is upon us and our friends in the United Kingdom and the United States are well aware of what that means. It’s time to bring out the extra layers of clothing, time to start turning on the

    Big Data in Facilities Management

    Exploring Facilities Management Buzzwords If we are to believe the Facilities Management (FM) media, the Internet of Things and Big Data are about to transform the workplace strategy industry. Technology developments and their potential for radical change often provides an exciting subject for articles, conferences and webinars. Closer inspection and looking to the evidence of

    What is Activity Based Working?

    Activity Based Working Definition Let’s start off by first stating that “Activity based working” and “Agile’ working methods are terms that tend to be used interchangeably in the world of workplace strategy. Both workplace options describe different ways of working that enable people to choose where, when and how they work, according to the needs

    What is a Workplace Consultant?

    The professional services industry has grown and diversified as knowledge workers continue to advance and learn. The business management and consulting industry itself has developed into a large spectrum of specialty fields (such as change management, data migration, marketing consulting and more) that work to improve the knowledge economy across organisations. Workplace management is a

    67% of Full Time Employees Wish to Utilise Flexible Working!

    In this modern time of 2017, workplace management continues to advance and develop as time progresses. Here at Advanced Workplace Associates (AWA), we have been advocates for workplace research, specifically in regard to how different workplace management styles and workplace designs impact employee culture, workplace productivity and cognitive performance. Agile working is an approach that

    What Workplace Data you Need for your Workplace Strategy

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    What is a Workplace Strategy? Workplace strategy is about pulling all the big data and workplace analytics, then outputting the information into a strategic approach that best suits your workforce and office environment. Advanced Workplace Associates (AWA) have found that the key to effective workplace management is gathering the right data and interpreting it the

    World Mental Health Day – 5 Tips to manage the Winter Blues…

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    In recognition of World Mental Health Day – 10th of October 2017, one of our associates has shared her personal take on mental health and cognitive performance. I am a long-time sufferer of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Diagnosed in my twenties after moving 900km north from the ever-sunny South of France where I grew up,

    A Workspace Strategy That Will Halve your Office Space!

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    Why Workspace Strategy is Important Advanced Workplace Associates (AWA) have created a tool that reveals the utilisation patterns of your workplace. By this, we mean how employees use certain areas and features of your physical workplace. The tool acts as a resource of guidance when organisations need to make workspace strategy decisions regarding moving properties,

    Relocating Office and Enhancing Employee Performance

    What Approach Should You Take When Moving Office? Initially, relocating your office is regarded as one of those things that is unavoidable and necessary at the end of your long-term lease.  What business don’t realise, is that planning an office move is an opportunity in itself. Moving office is a chance to step back and

    Do You Actually Need to Move Office?

    What you should Consider Before you Relocate Office Headquarters There are some cases in which finding a new property seems to be the only choice. For example, your employees are currently on top of each other in the office due to poor space planning. Or it may be that your office lease is expiring and

    3 Tips You Need to Know When Moving to a New Office

    There comes a time when your organisation may need to pick up and move operations to a new workplace in a new location. It may be because your lease is expiring and you need to seek a new cost effective solution. Perhaps your real estate expenses are sucking you dry? Or maybe your office design

    Employees of the Future and Workplace Productivity

    Maintaining Workplace Productivity for the Millennial Employee The 21st century has brought about revolutionary and innovative workplaces. Some in which foster and improve workplace productivity and some that don’t. When looking towards the next generation of the workforce, it is evident to conclude the workplace we had 5-10 years ago is beyond obsolete. This futuristic

    Risk Management – Transitioning to Agile Workplace

    In this series of blogs on Agile Working we have discussed the difficulty of getting people to buy in to a different way of working; the potential dilemma of rapid change and consequential loss of control & the apparent comfort of remaining as we are when we cannot see how the future will pan out.

    The Difference between Agile Working and Flexible Working

    For years the two terms have been used in a rather arbitrary way. This had led to confusion and not benefited the management of modern workplaces. The dictionary meaning of flexible is adaptable, variable, or easily persuadable, tractable. Not the same as agile which evokes speed – rapid adaptability. Graham Jervis, Director at AWA, examines

    Cognitive Fitness Chapter 15 – What’s on your Mind?

    Our latest research has looked at factors that impact our cognitive performance – so both individuals and organisations can understand and adopt best practices – getting everyone’s brain in peak condition! Our last blog explored how scent and smell can affect your mental performance. This blog looks at the impact of cognitive memory training and

    Cognitive Fitness Chapter 14 – Scent – What’s that Smell?

    Our latest research looks at the factors that most impact our cognitive performance – so individuals and organisations can understand and adopt best practices to get everyone’s brain in peak condition. Recent blogs have considered environmental factors as we build up a picture of what goes on in the office that stimulates your cognition. This

    Cognitive Fitness Chapter 13 – Cognitive Stimulation – Use it or lose it!

    Our latest research looks at the factors that most impact our cognitive performance – so individuals and organisations can understand and adopt best practices to get everyone’s brain in peak condition. Recent blogs have considered environmental factors as we build up a picture of what goes on in the office. Our previous blog discussed how

    Cognitive Fitness Chapter 12 – Workplace Lighting – Is it dim in here?

    Our latest research looks at the factors that most impact our cognitive performance – so individuals and organisations can understand and adopt best practices to get everyone’s brain in peak condition. Recent blogs have considered environmental factors as we build up a picture of what goes on in the office. Our previous blog explored what

    Cognitive Fitness Chapter 11 – Is multi tasking a myth?

    Our latest research looks at the factors that most impact our cognitive performance – so individuals and organisations can understand and adopt best practices to get everyone’s brain in peak condition. Recent blogs have been considering environmental factors such as noise and temperature. This time we consider the effect of task interruptions…  Workplace Distractions and

    Cognitive Fitness Chapter 10 – Can you concentrate when it’s hot?

    Our latest research looks at the factors that most impact our cognitive performance – so individuals and organisations can understand and adopt best practices to get everyone’s brain in peak condition. The last blogs started to look at environmental factors when we looked at noise. This time we consider the effect of temperature… Workplace Temperature

    Personal reflections on IFMA’s World Workplace: San Diego, October 5th-7th 2016

    A Workplace Evolutionary By Chris Hood   The very fact that the globe’s largest facility management association is describing its largest annual gathering as World Workplace acknowledges the fact that this profession is spinning away from the purely tactical to a more strategic and important role in supporting the mission and value of the workforce.

    Cognitive Fitness Chapter 9 – Workplace Noise – Can You Hear Yourself Think?

    Our latest research looks at the factors that most impact our cognitive performance – so individuals and organisations can understand and adopt best practices to get everyone’s brain in peak condition. The last 6 blogs have considered “personal” aspects such as sleep and hydration. Now we are turning our attention to environmental factors – starting

    Cognitive Fitness Chapter 8 – Glucose – Your brain needs sugar… really?

    Our latest research looks at the factors that most impact our cognitive performance – so individuals and organisations can understand and adopt best practices to get everyone’s brain in peak condition. Last time we looked at the impact that caffeine has on the brain. This time we are looking at the effects of glucose on

    Cognitive Fitness Chapter 7 – Caffeine – Had any psychoactive drugs today?

    Our latest research looks at the factors that most impact our cognitive performance – so individuals and organisations can understand and adopt best practices to get everyone’s brain in peak condition. Last time we looked at the importance of exercise and having an active lifestyle. This time we are looking at the effects of caffeine

    Cognitive Fitness Chapter 6 – Exercise and Physical Activity – Don’t be a couch potato!

    Our latest research looks at the factors that most impact our cognitive performance – so individuals and organisations can understand and adopt best practices to get everyone’s brain in peak condition. Last time we looked at the importance of getting enough quality sleep… this time we are concentrating on exercise and the benefits of an

    Cognitive Fitness Chapter 5 – How did you sleep last night?

    Our latest research looks at the factors that most impact our cognitive performance – so individuals and organisations can understand and adopt best practices to get their employees human brain in peak condition. Last time we looked at the importance of making sure you are hydrated… this time we look at sleep and you’ll see

    The 6 Factors of Knowledge Worker Productivity: Chapter 9 – Factor 6 – Trust

    Here’s the 6th and final factor: Trust.  I hope by now you are beginning to get an overall view of how all these factors link. Knowledge Worker Productivity is simple with the right ingredients and methods. I’ll be talking more about that in the next article.     Trust in the Workplace ‘Trust: The firm

    The 6 Factors of Knowledge Worker Productivity: Chapter 6 – Factor 3 – Information Sharing and Transactive Memory System

    We’re on to the 3rd factor that our research team identified as being associated with Knowledge Worker Productivity performance through their review of over 800 papers. Most of the research related to the productivity of Knowledge Worker teams, but many of the findings can be translated to apply to organisations, divisions or units. Here’s the

    The 6 Factors of Knowledge Worker Productivity: Chapter 5 – Factor 2 – Perceived Supervisory Support

    From their review of over 800 papers our researchers identified 6 factors that are associated with Knowledge Worker Productivity. Most of the research related to the productivity of Knowledge Worker teams, but many of the findings can be translated to apply to organisations, divisions or units. Here’s the second factor: Perceived Supervisory Support.    

    The 6 Factors of Knowledge Worker Productivity: Chapter 3 – Measuring Knowledge Worker Productivity…it’s not what it seems

    Many researchers around the world have been in search of a ‘Holy Grail’ measurement of Knowledge Worker Productivity for many years. Whilst the measurement of work in manufacturing and service organisations is relatively straightforward using measures of output per unit of resource like ‘calls per agent per hour’ or ‘units per week’ or ‘cost per unit’, these are increasingly in appropriate for Knowledge based businesses and in fact have a potential to destroy corporate value.

    The 6 Factors of Knowledge Worker Productivity: Chapter 2 – When is a worker a Knowledge Worker?

    Knowledge Work and Knowledge Workers As we continue into Knowledge Worker Productivity, it is appropriate to define what a knowledge worker is. The term ‘Knowledge work’ was originally coined by the great Peter Drucker in 1956. Even back then he saw the emergence of new forms of organisation that relied on the creativity, ingenuity and

    The 6 Factors of Knowledge Worker Productivity: Chapter 1 – Beyond Agile Working

    Whilst the world has focused heavily on the asset productivity of offices over the last 30 years, reducing the cost of offices per head, often using agile working as a tool for achieving this, it’s becoming clear that the mobility afforded by the latest technology products can be used to aid Knowledge Worker Productivity.

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