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Coffivity – ambient sounds to block out noisy open office distractions

I am incredibly fortunate to work in an amazingly well planned and thought out open office and hot desk environment. But even with full focus zones it can be difficult at times to concentrate because of distracting background conversations. If this happens to you and you are like me and unable to work along to music (I […]

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Want More Productive Workers? Adjust Your Thermostat via Fast Company

Cornell University researchers conducted a study that involved tinkering with the thermostat of an insurance office. When temperatures were low (68 degrees, to be precise), employees committed 44% more errors and were less than half as productive as when temperatures were warm (a cozy 77 degrees). Cold employees weren’t just uncomfortable, they were distracted. The […]

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Catalyst: Sitting is Deadly – ABC TV Science

I’ve posted a few stories on the stand up desk trend. Here’s the science story about the health problems caused by constant sitting from ABC’s Catalyst: http://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/stories/3568627.htm You will also get a sneak peak into the open office/hot desking environment of the CBA designed to foster collaboration and innovation.

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Standing while you work? It’s called “activity based working” and it’s happening right now at Australian Banks

My previous post included an image of a standing desk at Faceboook HQ, and a while ago I posted a story about a seemingly wacky treadmill desk. What I thought was a fringe trend of tech firms has hit the mainstream at Sydney’s Commonwealth Bank headquarters as well as Macquarie Group, GPT Group and Jones […]

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Inside Facebook’s new Californian headquarters

via smh.com.au Looks like the treadmill desk has made it into the offices of Facebook HQ. I also noticed that the space has realized the central mechanism of facebook — the wall — in a physical form, with blackboards, whiteboards, and marked walls everywhere. View the whole gallery over at SMH: http://www.smh.com.au/photogallery/technology/technology-news/inside-facebook…

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Architecture for productivity

The other day I pointed to an article on colleagues influence on absenteeism. While sorting through some old clippings I came across another article on the subject from 2008 (there was a reason for me to have kept it all this time). This time, it was about architecture and building design that contributes to a […]