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Creating workplaces where people can think

Author: Phyl Smith; Lynn Kearny
Publisher: San Francisco, Calif. : Jossey-Bass, ©1994.
Series: Jossey-Bass management series.; From training to performance in the twenty-first century., Set 1,, Designing the work environment for optimum performance.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"While workplaces and work methods may change, people's mental and physical systems do not. Although the fields of performance technology and commercial interior design share the goal of improving performance, they seldom have joined forces to resolve performance problems in the workplace - the largest part of any work system that can support or interfere with performance. Creating Workplaces Where People Can Think  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Smith, Phyl.
Creating workplaces where people can think.
San Francisco, Calif. : Jossey-Bass, ©1994
(OCoLC)624899464
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Phyl Smith; Lynn Kearny
ISBN: 1555426174 9781555426170
OCLC Number: 29313837
Description: xxv, 208 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm.
Contents: Section one: How workspace design affects performance --
How does the work environment help or hinder mental work? --
Section two: Techniques for creating workspaces that support thinking --
Assessing work environments --
Group work areas: Improving focus, communication, and work flow --
Individual workspaces: Adjusting for personal workstyles and needs --
Implementing design solutions successfully --
Section three: Techniques in action --
Back from the verge of burnout: Case study of the people company --
Section four: Resources: A. Outline for educating people about workspace behaviors and needs --
B. Workspace features survey worksheet --
C. Individual interview worksheet --
D. Group interview data summary worksheet --
E. Individual data summary worksheet --
F. Cost estimate worksheet.
Series Title: Jossey-Bass management series.; From training to performance in the twenty-first century., Set 1,, Designing the work environment for optimum performance.
Responsibility: Phyl Smith, Lynn Kearny.
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"While workplaces and work methods may change, people's mental and physical systems do not. Although the fields of performance technology and commercial interior design share the goal of improving performance, they seldom have joined forces to resolve performance problems in the workplace - the largest part of any work system that can support or interfere with performance. Creating Workplaces Where People Can Think reveals how performance technologists, interior designers, human resource managers, and trainers can identify and eliminate environmental causes of low performance and improve productivity." "Drawing on research in environmental psychology, cognitive psychology, workplace design, and organizational behavior, authors Smith and Kearny show how the work environment directly influences thinking - the invisible yet first crucial step in performance. They reveal the unique and powerful impact that work-environment factors can have on employees' mental workloads, attention capacity, and stress tolerance. In addition, they offer detailed guidelines and methods for determining how design problems may interfere with performance." "Through real-life examples and a comprehensive case study, the authors explain how to implement, evaluate, and monitor a typical work environment-performance intervention. They also provide hands-on, reuseable worksheets, checklists, and survey and cost-estimate forms for reducing or eliminating performance-related problems due to inadequate workspace. Creating Workplaces Where People Can Think is a valuable tool for designing and tailoring workspaces to match group and individual needs with the work being done."--Jacket.

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