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The Adaptive Workplace

The Adaptive Working Environment needs to provoke concentration in the workforce. We call this Lifestyle at Work because the same approach to the working environment should be adopted as the approach to lifestyle at home. At home, where we are in control of the house, furnishing, layout and everything else, we are able to install the things we need to meet our personal lifestyle aspirations. The same principle should apply at work, with the main difference being the focus on achievement of peak performance through the ability to concentrate on work.

Workforce Health

This is about the physical health of the workforce. The aim is for staff to feel physically well, and for the workplace to contribute to helping staff remain healthy.The focus here is on the opportunity for staff to take exercise during the day. Staff should be encouraged to walk everywhere, climb stairs, and to have breaks from their desks every hour.

Nutrition

This is about ensuring the workforce has access to the nutrition needed to maintain energy and concentration during the working day/night. It is about keeping the heart healthy, weight management, boosting energy levels, boosting the immune system, and ensuring adequate sleep.

Workplace environment

This is about the physical environment in which staff are expected to work. The focus is on providing an environment that provokes concentration; items as lighting, ventilation, space, and suppressing noise are included here. In addition, car parking, where required, should be sufficient for the number of cars to prevent staff concentration being diverted by the need to spend time hunting for spaces where the total number are inadequate for the workforce. Hot desking, for some groups, may aid concentration whilst for others may divert attention away from peak performance.

Workforce IT and technology

This is about ensuring that information technology and other forms of technology are available to facilitate concentration. IT systems and services, where available and relevant, should be constantly available and that any breakdown is fixed immediately. A similar approach is required for other forms of technology that may be relevant.

Workplace ergonomics

This is about ensuring that the buildings, offices, equipment and facilities are designed to aid concentration and the completion of tasks. Open plan offices, for example, may not be the best approach to performance and may cause under performance for some groups of staff, unless the design has the purpose of aiding performance by facilitating concentration.

Workplace management

This is about the management practices that should aid concentration. For example, manager meetings should be designed in a way that tickets can be sold to attend and people ‘fight’ for a ticket. The agenda for meetings should all be posed as questions to be answered, and only those who can answer the questions should attend.

Key elements of the Adaptive Working Environment

The Adaptive Working Environment

The Adaptive Working Environment Key Points

Workforce Health This is about the physical health of the workforce.

Workplace environmentThis is about the physical environment in which staff are expected to work.

Workforce IT and technology This is about ensuring that information technology and other forms of technology are available to facilitate concentration.

Workplace ergonomics This is about ensuring that the buildings, offices, equipment and facilities are designed to aid concentration and the completion of tasks.

Workplace management This is about the management practices that should aid concentration.