What data should we collect? Part 1: Why bother?

It’s time for a confession: we are data scientists but very frustrated ones. Data can shine a light on so much, yet there seems to be much confusion and even anxiety about it. In the face of mounting options of easy and automated methods of workplace data collection, we often get asked what data a business…

Experimenting with workspace

What happens when 21 people volunteer to take part in a live workplace experiment? An experiment that tests what factors govern the choices people will make when asked to find a work setting for a collaborative team task? A couple of weeks ago we embarked on what was in itself an experimental formula: a kind…

Co-working and collaboration: the role of design

We spend a lot of time observing and thinking about office design and the effect it has on people’s behaviour, so what better working environment to study than the ever growing and fashionable phenomenon that is co-working space? Our interest was particularly piqued by a visit we made during last September’s Open House London weekend.…

Collaboration: Yes, but who with?

When was the last time you completed a piece of work where you needed no input at all from anyone else? That probably depends on the exact nature of your work and role, but for most of us in knowledge-intensive work, the answer is likely to be ‘a while ago’. Increasing demands on people to not just do…

Science in the workplace

A recent post on workplaceinsight, an online publication on the design and management of workplaces, which featured the new workplace design of management consultants BCG, got us thinking about the role of science in the workplace. The article was subtitled “Pushing the art and science of workplace design”. It featured attractive pictures of the new office,…