January 19, 2024
It’s bitterly cold outside but over a glass of hazy IPA, Nigel Oseland and Mark Eltringham warm to a conversation about fish guts, the sounds that make us cringe, what comfort means to different people and what it would really take to get them to spend more time in the office. And it’s not free fruit, corporate sanctioned togetherness or quirky office features. Nigel also explains why firms might be getting it wrong when it comes to managing which people use which spaces in agile environments. We also discuss how people overestimate their own productivity and underestimate that of their colleagues and what that means for the way we organise.
Nigel is an Environmental Psychologist, Workplace Consultant, Change Manager, Researcher, Author and International Speaker. He curates the Workplace Trends conference with his wife Maggie. He is also the author of two books. The Human Zoo views people and their behaviour in the workplace through an anthropological lens. His most recent book has the much drier title of A Practical Guide to Post Occupancy Evaluation and Researching Building User Experience.
The Workplace Cocktail Hour is brought to you in partnership with The Workplace Event. Each episode looks at the major workplace related news stories from the last week or so. There’ll be no editing, the episode is recorded in real time at the end of the day, so we’ll be talking straight and reacting to current news and events. Each week’s guest is invited to nominate a topic for discussion and a drink for us to share. Doesn’t have to be alcoholic but the intention is to talk like normal, informed humans over a shared drink. At some point, we’ll be doing it in person.
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