Make my day, punk. With Will Easton

Will Easton joins me for a chat over a drink on the Workplace Cocktail Hour podcast. We discuss many things including: the scope of facilities and workplace management and why it offers so many career opportunities for people; punk approaches to work; what presence means and why it can be found in mosh pits as well as when touching grass; the emerging role of UX in designing offices; and why you should take the claims of iconic office designs with a pinch of salt. We even come up with an edgy but surprising playlist in the course of the conversation, which you can find below.

Will Easton is a Workplace specialist focussed on user experience, change, transformation and innovation in the Workplace and FM industry, and was previously the UK Facilities Experience Manager for Virgin Media O2. With nearly 20 years experience in the industry, Will has worked across multiple industries and sectors, and has built up a strong reputation for being a disruptor for good. This portfolio of work has included Burberry, Mitie/Lloyds Banking Group, and NHS, as well working with a variety of SME businesses as an independent consultant. He is also an alumnus of Sheffield Hallam University, where he completed a BA (Hons) in Facilities Management. Now an independent consultant, you can get in touch with him here.

Links to the two articles we discuss can be found here:

Bruce Daisley on how culture can only be fixed with calendars, not offices

Matt Klein on presence in the mosh pit


About the Workplace Cocktail Hour

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.

If you’d like to take part in what we hope is an informed, intelligent and maybe challenging series, we’d love to hear from you.

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