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How we work: Understanding the workplace CPD
Wed 19 October 2016, 11:30 – 14:30 BST
You are invited to join us for a RIBA CPD core curriculum presentation
HOW WE WORK
"In years gone by, a ‘one size fits all’ approach to office design might have been the norm, but as the decades have progressed, so too have the options available to businesses designing ‘homes from home’ for their office based workforces.
As new interpretations of the office environment proliferated, so the open plan model came to be. This brought greater variety than ever before but, still, a one size fits all mentality prevailed – every worker was expected to work in certain ways, utilising the equipment and furniture supplied and designed for them.
From inception through to occupancy, the average new office involves a six year period of design and construction involving varying teams of people discussing the best and most attractive solution for the actual end user.
This can involve everyone from architect, building contractor, interior designer, fit out contractor, developer and furniture manufacturer – all deciding what the end user needs. But while the design process relies on its different schools of expertise, it does not always receive the direct contribution of its most important influencer: the end user.
Given that every office is filled with individuals that have their own preferences and unique approach to the working day, we decided to commission a comprehensive survey of the UK’s office population that would evaluate the current approach to office design. The aim was to establish how we work, relating to tasks we undertake every day and how we differ individually.
The answers proved illuminating, and while some popular perceptions were cemented by the findings, The Senator Group also found that some were challenged by the new influences shaping the modern workplace.
To ensure a fair and robust representation of the UK’s offices, The Senator Group surveyed 2,000 UK employees, taking into account their gender, age, sector, size of employer and location. Using a consumer agency to do so, The Senator Group put themselves in the hands of the UK workforce. More importantly, they capped respondent numbers based on the proportionate UK figures from the Office for National Statistics.
The Senator group also created a questionnaire that was based around a conversation, rather than an instruction, where respondents indicated how they would ideally like to complete a given task – not how they currently do it. Using graphics to represent the various options, they were then asked to select their preferred seating position, height of working and office environment when carrying out various tasks, also taking into account the different technologies available.
Let’s dispel some common preconceptions.
Their results proved that, despite suggestions to the contrary, gender, location and the differing private and public sectors have very little impact on the preference of how people want to work."
Wednesday 19th October 2016
11:30-12:30 | CPD core curriculum presentation
12:30-1:30 | Lunch
1:30 onwards | Networking
68 Middle Street
In addition to gaining insight into the future of the workspace, you will also have a chance to check out some of the latest innovations in office furniture and network with other likeminded professionals in the architecture, design and construction industry over a drink or two.
Lunch will be provided, If you have any dietary requirements, please email them to email@example.com
This RIBA CPD presentation is delivered by Senator Seating and is classed as fitting the following RIBA's core curriculum subject: Designing and building it:design, construction, W technology and engineering.