Open plan offices revisited: what is the effect on communication?

Anthony Haynes writes: Back in the early days of this blog (12 Dec 2013), we published a post reporting research on the effects of open plan offices. The research was sceptical about some of the supposed benefits of open plan, including the belief that open formats promote personal communication.  Now a new piece of research,… Read More

The effect of interruptions on productivity: the story that occupational psychology reveals

Anthony Haynes writes: It’s widely known that interruptions affect focus and so are apt to damage productivity. If, say, someone comes over to talk to you, the loss of productivity equates not only to the time taken by the conversation but also by the time taken afterwards to get your mind back in the zone.… Read More

Working in a room with a view: the FJWTS approach

Anthony Haynes writes: At the end of last month, we published a post based on a psychology paper (‘40-second green roof views sustain attention‘) by Kate E. Lee et al.  The upshot of the paper seems to be that workers in locations with attractive views seem to produce better work. Perhaps this helps to explain… Read More

The effect of your view on your work

Anthony Haynes writes: When I was planning a series of posts on home- and remote working, I wrote to FJ Wilson Talent Services’ employees and associates to discuss ideas with them. The kind of content I had in mind was tips on making productive time, organising work space, and so on. So I was rather… Read More