The Productive Workplace: Happiness and Productivity

Thursday 20 July 2017

09:00 - 10:30

FREE

Herman Miller Showroom, 61 Aldwych, London WC2B 4AE, UK

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Overview

Happiness means different things for different people.

At its heart it means feeling content, having a sense of purpose, direction and a meaning in your life – and your work. We all need a sense of positivity to lift us and make us feel better. It is common sense, but too often is not applied at work. People management and leadership have a part to play, so does the job itself – but what about the actual place where you do your work? We spend up to eight hours at work – so don’t we deserve to be happy when we are there for so long? After all, aren’t people more productive when they are happy?

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Why should you attend?

Do you like your workplace? How does it make you feel? Is it somewhere that helps you do your job better? What do your colleagues think of it?

Office designers have been asking these questions and backed by academic research from behavioural psychologists and evidence from corporations from Google to Jive Software we know that happiness fuels success. What’s more good office design creates an environment that engages employees, fosters a sense of creativity, motivation and, crucially, points to evidence of more productivity.

This seminar will help you to better understand what makes your staff happy and motivated, and the effect that the design of your office will have on their productivity and creativity. This is an unmissable event if you are planning an office relocation, refurbishment or want to become the employer of choice.

Speakers

Berkie van Wyk, Insight Manager at Herman Miller

The Science behind making Employees Happy in the Workplace

Bertie will explain that workplaces where employees have more freedom and ownership over where they work are more productive because the people using them are happier. We know office design affects behaviour. But to what extent? Does office design actually affect brain activity, as well as behaviour? This session explores findings from new research with the Centre for Neuroeconomic Studies.

Chris Jenkins, Workplace Director at Office Principles

Creating and Implementing a Productive Workplace for Happy Employees

Chris is a Workplace Director at Office Principles and will go into more detail about the psychology of the workplace, pointing to how data from employee surveys allows designers to shape a more effective work space to bring the best out of you and your people. Chris will guide you through the management speak of workplace. He will explain what agile working means and why if you apply the concept properly you will have happier people, see reduced levels of absenteeism, lower operational costs, more efficient use of your entire property estate and, crucially, increased productivity.

Five things you will learn from attending this seminar:

  1. A better understanding of your workplace and how it affects employees
  2. What makes people happy and how this affects productivity
  3. The links between office design and productivity
  4. The benefits of implementing a high performance office design
  5. Real life experiences from other highly productive companies

About the venue

The seminar will be held in the Herman Miller showroom, and this is a great opportunity to take a look at some of the latest trends in office furniture. Office furniture needs to be flexible and it needs to suit the ever-changing working patterns in today’s world. Office furniture can have a major impact on the happiness of your staff. You will be greeted at the door with a fresh coffee or tea and you can enjoy a quick breakfast before the seminar starts.