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5 Ways to Upgrade your Office using SCIENCE!

Every team needs a great office. A beautiful place to work together, learn together, and have fun together. We spend so much time in an office... Why not put a little effort in making it a quality environment? We investigated a few easy fixes anyone can implement right away. No budget, effort or big changes necessary.

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5 Ways to Upgrade your Office using SCIENCE!

  1. 1. from promoting collectivism to buying plants a floown.com production 5 quick fixes to scientifically upgrade your office 5 quick fixes to scientifically upgrade your office
  2. 2. • Every team needs a great office Wait what? SCIENCE!!!
  3. 3. • Every team needs a great office • How to create a great office? Wait what? SCIENCE!!!
  4. 4. • Every team needs a great office • How to create a great office? • Look for ideas in unusual places… Wait what? SCIENCE!!!
  5. 5. • Every team needs a great office • How to create a great office? • Look for ideas in unusual places… • The academic world for example. Wait what? SCIENCE!!!
  6. 6. • Every team needs a great office • How to create a great office? • Look for ideas in unusual places… • The academic world for example. • Intrigued? Let’s go then! Wait what? SCIENCE!!!
  7. 7. NUMBER ONE: promote collectivism
  8. 8. • We made print-outs of our most important values You did what?!
  9. 9. • We made print-outs of our most important values • As well as quotes that promote a shared culture You did what?!
  10. 10. • We made print-outs of our most important values • As well as quotes that promote a shared culture • We then taped them to our doors You did what?!
  11. 11. • We made print-outs of our most important values • As well as quotes that promote a shared culture • We then taped them to our doors • Why doors?
 As it happens, doors work like a casino slotmachine. You never know who’s gonna walk in, setting you up with a system of variable rewards. Humans love that! You did what?!
  12. 12. We found that cooperative subjects in collectivistic cultures were rated by coworkers as the most cooperative; they reported working with the greatest number of people, and they had the strongest preferences for evaluating work performance on the basis of contributions to teams rather than individual achievement.
 Chatman & Barsade (1995) a floown.com production
  13. 13. SCIENCE!!! • If there’s one thing we want our team to do, then it’s… What we were trying to achieve…
  14. 14. SCIENCE!!! • If there’s one thing we want our team to do, then it’s… • Work Together What we were trying to achieve…
  15. 15. SCIENCE!!! • If there’s one thing we want our team to do, then it’s… • Work Together • We want to promote a culture that values • Contribution • Cooperation What we were trying to achieve…
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  17. 17. NUMBER TWO: share goals
  18. 18. • TO THE WINDOWS!!!… but not to the walls what we did
  19. 19. • TO THE WINDOWS!!!… but not to the walls • We have goals as a company that exceed our individual efforts what we did
  20. 20. • TO THE WINDOWS!!!… but not to the walls • We have goals as a company that exceed our individual efforts • Those shared goals are written on our windows what we did
  21. 21. • TO THE WINDOWS!!!… but not to the walls • We have goals as a company that exceed our individual efforts • Those shared goals are written on our windows • Why the windows? • Aside from doors, our eyes usually drift to the windows when we have an idle moment. Great to improve our belief in our shared goals. what we did
  22. 22. [our research] suggest that the purported benefits of demographic diversity are more likely to emerge in organizations that, through their culture, make organizational membership salient and encourage people to categorize one another as having the organization’s interests in common, rather than those that emphasize individualism and distinctiveness among members.
 Chatman et al. a floown.com production
  23. 23. SCIENCE!!! • So yes, we need to work together Explain please…
  24. 24. SCIENCE!!! • So yes, we need to work together • But we’re all so different… Explain please…
  25. 25. SCIENCE!!! • So yes, we need to work together • But we’re all so different… • Different skills, demographics, interests… Explain please…
  26. 26. SCIENCE!!! • So yes, we need to work together • But we’re all so different… • Different skills, demographics, interests… • To ensure that we don’t work for 
 ourselves, but work for our team Explain please…
  27. 27. SCIENCE!!! • So yes, we need to work together • But we’re all so different… • Different skills, demographics, interests… • To ensure that we don’t work for 
 ourselves, but work for our team • We try focus all the eyeballs on 
 the goals that we SHARE Explain please…
  28. 28. NUMBER THREE: mixed seating
  29. 29. • We used to have islands what we did
  30. 30. • We used to have islands • Each department was its own island what we did
  31. 31. • We used to have islands • Each department was its own island • Now we have a huge continent with different nations and no borders what we did
  32. 32. • We used to have islands • Each department was its own island • Now we have a huge continent with different nations and no borders • Development and Marketing are sitting right next to each other what we did
  33. 33. • We used to have islands • Each department was its own island • Now we have a huge continent with different nations and no borders • Development and Marketing are sitting right next to each other • One table, one team what we did
  34. 34. Mutual understanding is key. Van Der Vegt & Bunderson's 2005 research suggests that teams with low collective identification have a detrimental effect to the appreciation of diverse expertise. So, if you were thinking that just by placing your rockstar developer next to your nifty content creator you'll get an interdisciplinary melting pot, you're wrong. If there's no collective identification chances are that they'll have no regard for each other's expertise at all… Ouch. a floown.com production
  35. 35. SCIENCE!!! • Some departments are natural enemies by default Let’s break it down
  36. 36. SCIENCE!!! • Some departments are natural enemies by default • Marketing likes to launch stuff fast, development likes to build things well Let’s break it down
  37. 37. SCIENCE!!! • Some departments are natural enemies by default • Marketing likes to launch stuff fast, development likes to build things well • Understanding each others unique skills, but more importantly, each others stakes makes
 for much better cooperation Let’s break it down
  38. 38. SCIENCE!!! • Some departments are natural enemies by default • Marketing likes to launch stuff fast, development likes to build things well • Understanding each others unique skills, but more importantly, each others stakes makes
 for much better cooperation • So we make them work together 
 and sit together Let’s break it down
  39. 39. NUMBER FOUR: library
  40. 40. • We built ourselves a library what we did
  41. 41. • We built ourselves a library • Every book, every team member read and LIKED, we now share in our office what we did
  42. 42. • We built ourselves a library • Every book, every team member read and LIKED, we now share in our office • What’s more? We include notes and highlights of the stuff we particularly liked in the books what we did
  43. 43. El Harbi, Anderson & Amamou found in 2011 that information and knowledge were key to the operational success of small Tunisian ICT firms. The successful ones developed very useful internal systems for sharing information, as well as efficient methods for tapping into existing external knowledge. a floown.com production
  44. 44. • Startups and small companies do not have the luxury of having in-house expertise for everything So… SCIENCE!!!
  45. 45. • Startups and small companies do not have the luxury of having in-house expertise for everything • We need to do a lot ourselves So… SCIENCE!!!
  46. 46. • Startups and small companies do not have the luxury of having in-house expertise for everything • We need to do a lot ourselves • That means we should be able to 
 learn fast and share well So… SCIENCE!!!
  47. 47. • Startups and small companies do not have the luxury of having in-house expertise for everything • We need to do a lot ourselves • That means we should be able to 
 learn fast and share well • The fact that the books have all 
 been read by at least one person, 
 opens up room for discussions So… SCIENCE!!!
  48. 48. NUMBER FIVE: plants
  49. 49. • We didn’t plant a forest in our office what we did
  50. 50. • We didn’t plant a forest in our office • Nor outside of our office what we did
  51. 51. • We didn’t plant a forest in our office • Nor outside of our office • But we did buy a few plants and trees to make our office space come alive what we did
  52. 52. Complaints regarding cough and fatigue were reduced by 37 and 30%, respectively, if the offices contained plants. The self-reported level of dry/hoarse throat and dry/ itching facial skin each decreased approximately 23% when plants were present. Overall, a significant reduction was obtained in neuropsychological symptoms and mucous membrane symptoms. a floown.com production
  53. 53. • Aside from plants making every space look much better Ahh… SCIENCE!!!
  54. 54. • Aside from plants making every space look much better • There are actual health benefits! AMAZING! Ahh… SCIENCE!!!
  55. 55. • Aside from plants making every space look much better • There are actual health benefits! AMAZING! • But don’t forget to water them
 every now and then! Ahh… SCIENCE!!!
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  57. 57. • Promote a culture of collectivism a floown.com production
  58. 58. • Promote a culture of collectivism • Focus on shared goals a floown.com production
  59. 59. • Promote a culture of collectivism • Focus on shared goals • Sit everyone at the same table a floown.com production
  60. 60. • Promote a culture of collectivism • Focus on shared goals • Sit everyone at the same table • Build a library together a floown.com production
  61. 61. • Promote a culture of collectivism • Focus on shared goals • Sit everyone at the same table • Build a library together • Get some plants a floown.com production

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