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Research Says Companies That Do This 1 Thing Increase Worker Productivity by 25 Percent

Research Says Companies That Do This 1 Thing Increase Worker Productivity by 25 Percent | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it

When we think productivity, we rarely think of workplace design as a major contributor or detractor, but compelling ongoing research shows that it plays a much larger role than initially thought. According to research published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, an empowered office environment can increase worker productivity on cognitive tasks by 25%, and possibly more.

 

Workspace design today is undergoing a major creative shift. We've gone from cubicles (people are productive in isolation) to open-plan spaces (collaboration leads to success) to what I believe is the next major step - integrated multi-function design which recognizes that people need multiple spaces based on their ongoing and changing needs within a business day.

 

Instead of looking out across rows of cubicles, today's office worker needs a mix of team meeting rooms, open lounge-like areas, and private workspaces.


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A well-designed workspace can impact productivity. This is true about the colour scheme, comfort level and a relaxed ambience. 
 
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The Learning Factor's curator insight, October 22, 2017 6:38 PM

The surprising way companies can boost employee productivity today.

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You're Probably Not Brainstorming Long Enough

You're Probably Not Brainstorming Long Enough | Writing about Life in the digital age | Scoop.it
There are lots of problems with brainstorms, but the main one is they don’t go on for long enough. They usually stop when people have run out of ideas and you get those embarrassing silences. But those embarrassing silences are when your unconscious starts engaging on the problem and is a vital part to coming up with great ideas.

The way brainstorms are practiced in most companies today is still almost exactly the same way that was recommended by their inventor, advertising executive Alex Osborn, over 60 years ago. Business and our understanding of how the brain works have both moved on so much in that time, and yet we’re still hanging onto this old technique for so many of our idea-gathering sessions.

 

Here’s how to rethink your brainstorm so it goes for longer than you're used to, but proves much more productive once it’s over.


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One of the favourite tools of Pedagogy is Brainstorming. Brainstorming can be a very effective tool for understanding abstruse concepts and when conducted with tact and prior planning it can lead to the desired learning outcomes. A teacher's supervision will also ensure the efficacy of a Brainstorming session. In many cases, the danger of a brainstorming session could be digression, fisticuffs between over enthusiastic participants, and of course the hijacking of the whole session by motormouths. It would be pertinent for the pedagogist to keep in reserve extra questions and pointers to use during times when the session on the verge of digressing from the expected path!
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The Learning Factor's curator insight, September 25, 2016 6:49 PM

That point where everyone runs out of ideas and gets stuck is when the really creative ideas start to happen, says one expert.

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Four Ways To Improve Creative Collaboration Within Teams

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Innovation is a team sport. Although creativity is a characteristic that is often used to describe individuals, the idea of the lone genius is a myth. Even famous inventors such as Thomas Edison where in reality representing the ‘work of many men’. Francis Jehl, a longtime assistant of Thomas Edison , used this phrase to describe the group of engineers who worked with Edison at his Menlo Park lab.

 

On the journey from ideation to a successful product launch, innovation necessitates the interaction of multiple actors, across many departments, with different expertise and knowledge. In writing about the illustrious history of Bell Labs, James Gertner notes that, ‘…almost by definition, a single person or even a single group, could not alone create an innovation. The task [is] too variegated and involved’.

 

Multidisciplinary collaboration is the stew in which creativity and innovation thrive. Such collaboration creates insights by exposing people to ideas from other disciplines besides their own area of specialization. This creates tremendous opportunities for serendipity. However, even in cross-functional teams, work is ultimately performed by individuals. Each person has to play their part. So how can we get the combined outputs of our teams to be more creative?


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We do this in some of the upcoming experiential schools in India. An important step to promote collaborative work is to make crews or group of people who can sit in teams. Collaborative work improves the creativity of the intire team, and not just the individual. The success of a collaborative team will depend on how responsibilities are shared amongst the members. One major problem with collaborative work is that if work and responsibilities are not well-defined and shared, then the team's output ends up as the work of the single most motivated and creative member. Creative collaboration within teams might not work for all kinds of tasks.
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Bryan Worn's curator insight, September 26, 2016 6:57 PM

I like the Reflective Reframing idea.