PUBLICATION - Disproving Widespread Myths About Workplace Design
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1. About Using Office Design to Increase Productivity,
The first research to link office design to productivity and quality of
Volume I contains the research results of BOSTI Associates' rigorous 6-year
nationwide study of over 10,000 individuals across 100 companies, while
Volume II, based on Volume I's findings, presents research-based design
guidelines, prototypical office designs and offers many practical applications
for enhancing worker performance in any office. These books have won several
awards from Progressive Architecture magazine and from Industrial Design
magazine and Mike Brill, their principal author, was named author of the
year by IFMA (the International Facility Managers Association) for these
(and other) publications in 1985.
The books contain information which:
- Quantifies the effects of office design on productivity and quality
of working life, and shows how these effects are caused by specific
- Presents economic analyses of the dollar value of appropriate office
design for all job types … managers, professionals and clerical workers.
- Develops research-based design guidelines for three levels of design
concern: the workspaces for each of 11 functional job types; the multi-person
workgroup; and for large office areas.
- Tests the esthetic implications of the guidelines by having three
of America's best design firms develop prototype designs.
- Presents a more effective and more people-oriented design process
which emphasizes environmental evaluation, user orientation and training,
and user participation in the design decision process.
The two volumes are available
as a set from the Environmental
Design Research Association (EDRA), P.O. Box 7146, Edmond, OK 73083-7146,
Ph: (405) 330-4863, e-mail: email@example.com
and are currently priced at $30 USD (includes U.S. shipping). Accepted
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ahead for shipping charges to destinations other than U.S. Please allow
4 to 6 weeks for U.S. delivery.
Disproving Widespread Myths About Workplace Design
Associates has a 30-year history of continuous innovation in workplace
planning and design, and has pioneered in the application of innovative
workplace solutions and high-performance design to support the new forms
of work. Much of our work has been published in both the business and
design press, and BOSTI has received many awards for their leadership
and their contributions to understanding the relationship between workplace
design and business performance.
BOSTI's 1985 two-volume work Using Office Design To Increase Productivity,
based on rigorous, client-based research with 10,000 workers in 100 organizations
showed that workplace design affects productivity and job satisfaction.
Now, 15 years later, BOSTI has completed another important research
effort. Led by Michael Brill, President; Sue Weidemann, Director of Research;
and Vice Presidents John Olson and Ellen Keable, BOSTI has done empirical,
quantitative analyses of data from some 13,000 people in 40 business units
between 1994 and 2000, all gathered during BOSTI's research-based client
BOSTI was curious to see if there were strong commonalities in the findings
across industries and companies. There are, and more importantly, the
findings strongly call into question many of our most cherished assumptions
about design of today's and tomorrow's workplaces.
Key findings from this research are now available in a 63 page illustrated
booklet entitled Disproving Widespread Myths About Workplace Design,
published and distributed by Kimball International as a service to business
executives, facilities managers, human resource staff, designers, suppliers,
and other stakeholders involved in developing high-performance workplaces.
The new booklet focuses on the two most powerful design determinants of
productivity and satisfaction … the near-universal needs for distraction-free
work and for learning-laden informal interactions. It translates these
findings into new facility design concepts which have great capacity for
dramatic and positive effects on critical organizational outcomes - increased
performance, more satisfied employees, more productive teams, and enhanced
Disproving Widespread Myths About Workplace Design is available
by contacting Kent Reyling at Kimball International, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please include your name, title, company name, and full address for mailing.
The book is available at no charge to qualified individuals.
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