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Picture1WE members can now download the latest WE research paper, “Applying What Scientist Know About Where and How People Work Best.” by Dr. Sally Augustin’s for only 24.95. This is a compendium of research focuses on how the workplace influences and impacts the employee experience and their performance.

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Sally Augustin, PhDDr. Sally Augustin, of Design with Science, is in the process of completing a paper which will be a compendium of significant references to several hundred key workplace research papers drawn from research abstracts from the Physical and Social Sciences. Each section of the document will begin with a brief introduction and conclude with a summary of the information presented.

Content will focus on employee experience and performance, including research related to:

  • Implications of sensory experiences (colors on surfaces, colored lights, scents, sound, temperature, etc.)
  • Worker experience and basic architectural forms (ceiling heights, windows, etc.)
  • Psychosocial factors affecting worker performance (privacy, territory, personal space, density, control, etc.)
  • Workplace design and worker behavior (communication, etc.)
  • Workplace design and physical and mental well-being  (sitting/standing/walking, stress, restoration, etc.)
  • Particular workplace configurations (open plan, teleworking, etc.)
  • National culture and workplace design

This paper was published by the IFMA Foundation with generous funding from the IFMA Corporate Facilities Council and sponsorship from Kimball Office.

Led by Dr. Andrew Laing who is serving as a research advisor, and working closely with Dr. Nancy Sanquist and Bryant Rice, the WE Research advisory team has been working to create a WE Research agenda and to explore opportunities for how WE Research can be funded within the IFMA community.

An initial research agenda was identified at World Workplace 2013 as a result of polling members on their priorities for topics which had emerged from the Workplace Strategy Summit in 2012. Individual researchers were encouraged to submit research ideas and proposals for review. Two research papers were commissioned:

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  • Rebecca Booth, of the Verve Partnership, wrote a paper “Promoting Sustainable Employee Engagement” which was published in the Facilities Management Journal May 20th, 2014. The paper explores organizational goals of effectiveness defined by sustainable employee engagement that leads to peak performance, resulting in maximum productivity. Consequently, understanding how the workplace environment can promote and support sustainable engagement is increasing in importance.
  • Dr. Sally Augustin, of Design with Science, is in the process of completing a paper which will be a compendium of significant references to several hundred key workplace research papers drawn from research abstracts from the Physical and Social Sciences. Each section of the document will begin with a brief introduction and conclude with a summary of the information presented.  Content will focus on employee experience and performance, including research related to:
    • Implications of sensory experiences (colors on surfaces, colored lights, scents, sound, temperature, etc.)
    • Worker experience and basic architectural forms (ceiling heights, windows, etc.)
    • Psychosocial factors affecting worker performance (privacy, territory, personal space, density, control, etc.)
    • Workplace design and worker behavior (communication, etc.)
    • Workplace design and physical and mental well-being  (sitting/standing/walking, stress, restoration, etc.)
    • Particular workplace configurations (open plan, teleworking, etc.)
    • National culture and workplace design

The goal is to create research which will further evolve the profession of workplace strategists, facility managers and real estate professionals worldwide.