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How and why physical workplaces change the way we work

How and why physical workplaces change the way we work

“Companies have to really think about their people and what keeps them in the job.”

– Christine Kohlert, RBSGROUP

Kicking off the New Year, the first Digital Workplace Impact podcast of 2018, hosted by Paul Miller, investigates wellbeing (a very topical subject for January!) with Sally Augustin and Christine Kohlert. Wellbeing in the workplace has benefited from a sea-change in recent years, with organizations taking it more seriously and working harder to retain employees. What’s more, today there is more data to support the theories of how “caring” for your employees can bring benefits to the whole organization.

Recorded live at the Workplace Trends conference, in London, the trio discuss the impact of wellbeing on employee output; how digital workplaces can have an adverse effect on our wellbeing; blending and balancing company and local cultures; and relaxing (and in some cases, napping) at work!

Show notes, links and resources for this episode:
Design with Science
Space for Creative Thinking: Design Principles for Work and Learning Environments, by Christine Kohlert and Scott Cooper
Dar Es Salaam: Urbane Restrukturierung Einer Afrikanischen Hafenstadt, Christine Kohlert’s first book
Workplace Trends


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Sally Augustin speaks about wellbeing in the workplace in our podcast

Sally Augustin, PhD, psychologist and principal at Design With Science

Sally Augustin, PhD, is a practising environmental/design psychologist and a principal at Design With Science. She has extensive experience integrating science-based insights to develop recommendations for the design of places, objects and services that support desired cognitive, emotional and physical experiences. Her clients include manufacturers, service providers and design firms in North America, Europe and Asia.

Sally’s work has been discussed in publications such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Guardian, Forbes and Psychology Today. She is an invited contributor to the online version of the Harvard Business Review. As the editor of Research Design Connections, Sally has written widely on science-based design for a broad audience of people interested in the designed world.

Dr Augustin, who is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, holds leadership positions in professional organizations such as the American Psychological Association and the Environmental Design Research Association. She is the author of “Place Advantage: Applied Psychology for Interior Architecture” (Wiley, 2009) and, with Cindy Coleman, “The Designer’s Guide to Doing Research: Applying Knowledge to Inform Design” (Wiley, 2012).


Christine Kohlert speaks about wellbeing in the workplace in our podcast

Professor Dr Christine Kohlert, Managing Director, RBSGROUP, Munich

Christine has specialized in learning and working spaces for more than 30 years, especially the interdependencies between space and organization. Her main interests are the involvement of the user in development processes, the visualization of chance processes, and analysis of spaces.

She is a Professor at the Media Design University and University of Augsburg and worked for 12 years as a research affiliate at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) on diverse research projects, teaching seminars on space and organizations. She recently co-authored a book with Scott Cooper entitled “Space for Creative Thinking”.

As an architect, Christine worked for well-known clients in the US, Great Britain, China, Sweden and Eastern Europe. She lived and taught at universities for three years in Tanzania and a year in Kosovo. She has completed projects for the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ), Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Cultural Heritage without Borders (CHwB) and German Embassy, and has led various urban planning projects. Christine also participated in development projects for UNESCO, which were included in the syllabus of the University in Tanzania.

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