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Creating Emotionally Intelligent Workspaces: A Design Guide to Office Chemistry

Author/EditorFinch, Edward (University of Salford, UK (Author)
Aranda-Mena, Guillermo (RMIT University, (Author)
ISBN: 9781138602472
Pub Date16/09/2019
BindingPaperback
Pages118
Dimensions (mm)246(h) * 174(w)
This book is the first of its kind in attempting to match personality types with different working environments.
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Emotions in the workplace have until recently been seen simply as a distraction. We often think of work as rational, logical and non-emotional. But organisations are waking up to the key role of emotions and affect at work. Emotions influence how we make decisions, how we relate with one another and how we make sense of our surroundings.
Whilst organisations are slowly embracing the pivotal role of emotions, designers and managers of workplaces have been struggling to keep up. New insights from hard sciences such as neuropsychology are presenting a radically different interpretation of emotions. Yet workplace designers and facilities managers still rely on measuring non-specific states such as satisfaction and stress.
In this book we attempt to capture modern-day interpretations of emotion, looking at emotion in terms of transactions and processes rather than simple cause and effect. We entertain the idea of an `emotionally intelligent building' as an alternative to the much-hyped intelligent building. The assertion is that we should create environments that are emotionally intelligent. Rather than focusing on the aptitudes or shortcomings of individuals at work, we should place closer attention on the office environment. It's not that we are emotionally disabled - it's the environment that disables us! The ability of you and me to interpret, control and express emotions may not simply be a result of our own make-up. A radically different outlook considers how our workspace and workplace debilitates or enables our emotional understanding.
In the modern workplace there are many innovations that can undermine our emotional intelligence, such poorly implemented hot-desking or lean environments. Contrariwise there are key innovations such as Activity Based Working (ABW) that have the potential to enhance our emotional state. Through a series of unique case studies from around the world, we investigate key concepts that can be used by designers and facilities managers alike. No longer should designers be asked to incorporate emotional elements as intangible un-costed `add-ons'. This book provides a shot in the arm for workplace design professionals, pointing to a new way of thinking based on the emotional intelligence of the workplace.

Emotions in the workplace have until recently been seen simply as a distraction. We often think of work as rational, logical and non-emotional. But organisations are waking up to the key role of emotions and affect at work. Emotions influence how we make decisions, how we relate with one another and how we make sense of our surroundings.
Whilst organisations are slowly embracing the pivotal role of emotions, designers and managers of workplaces have been struggling to keep up. New insights from hard sciences such as neuropsychology are presenting a radically different interpretation of emotions. Yet workplace designers and facilities managers still rely on measuring non-specific states such as satisfaction and stress.
In this book we attempt to capture modern-day interpretations of emotion, looking at emotion in terms of transactions and processes rather than simple cause and effect. We entertain the idea of an `emotionally intelligent building' as an alternative to the much-hyped intelligent building. The assertion is that we should create environments that are emotionally intelligent. Rather than focusing on the aptitudes or shortcomings of individuals at work, we should place closer attention on the office environment. It's not that we are emotionally disabled - it's the environment that disables us! The ability of you and me to interpret, control and express emotions may not simply be a result of our own make-up. A radically different outlook considers how our workspace and workplace debilitates or enables our emotional understanding.
In the modern workplace there are many innovations that can undermine our emotional intelligence, such poorly implemented hot-desking or lean environments. Contrariwise there are key innovations such as Activity Based Working (ABW) that have the potential to enhance our emotional state. Through a series of unique case studies from around the world, we investigate key concepts that can be used by designers and facilities managers alike. No longer should designers be asked to incorporate emotional elements as intangible un-costed `add-ons'. This book provides a shot in the arm for workplace design professionals, pointing to a new way of thinking based on the emotional intelligence of the workplace.

Edward Finch is a freelance 'thought leadership' author. He obtained his PhD from the University of Reading in 1989 and was Professor in Facilities Management at Salford University (2008-2011). He acted as Editor-in-Chief of the academic journal Facilities for 15 years. His writing challenges technological myopia in the workplace, suggesting that we also need to understand what it means to be human. Guillermo Aranda-Mena is Associate Professor at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, and Visiting Professor of Architecture at Politecnico di Milano, UNESCO Chair in Mantua. In 2003 he completed his PhD at the University of Reading and has since collaborated with numerous universities around the world. He continues to travel widely and divides his time between Singapore, Hong Kong, Mexico, Italy and Melbourne, where he currently resides with his partner Dee and son Memo.

Table of contents Contents Chapter 1: Introduction Leveraging the power of emotion What do we mean by emotional intelligence? Feelings or emotions? From 'know-how' to 'know who' Summary Chapter 2: Understanding emotions in the workplace The ABC of the human mind Emotion in stages Types of emotion Positive psychology Emotions in practice Emotion, mood and temperament Emotion and the environment Summary Chapter 3: Can a workspace motivate us? Form follows function Form follows emotion Evolution of the office What makes people tick? Maslow's hierarchy of needs Physiological needs Safety needs Affiliation and belongingness needs Status and esteem needs Self-actualisation Criticisms of Maslow's hierarchy of needs ERG Theory Summary Chapter 4: The many faces of the Intelligent Building The death of permanence Layers within layers The emergence of the intelligent building (IB) The High-Tech Building The Flexible Building The Interoperable Building The Green Building The Arrival of the 'Sentient Building' On collision Emotion detection Summary References Chapter 5: The Emotionally Intelligent Building Defining emotional intelligence Can a workspace have emotional intelligence? Ability Model Mixed models Defining the Emotionally Intelligent Workplace Making sense of it all The Three Dimensions of Workspaces The green bus Putting the pieces together Emotional Mechanisms Creating the emotional palette An emotionally intelligent work setting Summary Chapter 6: Emotion and the instrumental workspace Understanding the instrumental perspective The non-territorial office Laying down the law Fitting the person to the workplace User-centred design Nomad or vagrant? Replacing physical walls with psychological walls The emergence of Activity Based Working (ABW) The truly territorial office Behaviour Change Nudge Summary Chapter 7: Emotion and the aesthetic workspace Being there Aesthetics and the senses Aesthetics and emotions Biophilia and Biomorphic design Fractals Neuroaesthetics and Neuroarchitecture Summary Chapter 8: Emotion and the symbolic workspace What is a symbol? Symbolism and the organisation The production of space Workplace Identity Liminal space Investigating a 'crime scene' Enclosures The IKEA Affect Our Biological Wi-Fi High-trust culture Temperament Summary Chapter 9: Conclusions Reflections

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