Beware of Geeks Bearing Myths

Wellness in the Workplace

Please see below the infographic summarising the results of the survey completed by the attendees of PDF13 and the Group’s membership.

The Survey Report uncovers some interesting issues around Wellness and Productivity in the Workplace.

  1. The major roadblocks for implementing Wellness int he workplace was a mixture of Legacy buildings preventing installation, lack of financial justification and no ownership.
  2. 70% of Companies are not currently capturing Post Occupancy Evaluation data

Please click the link to download a copy – PDF13 Infographic


PDF13 Executive Summary

At the PDF13 in June, discussion was lively around the topic “Beware of Geeks Bearing Myths!” with the primary focus on Wellness in the workplace.  The key presentations were by Bruce Daisley, VP-EMEA Twitter and Dr Phil Hampshire, Founder, 3ADAPT.

Main Conclusions:

Advancing technology in our lives, both inside and outside the workplace, means we are permanently ‘ON’.  The repercussions on our Wellness are becoming more apparent, indeed the Wellness agenda continues to evolve.  At the Property Directors Forum, discussion focussed on influences on Wellness in the workplace, the problems created by being ‘ON’ and potential solutions.

  • A plethora of existing research and academic reports illustrate how influences such as light, air and temperature can impact productivity.
  • It’s not necessarily about needing more space but using existing space better.
  • Wellness is not owned within most companies so communicate and collaborate with HR, IT, architects, project managers and developers to create an integrated team, or appoint a ‘Wellness Officer’, and build in workplace Wellness from the start.
  • Learn from mistakes and challenge the standards – ask your workforce what they like and don’t like about their workplace to understand what is needed to be productive.
  • Be flexible with the workplace – understand that people have differences in why, how, when and where they work.
  • Understand the psychology of productive working – allow breaks, don’t always be ‘ON’, have a time and a place to switch ‘OFF’.
  • Make simple changes such as turning off Notifications on mobile phones.
  • Balance simple observations such as journey mapping by walking through your office to see if the right things are in the right places, with academic research.
  • If you make changes no one notices, if you don’t – everyone notices……

The next forum will be on Thursday 21st November 2019, again at the Royal Institute of Chemistry, Piccadilly, London. Should you wish to attend, please contact Gail Wickes at gail.wickes@propertydirectorsforum.com .


PDF13 – Panellist Line-Up Confirmed

We are delighted to announce the final member of our panel of experts for the Panel Discussion at PDF13.

Anna Scally, an Associate at Avison Young and FitWel Ambassador, has project managed fit-outs and relocations in a wide range of industry sectors and cities across the globe.

A recent project for Broadgate Estates in London achieved the first ever Outstanding BREEAM Fit-out & Refurbishment Certifications and was shortlisted for the 2016 BREEAM Awards.

Anna has presented at a number of events including MIPIM UK and will explore how wellness is becoming an integral part of her clients’ requirements for major projects.

Anna joins our Keynote Speakers – Bruce Daisley and Dr Phil Hampshire.

Bruce Daisley will bring his experience as an occupier, leading business podcaster and author.  Bruce’s hugely popular podcast – “Eat Sleep Work Repeat” digs right into the DNA of work, talking to leading experts about how we can make our jobs more fulfilling, more productive – and much more enjoyable.

In his book, “The Joy of Work” he shares the fruits of his discoveries in 30 succinct tips that range across all aspects of 21st-century office life and that combine inspiration, empirically tested insight and down-to-earth practical answers in equal measure.

3ADAPT’s Dr Phil Hampshire has contributed to industry reference reports on Health, Wellbeing and Productivity.  As part of his doctorate research in stakeholder engagement and sustainable decision making, he developed new approaches to bring together the evaluation of human performance with quantitative analysis. 

He has led the development of sustainability strategies and frameworks with some of the world’s most progressive organisations.

The panel is chaired by Iain Rackley, an Avison Young Principal who sits on the Advisory Board of Avison Young’s Tenant Advisory Affinity Group and SIOR’s Tenant Representative Group.  He is based in Central London.  He will be ensuring that delegates gain practical advice and ideas from the panellists.


Dr Phil Hampshire, 3ADAPT to present at PDF13, Thursday 27 June 2019

Dr Phil Hampshire, 3ADAPT will be joining Bruce Daisley to present at PDF13, Thursday 27 June 2019.

Shortlisted for UKGBC’s Rising Star Award, Phil has contributed to industry reference reports on Health, Wellbeing and Productivity. As part of his doctorate research in stakeholder engagement and sustainable decision making, he developed new approaches to bring together the evaluation of human performance with quantitative analysis. He has led the development of sustainability strategies and frameworks with some of the world’s most progressive organisations.


Bruce Daisley, VP-EMEA, Twitter will be the keynote speaker at PDF13, Thursday 27th June 2019

We are delighted that Bruce Daisley, VP-EMEA, Twitter will be the keynote speaker at PDF13, Thursday 27th June 2019.

Bruce also runs the top Business podcast, Eat Sleep Work Repeat.

He had his first book – “The Joy of Work – 30 Ways to Fix Your Work Culture and Fall in Love with your Job again” – published in January this year and now tops The Sunday Times Business Bestseller list.


The employee experience delivered by the workplace is central to winning the War for Talent – Executive Summary of the discussions – 15th November 2018

Dear Property Directors Forum Members

We are delighted that so many of you were able to attend our Property Directors Forum on 15th November and debate Creating high-performing workplaces that deliver a productive and happy employee experience.

As promised, we have created a short Executive Summary of Main Themes and Conclusions from the discussions and presentations for you to download. Just click on the link below. As we begin a new year, there’s no better time to review whether your workplace is set up to deliver a productive and happy employee experience:

Download Executive Summary

The Forum’s main conclusions are as follows:

  • Every employee deserves a fantastic workplace. Delivering one makes a big difference to business performance as well as employee productivity, wellbeing and pride in the organisation
  • The employee experience delivered by the workplace is central to winning the war for talent
  • Companies who don’t stay agile, constantly re-evaluate and fine-tune their workplaces, will lose their talent to those that do
  • The employee experience needs to be at the heart of office design if organisations want the workforce to be super-productive

Download our executive summary to find out more and read contributions from Virgin Money, Thales Missile Electronics & BUPA. We would like to thank you again for your lively contribution on the day.

Look at our infographic to see the results of the survey of Forum members on this topic

See the press release of the event here, issued by the sponsor of the event – Avison Young UK.

Kind regards,

The Property Directors Forum Team


People-focused workplaces are centre-stage in the War for Talent

Dear Property Directors,

Please see the results of the Survey completed by attendees of the November 2018 Property Directors Forum and the Group’s membership

The Survey Report uncovers some interesting issues around the emerging War for Talent. These include:

  1. Workplaces will need to improve their employee feedback process and involve employees more in decisions that influence how the workplace is run
  2. Attracting and retaining talent as well as maintaining employee productivity is becoming a concern for organisations
  3. Adopting more ‘flex space’ will be a key tool in attracting and retaining new talent – helping to improve well-being as well as productivity

You can download the results in an infographic format as a PDF or JPEG file.


‘Tell Me What You Want – What You Really, Really Want!’ – Agenda Announced – 15th November

PDF12 is addressing ‘Tell Me What You Want – What You Really, Really Want!’ with expert speakers and panellists guiding you through challenges that will face you in the coming years.

Please contact Gail if you wish to attend this free forum.

Event Details:
Topic headline: Tell me what you want, what you really, really want
Date: Thursday, 15th November 2018
Time: 9.30am – 2.00pm
Location: Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, Piccadilly W1J 0BA

 

Agenda

09.30 – Registration, Networking & Coffee

10.00 – Welcome & Introduction to the Property Directors Forum –  Piers Leigh, Principal, Avison Young

10.05 – Tim Oldman, CEO & Founder, The Leesman Index,
_______Presenting “It ain’t what you do it’s the way that you do it!”

10.40 – Ben Samuels & Luke Armstrong, Directors of Enterprise Business EMEA & APAC, WeWork,
_______Presenting “The Future of Flexible Work!”

11.15 –  Chris Barrs (Chair) to introduce panellists
_____–  Tim Oldman, CEO, The Leesman Index
_____–  Ben Samuels, Director, WeWork
_____–  Tony Oxford, Principal, Avison Young

11.20 – Panel Discussion, Audience Q&A, Summary

11.50 – Round Table Debates

12.25 – Round Table Presentations

12.50 – Summary – Piers Leigh

13.00 – Networking & Lunch

Book your free place by emailing Gail at gail.wickes@propertydirectorsforum.com


WeWork to present at PDF12, Thursday 15th November

Dear Property Directors

We are delighted to announce that Luke Armstrong and Ben Samuels, Directors of Enterprise Business EMEA & APAC at WeWork will be joining Tim Oldman to present at PDF12, Thursday 15th November.

Ben Samuels, WeWork

With the huge growth in the co-working arena both in the UK and globally, they will let us know what the latest trends are and how they see this developing over the next five years. What does this mean for you and your organisation?

We look forward to seeing you at PDF12.

Event Details:
Topic headline: Tell me what you want, what you really, really want
Date: Thursday 15th November 2018
Time: 9.30am – 2.00pm
Location: Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, Piccadilly W1J 0BA

 

 

 

 

Please call, or email, Gail on 02070419991 / gail.wickes@propertydirectorsforum.com to book your place at our next Property Directors Forum on Thursday, 15th November 2018.


Tim Oldman, Founder & CEO of Leesman Index, announced as the keynote speaker for the November 15th Forum

Dear Property Directors

We are delighted to announce that Tim Oldman, Founder and CEO of the Leesman Index, will be the keynote speaker at our Thursday 15th November Forum.

The Leesman Index helps organisations understand and measure how well workplaces support the employees who use them.

Tim Oldman, Leesman Index

Tim will be discussing:
– The Index
– What works, what doesn’t
– ‘White elephants’ in design
……and how to push back against the demands of senior management and staff

We look forward to seeing you at PDF12.

Reminder of event details:

Topic headline: Tell me what you want, what you really, really want
Date: Thursday 15th November 2018
Time: 9.30am – 2.00pm
Location: Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, Piccadilly W1J 0BA

Please call, or email, Gail on 020 7041 9991 / gail.wickes@propertydirectorsforum.com to book your place at our next Property Directors Forum on Thursday, 15th November 2018.