Presentation on theme: "Working practices. By the end of this lesson you should be able to: identify office designs discuss advantages and disadvantages of office designs."— Presentation transcript:
By the end of this lesson you should be able to: identify office designs discuss advantages and disadvantages of office designs to employer and employee apply your knowledge to exam questions.
Affected by: technology new working practices new types of jobs.
Design affects work output. Good design can lead to increased productivity. Motivation improved by pleasant surroundings.
Ergonomics Aesthetics –colour, decor, fabrics and surfaces. Acoustic screens and barriers (noise minimisation). Lighting and heating. Layout.
Sick building syndrome Term given to office buildings where staff generally complain of feeling unwell. Causes – drafts, leaks, poor ergonomics Results – staff absence, stress, poor productivity
Cellular layout One or two people work in a room. Hierarchical – easy to see who is most important. Open plan All levels of employee work in the same office. Hierarchy not obvious – one for all and all for one.
AdvantagesDisadvantages Can close door (privacy) Visible status Can have quiet Can change light/heat to suit More space required Uneconomic Difficult to promote teamwork Staff feel isolated Workflow difficult to monitor
AdvantagesDisadvantages Supervision easy Save space Save money Share resources Communication easier Noisy Air conditioning Lack of privacy Encourages idle chat Workers easily distracted