Category Archives: Psychology

Set the Bar High

Achievement is a fundamental human need that affects performance, productivity, innovation, and retention at work. The drive for achievement can contribute to economic growth. Challenge is a prerequisite for a feeling of achievement; the right tools and support can ignite … Continue reading

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Social Capital in the Workplace – a report from an event held at St. George’s House, Windsor Castle

Written by Brian  Barry – Sponsored by Herman Miller INTRODUCTION The focus of this consultation was to explore the role and importance of Social Capital in the workplace, and to consider the factors that support as well as hinder its … Continue reading

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A facility based on change – a few more thoughts

I have quoted from this book before, but every time I read it, I find something new and inspiring. This book was written in 1968 by Robert Propst when Herman Miller launched Action Office. I found these 2 quotes today, … Continue reading

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Is what you see what you get?

The story of Christopher Jefferies is a sad and sorry tale. It is a tale of how low the press will sink, it is a tale of how easily we succumb to press propaganda, it is also a tale of … Continue reading

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Patiently I wait……. Well sometimes I do.

I travel.  In fact, I travel a lot, some would say I travel far too much (especially my wife). It helps that I really enjoy doing what I do after I have travelled. I meet some incredibly interesting and interested … Continue reading

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An Ode to Agile Working (Flexible working just wouldn’t scan)

I know you come in early, to get your favourite seat. It’s not far from the window, but not too near the heat. You were told with new found freedom, you’d be flexible and free, But you’d rather do what … Continue reading

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How to irritate people – be a bad salesperson

I am currently involved with some sales training at Herman Miller and it set me off thinking about the attributes people look for in a sales person. So here in true Workessence style I offer my top 10 list. Integrity … Continue reading

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