You may well be reading this at work. Look around you – I am sure you will agree your workplace could be significantly better. Do you tolerate a mediocre, uninspiring and dysfunctional environment, because that’s the way its always been? It doesn’t have to be. Everyone deserves a fantastic workplace – a positive environment in which to live, learn, grow, share and contribute. Yet it need not be difficult to create if you follow this simple and intuitive framework. An Elemental Workplace is a standard that all can aspire to attain, not a castle on the hill for the privileged few.
This book is intended for everyone, whether managing a property portfolio or a project, managing people, owning or running a business, or just taking an interest in the workplace to which they are treated or subject and want to get something done about it. Free of buzzwords and excuses for inaction, it offers a practical and accessible approach that will stand the test of time. It is sharp, funny, and gets to the point… your workplace can be fantastic.
Everyone deserves a fantastic workplace. It can boost engagement, trust, energy, commitment, innovation, motivation, happiness and (whisper it) productivity. Yet most people stoically tolerate a mediocre, unimaginative and poorly equipped working environment that serves neither their needs nor those of their organization. It is a ‘lose, lose’.
But this need not be the case.
Crafted from over 25 years’ experience of transforming large-scale working environments for thousands of people all over the world, this book shows you how to create a fantastic workplace by focusing on 12 key elements and creating a change programme that builds a spirit of possibility – wherever you are, whichever sector you work in, whatever budget you have and whichever style of working you prefer.
It’s a tried and tested approach fashioned from diverse real world experience, not an idea hatched in a laboratory or on a slide deck. Written in everyday language for everyone who works in an office, it is a simple, accessible and practical framework that challenges much of the established practice in the property world. It will make you want to go back to your office and get started. Today.
“The Elemental Workplace is rooted in Neil’s professional experience. Despite this being in large, global corporates, I was pleased to read early in the book that the Elemental Workplace can be achieved at low cost, is far from difficult to achieve, and is attainable. I’m looking forward to using the Elemental Framework and Elemental Standard tools.”- Dr Anne Marie RattrayFounder at The Smart Work Company Ltd
“In this meta world where it seems acceptable to remix and repurpose ‘knowledge’ at will, the wisdom of the past is often forgotten, and the same workplace challenges, bad decisions and mediocre solutions play out like Groundhog Day. With the heart of a leader, the mind of a scholar and the pen of a wordsmith, Neil Usher finally offers something different: a memorable, deceptively simple vision of an Elemental Workplace that draws from his professional learnings. The result? Inspiration and hope for us all, because workplace really does matter.”- Ian Ellison Workplace Matters podcast host and co-founder of 3edges
“An enlightening read from someone who doesn’t just talk about the workplace but has delivered some of the best. Thought provoking, insightful, jargon-free and entertaining. One for anyone working in the field to keep within arm’s reach.”- Mark Simpson Principal, Chair of Design, Head of Workplace, BDP