Taking the office out of the Research Office- does it work?

Maryanne Aitken - Executive Director, Research Office, La Trobe University

University Research Offices generally operate on a hierarchical basis with managers and directors assigned individual office space and other team members in more open settings. With the advent of disruptive technologies, chaotic events and vast amounts of data available and arriving into the workplace, business hierarchy may no longer give successful outcomes.

At La Trobe University we worked with an architect, a building project manager and a change management expert to design, develop and evaluate a new workspace in an attempt to respond to the challenges outlined above.

The vision for the space was to ensure the key objectives of the Research Office could be met and that the design, technology and workplace culture could support the workflows. There were no individual offices, every workstation was available to any team member, the technology allowed mobility and a diversity of work settings were provided.

I will report on data collected prior to moving and then 3 months after moving. The data include, pre- and post- workplace evaluation surveys, focus groups and space utilisation records. We plan to do further follow-ups, collect and analyse more data but the indications are the move has been successful.

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Room Fintry
Time 12:00 - 13:15
Date Thursday 7th June, 2018
Theme Future Shape of Work
Style Workshop
Speakers Maryanne Aitken - Executive Director, Research Office, La Trobe University