The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that works to advance FM research, education, and careers, has released a definitive and straightforward workplace strategy guide, “Applying What Scientists Know About WHERE and HOW People Work Best,” by Dr. Sally Augustin with support from iOFFICE.
Commissioned by the foundation to address a topic that has gained increased attention during the COVID-19 pandemic, this comprehensive repository of research organizes the body of empirical study conducted in the social and physical sciences applicable to workplace design.
Typically written in complex technical language and archived in obscure journals, many workplace design studies are inaccessible to the professionals who would most benefit from them. In contrast, Dr. Augustin presents an easy-to-follow compendium of research and design recommendations in layman’s terms, preparing workplace professionals to make informed decisions, creating a competitive advantage for their organizations.
“We wanted professionals charged with facility functionality and productivity to understand the latest research on how building design impacts human behavior,” said IFMA Foundation Past Chair Nancy Sanquist. “We asked Dr. Augustin to update her previous scientific research with the latest data on new forms of building renovations designed to enrich new, pandemic-driven ways of working.”
The more than 100-page guide includes relevant summaries and excerpts from studies, reports, and articles supported by full bibliographical information. Available for purchase from the IFMA Foundation and underwritten by iOFFICE, 100 percent of the guide’s proceeds will support the foundation’s Global Workforce Initiative (GWI), which provides education and employment opportunities in the profession of facility management.
“When it comes to employees, the pandemic has fundamentally altered how spaces need to function,” said Mark Peterson, iOFFICE CEO. “This guide is backed by scientific research and insights from renowned industry experts, giving readers the tools to make lasting improvements that positively impact the workforce. As you revisit your workplace strategies, consider how you can apply this research to reshape the future of the workplace, while providing employees with the resources they need to feel connected and unleash their potential.”
To order your copy of “Applying What Scientists Know About WHERE and HOW People Work Best” and support the IFMA Foundation’s vital mission of making FM a career of choice, visit foundation.ifma.org/news/publications.
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