Advocates an approach to of gfice design which reflects the complex and shifting needs of office users. Claims that by producing a greater sense of satisfaction at the workplace, design can become an effective instrument of organizational success.
The working environment has a considerable potential contributionto make to improving quality within an organisation. The introduction ofthe concept of total quality means…
The working environment has a considerable potential contribution to make to improving quality within an organisation. The introduction of the concept of total quality means that the role of the working environment in generating organisational success cannot be ignored any longer. Planning office space needs to consider the individual in context in terms of personal requirements as well as work requirements. The three design aspects which are crucial in determining quality are: (1) recognising different individuals′ needs; (2) finding more appropriate forms of expression which encourage people to communicate and work together, and (3) providing tools which extend people′s capacity for work.
Part one of this article looked at cultural change and design. Part two considers building management; space; temperature; ventilation and noise; the problems of physical conditions and spatial and behavioural complexity in office buildings. The author suggests problem‐solving strategies, of more management and simpler buildings.
Questions how, from a practising designer′s point of view, design can make a useful contribution to effective management. Looks at the part work tasks play in creating satisfaction for employees, and discusses ways to avoid dissatisfaction.
Investigates quality issues in facilities management, relating them to total quality and customer care. Reassesses the European approach to TQM and compares it with the Japanese standards. Suggests that the only purpose of any business is to create a customer. Pinpoints a number of steps to be identified on the quality journey to systems capable of audit to international quality standards. Concludes that the benefits of quality initiatives will take time to emerge.
Looks at design, its process and importance as a management tool. Concentrates on service design and the choice of options available. Focuses on the various service skills and includes examples of models also to aid in design skills.
Partnerships with parents are an essential strategy for promoting children's healthy development. Partnerships, themselves, also comprise a context for promoting and…
Partnerships with parents are an essential strategy for promoting children's healthy development. Partnerships, themselves, also comprise a context for promoting and sustaining mental health among adults and communities at large. We must foster parents' own development in order to support their role as fully participating partners in mental health promotion; such development guides their abilities and propensity to create and sustain growth‐enhancing environments. The Listening Partners Program is an example of a program that pursued such a goal.
The purpose of this paper is to perceive the perspective of Portuguese and Czech’ talented athletes regarding: the main reasons pointed to drop out of sport, putting into…
The purpose of this paper is to perceive the perspective of Portuguese and Czech’ talented athletes regarding: the main reasons pointed to drop out of sport, putting into analysis motivational factors; the conciliation of School and Sport, and how the organization of schools and sports contexts are articulated in relation to the training and promotion of students, athletes and citizens; and the contributions (positive/negative) of sports to daily life and society.
This study uses a qualitative approach to interview eight talented athletes from different sports that had to drop out the practice of sport and explores their narratives regarding experiences and the relational dynamics between sports contexts and schools.
Athletes identify factors that led to drop out: the coach profile or the methodology and dynamics of practicing/training; time consuming; and the impossibility of reconciling sports with school/job. Athletes can identify the sport’s culture, self-development and health being as positive contributions of sports, whereas injuries were referred as the main negative factor of sport. As proposal of changes, athletes referred to the need of a more professional organization of the sport contexts and to more proximity between school policies and sport policies allowing conciliating both.
One limitation that could be pointed to this research is the difference between the Czech and Portuguese socio-cultural and political situation, not only in the concept and organization of sports activities (since scholar years) but also in the general society. This difference could have more visibility when interpreting the data that led to this fact referred above.
It is recommended a more proximity relationship between researchers and the contexts of practice (sport contexts) being that it is important that these contexts should have feedback from the investigations carried out. Only in this way coaches, federations and confederations can be aware of the motivational factors that lead to talented athletes drop out, and make a greater investment in initial formation of the coaches and propose policies that try to establish partnerships with schools or professional contexts which could help the management of athletes’ times outside of sport.
Departing from the athletes’ feelings, concerns and motivations related to sport and the reasons that led to their drop out, we argue for the definition of public policies, in both countries, that promote non-discrimination of young people who wish to maintain a path linked to sports in articulation with other areas of their lives.
Current spirit at work literature often assumes spirituality needs to be introduced to the workplace. This paper offers an additional perspective, arguing that…
Current spirit at work literature often assumes spirituality needs to be introduced to the workplace. This paper offers an additional perspective, arguing that spirituality is already present, as many individuals have spiritual beliefs but struggle to articulate or enact these beliefs at work. Exploratory narrative research revealed frequent references to a lack of safety in expressing spirituality at work. The question is why and how do individuals silence their spiritual expression. This paper explores this question and presents a model that captures the ongoing experiential nature of spirituality and proposes that decisions about spiritual expression in the workplace are complex meshes of stimulus, decision‐making and action cycles (SDAs) that are embedded in the individual’s sensemaking, interpersonal relationships and group dynamics. Findings are explained through different theoretical lenses such as diversity management, social identity theory, social penetration theory and affective sensemaking theory.