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Making work human-centric, dynamic, energising – and manageable

Join us for the first European Smart Work Network open meeting of 2022 on January 27th!

We have a line-up of both thought-leadership and practical guidance, covering what makes a great human-centred workplace, how to make collaboration both more purposeful and energising (by getting out more), and the realities of implementing integrated booking and resource-management systems for the hybrid workplace.

European Smart Work Network Open Meeting

Thursday 27th January 2022

16.30-18.00 CET / 15.30-17.00 GMT

The meeting will be held via Zoom


(Both members and non-members welcome for this meeting
Please feel free to share the registration link with colleagues and contacts)

Here’s the programme for the day:

Nigel OselandBeyond the Workplace Zoo – Dr Nigel Oseland

Nigel’s ground-breaking book Beyond the Workplace Zoo pulls together the science and data to underpin the design of the modern office in a way that works for people. His presentation will address the impacts of office environment on productivity, performance and comfort, looking at a range of factors such as air quality, acoustics, temperature, biophilia, layout, furniture and more, bridging the gap between the professional/academic literature and the needs of the practitioner. His focus on making workplaces human-centred recognises that there are many kinds of humans, with different personalities and preferences and at different points on the neurodiversity spectrum.

Nigel is an environmental psychologist, workplace strategist, change manager, researcher, international speaker and published author with 11 years research and 23 years workplace consulting experience. He also has a reputation for investigating inflated, or misinterpreted, research findings and converting them to the actual facts and practical application for busy managers, so expect some debunking of inflated claims along the way, and outlining where research findings are more nuanced than they might first appear.

Martine de Vaan

Walk your Meeting – Martine de Vaan

Followers of the West Wing series will recognise the “Walk with me!” catchphrase that instigates a decisive and purposeful walking meeting in the corridors of the White House. And it’s sound advice for all of us engaged in interactions with colleagues, whether in the office or participating in remote or hybrid meetings, according to Martine de Vaan. Martine’s book, Walk Your Meeting (currently available in Dutch) explores the creative and health and wellbeing benefits of regular walking meetings – styled “weetings” – and gives practical guidance on how to use them to make collaboration more effective. This includes guidance on variants of meetings for different kinds of interaction purposes, and how to introduce them successfully into your organisation. There’s also an emerging science around the impacts, not just for the meetings themselves but in terms of re-energising you for the whole day.

Apart from being an author, Martine is Innovation Manager at the Central Government Real Estate Agency (Rijksvastgoedbedrijf) in the Netherlands, where she is responsible for shaping, organising and driving the innovation agenda. The Agency is responsible for real estate across the Dutch government and is innovating in the areas of sustainability, smart offices, big data, area-oriented working and cooperation with the market.

Booking systems

Implementing booking systems and resource management – Kirk Laker

At our last meeting, an interesting side-chat developed about the merits of desk-booking, after Andy Lake questioned the need for it in most Smart Working implementations. So what better way to explore the topic than with an expert who has introduced booking systems in his organisation and is developing further integration and capabilities?

Kirk Laker is IT Systems Developer at East Suffolk Council in the UK. They have introduced a booking system for a range of resources: desks, meeting rooms, pool cars, pool bikes and more. The aim is to integrate further with both asset tracking and building systems, so as to be able to monitor both building performance and how resources are used. A challenge for East Suffolk is that it either already shares space or will do with the County Council and other local partners such as the police. Kirk will introduce us to the system he is implementing, and then discuss the issues with Andy Lake and other participants.

Panel Session

All the speakers will then take part in a Panel Session to respond to questions and comments from attendees.

If you would like to send questions in advance, send them through to Andy Lake ( or log in and put your questions into the comment box below this post.


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