The Importance of Personalized Workspaces
Letting employees decorate their workspaces plays an important role in building relationships within the company — without them there aren't any icebreakers.
Personal decorations for your office cube are seen as “territorial markers,” writes BPS. But more than that, researchers have found from a recent study that these trinkets help build relationships within a company by creating visual icebreakers.
Researchers Kris Byron and Gregory Laurence interviewed 28 people across a number of professions in various workplaces. The study was a deep dive into the items these people left in their workspaces from Star Wars figurines to MBA certificates, going through each piece that stood within their cubes asking about its significance.
They found that the trinkets acted as ambassadors for workers, helping workers express their personalities to others within the office.
Byron and Laurence photographed each of the participants' workspaces, examining how these spaces looked from an outsider's perspective. They found that most conversational pieces were displayed where they would be noticed most. When the researchers spoke to the participants about these conversational trinkets, they expressed how important they were to building relationships within the company.
In a Big Think interview, Sam Gosling, Ph.D., an associate professor of psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, explains the important psychological comfort we gain by personalizing the space around us:
"People tend to be happier, healthier, and more productive when they can bring other people's view into line with their own. ... They want to be known. It provides them with more predictability. They know you know how to react to them, and the interactions go more easily when everyone has a good understanding of who is who."
Upstreamism advocate Rishi Manchanda calls us to understand health not as a "personal responsibility" but a "common good."
- Upstreamism tasks health care professionals to combat unhealthy social and cultural influences that exist outside — or upstream — of medical facilities.
- Patients from low-income neighborhoods are most at risk of negative health impacts.
- Thankfully, health care professionals are not alone. Upstreamism is increasingly part of our cultural consciousness.
The Bajau people's nomadic lifestyle has given them remarkable adaptions, enabling them to stay underwater for unbelievable periods of time. Their lifestyle, however, is quickly disappearing.
- The Bajau people travel in small flotillas throughout the Phillipines, Malaysia, and Indonesia, hunting fish underwater for food.
- Over the years, practicing this lifestyle has given the Bajau unique adaptations to swimming underwater. Many find it straightforward to dive up to 13 minutes 200 feet below the surface of the ocean.
- Unfortunately, many disparate factors are erasing the traditional Bajau way of life.
We explore the history of blood types and how they are classified to find out what makes the Rh-null type important to science and dangerous for those who live with it.
- Fewer than 50 people worldwide have 'golden blood' — or Rh-null.
- Blood is considered Rh-null if it lacks all of the 61 possible antigens in the Rh system.
- It's also very dangerous to live with this blood type, as so few people have it.
An innovation may lead to lifelike evolving machines.
- Scientists at Cornell University devise a material with 3 key traits of life.
- The goal for the researchers is not to create life but lifelike machines.
- The researchers were able to program metabolism into the material's DNA.
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