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Dr. Craig Knight

PRISM Director

The Sunday Times

Direct Phone: +44 ***********       

The Sunday Times University of the Year

The Sunday Times

The News Building 1 London Bridge Street

London, London se1 9gf

United Kingdom

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Director

IDR

Director

Appropriate Psychology

Managing Director

Prism Retail Services

Chartered Psychologist and Director

Identity Realization Limited

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British Society of Clinical and Academic Hypnosis

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Care Professions Council

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Exeter University

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University of Exeter

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This was the view of Dr Craig Knight, occupational psychologist, who gave a presentation at Clerkenwell Design Week yesterday.

Knight, who is also a research fellow at the University of Exeter, was speaking at the premises of office design solutions company Frem in Clerkenwell, London.
He said that new high-design office concepts are often seen as something of a shortcut to increasing employee happiness, wellbeing and productivity. But as of 2013, there was no evidence this actually works.
Instead, the way to improve people's performance and wellbeing is to give them the responsibility to decide on how their environment looks, rather than imposing it on them.
Knight began by establishing the relationship between space management, identity realisation and wellbeing. He quoted a study by Kimberly Elsbach that showed people's sense of identity is diminished when they are moved to workstations that lack personal objects.
"These changes have an emotional impact," he said. In this case, the organisation suffered a lower output as a consequence.
He then showed results from a recent study, in which his team measured how people performed in tests, when situated in different styles of workplace. He measured some "wellbeing characteristics", such as ease of concentration memory, comprehension and aptitude for work-related tasks.
In one task, accountants were asked to read a set of memoranda, and then answer questions on the content. In another, participants were asked to delete every lower-case letter 'b' from a newspaper article.
Knight and his team then measured the scores of participants working in one of four environment types: lean/bare - minimalist office design, few adornments, no personalisation; enhanced - designed space with aesthetic modifications; empowered - space in which employees have a say in the aesthetic design; and, disempowered, where a preferred office environment has been disturbed.
The team found that against every metric, people performed significantly better in an 'empowered space'. Performance was also improved in enriched spaces, but in the 'compromised' and 'lean/bare' spaces, performance was significantly worse.
Knight and his team concluded that people who are empowered to influence the design of the workplace perform better across all the productivity and wellbeing metrics they measured. "You can't have a workforce that is too happy," he concluded.


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Craig Knight, IDR

Expensive design statements are often unnecessary and can even be counterproductive. Supported by robust evidence, Knight argues that allowing employees to realize their own identity in their own environment - rather than having a corporate identity imposed upon them - provides the optimal workplace solution.
Developing this new dialogue between psychology, management and design has been at the heart of television documentaries and general media debate. Knight and colleagues are developing an interdisciplinary approach to challenge existing practices of space development and management. This methodology has already seen increases in well-being, productivity, effective intelligence and creativity of 30% and more.
Craig Knight Bio
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Craig Knight, IDR
Dr Craig Knight is a Chartered Psychologist, business change specialist and Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Exeter. His PhD was in the psychology of working and living space. Published studies by Knight and colleagues consistently demonstrate that - compared to current best practise - the psychological application of design and management principles can improve well-being by up to 40% and productivity by up to 32%.
Craig is also Psychological Therapist and Counsellor. He is a member of the Health and Care Professions Council and of the British Society for Clinical and Academic Hypnosis.


Craig Knight, ...

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Craig Knight, IDR

Expensive design statements are often unnecessary and can even be counterproductive. Supported by robust evidence, Knight argues that allowing employees to realize their own identity in their own environment - rather than having a corporate identity imposed upon them - provides the optimal workplace solution.
Developing this new dialogue between psychology, management and design has been at the heart of television documentaries and general media debate. Knight and colleagues are developing an interdisciplinary approach to challenge existing practices of space development and management. This methodology has already seen increases in well-being, productivity, effective intelligence and creativity of 30% and more.
Craig Knight Bio
...
Craig Knight, IDR
Dr Craig Knight is a Chartered Psychologist, business change specialist and Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Exeter. His PhD was in the psychology of working and living space. Published studies by Knight and colleagues consistently demonstrate that - compared to current best practise - the psychological application of design and management principles can improve well-being by up to 40% and productivity by up to 32%.
Craig is also Psychological Therapist and Counsellor. He is a member of the Health and Care Professions Council and of the British Society for Clinical and Academic Hypnosis.


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Dr Craig Knight IDR Director +44 (0)7847 717693


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Dr Craig Knight IDR Director +44 (0)7847 717693

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