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A regular look at trends in the workplace and wider society and how they relate to people, places and technology

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A regular look at trends in the workplace and wider society and how they relate to people, places and technology

    Make my day, punk. With Will Easton

    Make my day, punk. With Will Easton

    Will Easton joins Mark Eltringham for a chat over a drink. They discuss many things including: the scope of facilities and workplace management and why it offers so many career opportunities for people; punk approaches to work; what presence means and why it can be found in mosh pits as well as when touching grass; the role UX in designing offices; and why you should take the claims of iconic office designs with a pinch of salt.

    • 58 min
    All change ... with Jennifer Bryan

    All change ... with Jennifer Bryan

    Change management consultant and author Jennifer Bryan invited Mark Eltringham to share a Cosmopolitan and discuss how firms can better help people to thrive in a rapidly changing world. Along the way they talk about the futility of trying to work out how much time everybody should spend in an office, how an American came to use words like brilliant and Zed so effortlessly, the need for crises to get things moving some times, and what happens next.

    • 43 min
    No more zero sum games ... with Joe Croft

    No more zero sum games ... with Joe Croft

    For the second week running, the football talk takes place off mike. Joe Croft shares a coffee and a chat with Mark Eltringham. Instead of the mixed fortunes of Middlesbrough and Stoke City, they talk about everything to do with sustainability in office fitout and construction. They discuss the limit of accreditations and standards, the need to get beyond box ticking and greenwash and what best practice really looks like. They also discuss what might happen when our favoured recycled materials become scarce, and also how resource hungry the online and digital world is.

    • 44 min
    The only way is ethics ... with David Sharp

    The only way is ethics ... with David Sharp

    David Sharp joins Mark Eltringham over a bourbon to discuss a wide range of issues - and avoid one that won't help either of them. They discuss the ethics of artificial intelligence, why we need more friction in our lives (and less seamlessness), the philosophy of work, how to deal with social media, making your own life difficult on purpose, and the pleasures of finding out you are wrong about something.

    • 51 min
    Going with the flow ... with Domino Risch

    Going with the flow ... with Domino Risch

    Domino Risch uses her new found freedom to discuss the limitations of relying on a single place to get work done. Sharing a hot drink over numerous time zones, she chats with Mark Eltringham about what firms get wrong about hybrid and in-office work, the best places to have ideas and how hard the modern world makes it to achieve flow states. They discuss the potential of anthropology to change the way we work. And what the current news about Deutsche Bank's insistence people come into the office on Mondays and Fridays tells us about the avoidable tensions that exist in the tedious debate about remote and office based work.

    • 53 min
    Raising the bar with Antony Slumbers

    Raising the bar with Antony Slumbers

    Over a well-earned G&T, Antony Slumbers and Mark Eltringham discuss what makes work and workplaces great, the origins and wisdom of determining how much time people should spend in an office and how we escape the interminable binary loop of headlines about whether the home or the office is a better place to work. Antony talks about the role of AI in the future of work and property and what people should focus on in their changing lives.

    • 59 min

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