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Workplace Revolution Course

Workplace Revolution: 

Workplace design meets business and psychology  

The future of the workplace is about the future of people.

Gone are the days of employees trapped in isolated booths, heads down with little social interaction. For many businesses, gone still is the ubiquitous open-plan style that followed. Instead, office design has shifted towards flexible working, with spaces to suit different needs, such as co-working and collaboration, socialising and private research.

What’s driving trends in workplace design? Several factors. In particular: 

  • Changing demographics, with new needs, aspirations and behaviors 
  • The increasing influence of technology 
  • Ongoing talent shortage
  • Data on how design impacts employees 
  • Financial factors

Business leaders often miss the most important ingredient in designing workplaces that work: the human aspect. Ultimately, Investing in good workplace design is investing in staff. So, how can business leaders create office environments that make staff happier, better motivated and more productive? 

Business leaders need to connect workplace design with employee engagement and loyalty efforts 

Why is workplace design more important than ever?  We are facing a global engagement crisis. According to Gallup’s State of the Global Workplace (2019),  worldwide, only 13% of employees are engaged at work. The vast majority of employee people around the globe are “not engaged” or “actively disengaged” at work, meaning they are emotionally disconnected from their workplaces and less likely to be productive. In Thailand, while a low proportion of employees are actively disengaged, over 80% are not engaged with their work. This number stands out when compared with other countries in Southeast Asia. 

Source: Gallup (2019)

Many factors are leading to such a disengagement: social media and games are taking over our attention, and employees are looking for companies they can identify with, as well as workplaces that make them feel in control of their choices. 

To win customers, companies must first win the hearts and minds of their employees. And while traditional ways have focused on economic incentives, business leaders have overlooked one key strategy: linking employee engagement and loyalty to workplace design.

Traditional design education has failed in delivering such outcomes. The focus is still on pure aesthetic aspects of design. An innovative course offered by the newly established lifelong learning Thammasat Design Center (TDC) and the leading office design consultancy Paperspace have joined forces to close this gap. 

The course unveils the secrets behind successful workplaces that companies like Facebook, Airbnb, and Google are adopting. The design process requires combining business objectives, psychology and environmental studies. 

The course Workplace Revolution: Workplace Design meets Business and Psychology is aimed at interior designers who want to learn the most effective design processes, skill-sets and tools needed for the workplace of the future. The course is also aimed at business leaders that see their workplace as a competitive advantage and are serious in creating inspiring and engaging offices for their employees. 

Thammasat Design Center (TDC) and Paperspace partner up to disrupt workplace design in Thailand.

Sombat Ngamchalermsak, co-founder of Paperspace will unveil the secrets to integrate client’s culture and identity, what to consider during the design process, how to generate concept designs from scratch, what are deliverable processes, and how to successfully pitch innovative ideas.  

Massimo Ingegno, director of Thammasat Design Center (TDC) and specialist in a new field called “behavior design”  will cover the foundation of “workplace nudging”. 

Nudging builds on the fact that people do not always make rational and informed choices. In fact, most of the choices we make are done automatically and intuitively. This impulsive behaviour is difficult to change by arguments. What appears to work, are small changes in the physical environment. A subtle hint can have a significant behavioural effect. 

Nudging is often used in marketing and advertising. Even public communication makes use of this technique, mainly focusing on food and health. And oftentimes, it integrates elements from games to motivate certain behaviors. 

When applied to workplace design, the basic idea is that with quick and often inexpensive tangible interventions based on insights from behavioral science, we can positively persuade employees to change the way they work. 

While this new field is largely unexplored in Thailand, with the support of Thammasat University, Paperspace aims to be the first workplace design agency pioneering this approach in Thailand and Southeast Asia. 

About Sombat Ngamchalermsak

Sombat is the co-founder of Papersapce, one of the leading workplace design agencies in Southeast Asia, with offices in Bangkok, Singapore and Manila. Previously based in Singapore, he has been working professionally on corporate and commercial interior design business since 1999,, where he worked with multinational corporate clients throughout Asia. Some of his clients include Google, Airbnb, and Walt Disney. Paperspace’s mission has always been to innovate and disrupt, and is now committed to share its extensive knowledge and experience through training and educational activities. 

Thammasat Design Center (TDC) and Paperspace partner up to disrupt workplace design in Thailand.

About Massimo Ingegno

Massimo is university instructor at the Design, Business & Technology Management (DBTM) international program at Thammasat Design School, Director of Thammasat Design Center (TDC) and  a behavior design  consultant. 

In addition to help companies and organisations create engaging products, experiences, and services through behavioral science, Massimo is a regular speaker at design, marketing and innovation conferences and seminars across Asia, including the Bangkok Design Week 2018 (Thailand Creative & Design Center), the Design Management Institute (DMI), StarFlow, the Change Festival (Times of India) and Corporate Innovation Summit 2019 (RISE). 

About Thammasat Design Center (TDC):

First of its kind in Thailand, Thammasat Design Center (TDC) is a new lifelong learning centre established by Thammasat Design School (TDS). 

We live in a world where everyone designs, and we believe that with the right tools, mindset and experience, anyone can make better design decisions and add value to their organization, business and life. 

By making design education more flexible and accessible to the general public and companies eager to innovate, and by breaking down the walls the separate design fields, TDC aims to form the new generation of design thinkers, doers and leaders in Thailand.