Podcast Episode 039: Building a Flourishing Workspace with Dr Jacqueline Vischer


How does where you work affect how you feel and behave? And is there a better way to build workspaces so that we can thrive and flourish at work?

These are the questions that my guest and I explore in this episode of the Potential Psychology Podcast.

Dr Jacqueline Vischer is Professor Emeritus at the University of Montreal, an environmental psychologist, author, consultant and expert in how the space we work in affects the way we think, feel and behave.

Jacqueline’s consulting agency Buildings-In-Use advises companies and government agencies on planning, designing, implementing and managing new and innovative workspaces. She also teaches and researches on the social and behavioral impacts of workspace innovation.

In this conversation we discuss:

  • Environmental psychology and how our built environment affects how we think, feel and behave.

  • Why we tolerate outside noise at work but can’t stand our desk neighbour’s phone conversations.

  • The human need for personal space at work

  • Technology, Activity Based Working and dealing with change at work.

  • Why workplaces should be built around knowledge not tasks

  • The future of workplaces, designing for disability and coworking.

This is such an exciting and relatively new field of psychology and a topic that will shape our experience of work for future generations.

Thanks for listening!

Jacqueline’s tips for Building a Flourishing Workspace

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