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The Elemental Workplace

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Everyone deserves a fantastic workplace.

This simple guide explains, in an easy to follow way, why you need a fantastic workplace, how to create it, and what it comprises.

The Elemental Workplace is soundly practical in its approach and presentation.

The author introduces 12 vital elements needed to create a fantastic workplace – each assessed independently and scored.

Written by an internationally experienced, senior property workplace, facilities and change management leader, skilled in all areas of the property lifecycle.


Publisher: LID Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-911498-64-3

FORMAT: 216x138mm

Bookbinding: Paperback

Number of pages: 216


Neil UsherWith over 25 years in the industry as a property, workplace and change leader, Neil has delivered innovative environments for organisations in a variety of sectors, all over the world. He hasn’t just talked about it he has been there and done it. Together with this practical experience, his influential blog (www.workessence.com), regular conference talks and occasional performance poetry have made him a leading thinker in the profession.


Starting with the compelling promise that everyone deserves a fantastic workplace, The Elemental Workplace sets out to understand how to design workplaces that suit people and organizations. The complexities of workplace design are unpacked and organized into 12 Elements including an easy to follow set of guidelines and metrics. Neil Usher’s book is timely and urgently needed. In an industry where buzzwords are too common and myths abound, this book is based on evidence but at the same time down to earth and practical. And funny. A must-read for anyone interested in how to make workplaces work. And that should be all of us.

Dr Kerstin Sailer, Reader in Social and Spatial Networks, Space Syntax Laboratory, The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London (UCL)

This is the handbook for anyone asked to oversee an office design for the first time. It is a clear, comprehensive and thoughtful guide, and the reader will benefit hugely from Neil’s vast experience in this field. With a liberal sprinkling of philosophy and poetry (for which he is renowned), Neil applies the same level of scrutiny to high level strategic questions as to the tactical details, giving the reader the benefit of his wisdom and practical experience. Regardless of budget, this is essential reading for anyone tasked with ‘the office move’. If there was a degree in ‘Workplace’ this would be the textbook.

Gill Parker, CEO, BDG architecture + design

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