What is a “behaviour based office”?

The phrase “behaviour based” brings to mind the two prominent schools of psychology known as classical and operant conditioning. Classical refers to conditioned stimulus, operant refers to reinforcements and punishment.

Prior to 2020 the office was the main place for people to work. The past 18 months have proven that going to the office is not necessary for work to be accomplished. Behaviour based office space is a phrase used to describe offices that have collaboration and private spaces for use by employees depending on the area they work in. Sales may require more collaboration space. Finance and HR may require mor private space.

Many companies already provide the types of spaces described above. The question is “what are employers going to do to entice people back into an office environment after having them be away from that milieu for an extended period of time”?

Inclusiveness is a key factor in determining what next steps for employers will be. Offices may focus more on socialization than in the past.

What is happening with your employer? Do let me know as I am genuinely interested.

Marie-Helene Sakowski, Transformational Consultant, info@effectiveplacement.com

Body Language Impacts Listening Skills

Now that many people are returning to work in an office it is good to be reminded of the importance of body language in listening and communications.  Pay attention to what your body is doing to improve your overall communication skills. 

  • Leaning Back

Leaning back signals that you are disinterested and day dreamy

  • Slouching

Having your body slouch has the appearance of lethargy or lack of energy.

  • Crossing Your Arms (Or Legs)

Crossing your arms has you appear closed off or unwilling to cooperate. Crossing your legs can be interpreted similarly so be aware if your legs are visible not to sit with crossed legs.

  • Feet Point Away

Your feet point to where you want to go. When someone is listening intently to another person, his or her feet will point towards them.

  • Turning Away

Your body will point to where it is focused. To make a strong impression, move your body slightly to angle toward whoever is speaking during a meeting.

The shifts you make in body language may or may not be noticed consciously. However, making the shifts will have others think you are a great listener. That realization even at an unconscious level is worth the effort of paying attention to your body language.

Marie-Helene Sakowski, Transformational Consultant, info@effectiveplacement.com