Mates: Australian Coworking Environments

Posted on May 5, 2016 by Megan Divett

Workplaces come in all shapes and sizes. From cellular, office based environments and open plan, through to flexible – activity based environments and coworking spaces. Australia is getting a reputation for workplace experimentation and innovation. This is also true for our rapidly expanding coworking culture. Here at Puzzle we wanted to understand how coworking environments compared to traditional office or activity based environments.

To answer this question, we collaborated with 10 Australian Coworking organisations to survey and benchmark the experiences of their members with those of people in flexible working environments, as well as people working in traditional office or open plan environments. We were lucky enough to include a range of very different coworking spaces, including: The Cluster, Tank Stream Labs, Depo8, Electron Workshop, Exchange Workspaces, Framework Melbourne, Stone & Chalk, The CoWork Collective, The Workery, and WeCo.

More than 280 responses later, we were able to compare co-worker experiences directly with over 6,500 responses from people working in traditional office environments or flexible, activity based environments.

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Seeking Change Managers & Communication Coordinators

Posted on May 20, 2015 by Kate Rouse
Like solving problems creatively?

If you like solving problems creatively, use these two words (Wind, Ant) to write a creative six word story. Like a piece of art, there’s no right answer, merely a creative solution. If this fun game tickles your fancy, you’ll love working with us.

The opportunity - be part of our design thinking team that creatively solves problems in order to transform workplaces. Our team includes people / change, communication and design experts.

The role - we’re looking for clever change managers and communication coordinators in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth, able to build strong relationships, with amazing communication and organisational change skills, as well as the ability to solve problems creatively. Sound interesting?

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A flask a day to keep the doctor away?
Posted on February 25, 2015 by Katherine Divett
What do pasteurised milk and rabbits have in common?

An irreplaceable flask of beef broth from the late nineteenth century. Louis Pasteur, a French chemist and microbiologist, gave the flask to Australia to help us experiment with different ways of managing our rabbit plague. Louis, most famous for his technique of treating milk and wine to stop bacterial contamination (pasteurization), left us with an even greater legacy, the principles of vaccination and microbial fermentation, giving us the ability to create vaccines and prevent diseases.

Donated to the University of Sydney Pathology Museum in 1914, the flask of beef broth recently settled into its brand new Pathology Museum. How do you move something that’s irreplaceable and uninsurable? Very carefully. Working with the University Museum curators and a specialist removal team, Puzzle seamlessly relocated this priceless object (along with the rest of the specimens in this amazing museum). Head to the University of Sydney to see these treasures first hand.

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From Woodstock to Splendour in the Grass
Posted on March 2, 2015 by Kate Rouse
Five generations in the workplace

Now that we are living longer, fuller lives, our average working life is becoming longer and longer. Today Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Generation X, Generation Y and Generation Z, all rub shoulders at the photocopier. That’s an age gap of over half a century. Each generation contributes a different set of strengths, personal drivers and preferred management and working styles. Put simply, no one size fits all at work.

Yet we all have things in common, yesterday’s Woodstock is today’s Splendour in the Grass. Each generation is seeking greater flexibility and a way to directly contribute to a worthwhile purpose. Capitalising on demographic diversity, we now have the ability to answer challenges more effectively and produce better outcomes. Organisations that successfully create a positive community across all of its workforce have the key ingredients to tackle any challenge.

Here at Puzzle, we celebrate the experiences each generation brings to our work, and have created a Puzzle Playlist. Tap along.

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The trouble with new ideas...
Posted on March 3, 2015 by Megan Divett
Clever ones take time

Have you ever noticed how some new ideas really take hold, quickly spreading and becoming the new way of doing things, while others, despite how good they sound, never quite seem to get any traction? New ideas don’t necessarily mean good ideas. Despite how good they look on the outside, new ideas really only change the way we work if they are valuable to the people working.

This means experimenting with an idea, testing it out, refining the idea based on what you’ve learned, and creating something even better. The power of new thinking is daring to try something new. To create an advantage by being one of the first. Clever new thinking, however, takes that new idea, challenges it, refines it and makes it even better. Create clever new ideas by always asking the question, how might we do this even better?

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WORKTECH Melbourne 2015
Posted on March 5, 2015 by Serena Wickens
Love your space

A stunning glass theatre in Melbourne’s Federation Square set the scene for the 2015 WORKTECH Conference. The program is a forum for ideas around the future of work and the workplace, attracting some of the biggest and brightest names to share, debate and discuss the latest developments and thinking. It was interesting to hear about the path different organisations have taken in their journey to finding their future workspace. Presentations and commentary from organisations such as Medibank, CBRE, Mirvac, Westpac, PWC and Macquarie highlighted just how much the Australian workplace is changing.

Microsoft’s vision for how emerging technologies might transform the way we get things done 5-10 years set the scene for what the future could look like, and London’s Studio Tilt emphasised the importance of a codesign approach in achieving innovation in workspace design. Kelly Robinson, specialist workplace designer, shared her secret to a great office vibe. Amazing workspaces should help attract the best talent, inspire people to feel energised and do their best work.

Microsoft's Productivity Vision
The Cluster
Posted on March 18, 2015 by Grace Mellowship
Having your cake and eating it too

Imagine walking through a desert. A tumbleweed rolls by and all you can hear is crickets. Try attracting people to that workplace. We’re human. We crave a sense of social connection. How do you create a place people want to come back to, a funky community that feels like home when most of your people are away from the office with clients? Simple. Think outside the square and create a strong community with people outside your organisation. Join together in a workplace with all of the spaces you could ever want without the cost of having to provide everything yourself. Co-working or third spaces provides us with the ultimate flexibility.

Puzzle works with companies across every different type of workplace, from cellular, office based environments through to flexible, activity based working. So it’s important to us that we not only research global insights and lessons learned from each environment, but also have first had experience with living and working in different solutions. Each of our workplaces adopts a different environment from across the flexibility continuum, based on the work we do. Melbourne has adopted co-working, or third space within The Cluster, a community of over 300 business and 500 employees. Contrary to popular belief it is not mostly IT software developers although there are some, the types of businesses vary from HR recruiting personnel to web designers. For a company like Puzzle Partners that work with all types of businesses – small and large – it is a great opportunity for us to connect with other businesses and learn about their work habits.

The Cluster
Puzzle Library
Posted on February 27, 2015 by Ken Mellowship
Never stop learning

At Puzzle we spring out of bed each day, excited about learning something new. Some of the ways we do this is by talking to interesting people who are doing interesting things. Or by reading insights from people who are willing to share the stories behind their successes as well as share their failed attempts so that others can learn more quickly.

At the moment, the following books are being shared within Puzzle:

A More Beautiful Question - Warren Berger
How Google Works - Eric Schmidt & Jonathan Rosenberg
People Analytics, How Social Sensing Technology Will Transform Business and What it Tells Us about the Future of Work - Ben Waber
Make Space, How to Set the Stage for Creative Collaboration - Scott Doorley & Scott Witthoft
Think Like a Freak, How to think smarter about almost everything! - Steven.D.Levitt & Stephen.J.Dubner
Quiet, The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking - Susan Cain