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magine an office filled with laughter and
banter. It’s open plan where there are no
barriers and we’re all one big happy team.
It’s a perfect scenario.
Unless, of course, you’re an introvert. And
that’s why an open plan office and its cousin
the activity-based workplace are not
productive for half of the population.
If you’re the kind of person who loves
people, loves to have a laugh, always sees
the funny side in even a tough situation, who
works quickly and gets their energy from the
people around – you will thrive in this
But you will also waste a lot of time
chatting, being distracted, engaging in
overlong conversations and being late for
meetings. But overall you love it – oh we
have so much fun in the office! Meet the
Manic Mango – the party animal, sometime
airhead and Positive Patty of the office. And
yes, there are a lot them in business events.
Consider for a moment Laura the Lovely
Lime. She craves alone time to reflect; quiet
time to get her work done without
interruptions from Mangoes who perch on
her desk and touch her STUFF.
Often more introverted than extroverted,
Limes can’t think straight with laughter and
loud music as a background, and as task-
focused individuals this creates an enormous
Your office set-up can determine how productive your team
actually is, says Lynne Schinella.
amount of internal stress. They won’t tell you to be quiet because they don’t want to be labelled
“the fun police”. They don’t want management to think they can’t adapt, they can’t fit in.
But they plan their days and their weeks carefully with a focus on efficiency, so that nothing
falls through the gaps. Each task will take a certain time with more built in for the inevitable
unplanned hiccups which are normal in this industry.
And imagine the stress levels when they are told we’ll now be hot desking. This started as a
strategy to save on space and cater more for BDM’s and others who worked outside of the
office. But to Laura this means she doesn’t even get the stability and security of her own space.
Where does she put the photo of her family?
What about the cute promotional items she collects? Where is her identity?
The activity-based workplace assumes that everyone is flexible and will switch between
environments depending on the type of work they’re doing. So if you need peace and quiet,
you’ll book a quiet room. The problem is that Limes want quiet ALL the time. That’s how they
work. Unless they are in a meeting where they habitually get talked over by Manic Mangoes
The internalised stress of the Lovely Lime operating in an open plan/hot desking/activity-
based office simmers. They appear negative as the stress levels rise – seen as people who
don’t collaborate, who don’t co-operate. Relationships with their fellow Manic Mangoes
deteriorates as their frustration builds.
The open plan office and activity based workplace is an excellent idea if you have an office full
of Mangoes. But you probably don’t. It’s more likely you have a diverse bunch of people, some
of whom you get, and some that you struggle to understand, let alone motivate.
It’s been another big year in business events. As you wind down with a sigh of relief that for a
little while at least you won’t have to worry about people in your office you just don’t get, take a
moment to reflect on how your environment is set up.
Make sure it’s one where everyone can thrive and you’ll have a happy, productive team.
Thanks for the company again this year and to all of you in in the industry I’ve been lucky
enough to work with in 2018, thank you. Here’s to a fruitful 2019 – see you on the other
Lynne Schinella runs workshops, keynotes and video training on personalities in the workplace.
Contact her on 0419 186 984 or visit www.lynneschinella.com.au.
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THE BEST 2018
nation and beyond to
source some of the best meetings
and events held during 2018 and found
plenty worthy of the Best of the Best tag.
From the World Polymer Congress MACRO
2018 held at the Cairns Convention Centre to the
Jeunesse Lifestyle Rewards Sydney event for 6600
at Sydney Showground, the event case studies over
the following pages should provide plenty of
inspiration for planners.
Each had a different purpose and different challenges.
And that’s why we like them. What we like too is the
creative problem solving that those working on these
events had to overcome to ensure each event’s success.
It’s little wonder that events in all their forms continue
to be the medium of choice for so many corporate
companies, charities and associations.
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