The Human Workplace: People-Centred Organizational Development
By Andy Swann
Kogan Page Publishing
October 2017, 232 pages
Companies spend time and effort developing their employees – their most important asset – but they often forget to consider the company structure, culture, environment and processes required to help the newly upskilled individuals thrive. The Human Workplace is a practical guide which shows how this can be achieved by taking a truly people-centric approach to organizational development. Exploring how people-centred organizations behave and evolve, the book covers how to use design thinking to create optimal organizational structures, how to make a business a community, how to use communication to inform and empower people and how to use technology to allow employees to work more efficiently.
Packed with interviews and case studies from Microsoft, Schneider Electric, CGI, Universal, Lego, SAP, BBC Worldwide and other global companies that have benefited from a people-centred approach, The Human Workplace redefines our view of the organization, its relationship with people and how we interact with it. It is an essential guide for all HR and OD professionals seeking to get the right people in the right places doing the right things at the right time.
Andy Swann leads the development and delivery of people-focused transition management for organizations undergoing change at BDG Architecture + Design in the UK. He is also the founder of Simple Better Human, a creative organization development consultancy which specializes in allowing employees to thrive so that organizations can, too. He runs the All About People conference and speaks around the world on the benefits or taking a more human approach to organizational development.