The learn/work environment is the place in which many policies converge like Finance, Operation, Sales & Marketing, HRM, and specific…
René P.M. Stevens MSc Arch/MBA
René P.M. Stevens MSc Arch/MBA
‘Grownup’ taste maker with a
‘Start-up’ curiosity and drive.
The whole is more than the sum of its parts! By isolating the fields of Real Estate, Facility Management, Information Technology and Human Resources in separate “silos” they became more manageable, but from the perspective of the users, there are no distinct boundaries between those “silos” for their experience of an integrated learn/work environment.
Revolutionize spaces and places. From disconnected to connected. From breaking apart to making whole. From just workplaces to places that work. Be aware that the workplace is also a state of mind. What was fragmented is restored in something greater, a new whole.
Our goal with this website is to open a new vista to highlight the learn/work environment as a strategic means to add value. We invite you to grasp the essential points while choosing to dive into the deeper layers as you are called to do so. Equip yourself with the theory and practical tools to deliver added value.
Join us in this journey of boundary-crossing with an open mind, question everything, and feel into the possibilities with your heart. Remember that “All concepts are wrong, but some are useful.”
ATELIER V is a trendsetting consultancy firm in the business of space. Energy balancing of learn/work environments, the ecosystem of Bricks, Bytes and Behaviour that provides an evidence-based managerial lever.
We believe in adaptable environments that make a meaningful difference for organisations and people to stay relevant and competitive. We know that it has the potential to maximise value and improve the lives of those who inhabit and use it by appealing to both the heart and mind.
Applying a business case approach, transforms the way of looking at accommodation from being an operational headache (cost centre) into a strategic opportunity (profit centre), to add value for the organisation, people and society.
Modern accommodation is defined as much by digital and social space as the physical workplace. From a mainly left-brain approach to a more balanced left and right brain approach. To answer the main question: “Is the accommodation adequate and in control?”
Now more than ever is the time for a post-COVID organisation to find a healthy and safe mix between the physical, digital and social environment. Making a distinction between short-term pandemic responses, and which are permanent long-term shifts.
Stay ahead of the game by reducing occupancy costs whilst at the same time providing accommodation solutions that resonate with the organisation’s broader strategy, objectives and optimize systems performance and human health & well-being.
The environment (physical, digital, social) is a catalyst for people’s performance and therefore has a strategic impact. (René Stevens)
The multi-faceted environment influences how you think and feel. The human mind, emotions and body, Inner Environment, are not separate and distinct from their Outer Environment. Change in one area will cause ripples of change elsewhere, often in unexpected ways.
The interaction and synergy between people and the physical, digital and social learn/work environment are intrinsically interconnected and form the backbone of Real Estate (RE), Facility Management (FM), Information Technology (IT) and Human Resources (HR).
Creating harmony by addressing both sides of the equation, the outer and the inner environment. The quality of the workspace shapes the learning/work experience since everything, including humans, are made out of energy, which has no borders. The Inner and Outer Environments are, therefore, interconnected open systems that resonate. Vibrations permeate environments.
The environment generates behaviour and behaviour drives environment design and management.
We take pride in helping our clients reimagine the learn/work environment, using it differently and more intelligently, in a straightforward manner to enable and facilitate the delivery of key business outcomes and the health and well-being of the users. Be it in the traditional learn/workplace or in a hybrid form combined with third places or at home.
Entrepreneurial opportunities are not only out there in the competitive landscape to be discovered but are also emerging through interaction with the learn/work environment. Taking collaboration and user experience to the next level.
A learn/work environment strategy is, by definition, a derivative of the educational process and the organisation policy. Review of workplace performance should therefore understand how evolving strategic policy goals (managerial objectives) and user’s performance (educational objectives of the academic departments) are facilitated.
The physical environment (Real Estate & Facility Management), is one of the critical secondary business processes. It requires integration and consistency with other processes such as IT, Human Resources, Finance and the associated systems. So that, in addition, to support the primary process, the internal information and external accountability are in order.
A holistic approach embraces equally the three dimensions of the learn/work environment: physical, digital and social. They are inextricably linked and influence each other structurally and directly. All three are interwoven for the achievement of desired outcomes.
Innovation is essential for organisations to position themselves to maintain or create in rapidly changing market conditions. From the organisation‘s objectives and latest workplace trends, ATELIER V develops and implements, bespoke evidence-based strategies and roadmaps for the use of the learn/work environment. Helping to achieve short-term goals and long-term sustainability in creating relevant market differentiation.
We help you improve your learn/work environment by sharing our knowledge and insights. We innovate by doing.
Our passion as a business consultant architect is to find the balance of reason and emotion, of mind and heart, tangible and intangible. Ever seen from the standpoint of the users of the environment, people.
Creating a learn/work environment requires both a logical (science and reason) and emotional (imagination and intuition) approach. The first can in potential also be done by a computer, the second can by definition only be done by a human being.
The rule of balancing the logical mind with the emotional heart. The left-brain logic with the right-brain desire to create environments that are both inspirational and functional but also in control and efficient in use for a better society and a more equitable future.
The balance between the polarities Effectiveness versus Efficiency and the polarities Evidence versus Engagement. These four E’s form an interdependent energy system (The ‘E‘ of real estate), all capable of being regulated in order to maintain homeostasis in the learn/work environment eco-system.
Energy is generally defined as the ability to produce an effect. That includes then emotions, thoughts and spirituality into the energy equation.
It’s time for a new approach that adopts more free-thinking. A learn/work environment is more than a collection of ‘workplaces’. It is all about ‘places that work’ for you the user; inspiring environments that generate energy, where people meet, collaborate and exchange knowledge and information. A place where they experience a sense of belonging.
The success does however not only depend on a smart design but also on the proper use of the environment, the right attitude and the behaviour and culture of the employees and the management style of the employer. The workplace is also a state of mind.
The environment is a catalyst for people’s performance and therefore has a strategic impact.
The ‘E’ of real estate podcast is a community for the discovery journey about an integrated learn/work environment ecosystem to add value since adding value is the key to any success.
“If you change the environment, you change the people.”
(R. Buckminster Fuller)
The learn/work environment is a coin with two sides. One side is about the polarities of achieving an optimum between educational Effectiveness and cost-Efficiency. How close is the performance of the learn/work environment to the requirements of education, versus how much money is available to achieve this result and when and for how long should the result be delivered?
The other side concerns the tension between the polarities Evidence of (risk) manageability (being in control) and Engagement/notion of belonging (satisfaction with the learn/work environment) of the users. What level of control is needed, what can go wrong? How can it be prevented or mitigated to ensure the desired satisfaction and involvement of users?
A learn/work environment is a profit-centre and enabler, not just a cost-centre. The whole is more than the sum of its parts. The environment impacts the human psyche, making workplaces also a state of mind.
“A holistic approach of the physical, digital and social environment is a ‘powerhouse’, you can literally transform your organisation with an integrated learn/work environment.” (René Stevens)
Understanding the complex interrelationship in the eco-system of the learn/work environment supports better decision making. Not only measurement information is required but you need also values to determine what an adequate and desirable learn/work environment is for your specific national and local context. The users’ engagement and supporting their effectiveness is the primary focus and has to be balanced with the efficiency of the workplace in an evidence-based manner.
By breaking the question ‘Is the learn/work environment desirable and adding value?’ up into building block chunks, it becomes more manageable. To answer it, four main sub-questions must be addressed, exploring it from a number of different perspectives. Be aware that the perspectives are distinct but not entirely separate and should be harmonised to your specific context.
The diversity of four perspectives ensures valuable additions and cross-pollination. Each of the perspectives is potentially very powerful but should be all honoured in their context to take the whole of available approaches into account.
Be aware that Engagement, Effectiveness, Efficiency and Evidence are not ends in themselves but means to an end. Pay attention to what is important, not just what is quantifiable. Go for the good of the whole in the long term because focusing on short term performance alone comes at a price.
Are you an end-user in the role of tenant or owner-user, below you find a selection of our services with which we can unburden you. As a strategic consultant or as an interim manager. All rooted within your specific context.
We turn the learn/work environment into an evidence-based business asset in which Finance and Operations, the task side, play a role, and Sales & Marketing and Human Resources, the human side. Both sides are integrally involved in our advice. Tailor-made, in line with your specific issue as the client. Within the internal organisational context of culture and shared values as well as the external context of regulations and common practice. Using a common language between the demand and supply side.
An analytical and logical left-brain approach should be balanced with an integrated intuitive right-brain approach. (René Stevens)
Analytical thinking allows us to comprehend the parts of the learn/work environment while integrated thinking enables us to understand how they work together. (René Stevens)
A management team that is aware of the strategic opportunities of a harmonized environment, together with the help of interdisciplinary specialists, can create the difference in unlocking and unleashing human potential.
A multi-disciplinary approach is at the heart of what we do. It enables us to take a holistic view when developing any opportunity. It allows us to challenge and re-frame each problem we address.
Our passion is to develop and implement strategies for the learn/work environment based on organisational objectives and environmental trends. A learn/work environment where people and organisations can ‘recharge’ themselves to create value together. A living environment that gives you energy as a person (and organisation) and that is also energy neutral in use.
We cannot do this alone and that is why we strongly believe in partnerships. We are part of a tribe of collaborating interdisciplinary specialist agencies and independent professionals. Connected from the vision of involving the users as much as possible in their learn/work environment.