Partnering for sustainability in the workplace

Kimmet, Philip C. (2007) Partnering for sustainability in the workplace. International Journal of Environment, Workplace and Employment, 3(1), pp. 37-49.


There is nothing very sustainable about many workplaces. Doing something about it can be expensive, but even when large sums have been spent on design and construction, much of the benefit relies on the cooperation of staff. A more sustainable strategy than the capital investment alone, is to make the workplace more sustainable in the way employees operate in it. More specifically, the key to enduring and efficient work practices that minimise resource use and waste while maximising well-being, is the nurturing of partnerships between the building managers and the workers. Kimmet explores this assertion in relation to the social dynamics in the typical office high-rise. The relationship between office building landlords and occupants has traditionally been confined to financial negotiations over rent and services. This almost inevitably combative arrangement which has contributed to the demands for ‘quiet enjoyment’ of leases and has significantly retarded the development of stakeholder partnerships so central to the sustainable outcomes. Kimmet argues that the creation of an efficient, productive and rewarding high-rise office atmosphere pivots on disclosure of knowledge, ideas and data, and lubricated by trust, transparency and accountable governance. Without the free flow of information, effective feedback loops and education programmes, office workers will remain disconnected from building management.

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ID Code: 12483
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: communication, disclosure, governance, knowledge, partnership, post, occupancy evaluation, sustainability, trust
ISSN: 1741-8445
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > OTHER BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (129900) > Built Environment and Design not elsewhere classified (129999)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Inderscience
Deposited On: 15 Feb 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:36

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