“In our daily lives, we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but the gratefulness that makes us happy”

Albert Clarke – photographer

During the last 3 months I have had the opportunity to visit a few high profile work environments including Google and Fox Sports. The thing that stood out as I walked into each workspace was the energy in the room. The environment was fun, happy and productive. Each of these spaces are great examples of dynamic learning environments.

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Google 1

Google Sydney

Linked in

linkedin Sydney (notice the standing desks)

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Fox Sports Sydney

As we are approaching the end of term and my energy levels are getting low I have been talking with my wife about how these dynamic spaces may assist employees by raising motivation levels during tough times. Some companies also offer: daily catered lunches, casual dress codes, onsite gyms, games rooms and free child care.

Obviously these work environments come with their added pressures and they are very different to the schools we work in. However, the idea of creating work and learning environments that promote productivity through the inclusion of company perks is one that I find interesting.

Now that I have finished my ramblings, I would like to pose 2 questions to gain an insight to the creativity and innovation that is happening around the globe:

1. If a student’s job is to learn, what are you doing to create a happy and productive learning environment?
2. What is your school doing to promote a happy and productive workplace?

Thank you for your time and good luck to anyone leading the way with change.