The Pilgrim's Guide to the Workplace with Dr Agustin Chevez

Is the workplace really just a ‘task’ place?

This is one of the thought-provoking questions that today’s guest poses, for us to ponder about our reality of work and the workplace.

Dr Agustin Chevez is the author of The Pilgrim’s Guide to the Workplace. It was after reading a book on the diversity of Iguana’s in the Galapagos Islands, that Gus set off on a pilgrimage from Melbourne to Sydney, to explore the impact that isolation has on the diversity of our idea’s.

Fast forward a few years and Gus is sharing his insights as 34 signposts from this exploration in his book, inviting us to reimagine our workplaces.

As an Architect and researcher, Gus has dedicated his career to understanding the notion of work and uncovering environments that best support our working lives. His interest in the relationship between people, space and technology saw him pursue a PhD on the evolution of workplace architecture as a consequence of technology development.

His work has been presented at various international forums and publications. As a sought-after speaker, Agustin has delivered international keynotes and is a TEDx speaker. He has also contributed to workplace strategies in Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore.

Gus is the Workplace Futures Lead at the Centre for the New Workforce at Swinburne University and an Honorary Fellow at the School of Management and Marketing at the University of Melbourne.
In this episode we are going to find out

  • How Gus took this idea that he had to explore diversity of thinking to actually, walking from Melbourne to Sydney
  • What the distinction is between a Pilgrimage and a Walk and how this applies to the workplace
  • How the introduction of absurdity to the workplace enables us to bring more human traits to our experience of work
  • Why removing friction from our environments can impact our ability to be innovative and its impact on our personal resilience as we overcome adversity
  • How the conversation and questions we’re asking when approaching the design of workplaces need to change in order to create an enhanced environment for work

A fascinating conversation with someone who has incredible mind to explore ideas in a new way to challenge biases and see new opportunity.

You are going to love this conversation with Dr Gus Chevez.

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