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The Association of Australasian Acoustical Consultants is running a crowdfunding campaign which aims to transform the way we think about office workplace design by raising $150,000 between 1 - 31 July 2019.

With the money raised will fund internationally recognised Dr Libby Sander and her team to research the effects of noise and distraction in modern offices on employee performance and wellbeing.

The problem

50 per cent of office workers say they can’t focus at work.

49 per cent are suffering from stress in the workplace, costing employers over $10 billion dollars per year.

Studies are increasingly showing that open plan offices are doing more harm than good.

Many of our workplaces just aren’t working for our modern way of working. And it’s only going to get worse.  

As an organisation that represents the top acoustical consultants in the country our members are seeing the realties behind the stats unfold every single day.

The AAAC wants to take action. We believe we can spearhead change that starts in Australia and then spreads the impact across the rest of the world. But we’ll need your help.

We want to change the way people work, so that we’re less stressed and more productive.

Join us and be part of a ground-breaking, scientific, program of research which will study the effects of noise and distraction in the workplace and offer solutions to tackle this widespread issue. 


Here's the plan

Two-thirds of 400 multinationals recently surveyed plan to implement open plan, shared-desk workplaces by 2020. But research shows these arrangements have a range of outcomes, many of which are negative.

Become a partner in our ground-breaking international program of research to once-and-for-all investigate the effects of noise and distraction in modern office environments on employee performance and well-being.

We’re already working with worldwide partners and we want to deliver the results of extensive scientific study directly to industry. Working directly with industry we can ensure the research is cutting edge and that the results can be implemented quickly to tackle the problem now.

This project will undertake both laboratory and field experiments to investigate the effects of noise and distraction in modern office environments on employee performance and well-being.

The research may incorporate a range of objective scientific measures including EEG brain scans, cortisol testing, eye tracking data, augmented reality, virtual reality and performance testing to examine the effects of noise and distraction in both laboratory and field settings.

Sponsorship of the project will form part of a major government research proposal where industry funding is matched dollar for dollar, amplifying the benefit of the research.

 

Potential research outcomes

  • Benefit/cost of collaboration in the workplace
  • Benefit/cost of distraction
  • What is the cost of poor acoustics?
  • How does acoustic compare to other variables such as lighting, aesthetics, design quality, layout, flexibility, temperature in terms of impact on employee behaviour and well-being?
  • Role of “distraction distance”
  • Effects of acoustic treatments and technologies including white noise and pink noise
  • What is the ideal ratio of open space for collaboration vs quiet space for concentrated work?
  • How many walls should there be dividing up a space?
  • Effects of noise and distraction on task performance, concentration, productivity, stress, engagement and well-being


Why we need you?

From workplaces that decrease stress and enhance wellbeing; join us to find out how workplaces of the future could look by helping fund an international research program.

Imagine a workplace that gives an optimum working environment for employees.

Where stress is low and productivity is high.

Where there are fewer interruptions and well-being is prioritised.

Imagine corporations improving their bottom line with some simple design changes.

We spend one third of our lives at work. Isn’t it time we research what works and what doesn’t in a workplace setting and take action to benefit people, place and profit?

 

Crowdfunding campaign

What: In 30 days we need to raise $150,000 from industry partners, which will go on to be matched dollar for dollar as we apply for grants to amplify the research.

Who: The AAAC are running the crowdfunding campaign to sponsor Dr Libby Sander’s research team at Bond University.

When: The crowdfunding campaign will aim to raise $150,000 between 1- 31 July 2019. The research project will run for one year starting 1 August 2019.

How to get involved

Being a founding partner is a very limited opportunity. We only have a small number of opportunities at each sponsorship level and have already secured a Platinum and Gold partners.

This important piece of research will be a one-off opportunity to change the status quo.

However, we also want to give back by offering you exclusive access, as well as training and marketing opportunities.


Marketing opportunities for partners

Dr Sander regularly is asked to appear on television and is writing a book on the state-of-the-art in workplace design, to be published by Routledge in London, a leading academic publisher. Opportunities exist around this for partners to sponsor events and launches relating to the book in both Australia and overseas.

The one-year long project will give you extra content to share and talk about to your clients, customers, staff and stakeholders. The AAAC and other channels will tag and mention all sponsors via their website and social channels.

All partners will receive:

  • A report outlining the mechanisms that assist to reduce noise distractions in an office environment. These noise reduction techniques could improve the work experiences of employees and improve productivity.
  • A greater scientific understanding of the influence of acoustics in the workplace on the performance and well-being of employees, with consequent effects on organisational outcomes.
  • The opportunity to partner with a ground-breaking research team developing a model to quantify the effectiveness of acoustic treatments in the physical workplace.
  • The model will provide insights into the effect acoustic strategies have on your clients’ performance and profitability, and will help you refine your service offering and optimise their clients’ workplace design strategies.
  • Help you to be more transparent with clients about the likely effects of acoustic treatment allocation decisions and workplace design strategies.
  • Opportunities to promote your work with us to your audiences, showing you are at the cutting edge of this type of research

Here are the different levels of sponsorship:

Partnership levels

PLATINUM PARTNER
$20,000

  • Opportunity to have input into defining industry challenges with the research team prior to program of research commencing.
  • 1 Day Strategic Retreat conducted by Libby for the Executive or Management team. Follow up assistance to implement outcomes from retreat and initial presentation/workshop below). (Value $8000)
  • 90 minute presentation or workshop for management team/staff by Libby (Value $5000). To include: 
    • Future of Work
    • Future Trends/Work/Living/Design 
    • UX/Marketing/Storytelling Directions 
    • Design Thinking 
    • Intrapreneurship, building practice, better workflow etc 
  • Detailed report on the outcomes of the research.
  • Your logo and link to your website on the AAAC Crowdfunding Page in the Gold Partners section.


Select the Medal to join

GOLD PARTNER
$5,000

  • 60 minute presentation or workshop for management team/staff by Libby (Value $5000). To include: 
    • Future of Work
    • Future Trends/Work/Living/Design 
    • UX/Marketing/Storytelling Directions 
    • Design Thinking 
    • Intrapreneurship, building practice, better workflow etc 
  • Detailed report on the outcomes of the research.
  • Your logo and link to your website on the AAAC Crowdfunding Page in the Gold Partners section.

 
Select the Medal to join

SILVER PARTNER
$2,500

  • 30 minute virtual presentation or workshop for management team/staff by Libby (Value $3000), to include: 
    • Future of Work
    • Future Trends/Work/Living/Design 
    • UX/Marketing/Storytelling Directions 
    • Design Thinking 
    • Intrapreneurship, building practice, better workflow etc
  • Detailed report on the outcomes of the research.
  • Your logo and link to your website on the AAAC Crowdfunding Page in the Silver Partners section.

 
Select the Medal to join

BRONZE PARTNER
$1,500

  • High level report on the outcomes of the research and the potential benefits to service offering.
  • Your logo and link to your website on the AAAC Crowdfunding Page in the Bronze Partners section. 


Select the Medal to join

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The team running the research

Dr Libby Sander, PhD, Master HRM, Bachelor of Arts (Japanese), Bachelor of Business, Fellow AIM, is Assistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour at Bond University, the founder and director of the Future of Work Project, founder of Rethink, and past Chair of Goldspaces, an urban renewal and cultural development platform. 

Libby has appeared on Channel 7’s Sunrise, as well as ABC TV’s science program Catalyst, ABC TV’s The Drum, ABC News and spoken at TEDx presenting her research on the effects of the workplace environment.

She is a feature writer for The Conversation and an agenda contributor at the World Economic Forum. Libby's work has been featured in The Harvard Business Review, The Guardian, the BBC, Fast Company, The Australian, Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, and on SBS. To date, her articles have over 1.5 million readers.

Libby is the co-author of Work in the 21st Century: How do I Log On? which was published by Emerald in 2017.


FAQs

Why are the AAAC involved?

If you’ve ever needed to show a client the benefit to cost of collaboration and distraction in a workplace due to noise, we have some exciting news.


As the Chair of the AAAC I believe that our organisation has so much potential to changing the way we work based on what we all see as acoustic consultants every day, current workplaces just aren’t working. I think this one-year research project, which will be run out of Bond University, will not only have national impact but will change the way we view workplaces all over the world.

What if the fundraising target isn’t met?

This isn’t a traditional crowdfunding campaign. Whatever we raise we will use to fund the research and the project will go ahead no matter what. We will be applying for match funding via two separate grants programs. So every dollar donated will be matched (depending on successful grant applications).

How do I become a founding partner and pay

To become a founding partner you can choose one of four levels; Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze. To pay click your selected medal below and follow the links to pay using a credit or debit card. To do direct bank transfers get in contact with Matthew Stead.

Contact

For any questions contact the Chair of the AAAC, Matthew Stead at chairman@aaac.org.au 


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