Healthy Work Environments

Mind Mapping

This is a way of sorting out information in a situation or from a brain storm with other people when you are looking for solutions.

It can also be a process of identifying all the different aspects of a topic or project.

It can also be a way of taking notes to summarise and learn about a subject.

For example if you want to make a decision about whether you should take the opportunity to transfer to another work site for promotion you can create a mind map that looks at all the options and at some of the issues you need to take into consideration such as travel to work:

This is how the mind map was created.

  1. The problem was defined – how to get to work
  2. The different ways to travel were identified
  3. The options are evaluated using the distance as criteria
    1. How far is it to get to the new site – 75 miles
    2. How feasible are each of the options

 

Feasible

Not feasible

Motorbike

Bicycle all the way

Car

Walk all the way

Train

Taxi all the way

Plane

Bus all the way


Cost Benefit Analysis

Costs

Benefits

Tangible

 

Tangible

 

Motorbike

Maintenance
Fuel
Protective clothing

 

Lower cost per mile Manage congestion

Intangible

 

Intangible

 

Motorbike

Danger
Accident
Weather

 

Sense of freedom
Hobby getting to work
Image

Tangible

 

Tangible

 

Car

Maintenance
Fuel
Parking
Congestion
Additional mileage on car

Car

Comfortable
On board entertainment
Hands off mobile
Protection from weather
Choice of vehicle
Choice of company
Options for family responsibilities

 

Intangible

 

Intangible

 

 

Reliability

 

Image

 

 

 

 

Tangible

 

Tangible

 

Train

Rail fares
Travel to / from station
Fixed time-tables

Train

Potential for relaxation
Potential for leisure reading
Potential catching up emails, phone calls, reports
Potential shorter time for longer journeys

Intangible

 

Intangible

 

 

Potential overcrowding
Delays

 

Let train take strain

 

 

 

 

Tangible

 

Tangible

 

Plane

Cost
Airport location
Travel to / from airport
Speed

 

 

Intangible

 

Intangible

 

 

Delays

 

Potential shorter time for longer journeys
Image

 

 

 

 

 

You will need to fill in the actual figures for tangible costs and tangible benefits, including time. A simple sum will help you see which is the best cost for you. The intangible benefits are the factors that will help you make your final decision. The cheapest option may not give you the intangible benefits that are important to you.

 

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