Friday, March 30, 2012

Create a happening office

Dean Newlund, president of Mission Facilitators, says even the dopiest cube farm can be decent, if you do it right.

Typically, the corporate office is not conducive to mental higher brain functions, writer John Medina is quoted as saying.

Sitting for hours, bad lighting, noise.

Instead paint the walls a good color—yellow for confidence and energy, green for relaxation and energy, blue for harmony and creativity.

Use full-spectrum lighting.

Open spaces so people can walk around, run into each other. Chat.

Have break spaces—near a window, in a corner, where someone could work for a few hours.

Have whole wipe-off walls for ideas.

Try a walking meeting where people are moving while thinking.

Change it up!

Does this mean I have to lose the plants and the stuffed animals (actually these are alive)? No way!

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