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Color Psychology

Do the colors in your office affect your productivity? General studies believe that it does. Whether you take the result to heart or not is up to you but it is fun to think about! In her book The Beginner’s Guide to Colour Psychology Angela Wright delves into how different colors can make us feel and what colors you should have around you based on your tasks. If you can get a hold of the book you should give it a read. It was published in 1998 so you may not align with some of her observations in the current time but the general premises and color quiz was still quite fun. I found a copy in our local library. In the book she goes over how the primary colors are tied to different parts of us: blue – mind, yellow – emotion, red – body, green – balance. How…

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Collaborative Workspaces

There is currently quite the buzz about collaborative workspaces. Facebook, Google, and Microsoft all boast of their large open workspaces. Why all the hype? Well, most innovation today is driven by at least two people bouncing ideas off each other, which is hard to do in semi-isolation. Team and group work frequently leads to faster more creative results than solo work. Two heads is better than one definitely applies to the corporate world. Implementing collaborative spaces does not mean you have to completely refurnish your office and throw out your individual workspaces. Sounds good, so what stops it at your workplace? A few surprisingly simple issues to fix that are often overlooked can be: Office furniture positioned in a way that cuts teammates off from each other A poorly placed decoration or cluttered paths to workstations Single workstations that don’t promote collaboration By providing employees with longer workstations you can…

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