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Alex Cut­ler says: “In­te­rior t-outs of new com­mer­cial spa­ces hap­pen fre­quently, so there is masses of op­por­tu­nity to in uence how peo­ple work, it doesn’t re­quire a fancy new build­ing.” Heres some ideas: Pro­vide nat­u­ral light and wellplanned task light­ing. Of ces need light­ing that coun­ters mon­i­tor light. Also, well-lit ar­eas should al­low for healthy deskwrit­ing, bul­letin-board read­ing and book­shelf scan­ning. Keep it well or­gan­ised. Chaotic spa­ces can be stress­ful to work in, and eat up of ce time as peo­ple search for re­sources that should be at their nger­tips. Pro­vide well-de­signed shelv­ing and ling sys­tems, as well as stor­age to keep less wellused things com­pletely out of walk­ways and sight­lines. Give tired eyes a rest­ing place. Have plants, art­work or a win­dow view to help re­duce strained eyes that should not stare at a com­puter screen all day. Have a quiet space. Work­ing with­out time out leads to burn out. Hav­ing some­where quiet to gather your thoughts while you grab a breather will de nitely lead to more creative and pro­duc­tive thought through­out the day. Keep tech­nol­ogy in check. Ca­bling should be min­i­mal, and well concealed to pre­vent trip­ping, clut­ter and po­ten­tial dam­age to equip­ment. Pro­vide work­ing spa­ces away from screens to en­sure creative think­ing that is not just twodi­men­sional. Cre­ate com­fort­able kitchens, din­ing ar­eas and other in­for­mal spa­ces. This is where a lot of the most valu­able ideas hap­pen. Al­low peo­ple to own their space. De­sign of ce space so that work­ers can cus­tomise it. Keep it fresh. Pro­vide a lit­tle change from sea­son to sea­son, even if it is just in dec­o­ra­tions and plants, this stops peo­ple feel­ing like they are in some sort of pro­fes­sional time warp.

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