Real Living (Philippines) - - Editor's Note -

I’ve been lucky to work in a few nicely de­signed of­fices. The nicest one had a re­cep­tion area that looked like a ho­tel, with potted or­chids and sil­ver dishes of choco­late. It was a bit old-fash­ioned, as the big boss was sep­a­rated from the draft­ing pool by a vestibule, and he sum­moned us via in­ter­com—it was the 1990s, af­ter all.

Nowa­days, the typ­i­cal of­fice is com­posed of iden­ti­cal cu­bi­cles, or (shud­der) an open-plan workspace. Some of­fices, thank­fully, break out of the cor­po­rate cu­bi­cle mold and ac­tu­ally spend time and money on cre­at­ing spa­ces that in­spire their em­ploy­ees and rep­re­sent their brand as well. Good of­fice de­sign max­i­mizes em­ployee pro­duc­tiv­ity, and new of­fice re­quire­ments call for “per­sonal space, so­cial space, and think­ing rooms,” ac­cord­ing to the Busi­ness In­sider (tip: these are good ideas for your own home, too). And if you still can’t do your work well? Then that is your prob­lem.

This month, we also have the re­spon­si­bil­ity of pick­ing the right per­son for the most im­por­tant job in the coun­try— the pres­i­dency. And much like hir­ing fine em­ploy­ees, let us not choose can­di­dates for their swash­buck­ling qual­i­ties, but for their ca­pa­bil­ity to work hard with us.

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