Demand For Office Space Skyrocketing

July 24, 2013     No comments

The demand for virtual offices is expected to grow by 25% on a year to year basis as young entrepreneurs are finding that working in a shared office space is a solution to their business needs.

The idea of shared office space works similar to renting an apartment, someone owns a building with rooms that he leases to tenants.

“Shared offices are popular among new companies and SMEs as it provides them flexible working conditions. Such set-ups also help companies in managing spendings, especially, when they cannot project growth,” property consultant Knight Frank India’s director – occupier solutions Viral Desai said.

“This concept picked up mainly during recessions,” he said.

“At present, this market is at a very nascent stage, but it works best in times of turnover pressure. It offers saving to the clients, as they do not have to spend on renting a property and setting up office infrastructure. We expect this market to grow by 21-25% every year,” Verma, RegusIndia CEO, said.

Currently, there are around 80-100 shared offices across India, Imperial Servcorp India country head Meenal Sinha said.

“Earlier, serviced offices were largely concentrated in the large six-seven cities. But with the growing demand, it has expanded to small towns and cities as well. These centers can offer small entrepreneurs and SMEs best location to meet their needs at affordable rates,” she said.

Many tenants are attracted to the idea of having a receptionist, having a professional mailing address, a meeting room, and working with other people that have similar interests and even different people that can help them think outside the box in managing businesses.

Desai also observed that for large corporates, mainly the IT and ITeS sectors where the attrition rates are high, such a model can work best as it will give the employees the convenience of walk-to-work.

Top 7 Things To Know About Working In A Cubicle

July 16, 2013     No comments

1. Office Supplies Disappear

Office supplies will disappear. It does not matter whether it is the few good pens you keep on your desk, the stapler like in the movie Office Space, or the stash of candy bars in your drawer. Some popular theories include mice, an office prank, an angry boss trying to get your attention, or the ever-popular “the interns ate it.”

2. Be careful dealing with people!

While Consuela seams like a sweat innocent old lady minding her business and vacuuming the office late at night, for all you know she could be the reason your candy bars go missing. Oh yeah, and remember that joke you told Earnie? Yeah, the one about why men are better workers than women, well he went and told Sarah what you said, and looks like your going to get hit with a sexual harassment lawsuit. Lawyer up!

3. Assume The Worst

Prepare for the worst, and nothing can throw you off-guard. Even if projections, expectations, and profits are up, prepare for Robots invading your workspace and taking over. That way, when half the factory burns down and your boss is replaced by RoboJerk 2000, you will at least have prepared the emotional fortitude for the tough path that lies ahead.

4. Ignore Rumors

Heard about the impending round of lay-offs? Happen to overhear that the annoying guy sitting next to you might get fired soon? It may or may not happen, but the rumors have to come from somewhere.Either way, your job is to mind your business and do what you need to do and make sure you aren’t the one getting fired.

5. Job Security Is A Myth

Speaking of not getting fired, no one is safe, and everyone is replaceable. There always going to be someone who is willing to do your job better or for less pay.

6. Time Management Is Important

More so than software skills, more so than verbal communication, more so than any brilliant accounting techniques or innovative marketing concepts, the ability to manage your time effectively and efficiently will be the most important trait you have. Because if you cannot deal with multiple tasks with differing deadlines on a tight schedule while several people are providing other projects simultaneously, you will be replaced.

7. Networking

The best part of working in an office is networking. You will meet many different people, that can introduce you to other people, and so on. The more people you know, the better business you will do. You will meet people that can help with your business by doing favors for one another if you are friends. You never know when people come in handy for what, but it is best to be as friendly and meet as many people as you can.


Funny But Useful Office Tips

July 11, 2013     No comments

I. Never walk without a document in your hands

 People with documents in their hands look like hardworking employees heading for important meetings. People with nothing in their hands look like they’re heading for the canteen. People with a newspaper in their hand look like they’re heading for the toilet. Above all, make sure you carry loads of stuff home with you at night, thus generating the false impression that you work longer hours than you do.

II. Use computers to look busy

Any time you use a computer, it looks like “work” to the casual observer. You can send and receive personal e-mail, chat and generally have a blast without doing anything remotely related to work. These aren’t exactly the societal benefits that the proponents of the computer revolution would like to talk about but they’re not bad either. When you get caught by your boss – and you*will* get caught — your best defense is to claim you’re teaching yourself to use new software, thus saving valuable training expenses.

III. Messy desk

Top management can get away with a clean desk. For the rest of us, it looks like we’re not working hard enough. Build huge piles of documents around your workspace. To the observer, last year’s work looks the same as today’s work; it’s volume that counts. Pile them high and wide. If you know somebody is coming to your desk, bury the document you’ll need halfway down in an existing stack and rummage for it when he/she arrives.

IV. Voice Mail

Never answer your phone if you have voice mail. People don’t call you just because they want to give you something for nothing – they call because they want YOU to do work for THEM. That’s no way to live. Screen all your calls through voice mail. If somebody leaves a voice mail message for you and it sounds like impending work, respond during lunch hour when you know they’re not there – it looks like you’re hardworking and conscientious even though you’re being a devious weasel.

V. Looking Impatient and Annoyed

Always try to look impatient and annoyed to give your bosses the impression that you are always busy.

VI. Leave the office late

Always leave the office late, especially when the boss is still around. You could read magazines and storybooks that you always wanted to read but have no time until late before leaving. Make sure you walk past the boss’ room on your way out. Send important emails at unearthly hours (e.g. 9:35pm, 7:05am, etc.) and during public holidays.

VII. Creative Sighing for Effect

Sigh loudly when there are many people around, giving the impression that you are under extreme pressure.

VIII. Stacking Strategy

It is not enough to pile lots of documents on the table. Put lots of books on the floor etc. (thick computer manuals are the best).

IX. Build Vocabulary

Read up on some computer magazines and pick out all the jargon and new products. Use the phrases freely when in conversation with bosses. Remember: They don’t have to understand what you say, but you will sound impressive.

X. Have 2 Jackets

If you work in a big open plan office, always leave a spare jacket draped over the back of your seat. This gives the impression that you are still on the premises. The second jacket should be worn while swanning around elsewhere.

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Unless you somehow had the foresight 1 to major in a predominantly outdoor field, 2 laborious reader demographics research shows me that more than likely you’re holed up in a cubicle in a non-descript building on the sketchy side of your city of residence.

Working in this environment carries with it a set of unwritten rules, a code of conduct that won’t appear in your employee handbook but which you are nevertheless expected to follow. Unfortunately, not everybody adheres to this set of mandates. Some are too ignorant to realize they’ve committed a cardinal sin of office lifestyle, and others are just dicks who don’t care.

But, if you plan to survive for any discernible length of time, at least until you either win the lottery or finally finish that novel you’ve been working on for 20 years, you have to play along. Because if you don’t, you will be punished for your indiscretions. It may not be immediate, but it will happen.

Behold, the rules.

1. The bathroom is for using the bathroom

There are two main ways to break the rules in the bathroom. First is by using it as a second office. There’s always that one guy spending 10 to 15 minutes in the restroom talking to co-workers that come in to do their business and get out. He corners you, standing entirely too close to the urinal, spouting mindless drivel about what he’s doing and pretending to ask for your take on things, simply so he can steer the conversation back to his accomplishments. He tries too hard, and he wants so much to be liked, but he never will be.

The other way to disregard bathroom etiquette is to think that it’s a game room. I kid you not, at least two times a week I hear the unmistakable sound effects of “Words With Friends” filtering out of the stalls. Not only is it disconcerting that you think the location where the entire company takes care of any number of unsanitary activities is a good place to catch up on that game with your Internet buddy, but the fact that you’re also too dumb to silence the volume on your phone while you do it is a dealbreaker. Enjoy that severance package.

2. I’m sure the new Ke$ha album is great, but we don’t need to hear it.

It’s fine to listen to music at the office. Hell, it’s one of the only ways I can survive the day. But make sure you’re the only one listening to it. One mid-level manager, who actually has an office, would play edited hip-hop joints all day with the door open. If you’re one of the few lucky bastards to actually get a door to block out the drone of copy machines and keystrokes, take advantage of it.

Likewise, if you’re smart enough to pop in your headphones while you enjoy your tunes at the office, make sure the volume’s at a reasonable level. This isn’t the gym, bro, you don’t have to crank it up to ensure we can all hear that Breaking Benjamin album.

3. If your food has a scent, eat it elsewhere.

Eating lunch at your desk has become a staple of office culture. Everybody’s working longer hours and one of the only ways to prevent having to stay until sundown is to work through lunch. Nobody’s got time to walk the half-mile to the cafeteria or spend 30 minutes in the breakroom, so lunchboxes are a ubiquitous sight. That does not, however, give you free rein to put whatever the hell you want in said lunchbox. I’m sure that tikka masala your wife made last night is delicious, and when you heat it up, it smells like heaven. But for those of us not eating it, the smell makes us want to throw up our PBJ. 3 Unless you plan to eat in the breakroom, leave the Indian food at home.

Other offenders: fish, Lean Cuisines, Hungry Man dinners.

4. A Scentsy? No.

Scentsy has become top dog in the artificial sensory enhancement game. Their process mimics a candle, without the danger of burning down your house, or office. The problem is, the giant wax blocks you melt to unleash any number of specific smells pack one hell of a punch. It’s not hard to tell the difference between someone burning a real candle and someone who’s got a Scentsy turned on, because the latter, to quoteRon Burgundy, “stings the nostrils.” If you were trying to make the area around the entrance to your office smell better (outside, not inside), then it might be a good idea. But, if you turn one of those bad boys on inside, you’ll get one person who tells you how great it smells, and everybody else will either pass out or crawl, army style, into your office to rip the plug out of the wall.

5. If you’re gonna talk for an hour, don’t worry about getting in at 8.

You’re such a hero, rolling into the office at 8 a.m. when most everybody else doesn’t arrive until 9. But then, you make a cup of coffee, dick around with the pictures of your kids on your bulletin board, and then talk to one of the two other folks who are already present until 10, thereby ruining any productivity or goodwill you may have built for yourself by showing up so early. More than likely, the other folks who got in at 8 did so in order to get some work done before the masses came in and started chirping, and you just ruined that. They might not say anything to you while you’re chatting them up, they may smile and laugh at your jokes and act cordial, but trust me, on the inside, they’re plotting your death.

6. If you throw one more cliché at me, I’ll end you.

Don’t be this guy. We all work in an office, don’t remind us by throwing out every tired, cliché phrase you’ve heard on television or learned in your MBA classes. You are allowed one cliché per week, any more, and you will be beaten.

Gems I’ve already heard this week:

“I’m alive, I’m breathing. Can’t complain.”

“Livin’ the dream.”

“It’s Monday, know what I mean?” “

“Oh, you know. Just putting out fires.”

7. Re-fill the coffee machine, jackwagon.

Not everybody’s lucky enough to have free coffee in the office. Some unfortunate souls bear the burden of having to drop $5 at Starbucks every time they need a caffeine fix. So if your employer is nice enough to give you free java, do your part. If you take the last bit of coffee, brew a new pot. If your office supplies a Keurig machine, refill the water tank when it gets low. Be gracious.

8. You booked an hour. You don’t have to take an hour.

Meetings. Public enemy number one to corporate productivity. Everybody’s projects are the most important thing and everybody needs to have endless meetings about how to go about accomplishing them. It’s gotten so bad that when your calendar has even one hour of free time on it, you throw a party for the thought of all the stuff you can get done. Be aware of this. If you book an hour and are able to finish your business in 30 minutes, for the love of God, let us go. Don’t make small talk, don’t decide to change the subject to something else, respect our time and let us get the hell out. Not only is it common courtesy, you will be routinely celebrated as the person who gives you time back during meetings. That’s a reputation you definitely want.

9. No, you can’t use the company printer to make copies of your novel.

Infrequent use of the printer for non-work items is fine. Go ahead, print out your concert tickets for tomorrow night. But, do not make it your de facto printer for everything personal. I came across an inches thick stack of recipes in the printer tray the other day, and I wanted to wait around until the owner came to retrieve them so I could rage. I did not, but I did steal their asparagus quiche recipe. Suck on that.

10. If you’re sick, keep your ass at home.

If you’re coughing up a lung and drinking Dayquil like it’s fruit punch, you are not a warrior for coming in anyway. Nobody wants to catch tuberculosis, and nobody admires your fortitude. Stay home, sleep it off, and bring everybody a complimentary bottle of Lysol the next time you come in.

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5 Ways To Save A Small Fortune

July 3, 2013     No comments

The recession. One minute it’s on, then it’s off again. It’s a bit like a celebrity relationship, only unfortunately it impacts a lot more people. Businesses are focused on saving money now more than ever before, so it’s natural that finding ways to cut overheads is top of the agenda for most business owners.

Serviced office space is a great way to save money in more ways than one. You don’t just get office space; you get a whole caboodle of value-added services on top, like business support, networking opportunities, meeting space, call handling and more. Here at we can help businesses to find the right office and we can also negotiate a rate on your behalf. Our service is free, by the way (how’s that for added value?)

Recently we came across a great article by Andy Yates, he’s the director of, Europe’s largest money-saving site for businesses. Andy is full of good ideas so, armed with some of his good business sense and our workspace know-how, we’ve whittled down our top five ways to save a (small) fortune for start-ups and growing businesses.

1) Choose Workspace Wisely

An office in Mayfair would be nice, but do you really need it right now? Similarly do you really need a private office for six when the business is run by just you, and occasionally your mum? The beauty with business centres is that there’s almost always room to expand. You could start out in a small office or a shared campus-style space, and plan to upscale in a few months’ time. Business centres also offer a huge range of other valuable services including business support, networking opportunities, flexible contracts and short-term rental agreements – perfect for growing businesses.

2) Outsource

Thanks to work-anywhere technology, you can now outsource a vast majority of your work to freelancers and part-time staff. You can hire freelancers in a vast range of markets from marketing and social media management to payroll and financial advice. It’s worth noting that many business centres offer virtual reception services such as call answering and handling along with ad-hoc administrative support, so you can outsource to them too.

3) Network Locally

You don’t need to travel across the country to network. There are now scores of organised networking and business events, some free, others available for a small donation or membership rate.. Plus, business centres themselves offer natural networking opportunities. With dozens of businesses located within the same building, many of which share the same communal facilities and lounge areas, it doesn’t take long to find new business opportunities.

4) Meet & Greet

To start with, it can be cost-effective to meet clients in a coffee shop. But once your business grows, swap the noisy clutter of coffee cups and background chatter for a more presentable meeting room or business lounge. Serviced office centres regularly rent out meeting rooms and can offer additional services like refreshments and videoconferencing too. They’re cost effective and can help present a more professional image of your business.

5) Get Web Wise

[p]The ONS recently reported that a shocking 21% of small businesses don’t have a website, while the FSB puts the figure closer to 25%. Does it matter? Well, a recent O2 poll discovered that a quarter of respondents wouldn’t use a business if it didn’t have a website, with small firms losing out on an estimated £13 billion in missed sales. It’s easier than ever before to build a website – you can even do it yourself!

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Shared Work Space On The Rise

July 1, 2013     No comments

NEW YORK (MainStreet)—As the economy slowly recovers, more nonprofits are turning to shared workspace alternatives to meet occupancy needs with for profit companies only a few steps behind in the national trend.

There are now 800 commercial shared work space facilities in the United States. That’s up from about 300 in 2011, according to Deskmag‘s Annual Global Coworking Survey.

“What’s new is that in the last five years companies are taking full advantage of the proximity by sharing back office expenses, such as human resources, accounting, IT and contracts,” said Megan Devenport, project coordinator with

While non-profits, real estate professionals and foundations are applying shared space models across the country, Denver is ahead of the curve with more than 25 self-identified shared space centers. At least two non-profits that share work space with three others at the Colorado Collaborative for Non-Profits in Denver reported a 30% drop in occupancy cost.

“The other non-profits in the space reported accessing a higher quality of internet service, phone system and copier,” said Devenport.

Other states at the forefront of the movement include Connecticut and Texas.

“Vancouver, Canada is the leader in this area but the trend is carrying over into the for-profit world nationwide,” Devenport told

About 71% of workers in a shared office experienced a boost in creativity since joining such a space and 62% said their standard of work had improved, according to the study by Deskmag, which covers the co-working industry.

“Shared work space is now a tool for achieving a higher level of collaboration,” said Devenport.

Tips for non-profits and companies seeking to move into a shared work space include the following:

  • 1. Identify an organization whose mission aligns or that provides a complimentary service.
  • 2. Visit the space bank at to find potential roommates and available space.
  • 3. Implement an agreement that includes expectations for cleanliness, sound and time investment around interacting or developing collaboration.
  • 4. Establish a pro-rata rate for sharing back office expenses, such as an administrative assistant or office manager. The larger organization may pay 60% while the smaller organization pays 40%, for example.
  • 5. Agree on a per-head flat rate that everyone pays to cover office supplies. “Some organizations prefer to keep office supplies in house but we see economies of scales when you were able to develop a system that some else administers for supplies,” said Devenport. “In our office, it’s $50 a month per person fee, which covers office supplies and consumables, such as coffee.”

–Writen by Juliette Fairley

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Perks Of A Shared Office Space

June 12, 2013     No comments

Americans are working in their homes now more than ever. There are many benefits of working at home such as leisure and not having to worry about the gas prices which seem to be more pricey than the last time you filled the car up with gas. However, even though there are benefits of working at home, shared office space is a better for productivity. To begin with, you will be in an area where other people are working hard, and this will motivate you to work harder and be more productive. You will also be working with people that might have strengths where you have weaknesses and teamwork will be greatly emphasized. Since there will be teamwork, you will make new friends with people that could even help bring clients to your business or even want to be clients themselves. Lastly, having an office makes your business seam more professional than working at home which will definitely bring you more clients.

1. Professionalism

There may have been a time where working in a Starbucks or your mom’s basement was acceptable, and that time was in high school. You want people to take you and your business serious, and a virtual office is a great way of showing professionalism. You will have a mailing address as well as a receptionist to great clients, and you will even have office space to meet with clients.

2. Increased Efficiency

increasedefficiencyYou will get more work done since you have a secretary that will take calls and set up your appointments. The fact that you have assistance and you aren’t by yourself will allow you more free time to plan on how to close big deals and meet new clients.

3. Saving Money

Having a start up company is expensive. At Chambers Business Suites we are looking out for you and do our best to ensure you succeed as well as save as much money as you can on office space, and spend on other things such as advertising and stock. In a virtual office, you don’t have to hire a realtor to go and find you prime location and then put a down payment on a building. With a virtual office you get prime location, receptionists, and professionalism of an office without having to break your bank.

Selecting The Best Shared Workspace For Your Tech Needs

September 18, 2012     No comments

Q: What sort of technology should my startup look for in a shared workspace?

A: Co-working spaces have sprung up across the country, offering affordable desks or offices for freelancers, independent contractors and one- or two-person companies that aren’t big enough to sign a long-term office lease. In addition to infrastructure, these spaces can offer proximity to other driven and enthusiastic people with diverse talents who can be hired quickly to assist with a project–and who, of course, pay their share of the rent.

Some of these offices are nothing more than raw space with thrift-shop furniture and a single Wi-Fi router. Others look like full-fledged corporate headquarters, with a receptionist and sleek new furnishings and telecom connections. To figure out what makes sense for a tech-based new business, we turned to Jenifer Ross, founder of Watercooler, a co-working space in Tarrytown, N.Y. Thirty-eight percent of people utilizing a co-working space say it directly improves their income.

Source: Deskmag’s Global Coworking Survey

How should the space be structured?

Before considering technical issues, Ross says, pay attention to the floor plan. Does it contain a variety of workspaces, including private offices, closed-door meeting rooms, flex-desks for use by anyone and common lounge areas? You want something large enough to accommodate your company’s growth in terms of staffers or customers, and flexible enough to handle any temporary workers (and their computers) you may need to hire in order to complete a project.

What about technical infrastructure?

Wi-Fi is a start. Look for access to a stand-alone, workhorse color laser printer, copier, fax and scanner–“all-in-one models work fine,” Ross says–through a wired network. If you know you’ll need major internet bandwidth to handle large graphics or video files, hunt for a space that has invested in a high-speed T1 internet line and is wired with Ethernet cable for direct connections to the web. Often these setups will come with direct-dial VoIP phones as part of the rent. And, yes, you’ll want to make sure the Wi-Fi signal reaches your section of the office.

Since many co-working spaces have open floor plans instead of individual offices, pay close attention to the conference room. Look for one with a phone line, an LCD projector or a wall-mounted HD TV with cables to connect to a laptop and teleconferencing equipment (see Shiny Objects, page 41). “With video being so important to companies today,” Ross adds, “having shared access to a quality HD video camera and mic wouldn’t hurt.”

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Good Shared Office Design And Productivity

September 12, 2012     No comments

Research has found that a happy employee is generally a productive one. While a handsome pay cheque goes a long way towards the pursuit of happiness, office design can boost both productivity and contentment.

A study published in the Journal of Public Affairs, Administration and Management and conducted in Pakistan found that office design played a “vital” role in increasing employee productivity.

Architects and office designers agree, saying the design and ergonomics of an office space – from the furniture, noise, temperature and lighting to how desks or cubicles are arranged – are significant factors that either boost or sink employee productivity, but they’re often overlooked by employers.

Taariq Nordien, a Partner at UF Architects, says lighting is the most important aspect of office design, but the high price tag attached to installing it properly deters many companies.

“When you’re planning an office, you should consult a lighting expert. Ideally, you’d want a space where each employee gets natural light and then supplement that with artificial light, but this isn’t always possible. So the more natural light, the better,” he says.

Migraine expert Dr Elliot Shevel says working in dim light puts strain on the eyes and can cause headaches, discomfort and loss of concentration, which impact negatively on productivity. (Interestingly, the Pakistani study 
found that while women’s concentration was more affected than men’s in 
dim light, their productivity wasn’t 
as severely hampered.)

According to another study conducted by the American Society of Interior Designers, the physical design of a workplace is one of the 
top three factors that impact on job satisfaction and performance.

The study respondents were seeking
 other jobs, saying they’d prefer to 
work for an organisation with a
 good physical environment, while 
just 31% were satisfied with their working environment. The remainder were prepared to put up with their environment in order to retain their positions.

But what is a good workplace environment?

Nordien says it’s a space that takes the employees and all their needs into account. He adds employers should also be mindful of bad artificial ventilation that doesn’t clean the air, or air conditioners that are too hot or too cold. If cubicles are installed, the pod dividers should be low enough for employees to see each other.

“The noise factor in a shared office space is another important consideration: employees should be able to conduct telephone conversations and focus on their work in relative quiet, allow for conversation, the sharing of ideas and the freedom for employees to collaborate,” says Nordien.

Design forward spaces
Internationally, companies like Google, Skype and Facebook are famous for their funky, innovative offices. Locally, there are also some offices considered to be among the coolest in the world.

Tammy Merz, a Production Manager at presentation firm Missing Link in Johannesburg, says the company’s “rad” interior helps her cope with the stressful nature of her job.

The office has a whiteboard surface table-tennis table, a tree-house complete with a swing, a nest, a tattoo parlour, a recording studio which is a bigger version of a British telephone booth and a shooting range – to “kill” clichéd presentations.

To get down from the second floor – which houses a kitchen and rock stage-like common area – you have the option of using a children’s slide or slithering down a fireman’s pole.

“If I need time out, I can go to different spaces to think. It helps me zone out and fuels my creativity. I wake up every morning loving my job,” says Merz.

But creating an employee-friendly, motivational workspace is informed by an approach which values individuals and acknowledges the reality of their working requirements.

While Missing Link Video Editor Tebogo Lechela declares it’s “undoubtedly the best place” he’s worked in, he says there’s more to it than the playful trimmings.

“The fun stuff is cool, but it’s also the people who make it worthwhile. Our senior management regards us as peers and equals, and gives us the platform to speak our minds,” he says.

It cost R1 million and took around four months to put
 the Missing Link
 offices together,
 but if all the funky, quirky features 
were stripped away,
 the company’s
 founder and co-
owner Richard Mulholland and MD and co-owner Sam Dean say it would still be a positive place.

“This office is a physical manifestation of our culture. The core is: get your culture right and the vibe will help keep that culture alive,” Mulholland says.

Dean says it’s the pride they take 
in their work and office space that “translates” into productivity. They also receive greater buy-in from their staff
 by allowing them to “own their own piece of the organisation”.

Each employee was given a budget to decorate and arrange their cubicle as they wish, so they’re constantly surrounded by the things that inspire them and make them personally happy.

Employees for advertising agency Ogilvy’s Cape Town office, where the same principle was employed, have proudly posted and forwarded photographs of their workspace to friends and bloggers.

The office is structured around a red lift shaft encased in a white zig-zag staircase. There are funky play areas 
and informal chill-out or brainstorming areas. The boardroom and conference centre changes colour from a translucent white to pink and the men have the pleasure of relieving themselves in a hot red-lipsticked, open-mouthed urinal.

Productivity poopers
Apart from optimum lighting, space and noise levels, there are other factors likely to impact negatively on productivity – such as messy desks, which many employees say they find demoralising.

Staffing firm Adecco found that 57% of respondents admitted to judging colleagues by how clean or dirty their personal workspace was, while just under half said a mess negatively impacts their perception of their colleagues. One-third of respondents said they believed a messy desk indicated laziness.

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