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Looking towards a large ceiling to floor window, partially covered with large etched dots to act as light control

Lighting is a topic I like to write about reasonably regularly. It’s one of the areas I’ve noticed that seems to be cropping up more and more in terms of health issues, and so I think it’s worth dwelling more on why this is, and what we can do about it given that most of ...

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A variety of small plants hanging on an office wall

Last week I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to present to everyone who attended the Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce Ten in Two networking event. Ten in Two gives five presenters each two minutes to present 10 slides about their business. And what a great opportunity it was, not only to let other Chamber ...

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A red boardroom chair with non-adjustable arms and back, and not enough seat padding

I’m a big advocate for getting your staff involved when redesigning a workplace. They’re the people who know about the tasks they have to do, what has worked for them in the past, and the challenges that exist within the current workplace. I find that they often come up with innovative ideas and think outside ...

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Everyone enjoys a welcoming reception. How good does it feel walking into a light inviting space, maybe with a splash of colour, some flowers or artwork and a cheerful smile from the receptionist? Your reception area creates an instant impression for visitors and sets the tone for their visit. Despite the obvious importance of this ...

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Hot desking has been a hot topic in office design and use conversations for me lately, partly in conjunction with “Activity Based Working” (which I have previously written about in my recent Canterbury Today article ‘A New Way of Working’ which looks at the benefits of ergonomic person-centred workspaces) but also, as it is viewed ...

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Refold's Fraser Callaway and Oliver Ward standing by their cardboard desk design

As someone who spends much of my time seeking creative solutions to problems, there’s something very pleasing about discovering an innovative idea that not only works, but one whose inspiration came from some local Kiwi ingenuity. When I was up in Wellington for an HASANZ meeting last week, I took the opportunity to call in ...

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Well designed open plan office with plants inside and plenty of windows overlooking trees outside

Earlier this year I was fortunate enough to catch up with time management and productivity guru Robyn Pearce.  Robyn has been specialising in workplace productivity for more than 20 years and having seen various pieces she’s written during this time, I knew that should we ever cross paths, we would have much in common. When ...

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New glass and concrete office building, Christchurch

“How did they do it”? Being out and about every day, one of the upsides of my job is that I get to see what’s going on in different parts of Christchurch. On my recent travels around relocated offices, I have seen remarkable recoveries of people, office systems and businesses in general. Given what we’ve ...

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