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The Psychology Of Office Space}

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Submitted by: Shivani Gurtu-Louth

Working practices and office design

Working practices are most commonly decided by management initiatives. Employers establish what is needed to be done and managers direct workers how they can best perform their tasks. Not anymore.

The world of social networking, wireless communication and ubiquitous internet access is allowing employees to work from home, share ideas and better influence their firm’s direction.

This societal change is stimulating research into how office space, design office design and new IT systems affect workers, and the results are surprising.

A report by the Commission for Architecture & the Built Environment (CABE) and the British Council for Offices (BCO) has revealed office interior design affects staff satisfaction, motivation and retention.

Furthermore, it affects productivity, responsiveness to technological change and their knowledge and innovation levels.

Paul Morrell, CABE commissioner and president of the BCO, explained: “Those employers who ignore the evidence of office design as an enabler of staff satisfaction and performance risk the loss of key staff and ultimately business success.”

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The report, Impact of Office Design on Business Performance, found the workplace is responsible for 24 per cent of job satisfaction and this can affect staff performance by five per cent for individuals and 11 per cent for team workers.

The Calgary Herald reported researchers at the city’s university found open spaces help workers feel better. However, it was having co-workers nearby that pushed productivity. Tim Welsh, assistant professor in kinesiology, noted how important it was for people managing office moves to consider design.

“If they’re looking to maximise idea generation, communication and just a general feeling of social well-being, then open-concept offices would be the better way to go.”

The end of ‘cubedom’

Writing from across the US border, Edward Marshall, in the Portland Journal has predicted the end of ‘cubedom’ and the partitioned working space. He claims by giving employees individual boxes to work from, “a premium is put on efficiency rather than relationships” and relationships are then reduced to “transactions”.

This, he claims, hampers teamwork as soon after meeting, members of newly formed groups then disappear to their own semi-closed areas.

Mr Marshall describes the current move to openness as a quiet movement to “tear down the walls that exist between us”.

The solution, in his opinion is “having the physical office design serve the work culture, rather than having the work culture be a reaction to a design done by the facilities department”.

Much of this move to open systems can be attributed to workers bringing their outside experience to the workplace.

Thousands of businesses have banned employees using social networking sites as they are thought to affect productivity. Employment law firm, Peninsula has claimed 69 per cent outlawed using the sites despite 12 per cent of bosses checking their own pages during work, onrec.com has reported.

How an office communicates

Despite this, some companies are adopting similar tools to those found online, hoping to enable their staff to better communicate and feed ideas into the business.

This ‘network society’ is providing employers with real challenges if they adopt more social practices do they also re-jig their office design to suit new, open thinking?

Property company, Savills, thinks so. Its research, What Workers Wantand What it Means for Property, found “understanding the needs of workers has never been more important”.

“Immediate workspace conditions were rated the most important by over 82 per cent of respondents i.e. comfort of work area, lighting and temperature.”

So when considering their corporate relocation strategy and organizing who will be managing office moves, senior managers have much to consider. Help in moving offices,

getting the office moves on time and budget are only three of the factors they will need to get right.

The key to their firm’s long term success could be its next office design, and how it understands the psychological result of new open attitudes to working and collaboration.

About the Author: Shivani Gurtu-Louth – Operations Manager of Devono Property Limited. Devono are the only commercial property agents in London to exclusively represent tenants looking for

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to rent. Our aim is to secure the best commercial property at the best price. For interviews, quotes, images or comments contact: Shivani Gurtu-Louth Devono Operations Manager Tel(DDI): +44 (0)20 7096 9911 E-mail: sg@devono.com

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Wikileaks release Afghan ‘war logs’ in co-operation with mainstream media

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

WikiLeaks has released a mass of “secret” material from the United States’ involvement in Afghanistan in the five years from 2004 to 2009.

The material was scrutinised in co-operation with the main stream newspapers The Guardian and The New York Times, and the German magazine Der Spiegel, who cross-referenced the leaked documents with published material to check the veracity of the material.

The material makes explicit the accusation that the Taliban is receiving support including man portable anti-aircraft missiles from Iran, and Pakistan. However, despite being condemned by the authorities in the United States, commentators have said that nothing in the released material would come as a surprise to anyone who has been following the war.

FBI raids creator of fake boarding pass generator

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Sunday, November 5, 2006

Christopher Soghoian, 24, a doctoral student in information security at Indiana University, released a boarding pass generator for Northwest Airlines on October 25th. In the release, he stated that it demonstrates flaws in airport security and the no-fly list.

A few days later, on October 27th, Soghoian was visited by the FBI who told him to take down the site. Soghoian complied with the FBI request. However, the FBI then raided his apartment that evening; apparently due to lack of a warrant during the first visit.

Representative Ed Markey (D-Mass.) had called for Soghoian to be arrested in October.

Fake boarding passes are quite easy to create in Microsoft Word; assuming you have access to a old boarding pass for comparison. Indeed, Amnesty International has created a similarly passable fake boarding pass for their AirTorture fundraising site.

In February 2005, Senator Charles Schumer noticed this loophole in no-fly list. He urged the TSA to “check every passenger’s ID against the passenger’s face and his boarding pass and ticket”, as has been done immediately after the September 11th attacks. TSA declined to follow the senator’s recommendation.

Mirrors of the fake boarding pass generator are available online.

British TV presenter Rico Daniels tells Wikinews about being ‘The Salvager’

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Saturday, March 14, 2009

Rico Daniels is a British TV presenter living in France who is known for his two television series — The Salvager — whilst he still lived in the UK and then Le Salvager after he moved to France. Rico has been in a variety of jobs but his passion is now his profession – he turns unwanted ‘junk’ into unusual pieces of furniture. Rico’s creations and the methods used to fabricate them are the subject of the Salvager shows.

Rico spoke to Wikinews in January about his inspiration and early life, future plans, other hobbies and more. Read on for the full exclusive interview, published for the first time:

Seguro Para Propietarios De Casas Chicago Il: Entendiendo Los Diferentes Aspectos

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byAlma Abell

El seguro de vivienda o seguro para propietarios de casas es una póliza de seguros que cubre varios de los diferentes problemas relacionados con la propiedad que pueden darse en un hogar.

Aunque pueda parecer tentador no tenerlo para ahorrarnos un dinero, lo cierto es que este seguro puede sacarnos de varios apuros. Incluso si tu casa es nueva y piensas que es improbable sufrir averías, estas pueden suceder. El problema es que cuando aparecen, puesto que es tu casa y necesitas vivir en ella, no siempre puedes esperar a solucionar el problema. En ocasiones, necesitarás servicios urgentes y, a no ser que tengas un seguro, pagar los mismos te resultará realmente caro.

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Por ejemplo, la rotura de una ventana o una tubería pueden ocasionar grandes daños en la casa o hacerla inhabitable. Con un seguro, llamas y te lo solucionan a la mayor brevedad, sin un seguro, deberás pagar mucho dinero para que todo ocurra con la rapidez que necesitas.

Otro aspecto que pocos tienen en cuenta a la hora de contratar un seguro para propietario de casas en Chicago es la responsabilidad civil. Es decir, tú responsabilidad respecto a accidentes que ocurren debido a tu propiedad y que podrían ocasionar indemnizaciones a terceros. Por ejemplo, si hay una fuga de agua en tu casa y el agua pasa a la propiedad de un vecino, seguramente debas indemnizarle. El seguro puede cubrir este riesgo.

Finalmente, los seguros suelen ofrecer servicios extra. Por ejemplo, es habitual que tengan un servicio telefónico para consultar problemas informáticos o un servicio manitas al que puedas llamar si necesitas que te hagan una pequeña tarea del hogar como quitar unas cortinas o colgar una lámpara.

Es muy importante que cuando contrates tu seguro, leas la póliza entera para tener claro lo que entra y lo que no entra en la cobertura. Si hay algo que entra, no dudes en llamar, ya que si el año que viene quieren subirte demasiado la póliza, siempre podrás comprobar las ofertas de otros competidores.

Si no quieres gastar mucho, puedes contratar la póliza más básica, pero tener una cobertura por responsabilidad civil, siempre es recomendable ya que aunque sea improbable, un accidente puede afectar mucho a tu presupuesto mensual. Para saber más sobre el seguro para propietarios de viviendas en Chicago, visite IL Illinois Automobile Insurance Agency.

Ontario Votes 2007: Interview with Progessive Conservative candidate Tyler Currie, Trinity-Spadina

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Monday, October 1, 2007

Tyler Currie is running as an Progressive Conservative candidate in the Ontario provincial election, in the riding of Trinity-Spadina. Wikinews’ Nick Moreau interviewed him regarding his values, his experience, and his campaign.

Stay tuned for further interviews; every candidate from every party is eligible, and will be contacted. Expect interviews from Liberals, Progressive Conservatives, New Democratic Party members, Ontario Greens, as well as members from the Family Coalition, Freedom, Communist, Libertarian, and Confederation of Regions parties, as well as independents.

New Jersey backpedals on proposed bikini waxing ban

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Saturday, March 21, 2009

New Jersey has reversed its plans for a state-wide ban on bikini waxing after salon owners from across the state spoke out against the proposal.

The New Jersey Board of Cosmetology and Hairstyling planned to consider a ban on so-called “Brazilian waxes” in response to two women who reported being injured during a wax.

But state Consumer Affairs Director David Szuchman, who oversees the board, asked them to abandon the ban in favor of reviewing and establishing safeguards for those who provide the service.

“Many commentators have noted that the procedure could be safely performed,” Szuchman wrote in a letter to state board President Ronald Jerome Brown, according to the Asbury Park Press. “I, therefore, believe that there are alternative means to address any public health issues identified by the board.

Salon owners from across the state expressed relief with Szuchman’s decision.

“It was an unnecessary issue,” spa owner Linda Orsuto told the Associated Press. “In New Jersey especially, where the government has been picking our pockets for so long, it was like, ‘Just stay out of our pants, will you?'”

Although millions of Americans get bikini waxes, which generally cost between $50 and $60 per session, the practice comes with risks. Skin care experts say the hot wax can irritate delicate skin in the bikini area, and result in infections, ingrown hairs and rashes.

Waxing on the face, neck, abdomen, legs and arms are permitted in New Jersey. Although state statutes have always banned bikini waxing, the laws are seldom enforced because the wording is unclear.

If the measure had passed, New Jersey might have become the only US state to ban the practice outright.

Although Szuchman’s letter was crafted more as a recommendation than an order, media reports said the ban would likely never be approved without his support because his office oversees the board.

Former Canadian PM still recovering after heart surgery

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Thursday, October 4, 2007

Jean Chrétien, one of Canada’s former prime ministers, received quadruple heart bypass surgery yesterday at Montreal’s Heart Institute.

“I just talked to him a few minutes ago. He’s well and he’s recuperating very well at the moment. His outcome is excellent,” said Chief of surgery, Dr. Michel Pellerin.

He could have risked his life as he was diagnosed with unstable angina. It is caused by obstructed arteries, which causes heart pain in a person’s body.

Pellerin performed the surgery on Chrétien, 73, early Wednesday morning. It took 73-minutes to 90-minutes.

However, hospital doctors say Chrétien is expected to stay in the hospital for up to seven days, and it could take up to three months for a full recovery.

Chrétien was at the recent Presidents Cup at the Royal Montreal Golf Club, when he asked another golfer with whom he was golfing with at the time, luckily a cardiologist, for help.

The golfer told him to see a doctor as soon as possible.

“He was very lucky. He had a bit of discomfort and mentioned it because there was a doctor there,” said a friend of Chrétien, Eddie Goldenberg. “The doctor asked him a couple of questions and said, ‘You better come and see me.’ “

Chrétien’s mother, who had heart disease, means that it could have been a genetic link, doctors say.

He had to postpone his speech at the Asia-Pacific mining conference in Vancouver, B.C..

The History Of The Diamond Wedding Ring

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The History of the Diamond Wedding Ring

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It is known that diamond is the essence of love and the symbol of two surging into one. By playing a very important romantic role, it was said that the arrow is Cupid was made of the hardest object in nature diamond. After the prevalence for about hundreds of years, diamond is still dominating the very important role in romance.

The ring itself cannot find its origin due to the shape of circle which symbolizes the antique eternal love. Love story about the diamond wedding ring can be dated back to the Medieval; it was regarded as the most ideal token or evidence of marriage. Before the fifteenth century, diamond is the very precious item that only appeared in the royal and aristocratic wedding.

In 1475 in Italy, groom Constanzo Sforza sent a diamond ring to the bride Camilla d Aragona in their wedding and sent her a small piece of warm poem in which the brilliance was compared to the deep and eternal love for each other. Until the year of 1477, the first documented diamond ring appeared the one that Archduke Maximilian sent to his fiancee Mary of Burgundy.

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When it came to the Renaissance gradually, rings of the kind were inlaid in the gorgeous enamel carving with the delicate decoration. Gimmel ring consists of two circles which can be slide and open, emblems that is used to show the romance was carved the scripture, \”God has joined together, let not man put asunder.\” It later developed onto the ring that is used to show one s belief, which was called Fede in the shapes of two held hands to represent the utility of love, frequently there will be a heart-shaped diamond in the common part that two hands held tightly.

The focus of a ring transferred to the gem after 17th century, which had a reference to relatively simple and nature design; in 18th century, both the fact that new deposits was found in Brazil and the improvement of diamond cutting bring the diamond market prosperous and bright boom in the period. Rococo style wedding ring during the period is in the tendency of romantic style: double heart plus the arch, crown and fruits and birds of love, or spelt words with diamonds.

The concept that diamond is related with love has deeply rooted in the bottom of many people, which was triggered by the romance in the early 19th century and the passion of the Queen Victorian for jewelry.

Before Victorian s marriage, Albert sent her a single enamel diamond ring as the wedding gifts, which was a python-shaped item which symbolize protection and eternality. There was a period that shapes of heart and bow were very prevalent, as the speedy development of economic in the 19th century, elements of diamond became imbued with more continuity and modern design began increase furiously, such as the half circle inlaid diamond ring, tri-diamond ring, and the gypsy design which combines the diamond and the gold circle ring.

In the so-called good old days between the period of the late 19th century and the World War I, the prosperous, luxurious and leisure life generated another great time for diamond. New deposits found in South Africa, great development of the cutting technology bring ring the important characteristics being decorated with single diamond and inlaid with the prong setting method to let brilliance of the diamond released into extreme.

Till today, a diamond wedding ring is still the common expression of true love and eternality, perhaps in a more concentrated way; it is the most important part power of piety diamond and love in wedding in various areas in the world.

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