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Your guide to becoming a successful negotiator

The truth is, some people are just naturally better at negotiating than others. While some are eager to fight for the be.....



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The Gig Economy

Does a gig byte? Is it a night of whining guitars and drum bashing maniacs or an evening of Joni Mitchell-esque lame.....



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Generational differences in the office

Harnessing the dynamic of generational differences in the office. There’s always a rude awakening somewhere a.....



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Happiness in the workplace

A happy workforce is a productive workforce. Plain and simple. It’s not just about the money as many employer.....



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Coworking – Advantages & Disadvantages

It’s wonderful when you pair entrepreneurs together because they can share experiences and, in some ways, push eac.....



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End of year function etiquette

Whether you’re a party person or not, be there.   For the record, only 24 carat plonkers are motivated by .....



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Resimercial Design in Offices

Long gone are the days of sitting at our desks all day, 5-days a week. Also on the way out are the days of sitting o.....



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Re-shaping the Landscape of Office Interiors

Baby boomers: Liked their own space, office and privacy. Now considered too formal, stifling and well, redundant. .....



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Is your Office Space killing Creativity?

Your working environment is one of the top 6 influences on your business success. One of the most frequently hear.....



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Hello, it’s Halloween

If one quarter of all the confectionery sold annually in the USA is bought for Halloween, ‘tis definitely the seas.....



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Working women – The rocky road to gender equality

Stereotyping has to be the ultimate obstacle to positive change. Ask any ambitious, competent woman about her car.....



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Employee Engagement Process Map

You may have an interest in employee engagement and fully comprehend the benefits of having employees who are abso.....



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Tongue in Cheek: The 4th Industrial Revolution

It would appear we’re revolting for the fourth time in as many centuries. Muskets, spears and angry mobs ha.....



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The 4th Industrial Revolution – How does this affect our working lives?

With every technological advancement comes greater complexity and fresh challenges. Looking back, we learn th.....



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Generation Alpha – Discovering the next generation

Have you ever considered what the workplace will look like in 2025? Perhaps you have imagined computers that read your.....



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Tongue In Cheek: Etiquette and manners in the workplace

Despite the fact that it’s 2018 and Queen Victoria, the doyenne of all things right and proper, has been dead fo.....



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Office Space Calculator

  “Space – the final frontier” ...this voice-over by William Shatner at the start of each Star Tre.....



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Tongue in Cheek: The Gap years

People are going to copy your product if you build great stuff. Just because Yahoo has a search box doesn’t make.....



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Quiet Spaces to Work In

Mornings can be chaotic. You come into the office with a long list of things to do for the week and an inbox full of e.....



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Communication: Why We Shouldn’t Say ‘Good Work’: A Management Myth Debunked

I think we have all had the experience where we have spent a lot of time and effort producing a piece of work that.....



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Communication: Tips to Successfully Managing Employees with Flexible Work Hours

An Outcomes Based Management approach, where staff members are assessed by the quality of the tasks that they accomp.....



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Generation Z – The Alien Invasion

Breaking news: A new alien lifeform has landed on earth. Authorities are calling them ‘iGen’. Who are they? And ho.....



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Communication: Keep your friends close and your boss even closer

Hollywood has not shied away from using bosses as their villain in their box office hits. One of the most memo.....



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Tongue in Cheek: Planning for employee wellbeing

Many employees believe their management don’t give a toss about their wellbeing – and many would be right......



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Communication: Tips to being more assertive

It’s Monday morning and you are ready to get into your work week. You work in an open space planning office which .....



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Tongue in Cheek: A move in the right direction

Assign a windowless office to the resident claustrophobic and see what happens. Unless, of course, the paramed.....



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The Office Coffee Stop

Do you know that just smelling coffee can make you feel less stressed? Can you remember the last time you had a g.....



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Orica

Orica South Africa is part of a multi-national corporation that is one of the world’s largest providers of commerc.....



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Communication: Is empathy needed to be successful?

“You can never understand someone unless you understand their point of view, climb in that person’s skin, or sta.....



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Communication: “Now, Listen Properly…”

The biggest communication problem is that we do not listen to understand. We listen to reply. - Stephen R Covey. .....



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Office trends 2018 …. What’s it all about?

Each new year there is an ever-increasing barrage of trend predictions advising us to continue-this, change-that, fo.....



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10 Tips on Welcoming a New Employee

You’ve spent some time interviewing new candidates for a position in your company and finally made your choice for.....



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Navigating Change in 2018

Darryl Conner- a thought leader in the field of change management in organisations explains that as a species, we ar.....



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Mindfulness in our busy working lives

Is your working year starting off with the same galloping speed as previous years, despite having promised yourself yo.....



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5 Important Tips to Buying Office Furniture

Being experts in our industry we have listed 5 simple ways to ensure your office furniture is well thought out. Besi.....



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The importance of office furniture fabrics.

Are you selecting the right fabrics? Fabrics, Mesh, Polymers & Pellicle Traditionally office chairs were covered.....



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How Change Management Can Work For Your Office

Change Management is the process of transitioning people from an old way of doing things to a new way of doing thing.....



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Communication: The Five Languages of Appreciation

Why ‘good job’ just doesn’t cut it… When was the last time that you felt genuinely appreciated by your ma.....



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Pernod Ricard

Pernod Ricard is a leading distilled beverage distribution and events company. Using a mixture of diversity and expe.....



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6 questions to ask when choosing the right office space

Do you want to create an office space that could work for you in years to come? The first step in looking for a c.....



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How to cultivate loyal millennial employees in 2017

Last year, we published an article about the pressing topic of different generations working alongside each other in .....



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Five good reasons to rethink your office design in 2017

Redesigning your office space may not be top of mind when you think about setting new business goals for 2017. With .....



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Is working from home the best option for employees?

The World of Work is fast paced and constantly changing and we are all continuously striving to find some kind of ba.....



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Leadership styles – do you recognise yours?

You are sitting at your desk, earphones in, typing away on your keyboard and you feel this ominous shadow behind you.....



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10 important points to consider when choosing a corporate interior design company

1. Office design specialists Corporate design is a specialist skill, very different to domestic, hospitality, or re.....



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WorkFit with Personal Trainer Simone Jacobs …Fun Workouts to do in the office!

1. Squats with a difference Instead of sitting down when you reach your desk, do 10 squats using your chair. Sit down .....



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Annoying office habits

Just out of curiosity, we recently asked staff to inform us of any and all pet peeves, dislikes, and annoyances expe.....



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When the clock strikes 13:00

You are sitting at your desk and the clock strikes 13:00. You become acutely aware of the cacophony of noise as people p.....



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Activity Based Working and the importance of Change Management

What is this office philosophy that’s being bandied about? Simply put, this workplace philosophy encourages employe.....



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Too close for comfort

  We have all experienced that moment at work where we are meeting a new client or colleague for the first t.....



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SAICA

The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) is the leading accountancy body in South Africa, as wel.....



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Generations in the workplace

By 2020, there will be four (maybe even five - if the Traditionalists remain at their posts) generations working along.....



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Allow employees to have power naps during their work day to increase their productivity

.centered { width: 100%; } Have you ever experienced the ‘afternoon’ slump? You started your morn.....



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Paragon Interiors #shareyourworkspace Competition

Where there is a workspace there is imagination, creation and learning. Each one uniquely customised according t.....



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Asset Management Company

The Brief: Established in 2004, this asset management company predominantly deals in hedge funds and unit trusts. In .....



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I want an office like an ad agency!

Many people have been exposed to the ‘wonderland’ of the Google campus through media images and write-ups. T.....



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Zenith Optimedia (ZO)

Zenith Optimedia (ZO) is the third largest media company in the world and is the leader in trend forecasting. They h.....



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Office Trends 2016

Every year we are asked for the office trends of the upcoming year. Developments in office design are gradual and ar.....



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How interior design makes you feel

It’s all very well having the practical items selected but what about how the interiors make you feel when you.....



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Allergic to work?

Ever wondered why as soon as you walk into your office building in the morning you feel an immediate headache coming.....



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Creating a Happy Place at Work

Do you look forward to work? Or would you rather take a ride on a Tuk Tuk down Rivonia Road in peak hour traffic.....



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The psychology of the boardroom

Have you ever wondered what goes on ‘behind the scenes’ in a boardroom? Is there any pattern to or meaning beh.....



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You are what you eat… especially at work

We all know that staying energetic at work can be a drag. Its Monday morning…your eyes are blurry, your back is sore.....



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Don’t be caught offsides

The battle of two giants in the Rugby World Cup this weekend resulted in a two point defeat for South Africa. Desp.....



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Why considering employee wellness is in the best interests of your company…

  You know the feeling… you are stuck in traffic on the way to work. It’s 07:56AM. You feel beads of swe.....



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Creating better office spaces to reduce absenteeism – 12 Aug 2014 – BizCommunity

As employee absenteeism costs the South African economy between R12- to 16-billion annually, businesses need to .....



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Work absenteeism costs SA economy R16bn a year – 12 Aug 2014 – Mail and Guardian

"An estimated average of 15% of staff are absent on any given day - and only one in three people who do not go to .....



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Office design can help ease workplace anxiety – 10 Dec 2014 – BD Live

EMPLOYERS must consider their office design as they grapple with productivity losses from depression and anxiety, .....



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Depression Affects Company Productivity – 10 Dec 2014 – HR Pulse

Depression is one of the most common health issues affecting the workplace today. The World Health Organisation (WHO) .....



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Love makes the workplace go round – 12 Feb 2015 – BizCommunity

Valentine's Day is usually reserved for showering love on someone special. But if you are in a managerial position, .....



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Watch the World Cups with your staff – 23 Feb 2015 – BizCommunity

The events will, no doubt, have South Africans glued to their TV screens, iPads, laptops and any other communicati.....



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Moving offices tips

  There are many reasons for needing to change your offices. Your lease may have expired. You may have out.....



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You may have heard of the latest office design craze: HOT DESKING

Hot desking, where employees do not have an assigned workstation, has taken the world of work by storm. This is .....



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Creating a productive work environment

Here are a few of Paragon Interiors tips on creating a productive work environment: Keep cellphone ring tone.....



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Open place office – villain or hero ?

The open plan environment has been embraced by many companies as the future for workplace design. The world o.....



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Office Nightmares: Time for change

Have you outgrown your existing office space? Perhaps your fully-staffed office is getting too overcrowded? Or d.....



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Are you ready for the change ?

Perhaps the most notable change in the world of work this year is the increase in remote working. According to A.....



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Employee Experience

Have you ever stopped to think about how the world of work is constantly changing? The new office environment of.....