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Most people spend most of their day in an office, so it helps to not sit in a warehouse-like setup with the cold glare of buzzing fluorescents backlighting their computer screens for eight painful hours a day. Whether your office is in a Jacaranda-lined suburb in Pretoria or on a spacious Welgemoed property, your employees deserve to have their work space jazzed up so that they feel more inspired and happy while they work.

Here are some easy ways to liven up an everyday office:

1. Paint in colour!
Painting the walls of an office can completely change the vibe. Even if you don’t want to be too extreme, simply painting one wall can bring the office to life. Employees may even change their cubicle décor to suit the new office colour.

2. Install a suggestion-whiteboard
The beauty of a whiteboard is that it can be used, changed, and used again. Allow employees to make lists, take meeting notes, or simply write inspirational quotes on the whiteboard. Make it their creative space – this will get everyone contributing to the ideas board, which may even inspire the boss!

3. Get a coffee maker
If you’re the boss that everyone loves to hate, turn that all around with a coffee maker. Employees will forget that you made them work late or that performance reviews feel like purgatory – as long as they have the bitter injection of a regular latte, they’ll forgive you. Include a vending machine and you’ll almost certainly be given a “BEST BOSS EVER” mug as a joint gift from all of them.

4. Put up personal artwork
This is a great idea if you work in a creative environment. Very often, employees’ personal creativity gets side-lined in favour of clients’ creative briefs. Suggest that each office creative bring a personal artwork to the office to hang on the walls. Not only will this change the dynamic of the office, but the personalisation will make employees feel like their creativity matters.

How have you livened up your office space? Comment below and give other employers some great ideas!

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First National Bank has completed the construction of its ground breaking regional head offices based in Melyn, Pretoria. The commercial construction project cost a staggering R355 million and will house the various FNB and Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) divisions presently dispersed around the city. The building is owned by both FNB and Growthpoint under the same sectional title scheme.

FNB will occupy the 15 080 metre square office block where its sectional title partner Growthpoint will move into a 9 880 metre square office space. Both respective buildings boast a super basement parking comprising four levels. The general building consists of a ground level and 5 level office space which can carry 840 people.

FNB’s commercial property in Pretoria exceeded the criteria for office space construction, boasting raised access floors for flexible voice, data, power reticulations as well as power back-ups for emergencies.

In keeping with environmental “green” standards for commercial property; air-conditioning and lighting installations have been implemented. The new headquarters satisfyingly adhere to recognised standards for environmental and safety operational criteria – incorporating global practices such as water reutilisation and energy efficiency.

This record breaking commercial property is a further investment to the city of Tshwane; an economic enhancement that in its own right establishes the metropolitan district as a commercial node rivalling those thriving elsewhere in the country.

Tshwane recently enjoyed a revamped airport, a six lane road system between Johannesburg and Pretoria, as well as a landmark in the Gautrain infrastructure. Tshwane’s developments secure a healthy flow of investment both domestically and internationally in the tourism, construction and commerce sectors.

FNB’s Pretoria headquarters are greatly contributing to job creation. Both in the sense of the construction works carried out and the support of maintenance staff that will be required and commissioned for the office block’s upkeep.

Boogertman & Partners provided the architectural design of this A-prime commercial property development with Steffanuti Stocks being credited as a principal contractor. Operations will commence from as early as February 2012 which is when the staff are expected to occupy the premises.


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