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The ideal workplace? It’s not open plan Add to ...

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Research collected by psychologist Jeremy Dean indicates the ideal workplace has lots of curves rather than just straight edges, a calming view to the outside environment, plants, and attention to decorations. It’s also not open plan. – PsyBlog

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Harvey Schachter is a Battersea, Ont.-based writer specializing in management issues. He writes Monday Morning Manager and management book reviews for the print edition of Report on Business and an online work-life column Balance. E-mail Harvey Schachter

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