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The Glamorous and Sleek GHD Offices

Perfect hair comes from perfect offices.

Tracy Lee Nicol

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Swanky offices aren’t just for IT businesses, high-end hair product manufacturer GHD has a head office that is polished, posh, and not a hair out of place.

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The reception area is chic and minimally decorated, with display cases that resemble an art gallery showcasing GHD products and famous faces that have used them. Plush leather benches finish off the look.

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The European headquarters for GHD follow through with the salon theme, with retro salon chairs, large mirrors and lighting for product testing.

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When it comes down to business, the sleek boardroom mirrors the effect of GHD straighteners (on full display alongside Katy Perry).

GHD Office

Behind the glamour and fashion of the hair business, the immaculate and pristine working space of GHD is well lit by natural light, top lighting and glass, keeping the environment airy, bright and conducive to productivity.

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Tracy-Lee Nicol is an experienced business writer and magazine editor. She was awarded a Masters degree with distinction from Rhodes university in 2010, and in the time since has honed her business acumen and writing skills profiling some of South Africa's most successful entrepreneurs, CEOs, franchisees and franchisors.Find her on Google+.

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6 Companies With Amazing Office Layouts To Inspire Your Office Redesign

Wide open spaces, a petting zoo, a napping space? What will it take to make your employees stay forever?

Anna Johansson

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Creating the perfect office environment is a major challenge for new and experienced entrepreneurs alike. Your workplace environment affects the morale of every member of your team, including you, and is responsible for forming that important first impression of every prospective client who walks in the door.

But rather than sit and speculate about how to make your office better, why not look to some great examples of companies that have already mastered it?

Key principles

Throughout the following examples, you’ll see the following principles in action:

  • Adherence to brand values and personality. First, every office seems to “fit” with the overall culture and personality of the brand offering it. This provides the groundwork for better team cohesion and establishes a more powerful identity for the company.
  • Sensory experiences. There are interesting sights, sounds and even pleasant smells, making each office seem both unique and welcoming. Small environmental changes here can make a big difference.
  • Comfort and convenience. Finally, most of these office designs aim to make life more comfortable and convenient for these businesses’ employees. Comfort and convenience lead to higher employee retention and better on-the-job performance.

Now let’s dig into six companies whose offices make work more appealing to everyone involved:

  1. Google
  2. Carbon Black
  3. Nokia
  4. HomeAdvisor
  5. Moz
  6. Domino’s Pizza
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10 Examples Of Companies With Fantastic Cultures

Looking to boost employee retention and happiness at your business? Follow in the footsteps of these 10 companies.

Sujan Patel

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Having great company culture is no longer just an option. Today’s workers consider it as much as they consider salary and benefits. In fact, fantastic company culture is almost expected along with other traditional benefits.

While the culture that works for one company might not work for another, you can learn a lot from companies who are doing it right, and get started on company culture hacks of your own.

  1. Zappos
  2. Warby Parker
  3. Southwest Airlines
  4. Twitter
  5. Chevron
  6. SquareSpace
  7. Google
  8. REI
  9. Facebook
  10. Adobe
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(Slideshow) Bizarre Buildings

From a germ-free building to one built in a bomb shelter, we take a look at some of the strangest yet functional buildings around the world.

Alison Job

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The-Bubble-Building-Cool Offices-Cool BusinessThe Bubble Building. This inflatable, antibacterial building was designed to keep out germs in the Shanghai city centre. While it may resemble a giant jumping castle, if built it will provide an ultra-clean office space.

The building could be created using inflatables made of white antibacterial nylon that are placed around the exterior of an ordinary office building.

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