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NICE WORK
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Nice Work is Radio 4's essential guide to working life in Britain today - we aim to cut through the jargon to get to the heart of what matters.

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Listen to Nice Work for 26 October 2004
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PHILIPPA LAMB
Philippa Lamb
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Tuesday 26 October 2004
Image of  Mother's office in London.
The offices of Mother.


The 21st Century Office

Do people who work in bright, modern offices get more done than people who have to spend their working hours in dingy, dated surroundings?

Internet cafes, lively colour schemes and well-designed office furniture look great but can they really raise morale and cut down sick leave?

Designers argue that they can - in fact they say there's now plenty of evidence to show that improving the quality of our working environment not only makes us happier, but healthier and more productive as well. In this week's Nice Work we look at how the traditional office is being re-thought for the 21st century worker.

We take a tour of the advertising agency Mother -which has based its entire business philosophy on the idea that its offices are central to its success. Workers change places every month and sit around enormous concrete tables with their wireless laptops and phones.

We also visit the Treasury, where 7 miles of walls were knocked down and open plan offices introduced in an attempt to change the way civil servants worked.

We also look at the growth of home working. It's increasingly being used by companies to cut office costs, and saves commuting but is it a perk or a problem?

Guests

Professor Jeremy Myerson
Royal College of Art

Frank Duffy
architect and founder of DEGW

Caroline Waters
Head of People Networks, BT

Linda Doe
Principal Psychologist at Psychology at Work

Charles Dalton
MD of Henley Offices



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