Offices should not be dull, grey, functional, people factories but more like home - and this applies especially to IT departments, according to a new book out this week.
IT people tend to work in teams, and they should reflect this in the way they organise their office space - to the benefit of their work, says office design consultant Adryan Bell in Transforming Your Workplace, published by the Institute of Personnel and Development.
"Offices in which people are organised as teams should get away from the clear hierarchy look," he says. "At home we use colour, warmth, light and textures, so why not apply these at work?
"Positioning desks at angles, with curved walls or partitions and thoughtful circulation routes can add significantly to the visual interest of our surroundings.
"Darkness, clutter, straight lines and corners are definitely out. "At home we use colour, light and textures, so why not at work?"
He encourages finishing touches ranging from art to fish tanks: "Adding life and movement can evoke a sense of ownership."
Even so, he cautions that radical changes still need to take account of different office personalities, such as the paper hoarder, the control freak and the status king.
The book, which will set you back £5.95, can be obtained on 01752-202301.
This was first published in March 2000