By Hazel

Why you should never paint Office walls White

White walls in a room might feel crisp and clean, like a blank slate, but if they’re in your workplace, it’s time to repaint. Color not only affects a person’s mood, but it can also hinder a worker’s effectiveness.

In a study from the University of Texas, researcher Nancy Kwallek tested the impact of color on productivity by giving three groups of people clerical tasks to complete in three different rooms, each painted a different color: red, white, and aqua. Some individuals, which Kwallek calls high-screeners, were able to block out the color “noise” of their surroundings, while others, low-screeners, were affected by it. The high-screeners had no difficulty working in the red room, while low-screeners tended to be distracted by the color. Both groups, however, made more errors when they worked in the white room.

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By Hazel

Health Screening held in Azure, Singapore

In our everyday work we always put priority to safety first. But in the same manner as we want our staff and workers to be safe, we also want to make sure that they are healthy and fit to work. We believe that with regular health screening we can have early detection of disease which can be prevented or treated immediately.

              

By Hazel

15 Ways to Revolutionize Your Workplace

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Some people thought I had taken a few steps backward when, at 27, I left the stability of a great job and tremendous responsibility to join the team of a startup nonprofit that had no building and a small following. But over the next 15 years, we saw that little startup grow to reach thousands.

As that growth occurred and the organization grew more complex, my leadership had to bend and morph with it. But the results were more than satisfying: Our little “startup,” Granger Community Church, in Granger, Indiana, was eventually noted in a national poll as the second most innovative church in America. And, when I left my position as pastor in 2014, the church had more than 100 employees, multiple buildings, spin-off organizations, a restaurant and a preschool.

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By Hazel

Christmas Party

Christmas is the season to be merry and generous. We are grateful for the year that was and so we wanted to party and play amongst our peers. What better way to celebrate than to exchange gifts play games and just have fun!

By Hazel

Azure Company Trip to Bali, Indonesia

2014 has been a very productive and busy year for our team. We have completed quite a number of projects so we all agreed to take the time off from the hustle and bustle of Singapore to play, relax and unwind. We went to Bali, Indonesia, and brought our family and loved ones along to enjoy. It has been a very relaxing four-day trip wherein we not only get to relax but we also built a very candid and good relationship with our peers.

 

 

By Hazel

Paintball Game with AS Schneider

There is no better way than to sweat it all out when it comes to distressing from a hard day’s work. It was very exciting to play a competitive yet fun game with one of our clients. Team AS Schneider definitely gave their all for this game and won! As for Team Azure we bonded well and we get down and dirty for the sake of having fun. This is something we are looking forward to doing again!

 

               

By Hazel

The Computer vs The Hand In Architectural Drawing

In the architecture world, there are a handful of persistent debates that arise time and time again: the challenges of being a woman in the field of architecture is one of them, for example; the problems of a culture of long hours and hard work is another. But one of the most enduring arguments in architecture – especially in the academic sphere – is the battle between hand drawing and computer aided design. Both schools have their famous proponents: Michael Graves, for example, was known as a huge talent with a pencil and paper, and came to the defense of drawing in articles for the New York Times, among others. Patrik Schumacher, on the other hand, is famous for his commitment to the capabilities of the computer.

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By Hazel

He Was Tired Of Looking At Boring Office Walls, So He Bought 9,000 Post-It Notes. The Result Is Amazing.

One day I just got so tired of how sterile and boring our office felt, I thought I should do something about it.

As you can see, the walls are pretty plain, but that meant I had a lot of space to work with. I realized that painting would take a long time, and would be difficult to remove (I had the building facilities department to worry about), so I landed on Post-Its as a semi-cheap and fully temporary solution.

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By Hazel

Eating Lunch At Your Desk Isn’t Doing You Any Favors

A crumb-free keyboard isn’t the only benefit of eating lunch away from the computer.

Taking the time to step away for lunch could greatly enhance one’s work ethic, according to Kimberly Elsbach, a professor of organizational behavior at the University of California, Davis.

“My research is really on the effects of taking breaks from routine work on your productivity, on your sense of self-worth and, most importantly, on your creativity,” Elsbach told HuffPost Live on Wednesday. “For me, lunch isn’t just an opportunity to nourish your body; it’s an opportunity to nourish your mental state, your mind, and that has much more to do with taking a break from a routine surrounding.”

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By Hazel

Can’t Focus? Your Office Paint Color Might Be To Blame

It’s 3 p.m. Though you’ve had plenty of coffee, your energy is on a decidedly downward trend. You try to struggle on the task at hand, but there’s something that’s just keeping you from concentrating. The answer might be right in front of you — literally. That is, if that wall is the wrong paint color.

When it comes to workplace environments, bold might not be better. “Colors that are very saturated and not very bright — like emerald green and sapphire blue — generally promote an energy level that puts people into overdrive if they’re trying to do thoughtful work alone or to collaborate with others. They just can’t concentrate well,” says Sally Augustin, PhD, an environmental psychologist and principal at Design With Science, via email. Augustin also cited a study by Andrew Elliot, a psychology professor at the University of Rochester, which found that exposure to the color redlead to distraction, worry and a reduced ability to focus on mental tasks.

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Why you should never paint Office walls White
Health Screening held in Azure, Singapore
15 Ways to Revolutionize Your Workplace
Christmas Party
Azure Company Trip to Bali, Indonesia
Paintball Game with AS Schneider
The Computer vs The Hand In Architectural Drawing
He Was Tired Of Looking At Boring Office Walls, So He Bought 9,000 Post-It Notes. The Result Is Amazing.
Eating Lunch At Your Desk Isn’t Doing You Any Favors
Can’t Focus? Your Office Paint Color Might Be To Blame