Whitespace Consultants

…with Gaelle Merlin

gaelle---burmatexHead of design

Describe your office in under twelve words
Large, industrial, impressive, inspirational, friendly, very sensitive to temperature changes during the year and light changes during the day.

How much time do you spend there?
An average of 9 hours per day.

Tidy or untidy?
Mostly untidy, but organized in it’s way…

Trendy or functional?
More trendy than functional, but ideally, it should be both!

Oddest thing on your desk?
My bilingual French-English dictionary I brought with me on my first day.

Office refreshment of choice?
Green tea

What do you keep in your desk drawer?
Post it, markers, calculators, memory sticks and expenses

Open plan or office?
Open plan

Meetings – lover or hater?
Both, depends on the agenda.

Phone or e-mail?
Mainly emails. Obviously phone when I need a quick answer.

Best time saving tip?
Pick up your phone

Best business advice ever given?
Always put a date on your documents, reports, minutes…

Most annoying office habits of others?
I haven’t found any yet!

Biggest office irritations?
A noisy heating system. It looks cool and trendy, but it’s not functional at all.

Best office you’ve ever visited?
The head quarter of advertising company JC Decaux in Plaisir in the West suburb of Paris. It is a large open space with floor to ceiling windows opened on a beautiful landscape. The building has been built in a way that you can only see the nature when you look outside.

Dream place to work?
It would be somewhere mostly sunny, at walking or cycling distance from my house, with large windows and a sea side view.


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