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How personal is too personal for work spaces?

This story appears in the July 1999 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Most full-time employees spend more of their waking hours at work than at home, and it's natural that they'll want a work space that reflects their own personalities. But is that practical?

The answer is yes--if it's done in moderation. "If employees work in an area where they feel comfortable, they'll be more productive," says B.J. Miller, owner of Visions Design Group in Johnson City, Tennessee, and the national spokesperson for the American Soci-ety of Interior Designers. "But personalization of work areas is hard to control."

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