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Color Me Productive

Busy employees are singing the blues.

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The blue has a long-standing reputation as the bad boy of the color spectrum, everybody's favorite synonym for sadness. Well, here's some news that clears the falsely accused color of all charges: If you're a small-business owner and you've got the blues in the workplace, you most likely have productive, serene employees.

Decorating experts have long known that the colors of an office's interior affect employee performance. "Color is not pure science, but [after making over many businesses' color schemes], we have received feedback from customers who say productivity has improved, absenteeism is down and morale is up," says Linda Trent, director of color and design marketing with -based paint giant Sherwin-

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