Heather Rome, Previously of Development Alternatives Inc. (DAI) – Lighting in the Workplace

Heather Rome is a practiced business professional with exceptional experience at Development Alternatives Inc. (DAI).  In her years as a businessperson, Rome has experienced varied office environments. Workplaces like those that Heather Rome worked in while with DAI demonstrated that improved ergonomics often lead to increased employee satisfaction. Ergonomic lighting, for example, has been shown to positively impact workplace performance. The higher the illuminance, the greater the efficiency employees typically demonstrate in completing both complex and simple tasks.

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Heather Rome DAI

The correct level of lighting can help decrease levels of tiredness, reduce employee stress, and improve overall concentration. Illuminance of between 750 Lux and 1,000 Lux is ideal for both elderly and young employees. Combining light sources to meet lighting requirements can further improve mood, productivity and energy of employees. Natural lighting quality, direct lighting and appropriate luminance lighting typically create a productive combination.

Whether you are designing lighting ergonomics for the workplace or a home office, working near a natural light source helps improve productivity. Additionally, a balance of both direct and indirect lights that are flicker-free and silent will reduce distractions and stress. If possible, the intensity of light in each room, from each source, should be adjustable to suit employee preference.

If you are working in an office with poor lighting and you are not in a position to rework the situation, consider adding a lamp to help illuminate your space. For situations when this is not possible, speaking to management about lighting ergonomics might inspire a deeper analysis.  Through her work for DAI and other businesses, Heather Rome is aware of the benefits of lighting ergonomics.


Heather Rome, Formerly of DAI – Traveling Light

During her time with DAI, Heather Rome found that she was required to travel on a regular basis. She learned how to pack everything she required to do her job while keeping things lightweight. Here are a few tips that she encourages people to keep in mind when packing.

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A Small Case

The theory behind this tip is fairly simple, as the smaller your case, the less you will be able to take with you. This means that you will have to prioritize, only taking the things that you really need. Of course, you also get the added advantage of traveling with less weight than you would have with a larger case.

Take Detergent

Instead of packing multiple outfits, try only packing a few reusable items and taking some detergent so that you can wash them at your hotel. You may even prefer to purchase some detergent when you arrive at your destination.


Be very particular with your shoe selection. Ideally you should have one pair for leisure and one pair for the office. Wear your leisure shoes on the plane, so that you only have to pack the one pair that you need for the office. Consider bringing some shoe polish so that you can keep office shoes looking great throughout the duration of your trip.

Light Clothes

Packing light clothing is recommended, particularly as clothing can be layered to accommodate changing climates. Clothing made from cotton, linen and merino wool are all excellent choices and won’t leave you feeling bogged down.

Heather Rome DAI is an experienced international traveler and businesswoman who has worked for global corporations such as Development Alternatives, Inc. (DAI), and recommends packing and traveling light during your next international adventure.

Heather Rome, Formerly of DAI – Building a Culture of Collaboration

Heather Rome is a natural leader with a talent for helping groups of people to focus on their individual goals, while also ensuring that they are able to collaborate with one another to reach a shared objective. This is one of the many qualities she implemented at DAI and she has the following tips to share.

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Be Understood

If team members are unaware of the objectives towards which they are working, they will soon begin to lose focus and perhaps even start bickering amongst themselves. Make sure that everybody knows the milestones they need to achieve and the priority that is placed on each one. This will allow them to make better use of their individual talents to achieve the collective goals.

Foster Friendship

Team members are more likely to be happy working together when they enjoy each other’s company. Encourage interaction outside the workplace by organizing the occasional lunch. By forming friendships outside the office, each member of the team will feel more comfortable with each other when sharing ideas or offering constructive criticism.


As a project leader, be sure to hold team meetings and listen to all suggestions and feedback. Publically acknowledge each individual’s skill set and contributions, and organize workloads accordingly.


Encourage the team to work together towards the shared goal by balancing group tasks with individual tasks to enable those who prefer a more individual workspace to feel comfortable, while still having access to the group as a whole.

Heather Rome, formerly of Development Alternatives, Inc., (DAI) is a project management professional and understands the numerous benefits of a collaborative team work environment.