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Hill Holliday’s Jenny Archer (foreground) and Lauren Clifford enjoy massages from James Kilcoyne and Jonathan Jodoin. Hill Holliday’s Jenny Archer (foreground) and Lauren Clifford enjoy massages from James Kilcoyne and Jonathan Jodoin. (Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff)
By Katie Johnston Chase
Globe Staff / November 7, 2010

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EMPLOYEES AT HILL Holliday don’t have to hustle out the door for a 5 p.m. manicure or take time out of their weekends to get a haircut. They can take care of those appointments in the advertising agency’s own beauty room, where local hairstylists, manicurists, masseuses, and tailors visit throughout the month to offer their services.

The room came about two and a half years ago, when the firm relocated from its longtime Back Bay home to the Financial District. Executives realized that employees would lose the convenience of being close to neighborhood services, so they brought them to the office.Employees pay for the services; Hill Holliday simply supplies the 180-square-foot room and coordinates the appointments.

It’s all about making life easier on employees, said chief executive Mike Sheehan, who gets his hair cut in the beauty room every other Tuesday. The standing appointment takes as little as 15 minutes, he said, as opposed to the hour or more it would take him to get to and from the barber. That, he said, would be “a pain in the neck.’’

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