2017 Workwell for Warriors

This past Thursday, Workwell Partners hosted our Second Annual Charity event for Hope for the Warriors. Thanks to of all of our sponsors, raffle donors, and those who attended our event, we are proud to announce that we have raised over $10,500 for this remarkable charity. We can’t thank you enough for your support and generosity. Earlier in 2016, Workwell announced a formal partnership with Hope for the Warriors and adopted the charity. We participated in some of the charity hosted events as well as hosted our own event for them that was solely dedicated to raising money for this charity. In 2016, we raised over $9,000 for the charity though out the year. This year, we upped the ante and set our fundraising goal at $10,000 from the event alone. We gathered our team and filled the room with colleagues, clients, coworkers, and vendors for an open bar, bites, raffle, silent auction and so […]

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Does great furniture equal more productivity?

Managing the expectations of an entire company is a challenge in itself. How do you design a space that keeps everyone engaged? Is it including certain furniture? What about bright colors? Do you have a more open floor plan or something that is a bit more private? How many collaboration areas are too many?  At the end of the day the number one question is how to increase and keep productivity? Atmosphere and furniture in a space truly play a large part in the overall productivity of those using it. Here are some great articles that discuss the correlation between workspace design and productivity: http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/7456-workspace-design-productivity.html http://www.the-global-now.com/business/office-furniture-affecting-productivity/ https://www.business.com/articles/the-office-atmosphere-impacts-productivity-behavior-appearance-and-comfortability/ http://blog.millikencarpet.com/how-your-office-chairs-impact-employee-productivity https://www.inc.com/murray-newlands/7-reasons-why-great-office-furniture-increases-productivity.html

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Project Managers or Miracle Workers – One in the Same

By definition, project management is “the discipline of using established principles, procedures and policies to manage a project from conception through completion”. Project Management is a unique field that tends to fall onto people’s laps versus them choosing the job for themselves. It’s something that you grow into and sometimes happens out of necessity. When asking our PM’s about what they would compare their position to, they all had different analogies. The answers we received were an obstacle course, a quarterback, an orchestra conductor, and a miracle worker. All are very different answers but they have the same underlying themes of being a leader, being organized, thinking out of the box, and sometimes fixing or solving issues that look impossible. OBSTACLE COURSE I think once you look beyond the literal meaning of this (an install being a physical obstacle course), it is easy to relate the tasks of this job to an obstacle course. First […]

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FORE!

This year our team hit the links, well sort of, for a day filled with golf at Top Golf in Edison, NJ. Each year, we try to plan a fun, unforgettable day outside the office for our employees. We do this as a small thank you to all of our employees for all that they do throughout the year. It is always nice to spend time together in a casual, non-office setting (despite our love of being surrounded by office furniture). Top Golf is a unique experience and is good for people of all ages and level of golf skills. Top Golf is an elevated, interactive driving range. You score points by hitting micro-chipped golf balls at giant dartboard-like targets on an outfield. The closer you get your ball to the centre or ‘bullseye’ and the further the distance, the more points earned. As soon as we arrived, we broke off into teams and starting teeing […]

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Design is like a Game…

Comparing industries is something that we all do. Finding the perfect analogy to explain what you do on a day to day basis can sometimes be challenging. But for our designers they all were able to compare what they do daily to the following three games: Puzzle Tetris Chess It’s no coincidence how all of their answers seem to coincide with one another.  Each of the above games individually has strategies that tend to be unique to the individual person while they’re engaged in it. Often times, these activities are something that you either have a knack for or not so much. I find it is very rare that someone says these games are “just ok” – they either love them or hate them. Puzzle A puzzle by definition is a game, toy, or problem designed to test cleverness or knowledge. This can definitely apply to many aspects of designing for someone else, especially for […]

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Wellness in the Workplace with Workwell Partners

This past Wednesday, Workwell Partners along with the International WELL Building Institute came together to bring NYC’s design community a continued education unit (CEU) class called, “Wellness in the Workplace.” The event was hosted at Fisher & Paykel’s Experience Center located in the A&D Building and featured a healthy mix of Mediterranean-inspired dishes such as salmon gremolata and smoked hummus, which were prepared by in-house chef, Tageré Southwell. The evening’s class consisted of two parts. The first was presented by Vice President of Global Business Development, Stephen Brown, who introduced the basic building blocks of WELL, walking attendees from its origins to case studies and WELL certified projects. To learn more about the WELL building standard, you can read our previous posts about it: Wellness in the Workplace or Our Night With The WELL Building Standard. The second part of the CEU was presented by Workwell Partner’s very own LEED Designer and Account Liaison, Jesús […]

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What We are Reading

It’s not enough to be in the right place, at the right time, here are the right words to use: 11 Smart Phrases to Use at Networking Events (Inc) Take a breath, the right way: You’re Not Breathing Right (Bloomberg) Here’s how to give back, no matter the size: 10 Ways Small Businesses Can Give Back Without Breaking the Bank (Entrepreneur) To have a private office or to not have a private office: CEOs Want Their Offices Back (The Wall Street Journal) Turn that frown upside down: 10 Expert-Approved Ways To Turn Around A Bad Day (Huffington Post) Productivity lies in the floor plan: How the right office design can maximize productivity (The Business Journals) Oh you sit in a Haworth Fern: 5 Super-Fancy Desk Chairs To Upgrade Your Workday (Wired) Learn how to actually step away from Work: Vacation Tips From a Workaholic (Entrepreneur)

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Workwell for Warriors Update

This time last year our team adopted Hope for the Warriors as our official charity. Since then we’ve participated in their Big Apple Runs, hosted our own event for them, and held collections in our office to support those who are in the program. You can read more about this charity and our past involvement with them on our Workwell for Warriors page here. In the past few months, there are two events that we participated in that support this charity. The first being a school supply collection. We collected backpacks and school supplies for those families who benefit from the program. This collection was done in the spring instead of the fall so that Hope for the Warriors could distribute these supplies to the families in the program over the summer in time for the start of school! We sent two full boxes of supplies down to families in the North Carolina area. We […]

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15 Years of Working Well

We are proud to be celebrating 15 years of service! In 2002, Workwell Partners was founded by Jonathan Kessler, Jason Lesizza, and Scott Lesizza. Workwell grew from humble beginnings to one of the fastes growing dealerships in the country, with clients that make up some of the most prestigious in the world. Here are 15 facts about our company from the past 15 years. 1 54% of our employees have been here for more than 5 years. 2 In 2005, the Principals of  Workwell Partners were featured on the cover of Mannreport and in a two page article discussing the company, industry, and why they started Workwell Partners. 3 In 2006, Workwell Partners became a Haworth Dealer. Now we are proud to say that we are a Haworth Preferred Dealer. 4 In 2008, Global Brands Group (Formerly Li + Fung), was looking to fulfill an order for 1 chair. That one chair began Workwell’s 9 […]

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Haworth, Inc. Honors Workwell Partners With 2017 Best In Class Distinction

New York, NY. – May 8, 2017 – Haworth, Inc. has announced that Workwell Partners has been designated as a 2017 Best In Class dealership.  The annual Best In Class distinction, which was established in 2011, is awarded to dealerships based on exceptional performance in market development, sales and customer satisfaction, operational excellence as well as enterprise development. “Through outstanding dealerships like Workwell Partners, Haworth is able to provide our clients with an exceptional customer experience,” said Robert Hendrickson, Director of Dealer Development for Haworth. Workwell Partners is one of 30 dealerships to be awarded the 2017 Best In Class distinction.  Haworth works with a network of more than 250 North American dealerships — independent businesses — who provide sales and support to customers by helping architects, designers, and facility managers in the complex process of selecting, specifying, planning, and purchasing furniture and workspace interiors. Workwell Partners is one of the leading providers of workplace, […]

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