The Path to Leadership Through Mentoring

 Guest Post Written By: Scott Lesizza, Principal at Workwell Partners If you think you can afford to start your professional career off without a mentor then do so. However, be warned that you may have to repeatedly start from scratch, fork out a lot of money and go through the same mistakes that others have already endured. If I could do it over again, I would have done everything I could to identify someone who cared enough to offer guidance. I was young and fresh out of college without a clear plan of what I wanted to do. I come from a blue collar background – my dad was a chef and my mom was a stay-at-home mom – so the reality was I did not have a clue as to how to go about working my way up the career ladder to a leadership position. I still thought I knew it all, but I […]

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Ergonomics in the Workplace

Earlier this week, I discussed the first part of my training at the Haworth Headquarters: wellness. The second part of the training, which goes hand in hand with wellness, was all about ergonomics. Ergonomics is another commonly used buzzword when talking about workplace design but many times people don’t understand what it means beyond the way you sit. It is defined as the study of your workplace in relation to the type or work you do and the tools you use, while keeping your capabilities in mind. For example, a 5’2” woman would not have the same type of desk as a 6’1” man. They have different body types meaning the way they sit and operate at a desk is completely different, which can make it difficult designing spaces for a larger company with many people. But keep in mind that better design leads to a more productive worker; poor design leads to a frustrated, […]

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Wellness in the Workplace

Last week, at their headquarters in Holland, Michigan, Haworth hosted dealers from all over the country for a two day Wellness and Ergonomics Training. I was fortunate enough to attend and dive deeper into the meaning of both Wellness and Ergonomics, both of which are growing trends in the workplace. This first post will focus on Wellness. Wellness is a huge trend that is growing in the workplace and is becoming more and more prominent in everyday conversations about workplace design. For many people it’s all about balance; balance of career, financial, physical, community and social. When discussing wellness there are a few buzz words that come to mind: wellness, well-being, and WELL. Wellness is referring to the physical state of a worker, well-being refers to the physical and physiological state of a worker, and WELL is the standard itself. When thinking about improving wellness in the workplace there are two areas to look at: the […]

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What We are Reading

Plenty of Plants: Greens are good for you (OnOffice) How New York has changed over time: 13 Before & After Photos That Show The Changing Face Of New York City (Guest of a Guest) Well-being plays in a person’s success: The Importance of Work-Life Balance and Health (Huffington Post) It’s rooftop season: 10 Incredible Hotel Rooftops From Around The World (Contemporist) Please prepare for departure: LaGuardia Airport’s New $4.2B Terminal Cleared for Landing ( Commercial Observer) Workspace Design Checklist: 7 Factors of Great Office Design (Harvard Business Review) What’s in store for the future: How will Generation Z disrupt the workplace? (Fortune) Don’t go Blaming your office: Creative Office Design Won’t Make You Better At Your Job, But This Might (Fast Company)

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Balance of Fun & Productivity – Management Sets the Tone

 Guest Post Written By: Scott Lesizza, Principal at Workwell Partners When you’re looking to strike a balance between fun and productivity in the workplace, it’s important to realize that management sets the tone. When you are an executive looking to inspire and spark creativity, you get way more from your team if you are in the trenches with them. The end goal in creating a relaxed work environment is for people to enjoy where they spend most of their day, by being happier, getting more work done, becoming more loyal employees and spreading the word to others, and ultimately producing better work. Most C-Suite executives that we speak with prefer to maintain their full floor-to-ceiling glass offices with an open door policy and a willingness to engage their people ‘on the floor.’ The open door policy extends to allowing their private offices to be used for various purposes, including mini conference rooms and often multi-occupancy […]

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NeoCon Trend 3 – The New Workstations

It’s undeniable that over the past few years, workstations have dramatically evolved and changed in the furniture world. Whether it was the move towards smaller “bench” stations or the introduction and later explosion of height adjustable desks, the way that the commercial interiors industry has approached the way we work. At this year’s NeoCon Showcase, this idea of the ever-changing workstation was as present as ever. Standing Height Surfaces It’s no secret that height adjustable desks have been having a “moment” for the past few years. That in itself wasn’t necessarily a trend this year, but rather the prominence of fixed worksurfaces that were at standing height. These standing height stations allow people to perch while working, and offer a way for users to change their postures. Haworth had several great examples of this throughout their space – from their “Immerse” standing height conference table (below left) to their new “Sidecar” standing height workstation (below center), both […]

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NeoCon 2016 Trend: “Unfinished” Business

As far as clichés go, “the devil is in the details” is one of the most commonly used, as well as one of my favorites. When it comes down to the nitty-gritty, the most minute of things can often have the biggest impact. I found at NeoCon this year, this was as true as ever before. One of the most common examples was the “unfinished” edges found everywhere from conference tables to workstations. Allermuir’s line of standing height tables, “Silta”, showcased how a simple unfinished edge could integrate seamlessly with polished aluminum, laminate and wood detailing: In Vitra’s Showroom, their “Joyn” Conference Table brought together a dark surface and black legs with a light, unfinished edge: The “Truss Benching System” from West Elm Workspace mixes a comfortable, residential feel with the clean lines and simplistic finishes many designers love: Neinkamper’s “Nomad Flexibility Workspace” and “Vox” Conferencing provide another stellar example of the unfinished edges, this […]

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Top NeoCon 2016 Trends: #1

  Another year, another awesome NeoCon Showcase in Chicago. With so many interesting showrooms to stop by, it was a marathon few days for our team exploring new products, discovering prominent trends, and meeting up with industry friends and colleagues. More so than ever, we found that many different manufacturers subscribed to the same trends, or as our own Principal Scott Lesizza puts it: “it’s as if the contract furniture Illuminati got together earlier this year“. We found several trends thrown to the forefront of the showcase and over the next few days, we will be sharing them with you right here on our blog- complete with photos and our firsthand take on what we thought was most impactful. So – what trend is up first? Color. Pantone Colors of the Year Pantone is the standard for color in industries from interior design, fashion, and art. Each year they crown their “Color of the Year” […]

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7th Annual Big Apple Run For The Warriors

At the end of April, Workwell Partners formed a team for the 7th Annual Big Apple Run For The Warriors which benefits Hope For The Warriors foundation. This past Sunday, two of our team members hit the pavement in the Financial District and ran 3 miles for this great cause. Founded aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in 2006, this national nonprofit organization’s mission is to restore self, family, and hope to service members, their families, and families of the fallen through many different programs. The main focus of the different programs is about transition services, clinical health and wellness, as well as sports and recreation. This year marks their tenth anniversary of serving those who served. Over the past month and half, our team raised $795 for Hope for the Warriors. To give a breakdown of where our donation goes, here are some stats: $10 provides a meal to a service member at a […]

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Pop of Color

Yesterday, our team was treated to lunch and met the lovely ladies from Poppin! From design to delivery, this company seems to be on to something. To quote their presentation, they are “simply different.” Based in NYC (and quickly expanding!), Poppin is a one-stop shop from your desk accessories to your actual desk and chair. Their bright colors and customizable options are designed to help make you more productive, inspired, but most importantly work happy.  Poppin dove into some of their most popular products for us which included: their Stow File Cabinet, Series A Ping-Pong Conference Table, and Block Party Configuration sofa and chairs. All of which are very easily modified to fit the space that they are in and the people they are servicing. Aside from their products, Poppin prides themselves on their smart engineering, easy ordering, unrivaled pricing, affordable installation, fast shipping, and certified quality. They make is very easy for you from […]

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