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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What We are Reading

Workwell is on: The Right Side of Cool (OnOffice) Better Design, More Productivity : How Workplace Design Influences Worker Productivity (Inkbot Design) Love your Office: 7 Ways to Make Your Office a Sanctuary (Entrepreneur) The Chrysler Building like you’ve never seen before: Top 10 Secrets of the Chrysler Building in NYC (Untapped Cities) Fashionable Fridges: Made in Italy: Dolce & Gabbana and Smeg launch collection of hand-painted fridges (Wallpaper*) Happy Birthday to an Architect Legend: Spotlight: I.M. Pei (Arch Daily) NYC is going Green: Solar Panels Lead NYCHA’s Sustainability Agenda (Curbed NY) Interactive Furniture: Juno Jeon Breathes Life Into His Furniture (Design Milk)

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All Aboard: Workwell Celebrates CoreNet NYC Annual Dinner

Back at it for another year! As some of you may remember from last year, our team and invited guests attended the “it” event for Commercial Real Estate in New York City, the New York City Chapter of CoreNet Global’s Annual Dinner. With attendance being at an all time high for this coveted event, this night of networking and celebration was held at a new venue, the Intrepid Museum. From the design competition to the performance by saxophonist, Alex Foster, this night did not disappoint! It was an evening filled with great conversation, delicious food and drinks amongst colleagues, clients, and friends. To see more from this night, click on the image below to check out our gallery of our photos from this great event. Thanks to our team and guests at our table for a terrific evening!

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Building A New “Purch”

This Post Originally Appeared on Office Envy’s Website Rising real estate costs and shrinking workstations have forced several of Workwell Partner’s clients to think outside the cubicle when it comes to laying out their space. In recent months, we’ve seen explosive growth coupled with a lack of inventory, forcing several New York City companies to stay in place and work with what they have. Recently, media company Purch, tapped Workwell to assist in maximizing their space for new employees. As a result of accommodating new seats and a maxed-out floor plan, Purch soon recognized that they needed to reintroduce a collaborative lounge space for their team.  While in a brainstorming session with the client, it was clear that we didn’t have much room to work with in the workstation areas. However, there was a lot of potential in the reception area. Purch loved the idea of turning the empty reception into a bustling lounge for their […]

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What We’re Reading

Workwell Approved: The Next Hot Thing in Cool Office Design (Inc Magazine) Relax With These New Friends: 8 pieces of furniture to help you unwind after a stressful day (Mashable) Quotable End Of Year Countdown: The Top 10 Architecture Quotes of 2015 (Dezeen) Sky candy: The hottest renderings of 2015 (The Real Deal) Build A Better Team: 3 Important Management Trends to Watch in 2016 (Inc Magazine) Spring Awakening: WTC Transportation Hub Oculus To Open In March (Curbed NY)

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