Site Feature: Avaya, Colorado

Project: Avaya Location: Thornton, Colorado Timeline: May – November 2014 Key Features: Hoteling workstations, private offices, conference rooms, reception area, cafe area Manufacturers: Haworth, Humanscale, Tuohy, Cappellini About The Project: Completed in Fall 2014, the project for telecommunications giant Avaya is an example of how we are able to work with clients that have a national real estate portfolio. Although the project location was just outside of Denver, Colorado, it was managed from Workwell’s New York City location. Utilizing Haworth dealer and local Denver partner Pear Solutions for delivery and installation, the corporate office featured 21 private offices with Haworth Compose Desking, Lively task seating and Very side seating. Over 300 workstations featuring Compose Desking and Haworth  X Series storage provide areas for individuals to complete focus work, as well as team collaboration. Other keys areas of the project include huddle and conference rooms featuring Haworth Planes Conference Tables and Credenzas, a coffee bar featuring Haworth Collection Hi Pad Stools, […]

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Activity Based Working

(As Published in The Monday Morning Quarterback, November 11, 2014): Activity Based Working (ABW), or the model that strays from the common office layout of cubicles, private offices and conference rooms to a space where employees utilize multiple areas around the office dependent on their varied task at hand, is a topic that isn’t new – but is gaining speed worldwide. This trend has seen the implementation of benching and desking systems in offices as the main location for workers, with function-specific spaces located throughout the space. Locations like focus rooms for less formal meetings, huddle rooms for creative sessions, high-impact lounge areas for impromptu collaboration, and town centers for social “water-cooler”  interactions are commonly found in ABW implemented spaces.  A Haworth whitepaper cites a shift from individual to group work from 90 to 10% respectively to 50-50% or even 40-60% – creating a greater need to accommodate for areas in the office to support […]

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Weekend Update

While we were all enjoying a good game and some spicy hot wings, here’s what you may have missed this weekend: Record Setting Social Media: Social Networks Report Record Numbers Around Super Bowl Conversations (Tech Crunch) Bluescape & Haworth: Tech wall centerpiece of collaborative space (Grand Rapids Business Journal) Local School Tackles A Global Issue: The New School Submits Bold Plan to Tackle Climate Change (The New School) Stand More to Live Longer: Take a stand against sitting in the workplace (Marin News) 3D Design: Lilian van Daal’s Biomimicry chair shows off “a new way to create soft seating” (Dezeen) The week in luxury: A map of NYC’s priciest apartment sales (The Real Deal NY) Work Smart: The Exact Music to Break Through Open Office Distractions (Fast Company)

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Stir Brings Height-Adjustable Desks To The Next Level

As awareness of health concerns related to a sedentary position during the day becomes more apparent for those who are working in traditional office environments, furniture manufacturers are creating solutions to improve worker health. However, one company in particular has revolutionized the world of height-adjustable desks in ways we’ve never seen before. Stir, creators of the Stir Kinetic Desk, have created one of the most innovative products to hit the commercial furniture industry in years. With the launch of the Stir Kinetic Desk M1, offices can utilize the smart technology in each desk to enhance focus and improve the health of their associates. What makes the M1 special compared to other height-adjustable desks on the market? There’s a word I like to use to describe why it’s unique: it’s “intuitive”. The desk is driven by software that not only makes programming and adjusting the height of the work surface extremely simple, it recognizes the user […]

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Guest Post: A Designers Guide To Mind Reading

 Written By Sonia Sygal, Senior Designer at Workwell Partners I know I’m not alone when I say that being an interior designer in the furniture dealer world sometimes demands ‘superpower mind-reading skills’, but it doesn’t have to be this way. In my 10 years of experience, I’ve spent a lot of time trying to read minds; those of colleagues, salespeople, project managers, etc, because they were liaisons between myself and the client. In recent years, though, I have found this obstacle greatly reduced; in part, by learning and growing with experience, but mostly from joining a team that allows me direct contact with end users. If you find yourself struggling to successfully satisfy the clients furniture needs, perhaps these tips can help take some guesswork out of the equation. 1. Request to attend ALL meetings dealing with furniture and finish selections. Sadly, this is not practiced at all dealerships. Having a designer/specifier present is reassurance […]

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In Case You Missed It…

Happy Monday! As we enter a new week, we hope the following stories will inspire and inform you for success. Enjoy! Joint Decision: N.Y.U. picks architects for ‘Zipper’ project (The Villager) Change Your View: 8 easy feng shui changes to make right now (Mashable) Smart CRE: What 75% of surveyed teams say are the core of their data & analytics strategy (JLL) In Honor of Martin Luther King Jr.: Keep Moving Forward (Habitually Chic) Get Fit While You Sit: This Stool Forces You To Work Out (Co Exist) Be Present & Be A Rockstar: 5 Ways to Connect and Build Trust With People (Inc.) The Most of Your Money: What $750,000 Buys You in New York City (NY Times Real Estate) Minimalist & Cozy: A look into Euclid’s San Francisco Office (Office Lovin’)

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4 Secret Weapons To Increase Office Productivity

As a company that monitors workplace trends, we aim to provide the best products to the tailored needs of our clients. Whether they are end users, architects, designers or project managers, these clients often ask us: what can we do to help increase staff and office productivity in the space? We’ve gathered 4 of our secret weapons that we use in our own office to help with productivity – and hope that they spark some inspiration for you and your team! workware By Haworth Created to increase connectivity and collaboration in the office, workware is a family of products that help users share what their projects on a screen for others to view – with the ability to view up to four user screens at once. workware allows users to connect wirelessly through the product’s easy to use system, or through HDMI wire connections. The best thing about workware is it’s capability to have think […]

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Guest Post: How Important Is Building An Online Persona for Late Adapters?

 Written By Scott Lesizza, Co-Founder and Principal of Workwell Partners I read somewhere that unsolicited advice is the strongest sign of arrogance. And to an extent, I agree.  So what I’m sharing is what has worked for me in the past. I’m not a huge fan of the “5 reasons that XYZ will make you better”. Perhaps in sharing some of what has worked for me (through trial and much error!) maybe I can help a few people avoid mistakes that I have had to learn the hard way. Karma will find a way to return the favor. I am 42, and pretty much missed the Facebook and Twitter hype by five years. My thought at the time was that both were for the self indulgent. Truth is – they can be, but only if used incorrectly. I pretty much avoided them on principal; Big mistake. But it’s never too late. By taking the advice of […]

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Weekly Roundup

Here are some notable, entertaining and interesting stories we enjoyed this week. Happy reading! The Best of Last Year: The 10 Coolest Office Spaces Of 2014 (Fast Company) Business Tips: How to Be Totally Present and Productive (Entrepreneur) Winter Blues Begone: Three Ways to Make Winter at Work More Bearable (Bloomberg Businessweek) Top of the Heap: Foster + Partners named world’s most admired architect for ninth year in a row (Dezeen) “Fabulous” New Beginning: Fab CoFounder Bradford Shellhammer Is Launching Design Sales Site Bezar (Fast Company) Advice for Creating Seller-Doers: Take the “Selling” Out of Sales (ENR) Healthy & Happy: Creating Healthcare Environments That Improve Health (Healthcare Design) Why the Doorman Is Lonely: Nearly one-quarter of NYC apartments are non-primary homes (NY Times)

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New Lines & Products for 2015

Cheers to another year! Our team is looking forward to another great year in the contract furniture and workplace solutions industry. As we ramp up the year ahead, we’re excited to share some of our vendors newest collections and products. From practical office solutions to sleek healthcare goods, we know this is just the start of some great products to come out this year. A debut at the 2014 NeoCon Showcase, Nucraft’s Kai conference line is now officially available for order. The sleek and beautiful table brings function with available power and data capabilities that can be added, moved, or removed with minimal aesthetic impact (pictured below, middle). With a variety of finishes and matching credenzas, the Kai is a well-made and stunning addition to any conference room. Over at Gibson, they have added two lines to their portfolio, which have helped them to round out their offerings. Notable addition, Enwork, offers height adjustable workstations, benching […]

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