What We Learned at Haworth’s First Dealer Marketing Summit

Two weeks ago, I was lucky enough to be a part of the first ever Haworth Dealer Marketing Summit at Haworth’s Holland, Michigan Headquarters. Any trip out to HQ is always a enjoyable experience due to the great facility and presence the company has built there. But this trip was more unique and even better than expected. Along with 11 other Dealer Marketers, I spent three days learning about Haworth’s latest marketing and sales initiatives, engaged in open and honest benchmarking dialogue, and built strategic plans for the remainder of 2017 and 2018. The different perspectives from each of the 12 companies provided a great deal of insight that I could talk about forever, but below are my top three takeaways from the summit. 1. CRM’s are for WAY more than tracking people and projects We all know that a CRM (Customer Relationship Management) System is very important to sales and marketing teams in all […]

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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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Another Year, Another Neocon!

Neocon, Neocon, Neocon…. How we love thee! This year’s showcase did not disappoint and we are sad to have seen it fly by so fast. As always, we had our eyes peeled for the latest trends in furniture and found three prominent commonalities throughout the show. Colors + Finishes For the past view years, we’ve been noticing that blue and pink keep popping up throughout the showrooms and from rich navy to dusty rose, this year was no exception. Cool neutrals ruled many of the showrooms, seen in the workstations at HBF (1) to seating at Andreu World (2). OFS Brands (3) and Group Lacasse (4) had some more of our favorites in this “cool trend”. It was also hard not to notice the warm wood tone finishes – found nearly everywhere from Haworth’s benching (1) to Allermuir’s new lines of credenzas (2, 3). We loved seeing how even the lightest of wood finish whether […]

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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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Ergonomics on a Smaller Scale

As wellness trends are in full swing for the New Year, I was thinking about the training at the Haworth Headquarters about wellness and ergonomics a few months back. This is something that is becoming the norm when designing and furnishing an office, especially sit to stand benching. But one thing that I was curious about is ergonomics in the classroom. Is this something that is taken into account when designing or refurbishing a classroom? Just like offices, classrooms should be adjusting to the same trends. When thinking of ergonomics in relation to children or teenagers, it’s slightly different than ergonomics in the workplace. You can still evaluate all the different aspects that are listed in my previous post about ergonomics, which can be found here, to determine how and if ergonomics is even being taken into account. The main difference of ergonomics in an office versus classroom is the people who occupy it, more specifically their […]

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Allermuir and Sentator’s Showroom Tour

Located on Fifth Avenue in the Flatiron District, Allermuir and Sentator’s showroom is a space you will want to live in! This independent, family owned business started in 1976. After over 39 years of service, the Senator Group has grown in to one the largest office furniture manufacturers in the world. Their showroom is a pure extension of the company and the creators behind it. The second you get off the elevator you feel like you are being welcomed into a beautiful apartment. Our Sales Coordinator, Dolores Romero, said “I loved the Silta table and Cardita Chairs (would love to have at home), and the Magritte type lighting they had when you get off the elevator (bowler hats).” Even our rep pointed out to us that when one of our principals visited the space, he made a comment that he needed one of the sofas in his own apartment! The flawless flow of lounge to […]

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2017 Workplace Design Trends

 Guest Post Written By: Scott Lesizza, Principal at Workwell Partners We’re going to see a significant shift away from wide open floor plans to open “areas” separated by groups or departments. There are ways by which a space can be designed to be open, but at the same time not look like the world’s largest trading floor. You can have open plan “clusters” of 40-50 people within a space, as opposed to hyper densification of 300-400 in one area. The ideas is that you walk into a space, and in place of a sea of sit-stand desk, you walk up a central staircase to a floor that has 4-5 areas separated by line of sight that house separate departments. When walking the space, it’s almost as if you are discovering hidden areas. The key to this type of space is that the feel is still very open, without the distractions associated with densifying a space […]

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Welcome to the Neighborhood Bernhardt!

Bernhardt Design and Bernhardt Textiles recently moved into a 20,000-square-foot space at 136 Madison Avenue and our team was invited over to our new neighbor’s showroom for breakfast and a tour. To say our team was impressed is an understatement. Established in 1889, Bernhardt Design is among the country’s largest family-owned furniture companies. Their new home on Madison Avenue is just as stunning as their furniture. The crisp white walls and minimalist design only enhanced the beauty of their furniture even more. Our team was able to explore the space as we wished and mingled with the Bernhardt employees. Each area was more beautiful than then next. Senior Sales Coordinator, Tammy, commented that they have an “Amazing showroom, beautiful space and great people to assist with all questions.” Aside from their beautiful new home and wonderful employees, our team couldn’t stop complimenting their new pieces. Our Team & Design Lead, Sonia, said “Composites case good […]

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Keilhauer, Prismatique, Alea, and Andreu World and more!

A few weeks ago our team had the pleasure of seeing not only 1 showroom but 4! Thanks to our friends over at Primason Symchik we were able to tour the Keilhauer, Prismatique, Alea, and Andreu World showrooms at 200 Lexington Ave. Each showroom was unique in its own way but beautifully complimented the others. Read below to learn more about each manufacturer. KEILHAUER With their corporate values of integrity, capability, creativity, fun and excitement, Keilhauer captures these through their executive, office, lounge, conference and collaborative seating and tables. Keilhauer released a number of products at Neocon this year but what stood out in the show room was the Hangout Collection. This collection is comprised of Visit sofas and benches, the Ponder lounge chair, Plunk ottoman and Sip stools and tables. The variety of products offered in this line make it truly custom and personalized for the end users.     Visit www.keilhauer.com to see […]

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