The (Overlooked) Importance of Getting To Know Your Colleagues

 Guest Post Written By: Scott Lesizza, Principal at Workwell Partners Because it’s what I do for a living, most of my posts revolve around making the workplace a better place to spend your time. What’s often neglected is the importance of ENJOYING the camaraderie of your team members. It means getting to know their life’s ambitions, their hopes and dreams, how their kid played in last Friday’s football game, sharing in the joy of their new daughter, and understanding the “whys” about why they had a bad day at the office. What really makes people loyal to an organization is rarely how “cool” their new 5-foot-wide bench is (we do our best but understand it’s not that cool), or how amazing their cafeteria is. It’s about getting to know and care for those that we spend most of our time with. So at the end of the day, all that we do (and I mean […]

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Join Workwell As We Participate In Toys For Tots

We are excited to announce our participation in the Annual Toys for Tots Foundation toy drive as an official drop-off location. This holiday toy collection and distribution program serves to brighten the holiday season for local children in need by providing them with new toys. As in years past, we encourage the local community, our industry partners, family and friends to donate new, unwrapped toys by bringing them to our office at 6 East 32nd Street, 8th Floor in Manhattan from now until Monday, December 14, 2015. With toys ranging from puzzles to stuffed animals, Toys for Tots provides children of all ages with toys to raise spirits in what can be a difficult time of the year for the less fortunate. Let’s help to make this holiday season extra bright for children in need in our local communities!    

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Six Stories We’re Reading Today

Self-Serving Design: Jewel Tones + Industrial Feel Take Over Office of This Design Firm (Contemporist) Natural [Resourceful] Design: This Bike Path Paved With Solar Panels Shows That All Streets Could Double As Power Sources (Co. Exist) Home To Bel-Air: The Making of the Most Expensive Mansion in History (Details) Fun Maps: See What NYC’s Skyline Will Look Like in 2020 (Untapped Cities) Improve Morale, Improve Your Business: 14 Highly Effective Ways to Motivate Employees (Inc) Blaze A Trail: Entrepreneurs Don’t Follow Trends — They Create Them (Entrepreneur)

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Workwell Embarks On Scavenger Hunt

One of the best times of the year for our team is our Annual Company Outing. Each year, we try to plan a fun-filled and memorable day for our employees to spend time together in a casual stress-free setting as a small thank them for all they do throughout the year. This year, we have to really pat ourselves on the back, as we think we’ve outdone ourselves. With the help of the folks at Rock, Paper, Team, our staff embarked on a fast-paced, hysterically funny photo scavenger hunt in the Financial District of Manhattan. Each team was given a list of tasks to complete and take photos of during the hunt, which started at our office. Everything from the subway ride downtown to the bar challenge was planned perfectly to provide us the opportunity to think outside the box and integrated our company and brand into the search. We were given fun challenges like:  “entire team sing […]

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7 Stories We’re Reading Today

A Second Chance: Extended 2nd Life for a Mosaic Mural That Was Lost for Years (New York Times) Getting the Most Out of Your Network: The One Thing You Should Do After Meeting Anyone New (Commercial Observer) A Bright Future: How Today’s Young Architects Are Building the Future (The Wall Street Journal) London Calling: World’s first glass sky pool will be suspended 115 feet in the air (Inhabitat) Art + Architecture: Zaha Hadid Unveils High Line Installation (Archdaily) Funny on Film: The Worst Times NYC Was Featured In A Music Video, Ranked (Gothamist) Next Generation of Awesome: 8 Powerful Ways To Mold Children Into Leaders (Inc.)

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Battling Ergonomic Misconceptions – Part 1

Guest Post Written By: Vanessa del Aguila, AEP, Project Manager at Workwell Partners When you think of the word “ergonomics,” what comes to mind? Chairs, health, spine, injury, computer, comfort?—all common responses. To put it simply, ergonomics is the study of fitting the work to the body. The goal is to improve comfort, efficiency, and minimize the risk of injury. Over the course of my career as an ergonomist, I have had to take the time to dispel many common misconceptions regarding ergonomics. Here are a few: Sitting up straight is the best posture Have you ever been told to “sit up straight” by your mother or grandmother? Sure, sitting up straight makes you look more poised than slouching, but maintaining an upright position can and has been linked to lower back discomfort. Gravity naturally pulls your body weight down, subsequently causing the vertebrae to compress the discs in the spine. Sitting up straight is […]

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Interesting Articles from Around the Internet

Preparation Is Half The Battle: The Top 5 Questions to Prepare for in an Architecture Job Interview – ArchDaily Famed Collaboration: Zaha Hadid Teams Up With Pharrell And Adidas For A New Sneaker Design – Co. Design How To Get Healthy: Ways To Give Your Staff the Tools for Optimum Health at Work – Work Design Magazine Summer Fun: What to Expect at Next Month’s NYC Summer Streets – Untapped Cities A Look at Local History: A Piece Of The Original Penn Station Is Still Standing On 31st Street – Gothamist Add These To Your Summer Reading: 14 Literary Classics You Didn’t Know Could Help You Become a Better Entrepreneur – Entrepreneur Hefty Price In the Hamptons: Take a tour of the most expensive house for sale in America – Business Insider

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What We’re Reading

The Times They Are A Changin’: The 115-Year Evolution Of The American Home, Illustrated – Co. Design Awesome Design In This Dutch Workplace: Ateliers transforms old technology museum in Delft into flexible open-plan office – Dezeen Cool Map Things: This Is How NYC Would Look if It Was Created in Inception – Curbed NY Find Success & Love What You Do: 4 Ways to Find Out What Your Strengths Are – NY Observer Big Name Brands: Fascinating facts about 10 of the world’s best-selling products – Business Insider History In Lower Manhattan: Bowling Green in Manhattan’s South Ferry, The Oldest Public Park in NYC – Untapped Cities Holiday Preparation: 9 travel apps to make your Fourth of July weekend even better – Mashable

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What We’re Reading

Fun Friday Furniture: 23 furniture pieces for extreme food-lovers with delicious taste (Mashable) Let the Sunshine In: Manhattan Advisory Board Calls for Moratorium on Skyscrapers (Architectural Record) Generations In the Workplace: Why Millenials in the Workplace ‘Don’t Care,’ and 4 Things You Can Do (Entrepreneur) Destinations Worth Seeing: A Designers’ Guide To New York City’s Coolest Spots (Co. Design) Cultivating Design: Can We Make New Office Buildings As Cool As Warehouses? (Arch Daily) A Look at a New Landmark: The Coolest Thing About 1 World Trade Center’s New Observatory Isn’t The View (Co. Design)  

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The 8 Things We’re Checking Out Right Now

Art, Architecture & More: 10 Things to See During New York Design Week 2015 (Core 77) Looking Back: What Arianna Huffington, Richard Branson and Other Super-Successful Entrepreneurs Wish They’d Known At 22 (Inc.) Worker Safety, Sustainability and Design: A Step Forward for Prevention Through Design (ENR) Shine Bright: Nendo’s Glass Tables for Glas Italia Appear To Glow (Design Milk) New York Real Estate Update: Priced Out of Brooklyn? Try Manhattan (NY Times) Uniquely New York: New Sculpture In Tribeca Park Is Made From NYC’s Debris (Gothamist) Two Awesome Hours: Strategies for Peak Productivity (Forbes) Google Headquarters Update: Google’s New Headquarters Are Still A Go … Eventually (Co. Design)

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