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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What We are Reading

It’s not enough to be in the right place, at the right time, here are the right words to use: 11 Smart Phrases to Use at Networking Events (Inc) Take a breath, the right way: You’re Not Breathing Right (Bloomberg) Here’s how to give back, no matter the size: 10 Ways Small Businesses Can Give Back Without Breaking the Bank (Entrepreneur) To have a private office or to not have a private office: CEOs Want Their Offices Back (The Wall Street Journal) Turn that frown upside down: 10 Expert-Approved Ways To Turn Around A Bad Day (Huffington Post) Productivity lies in the floor plan: How the right office design can maximize productivity (The Business Journals) Oh you sit in a Haworth Fern: 5 Super-Fancy Desk Chairs To Upgrade Your Workday (Wired) Learn how to actually step away from Work: Vacation Tips From a Workaholic (Entrepreneur)

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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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15 Years of Working Well

We are proud to be celebrating 15 years of service! In 2002, Workwell Partners was founded by Jonathan Kessler, Jason Lesizza, and Scott Lesizza. Workwell grew from humble beginnings to one of the fastes growing dealerships in the country, with clients that make up some of the most prestigious in the world. Here are 15 facts about our company from the past 15 years. 1 54% of our employees have been here for more than 5 years. 2 In 2005, the Principals of  Workwell Partners were featured on the cover of Mannreport and in a two page article discussing the company, industry, and why they started Workwell Partners. 3 In 2006, Workwell Partners became a Haworth Dealer. Now we are proud to say that we are a Haworth Preferred Dealer. 4 In 2008, Global Brands Group (Formerly Li + Fung), was looking to fulfill an order for 1 chair. That one chair began Workwell’s 9 […]

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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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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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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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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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