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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Out & About: Our Fun Night of Networking

Last night was a big night of networking and fun for our team! Two events took center stage for us: CoreNet Global NY’s Big Speaker Program featuring Shark Tank’s Daymond John and IIDA NY’s Color Invasion 2015. CoreNet: Big Speaker Program Featuring Daymond John Each fall CoreNet hosts the Big Speaker Program, and this year’s speaker was one of the best yet. Daymond John, Founder and CEO of FUBU and star of ABC’S Shark Tank, was both motivational and hilarious while speaking to the group at the W Hotel Union Square. Although John is famous for his savvy entrepreneurial spirit in music, fashion and media – he related his experiences and lessons learned to the real estate, facilities, and interiors industries of the audience members. With humble beginnings and a desire to be successful, he created a global lifestyle brand with sales well in the billions through the realization that there was an untapped need in […]

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“Hipster Chic” and Its Influence on Space Design

 Guest Post Written By: Scott Lesizza, Principal at Workwell Partners There’s the famous scene in Saturday Night Fever where Tony Monero is sitting on park bench with Stephanie staring out at the Verrazano Bridge. The bridge was symbolic of the huge economic and cultural divide between Brooklyn and Manhattan (although Staten Island’s on the other side – go figure). Great scene, but is it still relevant? There is no overlooking the fact that “Made in Brooklyn” has become mainstream. It began ten or so years ago with gentrification forced by the high cost of Manhattan living, and led to a boom in homegrown, organic and civic-minded businesses.  These businesses, primarily located in the once abandoned warehouses of Williamsburg, Red Hook and now Long Island City became well known breweries, Indie studios, clothing and jewelry makers, art galleries, and increasingly home to influential furniture makers. I was at a meeting with an industry professional last week […]

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Our Top Design Trends for 2016

Azure Magazine recently published their Top 4 Design Trends for 2016 – a look at what we can expect in the new year. Although we agreed with a few of the trends (electric blue everywhere, jewel tones taking center stage), these are the trends we’ve seen picking up steam in our industry. Nature + Stripped Down Finishes It’s hard to deny that nature is having a serious moment in design. Whether it is found in reclaimed wood panel installations, exposed concrete flooring, or integrated into the furniture throughout the space, design is going back to basics. Even incorporating natural flora patterns in fabrics and artwork is becoming more prominent, along with plant life itself in the form of living walls. Some of our favorite pieces and projects from the last year take a page from this trend, and also go hand in hand with one of the bigger trends of 2015: bringing the home into the office. […]

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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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Our Night With The WELL Building Standard

Last week, our team attended the New York City Chapter of CoreNet Global’s Sustainability Community’s discussion on the WELL Building Standard (WELL). The discussion was both interesting and informative, with many audience questions and real life applications in organizations in New York City. What was most beneficial about the event was learning about how the certification can positively impact the sustainability of the space, as well as the health of the occupants. What is WELL? WELL is one of the most comprehensive building standards that promotes health, well-being, and sustainability in the built environment. Spearheaded by Delos, a company whose goal is to building a healthier, more balanced and more sustainable spaces, WELL focuses on seven main areas, or “concepts”. These concepts help determine WELL Certification and take a look at more than just the bones and structure of the space, but how the space is also being used, and include the following: Air – […]

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What We’re Reading

The 100% Unassigned Workplace: Is It Good or Bad? (Workplace Design Magazine) Back To Cool: 7 Examples Of Interesting Student Housing From Around The World (Contemporist) Start Strong: 5 Scientifically Proven Ways to Have a More Productive Morning (Inc) Flexible Furniture: 10 Double-Duty Pieces of Furniture Every Small Space Needs (Casa Sugar) What Does Your Personality Say?: The best jobs for every personality type (Forbes) Building Outside the Box: 9 Entrepreneurial Architects Who Developed Innovative Products and Services (Arch Daily)

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Sit On It Seating: Our Favorite Chairs

Sit On It Seating is a leading provider of commercial seating for corporate, healthcare, and education applications. Founded in 1996, they have spent the better part of the last two decades creating custom, quality seating and great customer service to match. At Workwell, we love Sit On It for their product variety, quick delivery, and customization options that are competitively priced to match our clients’ needs. Below are some of our favorite Sit On It options for the office, whether you’re looking for a stylish task chair, great side chair option or even an executive chair. Task Chairs For workers sitting at their workstations all day, having a task chair that is functional, comfortable and supportive is vital. It also doesn’t hurt to have options that are stylish and unique to match the aesthetic of the office. Our two favorite task chairs from Sit On It are great solutions for offices both large and small. […]

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What Animal Corresponds To Your Sales Personality?

I recently asked a few people from our sales team a series of questions – both serious and lighthearted – about being in sales. One of the more casual and playful questions posed to the team challenged them to think about which animal most closely relates to them as sales people. This question is one that many people have come across in the interview process, as well as reading in various leadership articles. So what were their responses? Check out what they said below, contrasting to other popular answers. Lion Chameleon Rabbit Lion Jaguar I wasn’t surprised with the two lion responses – I think that responses including different types of felines are sometimes the most commonly found. Felines are often graceful and calculated – two things that sales people should consider strengths when carrying themselves and chasing business. One of the the greatest strength of lions is their ability to travel, hunt, and remain in […]

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