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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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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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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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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Designing Offices For Introvert + Extrovert Needs

Here at Workwell, we love the consultative process with many of our clients looking to improve their office space for their teams. It’s an opportunity for our designers and account executives to provide advice on what would work best for each individual client’s needs. Something that we’ve heard more and more from clients, as well as many industry experts, is the need to design these spaces with both introverts and extroverts in mind. For myself, I like to say that I’m in introvert trapped in an extrovert’s body. I love social interaction, networking, and meeting new people, but while I am working during the day, it’s a little bit of a different story. If you frequent Workwell’s office, you may find me seated at my desk with my headphones in, listening to music while I plug away at my desk. As I’ve mentioned in previous blog posts, I sit on a bench configuration within our space […]

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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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Know Your Plan. Build Your Brand.

 Guest Post: Written By Brittany G. Greer, Team Leader at Workwell Partners I always say that if I could have any job in the world it would be “professional student.” As nerdy as it sounds, I’ve always loved learning. Throughout my college years, a great philosophy lecture or a passionate debate on ethics would send an electrifying jolt of creativity through me – I warned you I was nerdy!  That being said, I didn’t mind spending last Sunday at Haworth’s pre NeoCon Dealer Day learning about a topic that I find not only compelling, but extremely relevant: branding. William Arruda’s talk on branding reinforced a principle that I’ve been living by, well before my professional career began: never underestimate the power of your brand. Arruda’s book “Ditch Dare Do,” focuses specifically on personal branding for executives. Since, I’m not an executive (yet), I thought I’d put my own spin on some of his key points […]

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How I Am Merging Fitness and A Standing Height Desk

When I first started at Workwell Partners in early 2014, I began hearing a lot of “buzzwords” for the trends and products in the commercial furniture industry. Some of these have been featured on this blog in the past few months, including “activity based working“, “collaboration”, and “benching“. But none have hit as close to me personally as the concept of height-adjustable workstations, one of the most widely discussed product categories and concepts in the industry now. Workwell’s offices feature a variety of workstations – from private offices to more open panel based systems and benching applications. My designated work area is located on a bench, where I sit with 7 other individuals at standard sized 30″ x 60” workstations. While I love sitting with my coworkers and find it vital to our work as a team, I often grab my laptop and go work at a standalone height-adjustable desk we have in our showroom. While I’ve been using the Stir […]

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