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Business of Furniture - June 16, 2021

  •   KIRKBRIDE: It'll Cost You 25 Bucks to Attend NeoCon. Don't be a Cheapskate. - NeoCon isn't charging $25 as a revenue stream. They are charging the fee so they know how many people will actually be at the fall event.
  •   The Great Rehiring is Beginning - Employers are ready to welcome their workers back as restrictions lift and America prepares for the New Next while in real life connections resume.
  •   The Deal that Nearly Never Happened: SEC Filing Shows Knoll Faced Issuance of 'Going Concern Warning' Prior to Herman Miller Acquisition; Courted Other Suitors - Companies' auditors are required to include in their annual report a "going concern" qualification if they have substantial doubt about the entity's ability to continue as a going concern over the next 12 months.
  •   Zgo Technologies Bridges the Gap Between Furniture and Technology - Zgo brands itself not as an ergonomic company, nor as a monitor arm company, but a workspace technology company that focuses on how people use technology in their workstations.
  •   How One A&D Firm Made the Most of the Lost Year - Throughout the past year, curiosity about how things can be done virtually, experimenting with various technologies and platforms to provide the best user experience, and evolving its own hybrid working model has helped Eastlake to prepare as a firm for its next chapter.
  •   Vitra Introduces Club Office Concept - The Club Office is characterized by an open and inviting atmosphere. At the same time, its furnishings are functionally conceived so every spot can be used as a productive workspace.
  •   After Donating More than 600,000 Facemasks to Over 500 Organizations Nationwide, AIS Wraps Up Philanthropic Program - AIS was recognized in September 2020 on the floor of the House of Representatives by Massachusetts Rep. James McGovern for the Sew the Masks initiative.
  •   Stephen Says - "Are You A Superstitious Salesperson? I Sure Hope So (Knock on Wood)" - by Stephen Viscusi - By this point you might have a sense of how I feel about superstitions. I started my career in sales, and I must admit I consider myself superstitious. I am willing to do anything that might offer me a slight edge.
  •   Training & Development - "Is the Lunch-N-Learn Dead?" - by Sid Meadows - One of the most coveted meetings to get with an A&D firm has always been a "lunch and learn." To get on the calendar with the major firms, you have to schedule these events way in advance — sometimes starting in January, to ensure you get your spot.
  •   Upfront: HÅG Capisco Giveaway - You can win a customized HÅG Capisco in a contest that runs through June 27. Three winners will be announced June 28 on 9to5's social media.
  •   Product Spotlight: Via Seating Introduces Muir - Muir is Via Seating's newest lounge chair. It features a simple wire outer frame and comfortable, dense cushioning. With its deliberately low profile, Muir intuitively creates a casual sit with perfect seat and back angle positioning which work for a respite break from the workday or provide guests with an inviting, comfortable seat.
  •   PLACES - Saint-Gobain Offices – Hanoi
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Arcadia, Air Innovations, Trendway, Wolf-Gordon
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Midpoint Magazine - Mid-June, 2021

  •   WELLNESS IN THE WORKPLACE SPOTLIGHT: 5 WAYS THAT FOCUSING ON AUTONOMY CAN POSITIVELY IMPACT ORGANIZATIONAL WELL-BEING - Before us stands a time to rewrite our scripts and reinvent the quality and texture of how we spend our time accomplishing the full spectrum of daily goals that make up our lifestyles. Business models that ensure environments where employees flourish through the ability to exercise autonomy in daily work operations and healthy lifestyle choices ultimately enable well-being and engagement.
  •   HOW DESIGN CAN INCREASE WELLNESS - The WELL building standard has become the leading tool to improve human health in homes and offices across the world. Initially focused on the commercial office space, WELL has recently turned its attention to health care environments. Understanding the science behind promoting health outcomes through design is a key step toward improving patient safety, progress and quality of care.
  •   SUPPORT OUR WORK TOWARD A HEALTHY LIFE: TAKE THE INDEAL CARES EMPLOYEE WELLNESS SURVEY - The insights obtained from this year's survey will build on IDEAL's knowledge, provide a better understanding about employee wishes for returning to the workplace safely.
  •   ONE WORKPLACE BELIEVES A HEALTHY WORKFORCE LEADS TO HEALTHY BUSINESS - For nearly a decade, One Workplace has been named a top employer in the Bay Area — no small feat given the competition there. The work with its own employees has allowed One Workplace to help its customers as well. As the San Francisco Bay Area begins to open along with its other markets in the Pacific Northwest, One Workplace is helping its customers safely get back to work. One Workplace has always been about serving its customers in whatever way is needed. The roots of the company go back to a bookstore founded in the 1920s in downtown San Jose by the Lindsay family.
  •   KFI STUDIOS ROLLS OUT NEW WEBSITE - The new site, which includes easier access to product information and support materials like high-res images, brochures and symbols, also adds a new feature — "Build Your Own."
  •   INDEAL ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH HOPEWELL - Hopewell is taking its research platform directly to INDEAL dealer members, offering discounted licensing and partnership opportunities.
  •   HOPEWELL HELPS DEALERS MEASURE WX (WORK EXPERIENCE) - Designed by world-class consumer experience researchers, Hopewell's WX assessment elicits meaningful insights about how, when and where employees reach peak performance. "The future of the workplace will be data-driven and worker-centered," said Continental Office CEO Ira Sharfin. "Our designers know it, and now the Hopewell WX Assessment gives us a common language to help our clients discover it, too."
  •   WORKPLACE RESOURCE ANNOUNCES STRATEGIC ALLIANCE WITH CORPORATE SOURCE - Two leading dealers team up to transform Colorado's commercial furniture scene.
  •   AIS LAUNCHES RELATIONSHIP WITH SOCAL AIS - SoCal AIS combines the efforts of Ron Frantz, principal at Sculptural Spaces, and Ashlie Collins, principal at Bentwood Design in Los Angeles.
  •   WORKSCAPES CEO ELIZABETH DVORAK JOINS THE CEO COUNCIL OF TAMPA BAY - CEO Council membership offers access to collaborative focus groups who can get answers to pressing issues. It also offers rewarding and educational social experiences to help grow influence in non-traditional settings.

Workplaces Magazine - June 2021

  •   WHY NURTURE IS NOT THE SECRET TO A HEALTHY (VIRTUAL) WORK ENVIRONMENT - Traditionally, leadership has turned to nurturing activities to address team health. These activities can certainly be valuable, but they cannot bridge the gap created when the daily work experience fails to meet basic neurological, psychological and physiological needs.
  •   NEW SURVEY PROVIDES SWEEPING OVERVIEW OF CURRENT STATE OF EMPLOYER-SPONSORED WELLBEING PROGRAMS - This survey highlights that a culture of well-being plays a far more critical role than any one benefit program to the long-term success of an organization.
  •   THE HYBRID RETURN TO THE OFFICE AND ENSURING A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD FOR REMOTE EMPLOYEES - In a hybrid set-up example, you might have four people in a meeting, two calling in remote from home and two calling in from the office conference room. In this situation, the two people in the office environment are minimized on camera and have in-person nonverbal cues that completely change the meeting dynamic.
  •   SDI ARCHITECTURE ATTRIBUTES MASS OFFICE MOVE-BACK TO ZOOM FATIGUE: BOSTON FIRM EXPERIENCES UPTICK IN DEMAND FOR MODIFICATIONS TO WORKPLACES AS COMPANIES PREPARE FOR THE RETURN OF THEIR WORKFORCES - People are starving for personal interaction. A host of factors are fueling employees moving back to the office, including the return to full-time, in-person learning for students, giving parents the option to work from an office as their role as home school teachers comes to an end.
  •   LATEST WORKFORCE HAPPINESS SURVEY SHOWS IMPORTANCE OF DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION IN WORKPLACE - Organizations have spent the past year helping their employees stay productive while working through a crisis, but now they have to pivot to create a new normal that ensures their workforce continues to be happy for the long-term, no matter where they are working.
  •   THE WORKPLACE IS CHANGING: THOMAS FRIEDMAN PREDICTS SEISMIC SHIFTS WILL OFFER OPPORTUNITIES FOR WOMEN WHO HAVE LEFT THE WORKFORCE IN DROVES - With many employers planning for a new work/life in a post-pandemic world, one of the big challenges they face is addressing significant setbacks unleashed by COVID-19.
  •   WORKPLACE CULTURE REPORT REVEALS KEY CAUSES OF DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION FAILURES IN COMPANIES - Just 43% of employees say they can consistently be their authentic selves at work.
  •   EMPLOYEES AND COMPANIES ARE FACING A BURNOUT CRISIS - At companies across America, employees are struggling, with more than two in five (41%) say they're experiencing burnout. As workers adjust to remote work during the pandemic, 40% of employees surveyed agree working remotely supports better work-life balance.
  •   19 IDEAS EXPANDS AND REMODELS HEADQUARTERS TO CREATE EXPERIENCE-DRIVEN HUB CENTERED ON EMPLOYEE WELLNESS - The renovation coincides with a rebrand effort in 19 Ideas' 10-year anniversary, including a new brand look with the same focus on people, partnership and community.
  •   NELSON WORLDWIDE WINDWARD ENGINEERS AND CONSULTANTS HARRISBURG DESIGN BRIEF - A key driver for both the NELSON design team and the Windward staff was employee well-being.
  •   R-GO TOOLS CAPARO 4 TWIN MONITOR ARM - The modularity not only allowed the box to be smaller but more importantly would make the monitor easier to repair if one of the components failed.
  •   ZELO DESKTOP STUDIO LIGHT - It is a good product that can help you turn a drab, lifeless office into a bright, well-lit space fit for a professional virtual meeting.


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