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Business of Furniture - September 30, 2020

  •   Kirkbride: Business Travel in the COVID World is Definitely Weird - If you haven't been on the road yet for a business trip, let me describe it with one word: Weird. Everything about it is strange. My first stop took me to Chicago, and since all of you have been there for NeoCon, I'll use my time in the city to describe how working on the road has changed.
  •   Committed to Craftsmanship — Ethnicraft Launches Fall Collection, Aims for Timelessness - Ethnicraft's fall launch features a range of solutions for offices either at work or at home — a collection of desks, meeting tables and drawer units, inspired by the company's popular Bok chair designed by Alain van Havre.
  •   Why Planning for Generic Collaboration No Longer Works - While collaboration will be a core focal point for workplace design in a COVID-19 and post-COVID-19 world, it cannot be the only reason people come to work.
  •   It's Time to Start Acting Like Your People Really Are Your Most Important Resource - In the company of the future, employee wellness must become the new focus and the key driver of office design and work styles.
  •   Steelcase Reports Better than Expected Second Quarter Profitability - Significant cost reductions drove strong EPS of $0.47 despite 18% drop in revenue and $15.6 million of restructuring costs.
  •   The Workplace Productivity Report 2020: Battling Digital Overload, Over Half of U.S. Remote Workers Report Increased Reliance on Analog Tools - The report contributes to research on the long-term impact of remote work and helps companies understand their workers' evolving needs.
  •   UPFRONT: Indiana Furniture's Rockstar Task Seating Brings Standout Comfort to a Diverse Range of Users - Rockstar features clean lines, ergonomic contours with lumbar support, well-balanced proportions and options to create all-day, standout comfort.
  •   Product Spotlight: Modular Lighting Instruments — Launches Pista Extensions in North America - New to the North American market, the Minude spotlight features a small, cylindrical form, with high-quality, low-glare illumination.
  •   Stephen Says - "Social Media, Politics and Work" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   Training & Development - "Building a Dynamic Leadership Team" - by Sid Meadows
  •   PLACES - Asta Parking Offices – Fort Lauderdale
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest product introductions from: Framery, Ligne Roset, Arc-Com, Scandinavian Spaces, Kimball
  •   So Much More Every Week - Regional Industry News Brief, Industry Moments, Industry Portfolio, Hutch, Industry Events, The Stream, Industry Pulse, Industry Classifieds & Careers

Workplaces Magazine - September, 2020

  •   WHERE I'M WORKING: TODD HARDY - COEUR D'ALENE RESORT - I'm fortunate enough to live in a beautiful area surrounded by mountains which are filled with lakes, rivers and streams. I'm less than 15 minutes from the famous Lake Coeur d'Alene and the four-star Coeur d'Alene Resort. Locals believe the only reason it is not a five-star is because some of the rooms overlook the parking garage. The resort has the world's longest floating boardwalk. It's pet friendly, and many people had their dogs with them.
  •   60% OF COMPANIES HAVE HIRED EMPLOYEES DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC DESPITE ECONOMIC DOWNTURN - Nearly half of companies (46%) have hired 10 or more employees since the pandemic's start — a surprising phenomenon in the new era of remote work and virtual onboarding. While group onboarding can feel impersonal, companies can use multiple communication channels to build connections, such as video calls with new hires. As companies continue hiring during the remote work age, they can employ creative tactics to effectively onboard new employees.
  •   BACK TO SCHOOL BLUES: WORK PRODUCTIVITY EXPECTED TO DECLINE AS MORE SCHOOLS SWITCH TO REMOTE LEARNING - While school this fall will undoubtedly look different in every situation, the largest portion of parents are still uncertain about sending their children to a traditional classroom. Surprisingly, a quarter (26%) report they are not sending their kids back to school at all, while 40% said it will depend on the school district's plans. Working parents aren't the only ones who will be impacted by remote learning this fall. Non-parent co-workers report they are feeling the disruption even now before the return to school.
  •   FREQUENT TRAVELERS CITE PRIORITIES FOR HOTEL STAYS - Face coverings for employees (87% a lot/some impact) and guests (85%), suspending daily housekeeping of rooms (86%) and using technology to reduce direct contact (85%) are the top priorities among frequent travelers staying in hotels during this pandemic. However, the pandemic has decimated the hotel industry as travel has slowed significantly throughout the last few months.
  •   NEW STUDY OUTLINES HOW WORK FROM HOME COULD ADAPT TO CONTINUE EFFECTIVELY - Overall, the new way of working had a near equal mix of positive and negative implications for team collaboration, particularly in terms of knowledge sharing, virtual meetings and networking.
  •   THE HIDDEN IMPACT OF REMOTE WORK DURING THE PANDEMIC: NATIONAL STUDY UNCOVERS GENERATIONAL DIVIDE ON LEADERSHIP, TRUST AND RETURNING TO THE OFFICE - Most shockingly, a majority (53%) of Americans do not want to work remotely even part-time after the pandemic ends. Additionally, 42% of Americans do not have the tools they need to successfully work remotely.
  •   YES, YOUR COWORKERS ARE JUDGING YOU FOR YOUR BAD IDEAS - When it comes to speaking up in the workplace, new research suggests the quality of employees' suggestions — or "voice quality" — can affect how they are perceived by coworkers, which can then lead employees with poor voice quality to be ostracized by those coworkers.
  •   INDIESIGNS DEVELOPS LINE OF SAFETY MESSAGING PRODUCTS TO EASE THE STRESS OF GATHERING AGAIN - This idea of beautiful COVID messaging is a natural extension from Grazi's original inspiration for Indiewalls, which he started about eight years ago in response to what he saw in the commercial real estate sector at the time.
  •   SIX WAYS THE PANDEMIC IS TRANSFORMING RESTROOM DESIGN - Companies, educational institutions and municipalities are all evaluating new procedures and products for their restroom facilities. While there are a number of infection control measures on the horizon, it's still important to keep six feet of distance between people, wash hands with soap and water, dry hands completely, wear masks and limit crowding in restroom areas.
  •   PRODUCT REVIEWS - Who would believe germ-killing UVC lights and digital forehead thermometers would be office tools? This month, we look at a couple of products that could make heading to the office a little bit safer for employees.


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