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Business of Furniture - April 14, 2021

  •   KIRKBRIDE: We Need to Rediscover Inspiration - If you are lacking inspiration, look around you. It's still there. And coming out of the pandemic, it needs to be cultivated and encouraged. After all, the world is counting on us to show it the way back to normal.
  •   Indoor Air Quality One Key to Return to Office - Poor indoor air quality can cause acute immediate effects and long-term chronic effects as well — everything from respiratory illness to issues around ability to focus.
  •   Reducing Anxiety and Creating Comfort in the Home — Experts in Corporate Design Share Tips - With all the challenges COVID has dolled out over the past year, it's a bitter Catch 22 that in order to handle the stress of doing everything at home now — living, working, parenting, schooling — we need stress-free homes.
  •   Latest BIFMA 180° Webinar Focuses on Healthcare - Digital wellness solutions are taking hold, much more so on the heels of the pandemic. Health care spaces in the future might not be physical health care spaces at all.
  •   CIFF in China Sees More Than 357,000 Visitors - During the Office Show, the leading brands of the sector showed countless innovative solutions for work environments capable of responding to the demands of companies in constant evolution with the objective of increasing performance and productivity, improving well-being and security and inspiring new ideas.
  •   Tarkett's New Corporate Social & Environmental Responsibility Report Shows Shift to Second Chapter in its Sustainability Strategy - Tarkett has partnered with Carbonfund to create the industry's broadest portfolio of third-party verified carbon neutral flooring solutions.
  •   Stephen Says - "Designer Says: RH = Real Headache! " - by Stephen Viscusi - OK, here is why I decided to write. I have seen you mention Restoration Hardware many times in your column, and they are all over the news with their stock value growth, surpassed only by Tesla. It's OK if Warren Buffet keeps getting richer, but my problem is RH is affecting my business.
  •   Training & Development - "What Did I Learn Today?" - by Sid Meadows - If you follow me, you know I'm an avid learner. I'm always exploring new ideas, ways to improve, new processes, new tools and resources. I learn in a variety of ways, including listening to podcasts, reading, taking online courses, attending seminars and joining in the conversations on Clubhouse.
  •   Upfront: Keilhauer Receives Four Awards for GOOD DESIGN - "This is the sixth consecutive year we have received the esteem of GOOD DESIGN," said President Mike Keilhauer. "We are very proud to see our contract designs be so well received."
  •   Product Spotlight: Trendway Introduces Elea - Trendway has launched Elea, an innovative task chair designed to kinetically move you. Its distinct aesthetic originates from a suspended seat pan that promotes micromovements and energetic motion, allowing users to continuously move while seated.
  •   PLACES - BMI Offices – Quito
  •   FIRST LOOKS - Concertex, Aracdia, Palmer Hamilton, Turf Design, Carnegie
  •   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 - April, 2021

  •   HOW I'M WORKING: BY KIM MELKA - Working at the office doesn't necessarily mean working at a desk. Afternoon team building and socializing occurs more often than it used to.
  •   UNIQUE PLACES WORK HAPPENED IN 2020 (AND 2021) - The definition of the "third place" is an area or building that people can come and network, cowork, and escape from the home and office. It's usually a church, library, or most popular - coffee shop. Today it seems we work anywhere and everywhere because nearly 60% of the American population are still not at the office.
  •   NEW STUDY: MAJORITY OF WFH EMPLOYEES DON'T WANT TO RETURN TO THE POST-COVID WORKPLACE - Over half of employees say that working from home would give them a better quality of life and lead to greater job satisfaction. Research shows 40% of people would take a pay cut if it meant they could work from home.
  •   WHY YOUR WORKPLACE NEEDS TO STANDARDIZE AV TECHNOLOGY - Even if an organization is only managing a small campus or just one building, giving employees consistency will increase their satisfaction and productivity. When WeWork experienced a period of rapid global expansion, it was difficult to adhere to the AV standards at each location. Some of the issues that arose during this period underlined the importance of standardizing AV systems across countries for global organizations.
  •   OUR DISREGARD FOR CLEAN INDOOR AIR IS COSTING LIVES - We need to keep our people healthy, our buildings healthy and our communities healthy. Portable, professional-grade air cleaning systems are a powerful tool to help us achieve this. Although this pandemic is our most urgent crisis, if there's a silver lining, it's that we've gotten a lot smarter about why indoor air safety matters.
  •   THE BRAVE NEW WORLD OF WORK: WHAT EMPLOYERS CAN EXPECT IN THE POST-PANDEMIC WORLD - Research indicates that 80% of company leaders plan to permit remote work after the pandemic. The absolute best way to erase divides between groups, is to unite them in a common goal — and what better goal than a purpose-driven company? While the new world of work presents unique challenges to employers and employees, it also presents new opportunities to advance workforce trends that benefit both parties.
  •   WHAT A MULTI-GENERATIONAL STAFF TAUGHT ME ABOUT TEAM CULTURE - Getting your team on board starts with consistency. Values that are practiced as much as they're preached. Professional development that focuses on shared goals. Quarterly updates that hammer home the big wins and shared accomplishments. No matter their age, people lean in when they feel like they're being heard.
  •   SPACESMITH DEBUTS HEADQUARTERS DESIGN FOR NEW YORK LEGAL ASSISTANCE GROUP, LEADER IN ACCESS TO JUSTICE - NYLAG is the latest in Spacesmith's nationally recognized record of work for nonprofit and human service organizations. Flexibility in the office design also supports productivity. Examples include the conference room tables, which have access to power similar to a benching system and can be configured into work areas to accommodate the organization's annual influx of interns.
  •   OCCUPANCY DATA THAT COUNTS - The pandemic is forcing companies to pause and take a hard look at their portfolios. This is a moment to use people counting not only to improve occupant safety but migrate one step closer to smart buildings.
  •   REVIEWS - Etc. Bernadette Bean Bag / Sunlight Inside mySun Lamp / BlendJet2 Portable Blender

Midpoint Magazine - Mid-March, 2021

  •   JIM HEILBORN | PLANNING FOR THE INEVITABLE - If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail! The question they asked me was, "When should I start succession planning?" My answer was, "The day you decided to own your business."
  •   STEFANIE INCE | GETTING YOUR WELLNESS PROGRAM STARTED - Make wellness something that your team will want to commit to. Consider offering tips, incentives like prizes for participation or a random draw, and weekly or monthly corporate challenges – anything you can do to support the team for showing up and making wellness a priority.
  •   ID+A IN LOUISVILLE PUTS THE SUCCESS IN SUCCESSION PLANNING - Throughout three decades, ID+A has retained its founding concepts and adapted to the changing demands for workplace design and products. What was true at their inception remains true today: Their unwavering client focus and exceeding their expectations.
  •   CUSTER'S EVOLUTION FUELS 40 YEARS OF GROWTH - Diversification — both geographically and economically — has helped the dealership tremendously.
  •   WHAT IS THE ELASTIC INTERIOR? - A survey of 2,000 office workers in 10 countries showed a majority want to work remotely over two days a week on average, double from before the pandemic, according to JLL's research.
  •   ALIANZA / LJ DUFFY FORM STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP - Alianza and LJ Duffy's teams have a long, successful history of project implementation for Herman Miller.
  •   CUSTER DRIVES MAJOR ENHANCEMENTS AT JW MARRIOTT IN THE MIDST OF A BOOMING ERA FOR GRAND RAPIDS HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY - To maintain its well-established standard of excellence in the area's hospitality industry, JW Marriott Grand Rapids worked closely with Custer's team of experts to update the hotel's high-traffic interior spaces.
  •   INTERVIEW WITH 2020 OFFICE RENEWAL SPECIALIST DANA SHWARTZMAN - 2020 has announced Dana Shwartzman has joined the 2020 Office team as an account manager.
  •   VS AMERICA'S CATALOGS AVAILABLE IN 2020 OFFICE - Focused on best practices for educational facilities, VS develops adaptable, ergonomic and sustainable furniture solutions for the creation of agile learning environments.
  •   BII OPENS NEW SHOWROOM IN SPOKANE, WASHINGTON - The new showroom in Spokane is open now and serves as a hub for client meetings and furniture project design and planning.
  •   ENROLLMENT FOR SOLOMON COYLE SPRING PM TRAINING SESSION NOW OPEN -- INTRODUCING A NEW TRACK FOR NON-ALIGNED DEALERS - Designed specifically for dealer staff, Solomon Coyle's PM Training program is delivered through 10 interactive webinars, individualized instructor attention, a wealth of field-proven work tools and supporting materials and a final exam to help measure student comprehension.
  •   LEGRAND | AV NAMES NUTECH GROUP AS NEW SALES REP FOR MID-ATLANTIC U.S. - The NuTech Group has earned a reputation as one of the most highly regarded manufacturer's reps in the country.
  •   PURE WORKPLACE SOLUTIONS ANNOUNCES ALIGNMENT WITH KNOLL FOR THE STATE OF KANSAS - PURE's new alignment includes access to the full Knoll portfolio of furniture, textiles, leather, architectural products and accessories.


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