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Business of Furniture - June 19, 2019

  •   NeoCon Highlighted Different Strategies, New Ideas - A definite move toward simplicity was seen at NeoCon this year. Products that are easy to use, self adjust and forgo the usual design frippery were everywhere.
  •   What We Liked (and a Few Things We didn't) at NeoCon 2019 - Steelcase sure knows how to think about every little detail before launching a product. The company's Flex system is a good example.
  •   Ligne Roset Hosts a Design Dialogue with IIDA, HOK Leadership - Julia Monk and Tom Polucci, two HOK senior principals, discussed industry challenges and global design insights with an audience of more than 85 architects and designers.
  •   BIFMA Launches Conformance Program; Provides Year in Review at Annual Breakfast - The industry learned more details about a new conformance program to help specifiers separate true commercial furnishing from the imposters at the BIFMA annual meeting.
  •   NeoConfused? You Are Not Alone - Over the past few years, the rise in ancillary furniture forced new thinking, ranging from wildly different product offerings to new business and distribution models.
  •   Moving Beyond the Foundation of Furniture, NeoCon Showcases New Ideas and Products to Cover and Accessorize Commercial Furnishings and Design - Designtex previewed a selection of textiles from its new line, The Bauhaus Project.
  •   Industry Loses Rising Star: Shannon Bloch 1993-2019 - Dr. Shannon Bloch, who died far too early on June 4, was a columnist for this publication and wrote a wonderful collection of articles about how to help us keep healthy at work.
  •   Stephen Says - "Should a Dealer Sales Manager be Selling Accounts? No!" - by Stephen Viscusi
  •   PLACES - Eddyfi Offices – Quebec City
  •   FIRST LOOKS - The latest Product Introductions from Inscape, OM, KI and FLOS
  •   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 - June, 2019

  •   WHERE I'M WORKING: PASSENGER SEAT, 2019 MINI COOPER COUNTRYMAN - There's working "while" on the road and then there is working "on" the road — literally working while you are a passenger in a car. I found myself in that situation recently after attending a funeral in Port Huron, Michigan, a city about three hours from my home in Grand Rapids.
  •   STUDY SHOWS CULTURE MATTERS AT WORK - Speakap's latest study, "The Culture Factor: Improving Employee Loyalty & Relationships," found nearly 60 percent of the employees it surveyed would take a job at another company in exchange for a better company culture. The objective of the study was to understand elements impacting perception of culture within organizations, how companies communicate culture and change, and the impacts on employee satisfaction and retention.
  •   NOURISH EMPLOYEE INTERACTION WITH SNACK STATIONS - Looking for new ways to encourage your employees to mingle? Food-based amenities that go beyond free coffee and vending machines may be the answer. The resimercial trend of adding homey touches around the office is also placing new emphasis on kitchens and break rooms. You don't have to provide full catering to satisfy your workforce — a dedicated snack station can boost employee morale and spark new connections.
  •   HLW CREATES 'THE WORKSHOP' AS ITS LONDON HUB - Global architecture, interiors and design firm HLW has built a different kind of workshop in the heart of London that holds onto the historical vision of a space where work, collaboration and "tools" are used, but without all the grease and grime. Its London hub, The Workshop at Lonsdale Square between Angel and Islington, is a marvel of adaptive space reuse and a hive of energy and creativity.
  •   PRODUCT INTRODUCTIONS FOR NEOCON 2019 - A first look at some of the major new products that will be introduced during NeoCon 2019 in Chicago this month. When you hear the word "NeoCon," it might not mean anything to you other than a shortened version of "neoconservative." But to those in the office interiors industry, it has a whole different meaning. It is the industry's major event, held in Chicago each June at the Merchandise Mart, and it is a place where many new products that will change the way you work are introduced.
  •   THE COMMERCIAL DESIGN INDUSTRY IS CHANGING. WHY CAN'T THE STAFFING PROCESS TOO? - Job posting is an outdated process. The resume needs improving. Interviews must be more efficient. Whether you're searching for a job or recruiting talent, the process is changing at every level. Traditional strategies are evolving with technology, and brand building — among job seekers and employers — is more important than ever. These insights are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to staffing these days, according to Bryan Lake, associate partner with Sales Consultants of Grand Rapids in West Michigan.


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