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Stephen Frey
Stephen Frey writes on:

Standing Up to Obesity at Work: Creating the Active Workplace (Part 5)

28January15

Sit Stand Choices
Let’s return back to the sit-stand workstations. The League moved into their renovated spaces in April 2014. Jessica Hill, Director of Human Resources, said, “(They) have about 34 sit-stand optional workstations from Steelcase and are buying three more in 2015.” That is nearly 75% of their 50 or so staff people. Their commitment to [...]


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Stephen Frey
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Standing Up to Obesity at Work: Creating the Active Workplace (Part 4)

27January15

It’s Social After All!
Having easy proximity to social spaces, such as a cafe kitchen area and centrally located, more informal meeting spaces, is equally important to creating a balanced, active workplace. In the League’s renovated space, we worked with them to convert a former large meeting room into a flexible, cafe kitchen space containing active [...]


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Stephen Frey
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Standing Up to Obesity at Work: Creating the Active Workplace (Part 3)

26January15

Encourage Movement at Work.
One such key idea is to create a place which encourages team members to move around to different areas to do differing kinds of work, in addition to individual workstations. This means providing flexible social areas such as more open and informal back-yard type spaces in close proximity to work neighborhoods filled with [...]


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Stephen Frey
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Standing Up to Obesity at Work: Creating the Active Workplace (Part 2)

23January15

Standing Up
Last year, one of our clients, the Vermont League of Cities and Towns, did something remarkably simple. In their new fitout and renovations for their offices we helped them design, building upon prior positive experience with DIY Ikea stand-up workstations, they committed a substantial amount of resources to supply almost 75% of their workforce with new [...]


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Stephen Frey
Stephen Frey writes on:

Standing Up to Obesity at Work: Creating the Active Workplace (Part 1)

22January15

The growing obesity epidemic in the U.S. and our expanding waistlines presents a call to action which should clearly resonate with each and every one of us. Doing something about this in the workplace is of urgent importance to business owners, executives, human resources professionals and specifically architects, interior designers and facilities professionals. If we [...]


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Wes Morgan
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Art and Design in Indiana

21January15

They said it was risky to plan a trip to a sculpture park in January, so we built a few extras into the excursion to mitigate adversity. We were eight brave souls willing to make the trek on behalf of our docent corps from Laumeier Sculpture Park in St. Louis in a rented utility van [...]


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Lisbeth Calandrino

Retail Lessons I Learned from My Grandfather’s Farm (Part 4)

16January15

Installing products should be a “custom art.” “Custom anything” always demands more money. It takes time and means that the item is being crafted for the customer. In the flooring industry, for example, I would talk about “custom installation” and nicely correct the customer every time she mentioned the term “installation.”
Talk about what makes you [...]



 
 
Lisbeth Calandrino

Retail Lessons I Learned from My Grandfather’s Farm (Part 3)

16January15

Find out why your customers have changed suppliers. When was the last time you talked with customers who no longer buy from you? They will tell you why they’ve moved on and why they like your competitors better. The big mistake is to think you “know” why. Typically, the answer will be the competitor’s price [...]



 
 
Lisbeth Calandrino

Retail Lessons I Learned from My Grandfather’s Farm (Part 2)

14January15

How do customers determine the price they will pay?
Recently, I was speaking with a flooring manufacturer about his products. He spent at least 15 minutes telling me how and of what his products were made. Frankly I zoned out after about 5 minutes and stopped listening. The only thing that’s interested me was whether the [...]



 
 
Lisbeth Calandrino

Retail Lessons I Learned from My Grandfather’s Farm (Part 1)

14January15

I learned my retail lessons from my grandfather. He told me the price customers would pay for the apples depended upon how they looked; the shiny ones would bring the most money. He was right. I watched as customers picked through the apples, smelling and admiring the polished ones. It was at this point I [...]



 
 
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