Right Foot Forward

Jan 04, 2018

Happy New Year, boss!

January is here. And, even at work, it’s time to capitalize on the planet’s collective fresh start.

We’re not talking about new year’s resolutions. They’re a little trite (plus they don’t work, anyway). We’re talking about setting meaningful intentions that will last the whole year. Here’s what we mean:

  1. Strike 2017’s to-do list

    Close out (or reprioritize) the lingering projects that, for one reason or another, have fallen by the wayside. Maybe it’s finalizing your Q1 goals, signing a task chair order for your team or pulling the trigger on a new hire. The sense of accomplishment will set the tone for the year to come.
  2. Set team goals

    Sit down with you team and talk about what the group wants to accomplish in 2018. Collaborative goal-setting feels less dictatorial and encourages buy-in, which breeds success. And while you shouldn’t be afraid to set a few stretch ambitions, make sure the majority are realistic and achievable.
  3. Update security

    Seeeeeriously though. Hackers’ whole job is to exploit vulnerabilities. Make January the time to beef up your firewall, upgrade your systems, change your passwords, and enjoy the peace of mind that comes with securing your data.
  4. Invest in culture

    We say this a lot because it’s important. Today’s workforce is increasingly demanding a dialed environment, with meaningful amenities, and real work-life balance. Life-work balance, in fact.

    Can 2018 be the year you implemented flex time? To calendar a weekly office happy hour? Maybe it’s the year of the standing desk. Take a poll, see what people want. Show you’re listening. They’ll stick around.
  5. Focus on WELLness

    We’ve talked about how all four IOS showrooms will be WELL certified in 2018 (#humblebrag). Whether it’s stocking the kitchen with fruit or motivating people to take the stairs by hanging art there, encouraging wellness can mean better employee health and improved productivity. Less time off. Fewer disability claims. A better staff narrative.

And an awesome 2018.

PeopleSpace is a leading West Coast workspace strategy company focusing on commercial furniture and engaging environments. We transform the way organizations plan, design and execute work spaces. Formerly Interior Office Solutions (IOS), a top solutions provider on the West Coast for almost 20 years, PeopleSpace is now affiliated with Haworth, one of the largest furniture manufacturers in the world. With Customer Experience Centers (Irvine, Los Angeles, Portland, Ore. and Seattle), a custom furniture manufacturing and design studio, an architectural interiors / demountable wall specialty subcontractor, a specialized custom architectural elements design and manufacturing studio, and two installation, warehousing and service facilities, PeopleSpace delivers a comprehensive, streamlined customer experience. For more information visit: www.peoplespace.com.

Globally, Haworth Inc. enriches spaces with award-winning furniture, interior architecture and technology solutions to help create beautiful rooms and achieve business goals by supporting collaboration and innovation. Research, knowledge and design are at the center of the company's strategy and foster a deep understanding of built environments, culture transformations and agile workplace needs. With a strong history of craft, innovation and 400 patents, Haworth provides customers with tailored, inspiring spaces that enhance business, stir spirits and improve lives around the world. The company is committed to protecting and restoring the environment; creating economic value; and supporting and strengthening communities. Founded in 1948, Haworth remains family-owned and privately-held serving markets in more than 120 countries through a global network of 650 dealers and 7,500 employees. Headquartered in Holland, Michigan, U.S.A, the company had net sales of USD $2 billion in 2017.

Nerissa R. Silao