February 28, 2014
If you had to guess, what distance would you estimate a nurse walks in a 12 hour shift?
A) 1 mile
B) 2 miles
C) 3 miles
D) 4 miles
Well, before we get to the answer, know this:
Herman Miller Healthcare recognizes the importance of nurses’ roles in hospitals and clinics, and wanted to take a step in the right direction by addressing the issue of nurses walking too much. Herman Miller Healthcare sponsored a study that was conducted by the Center for Advanced Design Research & Evaluation (CADRE), Texas Health Research & Education, and HSK, Inc. The purpose of the study was to better understand how physical design and operations processes interact to influence the total distance nurses walk.
The results revealed that nurses can travel upwards of 4 miles on a 12 hour shift. 4 miles! That’s 16 laps around a track field or the length of 70 football fields!
Over the course of the research, a new measure that realistically predicts nurse walking distance on hospital bed units was identified. While not perfect, this formula does offer architects, nurse leaders, and other hospital leadership an additional means of evaluating the way units, beds, and circulation options are laid out. This calculation is determined by the distance between destinations on the unit floor, multiplied by the number of time each distance is traveled, which results in a realistic prediction of how far nurses walk.
Intereum had the opportunity to work alongside an architect and design firm that addressed this same concept with a local clinic interested in enhancing the patient experience. To do so, they strategically gave exam rooms two doors; one being a traditional swing door and on the other side of the patient room, a DIRTT sliding barn door. By setting up the patient rooms in this manner, the clinic was able to keep the nurse and provider traffic separate from the patient’s pathways. And most importantly, this arrangement cut down the amount of foot traffic for nurses and providers while increasing the ease of communication between staff.
Another approach to maximizing efficiency at this clinic was the installation of Herman Miller Compass. The 13″ footprint reserved valuable real estate for patients while keeping the essentials for the nurse and provider at their fingertips. In the end, the subtle efficiencies can have a great impact on building relationships with patients while tending to their needs.
Lastly, some exciting news was announced about Nemschoff, a Herman Miller Company, and how they are the number one brand in the healthcare furniture market for the third year in a row by Contract magazine. We’re proud to be a dealer that offers furnishings that reflect commitment to people-centered design, high quality, craftsmanship, and products that withstand to the demands of high use environments.
For more information about the Herman Miller Healthcare study, please click here.
February 24, 2014
We are extremely fortunate to have a passionate and knowledgeable ergonomic specialist here on staff. Kim Pellitteri is her name – and you may recall hearing about her from a previous post!
Recently, Kim has started her own health coaching business called ‘Health Happiness’ and has now partnered with Intereum to kick off our own health initiative. The hope is that by the end to have information on how to make healthy and mindful choices everyday to live a fuller and happier life. And if that means we happen to have a smaller waistline by the end of it, then so be it!
Kim started the initiative by sending out a survey to learn who would be interested in partaking and what they would be interested in learning. This information helped her create an outline of four topics to be presented once a quarter on healthy living. Last week, we had our first workshop presented by Kim on ‘Nutrition for Energy – how to eat well in today’s crazy world’. The presentation was packed with people and filled with great information and visuals to aid in making better decisions about food that will give you more energy throughout the day.
What did we learn? LOTS! And if you already had heard something before, it was a great reminder and motivator to hear it again.
The Top 10 Health Tips from Kim:
Soon after the holidays, daring employees participated in a 10-day detox and although the first days were challenging, everyone really supported each other in making healthy choices and seeing it through the end!
Another part of the initiative is to make sure we drink more water. Now we have a special decanter that is filled with a different array of fresh fruit everyday that helps make drinking water more appealing and quite refreshing!
If you personally and/or your company would be interested in having Kim as your health coach, check out her website to get in touch!
February 14, 2014
Leave Your Baggage Behind is a piece written by J. Forrest, our guest blogger for the week, who is the founder of Employee Strategies in Minneapolis. His consulting practice was created with a mission to improve workplace culture. In addition to the practice, he is also the software company founder and owner of Alignamite, a web-based performance management tool. Intereum and Employee Strategies have partnered to share strategies for creating better places to work. And as our video shows, it’s the beginning to a great relationship.
Human behavior is complex. We work with individuals from all walks of life and spend hours upon hours trying to understand their behavior and how it relates to a leader, a purpose, and a workplace. Within our discipline of Organization Development, we, in effect, become like medical doctors of the workplace. While this simile falls apart the more you unravel it, it works to explain some basic premises of our work. Essentially, our clients present a problem and we work to address that problem or the root cause of the symptom that may exist a few layers below the surface.
A few years ago, we had a client that was moving across town. By outgrowing their existing space, it became necessary to find a bigger office. The move and the senior leader were met with some serious resistance. The leader couldn’t understand why. In his mind, he saw an expensive new office with more collaborative space, furniture that wasn’t forty years old, and closer proximity to some fun restaurants. The logic didn’t add up and he couldn’t understand why his team wasn’t excited about the move. So, he called us.
As we sat down over breakfast, he explained that people were furious about the move. In his mind, the presenting symptom/problem was that employees were losing their private offices. In our discussion, we talked about the lack of trust he was being afforded. His organization didn’t trust him to make a series of decisions in their best interest. The prevailing symptom to address wasn’t the loss of a private office, but rather the lack of trust between employees and the leadership team. We decided to work together and we started a “Leave Your Baggage Behind” campaign. The play on words to the campaign was intended to be lighthearted, but also address the very real concerns that had been festering for years.
One of my favorite quotes comes from Stephen Covey, “to listen well is the psychological equivalent of giving air to someone who is oxygen-deprived. It meets a deep, profound human need.”
The team of people we worked with was unsure about the move and the loss of perceived status in going from private offices to cubes, but what they were really mourning was the absence of influence. They were not being heard or asked anything about their work. Everything, it felt, was being done to them without their opinion or support. It felt like they didn’t matter. Turns out, the recurring issue in this organization was a leader that cared so much, he did everything himself. Some may read this behavior as caring many more saw it as an illustration that they didn’t matter. They didn’t matter enough to have their opinion shared on any workplace decisions. The loss of offices was merely an easy thing to highlight.
We can complain about how we are getting softer as a society, that we cancel schools with one cool forecast or that in the “real world” not everyone gets a trophy, but in my real world everyone wants their work to be both impactful and fun. This doesn’t happen through pure logic, it happens through human behavior. It happens through trust and it happens when our leaders are afforded the benefit of the doubt. This is achieved through trust.
If you’re considering an office space refresh, cheers to you! Keep your eyes on symptoms like turnover, productivity drops, and employee stress as indicated by an increase in “got a minute” meetings. To get a head of the curve, form an employee team that focuses on understanding employee perspectives, concerns and ideas. If you include employees in the process, you increase the likelihood that they really do leave some of the old baggage behind.
February 11, 2014
Today we celebrate Intereum’s 10th birthday! It started with the idea of creating “a place where people come together to create inspiring work environments”. That message is at the core of what we work hard to accomplish on a day-to-day basis with clients and team members, making Intereum truly a great place to work!
Back when Intereum got its start, a new program was introduced as well, so to combat the big learning curve, Intereum’s creative leaders decided to have a little fun. The “Play Intereum iQ” game that was introduced to help each team member get familiar with the new program.
Another fun rollout event included a Super Bowl-themed kickoff of Good to Great. We believe in focusing on our core values to deliver successful project outcomes and be team players. The Hedgehog as you know is our Mascot and the Good to Great event helped put the fun into all this!
And so today, we celebrate! Thank you everyone!
February 7, 2014
With much anticipation, Intereum is pleased to announce a new partnership with Seeyond Architectural Solutions, making Intereum a select dealer in the Twin Cities. This product offering provides clients with custom architectural features that combine compound form and complex pattern to create an amazing structure.Seeyond is a complete system that encompasses design, manufacturing, and installation of freestanding walls, wall-mounted structures, ceiling clouds, partial enclosures, column wraps, and transition spaces. Their designs provide visual appeal while helping define and separate space with high-impact and tailored aesthetics.Seeyond empowers the design vision by turning it into a three-dimensional model using proprietary software called Tess™ Specification Tool. Created from a selection of three durable substrates, it is digitally printed and produced as a seamless image that brings the form and function together. The benefit to the one-source production ensures quality and accuracy with great attention to detail. Since its introduction in 2011, Seeyond has garnered attention at NeoCon by securing 5 Best of NeoCon awards, including both a Gold and Silver in the Architectural Products category, and a Best of NeoCon Innovation Award.Now available through Intereum is Seeyond Select, a ready-to-ship program that includes Seeyond’s most iconic features for walls and facings. Still providing limitless creativity, the Seeyond Select programs allows users to choose the feature, options – tessellation, mobility, or lighting – and then purchase. The feature ships in four weeks and is assembled by trained installers from Intereum. With Seeyond, the possibilities can be stretched by any imagination to creatively tailor spaces with eye-catching features or to create a little privacy in an open office. Intereum is here to help find the look, finish and performance characteristics best suited for the design concept for clients in any market.
January 24, 2014
Learning Studios: Adaptable, flexible, and mobile
Intereum and V/S recently exhibited a dynamic booth at the 93rd Annual MSBA Leadership conference.
The joint booth showcased the new CulturalShift product line from V/S. This new line is designed to support research around the impact of a well designed and furnished space leads to greater connectivity and engages with students and faculty. V/S products provide a diverse set of tools, enabling the users to create their own unique environments.
Classrooms and spaces can be flexible from an architectural viewpoint, too. DIRTT offers solutions that offer behavioral sustainability to clients. The prefab construction elements are made to measure, assembled in a clean controlled factory and installed onsite without material waste. The ongoing adaptive nature of the solutions keeps the elements in use for an exceptionally long lifecycle. Customize DIRTT to look and function just the way the space requires!
January 21, 2014
The human body was made to move. For years people have been moving most of the hours in their days. But with advancements in technology and work styles, more adults around the world sit on average 3 – 8 hours every work day. Sitting for long periods of time can lead to feeling drowsy, being easily fatigued, being prone to injury, and elevates the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Providing people with natural ways to move throughout their workday can reverse the negative effects and contribute to people’s overall health. Research has proven that having the work day filled with alternates between sitting, standing, and moving is the best combination for our overall wellbeing. Herman Miller offers a great line of products that create options to meet the needed balance between rest and movement.
- Renew is a new sit-to-stand surface which is designed to make moving between sitting and standing positions intuitive.
- The new Locale from Herman Miller Living Office incorporates the importance of movement and recognizes collaboration as a necessity of good business.
- Mirra 2, designed by Studio 7.5, is a high performance work chair that offers support in a multitude of ways – from the materials it was composed of to the lightweight supportive features.
As stated in the Solution Essay from Herman Miller, “Pairing a work landscape that includes postural choices with education to help people learn how to listen to their bodies equips them to make postural change a natural part of what they do at work.” So before that irk of exhaustion hits you while plugging away at work, listen to your body and stand up, and move around every 20 minutes. To learn more about the research behind these solutions, read this article posted by Herman Miller.