We’ve Moved!

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Well, our blog has.

With Intereum’s recent brand refresh and launch, our new website will host the Intereum blog posts. From now on we will be publishing the new blogs to our website, which means we will no longer be updating our WordPress and Better Ways to Work website.

So make sure to check out our new website and keep up with our blogs there. You can find our website here.

Thank you for continuing to visit our site and read our blog posts. We are excited about our new website and its capabilities, and we hope you are too.

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Change Your Environment, Enhance Your Culture

Last year, the word “culture” topped Merriam-Webster’s Words of the Year list. To compile this list, Merriam-Webster analyzed the top lookups in the online dictionary’s website. Thus the word itself inspired conversation around the question, what is culture?

Culture is a fluid, dynamic mix of customs, rules and expectations. In the modern workplace, it is something that has a critical impact on the overall growth and success of an organization. In turn, organizational culture defines the various ways employees think, behave, interact with others, and conduct business. Align to Thrive, an assessment facilitated by Intereum, helps companies understand from its employees perspective, where their culture is, where they want their culture to go, and where the organization may need to improve for optimal growth and performance.

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The Align to Thrive assessment is based on the IC-8® – a model that defines eight different cultural styles and how they relate to one another. In turn the assessment helps individuals understand the current cultural identity of their company and the behaviors associated with the culture from their employee’s perspective. Leaders are also able to understand (from the viewpoint of its most important asset, its people) what would make the organization more productive and an even better place to work. The assessment, which can be conducted in 15 minutes, has been trialed and tested in 41 markets across the United States and Canada for over 15 years. The assessment is easy, interactive and anonymous.

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When implementing new office landscapes, Intereum utilizes Align to Thrive to gain perspective on what motivates and drives individual companies. This helps to gather the true collective cultural knowledge, which helps Intereum to obtain an inside look into the corporate culture and views of staff members. Then with sustainability, flexibility and comfort as a core focus, Intereum is able to support this existing culture and facilitate the changes needed.

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Intereum, partnered with Align to Thrive, wants to eliminate the misconception that when a company chooses to change their environment they will also be changing their culture. Intereum understands that culture consists of many different components and the environment is just one piece. According to a prior CEO of Southwest Airlines, Herb Kelleher, “Given enough time and money, your competitors can duplicate almost everything you’ve got working for you…The only thing they can’t duplicate is your culture.” Thus with this in mind, the Align to Thrive assessment enables Intereum to discover what inspires employees and what is influencing decisions, actions, productivity and performance.

In a recent Star Tribune article McGough Construction’s CEO, Tom McGough Jr., said, “Yet while many owners might have an idea of what type of boss they want to be, they haven’t translated their idea of workplace culture into their business plans. They should.” By understanding a company’s culture, Intereum can implement fluid workspaces that diminish challenges and emphasize strengths.

Interested in Intereum’s culture? Check out Intereum’s Facebook // Twitter // and Instagram pages to learn more about us!

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Intereum Named Star Tribune Top Workplace for Second Year

For the second year in a row, Intereum has been named one of the Star Tribune’s Top Workplaces 2015. This year the Star Tribune expanded the Top Workplaces list from 150 to 227 to highlight companies in the Twin Cities area that exemplified the meaning of being an excellent workplace.

Each year the Star Tribune’s Top Workplaces recognizes the best-performing and most progressive public companies in Minnesota. Produced by the same team that compiles the 24-year-old Star Tribune 100 report, Top Workplaces received responses from over 69,100 employees in Minnesota. Scores and rankings were determined solely by employee responses.

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Consistently ranked as one of the top Herman Miller dealers in the country, Intereum is there from the beginning stages of design to audiovisual solutions to the final installation. Intereum works to improve day-to-day life for clients by incorporating their personal culture and working to diminish prominent industry challenges. A full-service distinguished commercial furnishings and services resource, Intereum serves clients of all sizes throughout Minnesota in Corporate, Healthcare, Education and Government settings.

With support from the Intereum leadership team, Intereum as a whole is determined to maintain a positive, can-do attitude in order to produce quality results, be responsive, and continuously improve. A nurturing environment, a breadth of tools and innovation allow employees to provide the utmost service and successful project outcomes.

“For Intereum to be recognized as a Top Workplace in Minnesota for the second year in a row is an honor. Because Intereum’s core focus is to create purposeful and inspiring work, healing and education environments, I am delighted that our team members recognize Intereum as a great place to work,” said Matt Sveen, Principal and Owner.

To qualify for the Star Tribune Top Workplaces, a company must have more than 50 employees in Minnesota. Over 2,100 companies were invited to participate. Rankings were composite scores calculated purely on the basis of employee responses. The surveys were created and conducted by WorkplaceDynamics, an independent company specializing in employee engagement and retention. Check out the survey here.

On June 14, 2015 the complete Star Tribune Top Workplaces 2015 was published. Check out Intereum and the other Top Workplaces on the list here.

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Get Ready: NeoCon and MinneCon 2015

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NeoCon 2015 is less than a week away – what do we expect to see this year? Keep reading to find out.

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When you first walk into NeoCon, the Chadwick Modular Seating system will be there to greet you. Chadwick is a special piece in which Herman Miller has entered into the Best of NeoCon category for 2015. With five movable units, Chadwick is the most versatile and durable lounge seating option on the market. Arrange and rearrange Chadwick into an individual seat, a small sofa or a large couch to accommodate your space and individual needs.

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The Herman Miller display will also be hosting the Eames molded stools. Created by Charles and Ray Eames, the molded stool comes in several veneers along with two height options. The Eames molded stool provides comfort that forms to each body in any place.

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Herman Miller will also welcome the Distil Desk and Table at NeoCon 2015. Distil marries elegance and technological integration with soft edges and beautifully molded plywood. Distil also simply conceals devices and chargers while keeping them close for easy use. Laminate-lined storage units mount on the left or right side for quick stowaways.

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Another exciting product that will be seen at NeoCon 2015 is the Metaform Portfolio. With lightweight, movable blocks, the Metaform portfolio can be reconfigured in seconds to restructure your space. The blocks fit together perfectly, come apart, and rearrange.

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This year at NeoCon 2015, Herman Miller Healthcare/Nemschoff will be displaying the Palisade Collection. Palisade encourages family and friends to participate and connect with patients throughout the healing process. The Flop Sofa incorporated into the Palisade Collection is designed for 24 hour use by converting quickly from sitting area to sleeping surface. Integrated technology, optional lighting and various features support the needs of various individuals.

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Nemschoff will also be showcasing Terra Casegoods. Created for the treatment area, Terra provides components that support a multitude of healthcare applications. Terra is adjustable, efficient and diverse to satisfy the needs of caregivers, patients or families.

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Geiger

At NeoCon 2015, Geiger will be highlighting the sophisticated Tuxedo Component Lounge. The Tuxedo Component Lounge incorporates elegantly tall steel legs along with a low structure. Like a classic tuxedo, the component lounge is elegant and proportioned just right for comfort. With a full array of configurations from an ottoman and club chair to full-size corner sectional, the Tuxedo Component Lounge is a simple, architectural arrangement that fits any space.

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Geiger will also be showcasing the MP Table. The MP table is designed on a crisply proportioned platform of metal columns while supporting a wide range of work/life situations. With four available heights, the MP Table works as a side table, personal table desk, lounge-height work surface, conference table and café table.

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Alongside the MP table and Tuxedo Component Lounge, the Crosshatch Chair will be seen at NeoCon 2015. Crosshatch utilizes minimal materials to construct a simple, classic profile. With crosshatched parachute cords, the Crosshatch Chair supplies the necessary back support while adjusting to fit the comfort needs of a breadth of users.

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MAI Alur will be exhibiting their new Alur wall options for 2015. What’s new about MAI Alur’s wall systems for 2015?

Soft Close Mechanism: Soft close sliding door mechanism features a pneumatic cylinder to gently close the door for improved function and convenience.

Hinge Door: Frameless hinge door features sleek, ADA compliant hinges and sound seals on all four sides to provide optimal sound attenuation.

Wood Door: Solid core wood door features MAI premium wood grain laminates or custom stain to match veneer finishes and a heavy duty offset pivot to provide an exceptionally smooth door operation.

Top Locking Ladder Pull: Locking ladder pull features an ADA compliant top locking mechanism and is available in two sizes for doors up to 9′ high and doors over 9′ to 10′ high.

Convenience Options: New convenience options feature an innovative top frame mounted roller catch for hold close function and a magnetic door catch for hold open function.

 

MinneCon 2015

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A month following NeoCon, we hope to see you at MinneCon on July 16th. Make sure to keep an eye out for Intereum and Herman Miller!

Herman Miller, one of the sponsors of MinneCon 2015, will also be providing a continental breakfast alongside CEU, “Scenarios 2018”, which will be presented by Paula Edwards, a Herman Miller expert in commercial interior design and facilities management.

Scenarios 2018, one of the most exciting upcoming CEU presentations, will explore the unpredictable future and how our decisions now are affecting how well our workplace will support workers of tomorrow. Paula Edwards’s interactive session will utilize scenario thinking to present three scenarios and the resulting conclusions about how work will change through 2018. The scenarios are intended to support deeper thinking and to imagine how in turn, the workplace might change to support the future.

Paula will share her expertise and insight with Minnesota CEUS at MinneCon 2015 from 7 to 8 am. Click here for registration information. And click to register for Scenarios 2018 and events here.

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CEUs at MinneCon 2015

Make sure to check out Intereum’s Facebook // Twitter // and Instagram pages for more updates!

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You Sit More Than You Sleep

Studies have shown that there is a strong correlation between sitting for long periods of time and lower back pain. In the U.S. alone, about 96 million individuals suffer from chronic to mild back pain. While in turn, 79% of the United States work force sits for 8 hours each day.
What does this mean in the grand scheme? This quick, animated TED Ed video helps explain.
The office is an incubator for lower back pain and back problems. Thus by manipulating ergonomics and creating an office chair that supports the lower back (sacral-pelvic region) properly we can work toward eliminating lower back problems caused by excessive sitting and inactivity while working.
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In 2000, Herman Miller‘s PostureFit, an important, patented ergonomic feature, was developed. With a goal of supporting the lower back through comfort, working with the body for natural movement and lumbar control, Herman Miller’s engineers teamed with Dr. Brock Walker (a back care specialist with patents in ergonomics and biomechanics) and Bill Stumpf (a co-designer of the Aeron chair). With Stumpf’s expertise in design, Dr. Walker’s knowledge in back care and pelvic alignment and Herman Miller’s knowledgeable engineers, the team set out to implement an ergonomic feature that aligned the pelvis with the spine and supported the lower back. The design of the Aeron Chair with PostureFit was the result.
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When Herman Miller’s Aeron Chair hit the market, it demanded attention. It was unlike the bulky, foam padded office chairs seen on the market. The Aeron chair was sleek, contoured, sophisticated and enhanced ergonomically. To this day the Aeron Chair is the best selling Office Chair on the market.
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PostureFit technologies can be found within every Herman Miller Task Chair including the Aeron, Mirra 2, Celle, Embody and SAYL chairs. Through sleek contours and curvature, these Task chairs work to promote natural spinal alignment and muscle balance even when the user is in upright or forward leaning positions.
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Did you know that back pain is the number one reason people miss work and will be the number one cause for permanent disability for more than 80 million baby boomers in the next two decades? Investing in lumbar support, natural spine alignment and overall comfort can help us to avoid the high costs of back pain down the road.
Experience Herman Miller’s ergonomic PostureFit feature for yourself through the Try-A-Chair program. It makes it easy for you to test out a new Herman Miller office chair for not just a few minutes, but for a week, month or longer to familiarize yourself with the chair and see how it fits your body, your work, and your space. A quick visit to Intereum‘s showroom can help you get started!
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Raise Your Comfort Level with Renew Tables

Research shows that each day, Americans are sedentary for nearly 21 hours a day between both sleeping and sitting. Being sedentary for such long periods of time is directly linked to illnesses such as diabetes and obesity, which can put immense pressure on our immune system and heart.

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In order to combat the high rates of obesity and lack of productivity in the work place, Herman Miller’s Renew height adjustable table allows seamless transition from sitting to standing to promote movement throughout the course of the workday. It is recommended that each individual spend 5 to 20 minutes each hour standing or moving the body. By doing so, health, mood, productivity and creativity can be enhanced and improved. Research shows that standing increases blood flow, burns calories, improves posture and enhances energy. Thus the Renew sit-to-stand tables provide this movement to work naturally with the body to transition from being sedentary to being active with the simple click of a button.

Along with increased risk of diabetes, heart attack and obesity, being sedentary for such long periods of time can increase lower back pain. It has been estimated that on average 8 out of 10 full-time workers experience back pain at some point in their career – a personal issue that costs companies about $7.4 billion dollars each year. Renew sit-to-stand height adjustable tables allow the user to stand for part of the long work day in order to improve posture and alleviate back pain.

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Herman Miller’s research shows that for every $1 invested in ergonomic strategy, the return on investment is about $17.50 in terms of avoided worker’s compensation costs, increases in productivity, and other forms of returns. The Renew sit-to-stand reflects this importance of returns on investment alongside the necessity to get our bodies moving to reduce harmful diseases and improve our productivity and creativity in the workplace.

Recent client installation with Renew sit-to-stand tables and Herman Miller Embody chairs.

Recent client installation with Renew sit-to-stand tables and Herman Miller Embody chairs.

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