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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.

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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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Lucky You

This St. Patrick’s Day has us celebrating all things green! Here’s a round up of what we have our eyes on:St Pat Final

1. Herman Miller Embody Chair

2. Tulips from One Kings Lane

3. Eames Upholstered Molded Plastic Chair

4. Hedgehog Cheese Grater

5. Maharam Millerstripe Pillow and  Houzz LUCK Pillow

6. Herman Miller Collection Cu-Clock

7. BuzziSpot by BuzziSpace

8. Herman Miller Wireframe Sofa

9. Pot-O-Gold Cupcakes

10. An Irish toast and perhaps a green beer! (Not pictured)

 

 

Many Hands Make Light Work

On March 5th the Intereum team travelled to Chanhassen’s Feed My Starving Children to pack meals for malnourished children in Panama.  After the wonderful staff of Feed My Starving Children briefed the team on the packaging process, Intereum packed 81 boxes of rice mix, which equates to 17,496 meals!IMG_0818v2

Feed My Starving Children (FMSC), a non-profit Christian organization, commits their work to feeding malnourished children to nearly 70 countries around the globe. Their vision is to work toward eliminating malnourishment and starvation in children who are in need of a source of food. FMSC strives to promote and instill compassion in the people of the United States to care for those needs and take part in eliminating starvation in children worldwide.

IMG_0881-2Every day 6,200 children die of starvation and malnourishment. In order to change this statistic, volunteers (such as the Intereum team) are coming together to package meals and feed the hungry children across the world. In 2014 alone, Feed My Starving Children had nearly 900,000 volunteers package and sent more than 229,200,000 meals. One group can make such an impact on those who are in need of compassion and nourishment. To get involved, go to fmsc.org and click on ‘volunteer’.

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