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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What’s Behind the Living Office?

As Winston Churchill once said, “We shape our buildings, and afterwards our buildings shape us.” Taking into account Winston Churchill’s wise words, Herman Miller decided to explore this idea to discover how our office spaces can shape our moods, stress levels, productivity and creativity. Therefore, the Claremont Graduate University’s Center for Neuroeconomics Studies performed a neurophysiology study on behalf of Herman Miller and the Living Office spaces. The study assessed how each setting affected individual physiology through monitoring hormones, cardiac activity, palmar sweat and respiration of 96 participants. The office settings studied by Claremont included a Jump Space, Plaza and Cove.

Jump Space

A Jump Space provides touch down areas that facilitate work for distinct period of times. Jump Spaces are generally located in the office along highly trafficked routes which can help to connect people quickly between other activities. The standing-height desk used in the study helped to provide some discretion and privacy. The study concluded that a Jump Space correlated with the highest increase in mood in participants due to the high traffic and discretion. In the Jump Space setting, work performance, mood and morale were boosted. Lastly, the Jump Space increased the ability to complete the group technical task of reassembling an apple peeler by using directions.

Overall, the Jump Space used in the study proved that this quick touch down space can increase creativity, happiness and productivity within the work place.

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Plaza

Unlike a Jump Space or Cove, Plazas are public spaces situated at points of the high trafficked areas within the office. Plazas are open and encourage mixing, mingling and multiple work activities in tandem. A Plaza hosts a space that is inviting and welcoming with higher rates of noise and natural light within the space. In the study, the strongest correlation between positive mood and performance was found in a Plaza setting. In a Plaza space the individuals had the highest baseline happiness and experienced an increase in mood after completing the individual and group tasks. Also, the Plaza space had more noise, natural light, foot traffic, and openness. Participants within the Plaza setting had the highest ability to complete the group task efficiently as a team.

Therefore, rather than being seen as a luxury or diversion, high-traffic areas like a Plaza can increase mood, increase performance, decrease stress and enhance creativity.

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Cove

A Cove is a semi-private space near individual work stations or common areas that provide compact meeting areas for colleagues. The space enables engaging assemblies for short periods of time. Due to a Cove’s placement, there is a decent amount of foot traffic which tends to create noise levels higher than the Jump Space. Those in the study who worked within a Cove showed the largest improvements in mood and in turn, increased productivity.

With a secluded area, the Cove provided a quieter environment for individuals which in turn significantly improved individual moods.

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Renew Sit-to-Stand Tables

Our bodies are made to move and shift positions constantly, yet research shows that on an average we Americans are sitting, resting or sleeping for about 21 hours each day. Sedentary lifestyles increase our risks for diabetes, some cancers, obesity, and cardiovascular disease. Therefore, Herman Miller has focused on this necessity to move through ways that support movement, comfortability and health by creating a natural environment within the workplace. Thus, Herman Miller created the Renew Sit-to-Stand tables for this purpose. The Renew Sit-to-Stand tables make shifting from sitting to standing a breeze, enabling health-positive movement and activity through long work days.

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The slim profile of the Renew Sit-to-Stand provides a sleek look while opening up more space to stretch your legs while creating an aesthetically pleasing environment in any setting. The soft paddle shaped switch under the desk works simply to raise or lower the desk to the individual’s liking. With such easy adjustment between sitting and standing, thoughts, meetings or phone calls are not interrupted by transition. Herman Miller took care to create softly angled corners which help to avoid bumps or bruises that can occur while moving from sitting to standing or the other way around. Combined with a supportive desk chair, the Renew Sit-to-Stand tables support a full range of motion while you work.

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The Renew Sit-to-Stand tables work seamlessly in all places that you can. Whether in a private office, system furnitures, collaborative spaces, or an open office, the Renew provides natural movement by creating a choice between an active standing or sitting meeting. The sit-to-stand tables can even work efficiently in conference rooms by holding stand-up meetings that put health on the agenda.

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Lifesize Cloud Video Conferencing Solutions

Whether in the office or in the comfort of your home, Lifesize Cloud is a video conferencing solution that enables clear, efficient conferencing virtually from any location. Unlike any other video conferencing solution, Lifesize Cloud helps to connect you with coworkers seamlessly through any device including cell phones, tablets, personal computers, laptops, etc. Each conference through Lifesize allows 25 participants; however, each participant in the conference call is not limited to just an individual on their laptop, a participant could be a group gathered in a conference room. Thus the possibilities through Lifesize Cloud are endless.

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Have a decision that needs to be made immediately? Lifesize Cloud creates a whole new level of video conferencing by allowing the users to call and connect with others in an instant without hassle. The user is able to pick contacts by name rather than by numbers, IDs, or PIN numbers. Not only is it simple to connect with coworkers, Lifesize has reinvented video conferencing by creating a solution that is ‘plug and play’. ‘Plug and play’ is the idea that Lifesize Cloud can be implemented and maintained by the user without constant IT support.

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This award-winning video conferencing solution provides the highest quality video which is remarkably lifelike and as easy and natural as meeting in person. Lifesize Cloud also received recognition in being the ‘easiest endpoint to use’ and the ability of the solution to work right out of the box. With our knowledgable Audio Visual team at Intereum, these award-winning room video systems can now be implemented into conference and meeting rooms for simplistic and realistic video conferencing. Our Audio Visual team can also assist in incorporating Lifesize Cloud to mobile devices, tablets and personal computers to provide easy connection to coworkers at the touch of a button.

 

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Public Office Landscape Creates Connection

The result of much research and design is Public Office Landscape, the first office system to support casual work and provide comfort at the desk, in circulation spaces, and in group areas – all within a consistent design vocabulary.  Public elements can be arranged into configurations that express culture and foster belonging-and that can evolve as needs change.

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Public was designed to support fluid interactions and spontaneous conversations across the entire landscape, keeping the office in a state of flow, where people are engaged, focused, and able to move freely between collaborative and individual modes of work.

The design behind Herman Miller‘s Social Chair reflects the idea of connection literally and figuratively. With an open, inviting and sleek shape, the Social Chair allows for easy collaboration, interaction and conversation. The unparalleled top surface connects simply with desks, storage units or even other Social Chairs for an easy meeting space or lounge area. Composed of lightweight materials, the Social Chair provides flexibility while accommodating comfortable movement. It not only accommodates movement, the chair provides comfortable support for a breadth of postures and activities. Herman Miller’s Social Chair diminishes the choice between ergonomic seating for the work day and casual seating for lounging or meetings.Screen Shot 2014-09-10 at 5.35.59 PM

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The Social Chair plays seamlessly into Herman Miller’s Living Office by promoting productivity, communication, comfortability and constructing a holistic space. The chair not only supports the comfort of an individual, it drives the purposeful interactions that occur at the desk, in communal areas and throughout the entire office that enhance a successful and productive workplace. The Social Chair alongside the the Living Office help create a desired and natural work environment that we look forward to working in each day.

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The Future for the Standard Office Looks Very Green

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With successful concepts such as the Action Office and Living Office, recently Herman Miller has been researching and collecting information about incorporating nature-mimicking spaces that satisfy the human necessity for a connection to the natural world. Studies have confirmed that natural spaces enhance a meditative state of mind while simultaneously assisting in reducing stress. This research also showed that connecting with nature helps to rejuvenate the brain completely. But how could trees, grass, sunshine, and a little fresh air rejuvenate our brains?

Attention Restoration Theory (ART) helps to explain why nature can work wonders in rejuvenating our brains. Researchers from the University of Michigan explain that our attention comes in two ‘flavors’: involuntary and voluntary. Involuntary attention is when something interesting captures our attention, while voluntary attention is when we focus to complete a task. As described by the researchers of the University of Michigan, nature is filled with vibrant stimuli which captures our attention in a bottom-up fashion, or a way that first examines the finer details and then the big picture. The striking, involuntary attention capturing effects of nature can give our brains a chance to replenish when it comes to a top-down approach, or looking at the big picture first and then working out the finer details. However, designs implementing nature aren’t simply beneficial to the individual office worker– it can be a sound economic investment, too. An exercise that applied biophilic (nature oriented) work spaces found that if incorporated into many New York City offices $470 million would be regained in productivity value.

Rosalyn Cama, president of Cama, Inc., an interior planning and design firm, describes her passion for finding work place solutions that implement nature-mimicking spaces. Cama explained an experiment she uses on groups at a national convention in New York. Cama asks the group, “‘Imagine a stressful time in your recent past. If you could escape anywhere in the world to help reduce your anxiety, where would you go?’ For thirteen years, Cama has continued to ask the same question and she finds that 95% or more usually select an outdoor space. She then proposes another question asking why they chose the space they did. Many reply explaining their destination as calming, stress-free and serene.

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A combination of both Herman Miller’s Living Office and a biophilic environment could create this leisurely space that over 95% of individuals desire. The combination could implement a space where office workers enjoy the space and look forward to work that harmoniously mixes a calm, functional, stress-relieving, collaborative and productive environment. The Living Office alone creates a natural physical environment that exposes a generous amount of natural light and brings a communal sense to the everyday office. Herman Miller’s Living Office combined with even more biophilic elements could enhance productivity by rejuvenating brains and creating a space that each person looks forward to working in. The future for both Herman Miller and the standard, everyday office is starting to look very green!

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Intereum Adopts Four ‘Puppies’

According to Finnish designer, Eero Aarnio, “A chair is a chair, is a chair, is a chair…but a seat does not necessarily have to be a chair.” And this is exactly what he was aiming for when he created Puppy, a seat or decorative sculpture (your choice) that combines function and whimsicality for Magis Me Too. Featured in both vibrant orange and off-white finishes, and two different sizes (small and medium), Herman Miller‘s molded plastic Puppy is an imaginative and efficient accessory that captures a playful spirit along with striking colors and character.

Seeing how fun these puppies are, how could Intereum not adopt four of these captivating pieces? Located at both our front and side doors are a pair of Herman Miller Puppies–one medium sized orange Puppy and one small sized off-white Puppy.

 

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