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What Do You Stand For? A Day With LabCreatrix

 LabCreatrix Stands With StorkStand

  

StorkStand designs and manufactures the first innovative and affordable standing desk for CEOs and startups. We are proud to partner with startup leaders who stand for positive change within our community. Our team spent the day with LabCreatrix, an inspiring talent agency based out of WeWork that is taking a holistic approach to connecting marketing and creative talent with the right companies. We were excited to catch some time with one of the company’s founding members, Jenn Margolin, to explore what it really means to build truly strong communities the old-fashioned way with refreshing energy.

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How is LabCreatrix different?

"We are inspired by people - by meeting, exploring, and understanding people.  The magic happens when we can make the right connection at the right time.  We have a pipeline of incredible talent, so we never start from scratch. These relationships are ongoing and built over time - we understand that talents' skills and goals evolve.  We invest in understanding our clients' needs before introducing them to great talent.  Ultimately, we never want to throw a lot of candidates at an employer to simply to see what sticks.  We pride ourselves on the quality of our talent and the success of our placements."
 

How do you stay healthy?

"Everyday, I check in with myself to make sure that I am making the right decision in the moment.  It may not be the best solution three weeks from now.  But in this very moment, I can always commit to the best decision.  That process keeps me grounded and my stress levels down - I can always rely on what is true and right for our clients and our company at this time. 
As well, we practice meditation as a team.  And we are grateful to be able to include our WeWork community in our meditation.  It is empowering to have a community behind you that shares similar values and daily tools.  And we share what we've learned through an email newsletter that we send out to our LabCreatrix community members as well."  

 

When do you think of your best ideas?

"My most valuable ideas often come in the quiet moments, usually towards the end of the day.  When I was a chef, I found creativity in reading a recipe or tasting something new, something exciting. This would inspiring new dishes, new combinations, or pairings.  The process ultimately isn't too different at LabCreatrix.  But rather than a recipe or tasting, I find inspiration in conversations and interaction.  Whether it be with my coworkers or my clients, I have learned to become a sponge, absorbing as much information as possible and then allowing the time needed to thoroughly process that information.  I have to deeply understand the problem and context before I can come to an out-of-the-box solution."

 

What Do You Stand For LabCreatrix

 

What do you stand for?

"We stand for building communities in-person.  Today, we are all connected digitally.  Whether it be by email, phone or social media.  We are all just a click away.  But how do you truly understand a person's goals, their strengths and weaknesses, their vision, over the internet?  In corporate recruiting, it is so important to that we make this process personal.  We are only doing our job if both the client and the talent are happy in the long-term.  We are proud to be community builders."

 

What’s your best advice to fellow startup founders?

"Find a team of people who you would actually want to live with.  We look at the people we work with as our family members.  It is a truly great feeling to know you are cared about when you walk into your office.  As a family, you may scream and throw dishes. But at the end of the day, the only thing left is respect and love for your family members and a strengthened bond.  ”  

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With 32 years of experience, LabCreatrix recruits and places highly qualified marketing and creative talent with businesses in the creative, marketing, technology, banking, retail and other sectors. Learn more at LabCreatrix.com


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What Do You Stand For? A Day with Chic Bridesmaid

StorkStand Interviews Chic Bridesmaid at WeWork


StorkStand designs and manufactures the first innovative and affordable standing desks for startups. We are proud to partner with startup leaders who stand for positive change within our community. Our team spent the day with Chic Bridesmaid, an innovative fashion company committed to sustainability and conscious consumption.  We were excited to chat with the company’s founder, Amy Schofield, and dive into the more personal side of being a trend-setting leader of two thriving ventures, while exploring the question, What Do You Stand For?

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What does it mean to be healthy?

“To be healthy means to be connected. As an entrepreneur, your brain is always working. It’s important to be aware of what else is in your environment that can help you. To be open to what’s happening around you. You can’t be healthy when you’re closed.”

When do you think of your best ideas?

“I think of my best ideas when I allow myself to relax - relax enough to feel fully connected to my environment.  These days, I don’t have as many opportunities to feel connected.  The longer I do this, the more important this time becomes.  Not just down time, but off time.”  

StorkStand asks Chic Bridesmaid, What Do You Stand For?

 

What do you stand for?

“We stand for building communities.  For bringing people together through an event, a celebration.  We build communities around a shared experience.  It is from here that real and meaningful relationships can grow.”

What’s your best advice to fellow startup founders?

“Realize what you can do, what you can do well, and what you need help with. Put your energy into what you do really well and outsource the rest. Build a community of peers and use that community. They’re your knowledge source. Don’t do it on your own.”

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Chic Bridesmaid marries technology with high-quality fashion, offering a unique online shopping and collaboration platform for soon-to-be brides and bridesmaids.  Learn more at ChicBridesmaid.com.

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The Healthy Office Checklist: Simple Tips for an Ergonomic Workspace

 

Use this easy and efficient checklist to build the healthy, productive workspace of your dreams.

 

Things to Think About While Sitting

  1. My chair is vertically adjustable and on a five-point base — a supportive foundation is a critical first step to a healthy workspace.
  2. My chair has an adjustable lumbar (lower back) support — avoid a hunched or over-extended posture.
  3. When seated, my knees are not higher than my hips — keep those hips open and engaged.
  4. My feet rest flat on the floor or are supported by a stable footrest — congrats, you’ve graduated from the kiddy table!
  5. I do not sit continuously for more than 1 hour at a time — sitting is killing us and making us stupider — get off your butt!

Things to Think About While Standing

  1. I have a standing or upright desk available to me — many companies have started to really invest in their employees’ health and offer standing desk options. A simple, affordable (and shareable) solution will work just fine.
  2. If a standing desk is not available to me, I have asked my company to provide a standing desk option. Many insurance policies actually cover health-related office tools like standing desks—so don’t be shy about asking your HR department or office manager about available desk options. You can even send them a link to this article for reference.
  3. My standing desk is height-adjustable and accommodates my personal preferences — everyone is different, so start slow and don’t feel the need to invest in a bulky, expensive option right off the bat.
  4. My standing desk is not my only workstation option — we all get tired of standing sometimes, make sure you can sit when and where you want.

 

General Mobility and Health 

  1. I acknowledge that we are neither meant to sit nor stand for long durations of time throughout our workday—James Levine of the Mayo Clinic offers lots of helpful studies that will build your awareness and make you sound smart.
  2. I take multiple walks throughout my workday — your body is meant to move!
  3. I avoid sitting at my desk while eating lunch — Huffington Post says it will increase your stress levels and decrease your creativity.
  4. I drink at least ½ my body weight in ounces of water each day — a person who weighs 180 lbs should drink at least 90 oz of water each day.
  5. I stretch at least once per day — although we highly suggest you stand up and stretch, here is a stretching routine you can even do at your desk.

 

April 10, 2014

Healthy Office ›   Healthy Workday ›  


Your Body Is Smarter Than You Think

 

I used to have terrible sleeping problems.

I would wake up with a sore neck and an aching back; I was 25 years old and felt like a 75-year-old ex-linebacker. Desperate for a solution, I finally went to a chiropractor and told him that my body hurt and I thought I needed a new bed. “It’s not your bed,” he told me, “It’s the way you work.” He explained that more than 85% of Americans sit all day at work. Even if you have perfect posture while sitting (which most of us don’t), humans are not meant to sit for extended periods of time.

So I asked myself: how many hours each day do I sit?

I started doing some research and discovered that those aches and pains you feel at the end of a long workday are symptoms of something called Sitting Disease and it affects just about everyone who works in a traditional office environment. Whether it’s backaches, shoulder pains or a consistent decline in productivity from lack of blood flow and muscle stimulation, there are a number of physical and mental side effects of sitting for extended periods of time.

I found that I was sitting for more than ten hours each day. Ten hours! That’s like taking a plane ride across the U.S. twice a day. As surprising as it sounds, nearly 10% of Americans would actually rather work a 14-hour day that includes at least moderate activity, than a typical 8-hour day sitting in an office chair. And I’m beginning to consider myself part of that group.

The good news is our bodies are extremely smart. They tell us when they feel great and when there’s something wrong. It’s often our ability (or lack thereof) to listen to what our bodies are saying that determines our overall health. If you feel tired, you probably should make it a point to get more sleep. And if your body hurts after sitting all day, well, maybe it’s time tostop sitting all day.

But it starts with baby steps. Here are four healthy, simple suggestions for your next workday:

1. Drink water as soon as you wake up

After a night’s sleep, your body has been without water for hours. Trust me, it’s parched. Drinking water in the morning will make sure your body is hydrated and prepared for the rest of your day.

2. Start your day by standing

Instead of heading straight for your desk when you get to the office, break up your daily desk routine by standing for a couple hours in the morning. If your company offers them, or you can afford one, get yourself a standing desk. Although the fancy, electronic ones are nice, you can get all the health and productivity benefits from a simple standing desk as well.

3. Hold walking meetings

If your meeting doesn’t require a computer, get out of the office and enjoy a brisk walk as you talk — perfect whether you’re with colleagues or on the phone.

4. Stretch throughout the day

Even if you think you look funny in front of your boss, it’s well-worth the health benefits, not to mention you’ll just feel a whole lot better.

A healthy work environment is not something that should be reserved for the few who can afford those expensive standing desks. So start listening to your body and making small changes that can have a big impact in the short and long-term. It’s about time we start taking responsibility for our own health in the workplace.