October 21, 2008

News & Opinion: It's a good day for a ... Good Office

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 5:56 PM – Filed under: The Company

Kate is our token "What if?" employee, always coming up with ideas for ways to host events, run a meeting, or arrange our workspace. Many of her ideas are terrific--like hosting our annual Author Pow-Wow at the Catalyst Ranch in Chicago--and some are a little bit "out there"--like putting all of our desks on hydraulics so we can move up and down and across our office.
Today, this article on CNN (check out the photos) got me thinking about the different ways we can make our work lives healthier and ease the strain on our bodies, eyes, and minds, as well as our natural environment.

Oh, and to tie this post back to a business book...a few weeks ago our friend Cathy S. at HarperCollins sent us The Good Office: Green Design on the Cutting Edge, published by Collins Design. The Good Office is a beautiful photography book accompanied by short essays and information about architectural groups dedicated to bridging the gap between the working world and the environment.
The Good Office provides examples of sustainable design that creates "a more positive space for both the environment and the worker." We might not all be able to work in beautiful "green" buildings, but there are small steps we can take to make our work spaces healthier and more comfortable.
P.S. Kate--don't worry, we appreciate your "What if?s"!

About Dylan Schleicher

Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.