Fitness Intelligence

  By: Julie Knight, RID The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) has released the 2017 findings of the American Fitness Index (AFI) report. The AFI findings assist communities to identify opportunities to improve residents’ health and to help use community assets to better support a healthy and active lifestyle. The AFI report measures personal health, preventive health behaviors, levels… Read More

Social Media’s Role in Today’s Business

By: Brittany Adkins These days, it isn’t always enough to pursue traditional advertising in the form of commercials and printed ads to get your company’s message to your target market. Social media has created a new platform by which businesses can reach a much larger audience than they ever have before. Much of this can be attributed to businesses shifting… Read More

Let’s Go! – The Importance of Getting Away

By: Kris Kleinknight Continuing with the year of finding your Zen; we work hard and we need to find time for enjoying our passions.  Taking time to be with family, friends, or just quiet solitude helps to reenergize your spirit. Robert Kriegel, author of “How to Succeed in Business Without Working So Damn Hard,” says workers get many of their… Read More

Why We Love Project Managers (And You Should, Too!)

By: Rhonda Wessel What is a Project Manager?  What does a Project Manager do?  How is Project Management related to Interior Design?  Why would I need a Project Manager?   Here at IDO, most of us are Interior Designers, but we also play the role of Project Manager for several of our clients. We also work alongside other Project Managers outside… Read More

Co-Working Spaces: Redefine How You Work

By: Kelsey Venekamp Why are co-working spaces—defined as membership-based work spaces where various groups of freelancers, remote workers and other independent professionals work together in a shared, communal setting—so effective? As noted in Knoll’s latest white paper “The Rise of Co-Working”, workers who utilize co-working spaces are provided the added benefits of enhanced collaboration, productivity and job satisfaction—not to mention… Read More

Are We Alike or Are We Different?

By: Lindsay Ferro One of the most popular topics in regards to workplace environment right now is generational differences in the office. It feels like there are a million studies out there! But they all tend to result in one similar conclusion… Baby Boomers are typically more reserved, prefer a sense of normalcy, and are more traditional. While, Millennials typically… Read More

Teamwork CERTAINLY Does Make the Dream Work!

By: Amanda Medlen, RID, NCIDQ, LEED ID + C While scrolling through my recent LinkedIn news feed, I ran across an article title that really grabbed my attention.  The article was entitled, “Steve Jobs did not invent the iPhone.”  I was almost about to shout blasphemy! I was interested to see exactly where this article was going to go, talking… Read More

Words of Wisdom on Establishing Monday Morning Quarterback Meetings …

By: Gary K. Pino FMP, SFP Every Monday morning, starting at 9:00 AM sharp, our Management Team calls into an internal centralized number … and the information begins to flow rapidly.  Each Manager has the opportunity to provide details of upcoming project work, team activities and human resources availability & needs.  After sharing each other’s ‘business’, we as team can… Read More

NeoCon 2017

By: Catie Sterling I was very fortunate this year to have the opportunity to go to NeoCon for the first time with IDO. As a new interior design professional, I tried to take in as much of the convention as possible. Dozens of manufacturer’s reps informed us on their innovative new products, new directions of their companies, and allowed us… Read More

Summer Fun + Safety

By: Lee Boyland As we approach summer, we are drawn to the outdoors for many fun activities! Swimming, cook outs, boating and fireworks to name a few are all synonymous with summer, right? Memories are made when we’re enjoying time with family and friends out in the blue skies and sunshine, and I wanted to share a few safety tips… Read More