In the last decade or so, the workforce has seen the rise of quirky job perks. The elusive "millennial" is described as a job-hopping, adventure seeking, entitled workaholic who prefers a purpose-driven career as opposed to a 9-5 cubicle job. Millennials cycle through jobs more quickly, with only half of them (as opposed to 60% of non-millennials) expecting to be at their current job a year from now. With their reputation preceding them, what other choice do companies have than to scramble to be better than the next? It has become the norm for office culture to have all the bells and whistles.


But the truth will surprise you.

What 2 things do millennials want the most? 

Advancement in the workplace.

Annual raises.

We know, it's surprising, right? But think about it – with this generation having higher student loan debt (the average millennial owes $30,000), a home ownership rate at a record low, delaying marriages and family-starting, it's not shocking that money and career stability is on the forefront of young people's minds.

What does this mean?

Assume loyalty. Companies need to drop the assumption that millennials already have their foot out the door. Believing your employees aren't loyal and are antsy for the next Big Thing means you won't bother to invest time and money into them. They long for stability but are walking with the weight of financial and social pressures on their shoulders.

Give raises. It's one of the easiest and most effective ways of showing that you appreciate your team. It might feel like extra money isn't much of a gesture, but getting a brand new job gives an employee 8-10% pay increase on average. You don't need to match this for a raise every year, but it's certainly worth keeping in mind. A bonus in a heavy-spending time of year (think wedding season or the holidays) can also be a great motivator.

Give your employees a voice. Letting your team be involved in the future of the company makes them more invested in its success. It's important to make sure they know you trust and value their opinions, so when the time comes for a promotion or a new position, they'll be considered. Giving them respect and responsibilities will go a long way.

Posted: 6/29/2017 2:43:50 PM by Amanda Wahl | with 0 comments

Step away from the keyboard and into the sunlight! If you've been cooped up all spring, it's time to quit pretending you'd rather be inside working, and start finding your office muse outside of your workspace.


Luckily, the universe is looking out for you and summertime has plenty going on – whether you're looking for a conference or just a casual event, we've got some suggestions here that are sure to get your creative wheels cranking.


For Creatives: Creative Mornings

Brooklyn // June 23rd

Kick off your weekend with an inspiring talk first thing on a Friday. It's hard to keep your motivation amped up on a summer Friday, but getting your brain cranking early is bound to light the spark for your last day of the week. There's breakfast, plenty of creatives ready to chat, and best of all, it's free!


For Employers: Design Museums Mornings

Boston // June 23rd

The Design Museum Foundation organizes monthly Friday morning talks of their own, and this Friday's topic is "choice" among today's workforce. More and more American employees are working from home or remotely, and the framework of the traditional office model is rapidly changing – how can managers incorporate choice and flexibility into their work strategy, policy, and employee training and engagement? Enjoy the coffee and breakfast, and come find out!


Artisan's Asylum

Somerville, MA // Classes all summer long

A "makerspace" in Somerville that offers tons of classes and has all sorts of equipment available for the community to use? Sign us up! From electronics to fiber arts to screen printing to learning the ins and outs of a 3D printer, vinyl cutter, welder, or lathe, Artisan's Asylum has a great selection of classes throughout the year and summer. Stretch your creative legs and step away from that computer this season – you won't regret it!


ArtBeat 2017

Somerville, MA // July 14th - July 15th, 2017

This year marks the tenth occurrence of this Davis Square arts festival! People come from all over the city to enjoy a weekend full of music, dance performances, and over 75 craft vendors.


AIGA Summer Design Trivia

Cambridge, MA // July 25th

Spend time outside of the office with your fellow creatives amid beer and burgers at Firebrand Saints this July! The trivia promises to be non-designer-friendly, and the first 25 attendees get a free drink!


Litmus Live Boston

Boston // August 2-4th

Content is KING, and nobody knows that better than email marketers. One piece of this global email community conference is in Boston, and with hundreds of attendees, they have workshops and talks that will draw a crowd (not to mention a pretty big networking pool). With a content-packed agenda, be prepared to learn more about testing strategies, content creation, email development techniques, and much more!


Free Movie: North by Northwest

New York City // August 14th

Maybe you've seen Saul Bass's iconic opening title, but have you seen the whole movie? Spend a charming evening under the stars surrounded by the bright lights of the big city. Spread out a blanket and enjoy a thrilling movie about a Madison Ave executive who gets mixed up in a case of mistaken identity and is now on the run!

Posted: 6/21/2017 1:10:04 PM by Amanda Wahl | with 0 comments


Posted: 6/19/2017 9:38:05 AM by Amanda Wahl | with 0 comments

Last post we talked about that tricky balance between maintaining a successful career and staying fit. Many suggestions revolve around making time for an activity or joining a team, but what if there just aren't enough hours in the day!?


Sitting at a desk all day doesn't have to be the end of your healthy workout life. There are plenty of ways to fit smaller exercises into your day so you don't lose a couple hours jetting over to the gym. Give one of these a shot:

1) Micro Workout

Having to take a chunk of time out of your already busy schedule is a huge portion of the reason you're just not working out. Add in the time it takes to get to the gym and stretch and shower, and you're looking at a big portion of your daily free time.

But no need for a formal Work Out - fitting smaller exercises in throughout your day is just as beneficial to your health in the long run. Plus it hurdles the mental block you've built up about making time for exercise.

Follow this list, doing 30 seconds of activity followed by 10 seconds of rest:

  • Jumping jacks
  • Wall sits
  • Push-ups
  • Crunches
  • Chair step-ups
  • Body weight squats
  • Tricep dips on a chair
  • Planks
  • High knee running in place
  • Lunges
  • Side planks, each side

2) Make Your Commute Work(out) for You

If you're close enough to work that you can turn your trip to/from the office into exercise, do it! Whether it's a run,  a roller blade, or a bike ride, it'll get your metabolism boosted and the endorphins pumping for a great work day. You have to get to work somehow, and saving money while burning calories is good for the heart AND mind (and wallet).

3) Lunchtime Fitness Class

While perks like time off and health insurance come standard these days, companies are realizing the advantages of offering less typical benefits. See if it's possible to have a yoga or pilates instructor come to the office during your lunch break (if you have the space). It's likely your superiors will enjoy some appreciated (and grateful) employees and your lunch break won't feel like a waste of time.

4) Yoga Ball Chair

Maybe you don't buy into this, but sitting on a stability ball at your desk has proven results. Studies have found that workers who sit on a stability ball burn 4.1 times more calories than those in regular office chairs. Sitting on an object like this improves your core muscles and strengthens legs muscles as well. Considering your need to spend so much time behind a desk anyway, you might as well try it!

5) Get a Gadget

A Fitbit will help you make sure your steps are up, but what about something that'll keep you active while you sit and work? Get an under-the-desk stair stepper and activate those legs while you're on a conference call. Or maybe even try a DeskCycle and pedal while you type.

Just because you have a desk job doesn't mean you have to live a sedentary worklife. There are tons of options for staying active, and we hope you'll try one of these!

Posted: 6/2/2017 9:51:40 AM by Amanda Wahl | with 0 comments