Hippodrome Decks the Halls With Hope, Not Holly

For the third year in a row, the Hippodrome, Manhattan’s A+ office building located in the heart of Midtown, at 1120 Avenue of the Americas (co-owned by Edison Properties, parent company to Edison Offices), is forgoing lobby decorations for the holidays and instead partnering with organizations that help New Yorkers in need. This year, the company is focusing on Food Bank for NYC, to which it has donated $20,000. “We love the holidays as much as anyone,” said Archie Gottesman, Chief Branding Officer of Edison Properties. “And what we love most is the holiday spirit of giving to those less… Read More

This is your Life

Almost everything we eat comes with a price—either it’s too expensive or way too high in calories, or both. Unfortunately, what we tend to eat at work—the glorified sandwich, street meat, the quick slice, or four, 100-calorie snack packs—is not helping us maintain a healthy lifestyle. Work days are rough on our bodies and our minds. Most of us can’t function without the caffeine in our morning coffee, or the protein in our breakfast sandwich. And throughout the day endless meetings and assignment deadlines keep us hungry, yet crunched for time. Amidst the chaos of our working lives, we lose… Read More

Manhattan Mini Storage Helping NYC victims of Hurricane Sandy

Manhattan Mini Storage, owned by parent company Edison Properties, quickly responded to the devastation of downtown Manhattan by setting up an emergency hotline to help businesses or residents who have been displaced by the storm. They are offering free boxes, a free move and free rent to anyone who has been directly impacted by the storm. Anyone in need of these services should call Elias Jaffe directly at 646-276-1617 for more information. “As a homegrown, family-operated company, we make helping our neighbors in need a priority,” said Gary DeBode, CEO of Edison Properties. “It’s a company mandate and, frankly, what… Read More

BYOD, Workshifting, and Workspace

Bring Your Own Device—or BYOD for short—is one of the top corporate trends of 2012. It means using your own smartphone, tablet, laptop, or other personal device in the workplace for business (accessing email, uploading files, etc). And as the ownership and usage of personal devices continues to steadily rise, it’s inevitable that the use of personal devices in the workplace is a growing phenomenon. The pros and cons of BYOD policies are varied, but mainly center around employee flexibility and network and information security issues—with the biggest debate being over who fronts most of the costs involved. The BYOD… Read More

Should you bike to work?

Often relegated to the months when the weather is a bit more predictable, biking to work has become a growing, even year-round trend. This is due in part to a shaky economy that has gas prices consistently rising, and broader concerns over increased health risks thanks to growing inactivity. Here’s the gist of what’s great and what’s questionable about biking to work: Pros Compared to driving, it saves a ton of money and  if you’re driving in traffic, it could save a huge amount of time  It’s a free workout to and from the workplace You’ll inhale fewer automotive fumes… Read More

Coffee at Work: Is it good for you?

It’s just one of those things you do. Like hitting the snooze button on your alarm clock, starting your day with a coffee fix is second nature to many Americans. Some need it to jump start the day. Some need it to boost their energy level during the afternoon. And some just can’t live without it. You know who you are. At the office, like at home and elsewhere, coffee is a diet staple. We claim it makes us productive and focused, and doesn’t turn us into crazed addicts. While the jury is still out on how behavior is affected by coffee,… Read More

How to boost creativity when the seasons change

According to Jason Fried, co-founder and CEO of 37Signals, when you need to boost creativity, you shake things up. His company makes some pretty wild changes during seasonal shifts, like eliminating an entire day from the work week between the months of May and October. The company even provides a weekly community-supported agricultural share for employees. Fried’s seasonal shake-ups have resulted in increased productivity and an infusion of creativity for his company. Sounds great, right? But what about the companies that can’t make something like that work financially? Is there anything they can do to increase productivity and boost creativity… Read More

Future Workplace: Office Pods

It’s true that the workplace is changing. Mobile capabilities let workers work on the go. But when it’s time to work in a defined space, do we really want to be pod people? Office pods are the latest trend in workspace solutions.  Not only do they look futuristic, but they act that way too – they move! http://www.youtube.com/embed/oz0PBWyswbM Pods are defined spaces that grant sanctuary to the solitary worker, or meeting space for team collaboration. Some of these could even look great in your back yard. More and more companies are tearing down walls, opening up spaces, crowd-sourcing ideas from… Read More

How to Address Office Hoarding

Ever wonder why some people’s desks at work are overflowing with what appears to emptied filing cabinets, a breakfast bar, and a supply closet? Could they be *GASP* hoarders? With hoarding entering into our culture in a very graphic way thanks to A&E’s Hoarders and TLC’s Hoarding: Buried Alive, it’s not a big stretch to ponder what it could mean for you and your office environment. Hoarding, even if it’s just office supplies, implies a disorganized and struggling employee/co-worker. Files are strewn about in unidentifiable piles and pouring out of folders. Food may be left out in open containers possibly… Read More

Is working remotely a viable solution?

At some point or another, every office worker asks themselves what it would be like to work from home, or how the freedom to work where they choose would change them for the better. Working remotely means having the freedom to work where and how you want. But is it all that it’s cracked up to be?  Let’s take a look at some of the pros and some of the cons: Pros Flexible schedule No commute Less distractions from coworkers Increased productivity Flexible attire Cons More personal distractions—family, tv, phone calls, Facebook, etc. No face-to-face relationship building Missing important information… Read More