Month: January 2021

Heather Heckman, our Graphic Designer from the Marketing Team, became the newest recipient of the Warrior Helmet. Heather received the helmet for her team-player attitude, and for always taking on any task no matter what. Thank you for your commitment to COE! Please continue below to read what receiving this helmet meant to Heather.

What does winning the warrior helmet mean to you?

Winning the warrior helmet was a great deal of shock to me at first, truly. After the initial butterflies wore off, it started to mean much more, and that there were people outside of my own department that saw the work I was doing and wanted me to be recognized in some way for it. It was very heartfelt and sincere. A person that I’ve only been keeping in contact through Zoom calls and email over the better half of last year almost, and despite never bringing up what I do or the process that it takes to do it all of the time because it is my job, they still know that I’m working very hard in this virtual lifestyle that we’re all embracing now. It’s an amazing feeling because not too many people know just how tedious or how long working on the yearly catalogs can become during the holiday seasons.

What did you or what do you look for when it comes to choosing the next recipient?

The qualities of character that I looked for with choosing the next recipient is how diligent, focused, capable, and reliable that person is when faced with a challenging task that goes unnoticed by most.

How has COE helped you to get where you are?

I believe that COE has helped me reach the levels that I am currently at, in professional and lifelong skills, because of the way that the executives handle their personal and professional relationships with their employees. The open-door policy and the continued transparency across all avenues of business and person-to-person is just a rare and phenomenal occurrence that you don’t find too often. I can achieve what I have and do the great work that I do if only because my bosses are pillars of support and friendship, not just cogs within a working clock.

What goals do you want to achieve and how can COE help get you there? Personal and operational growth.

A lifelong goal that is personal and professional growth for me is to just continue learning new processes and new creative ideas with my degree. I always enjoy doing other projects outside of the catalog as it gives me a chance to continue honing my creative processes and designer eye.

The other goal that is more personal and I’m not sure if COE could help is getting married finally. However, COVID would have to be contained better and the venue I chose to be in back in working order before that could ever happen. 

What is your favorite part of our employee engagement programs at COE and why?

One of my most favorite parts about the numerous employee engagement programs at COE is probably the little get-togethers that we all have whether it be for holidays, charities, or just plain fun. It’s nice to come down on a level with everyone and see sides that may not always get shown during office hours. I definitely enjoyed shopping for a child for Christmas and knowing that I made a difference in brightening someone’s life during a time that should always be magical.

The book clubs were always insightful and enjoyable and allowed me to express myself as well as practice my articulation within a group.

What are you most excited for when it comes to our Penguin partnership?

One of the most exciting things about our partnership is simply just proudly telling others that my company works with the Penguins. It’s amazing how many times I’ve silenced people with that. I should start keeping a tally.

What COE value do you think you’re the strongest in and why?

The COE value that I would probably be… well, that’s actually hard because it would be a choice between respect or teamwork. But, to technically reinforce what Suzanne had nominated me for, I would say teamwork. Regardless of my job description, I’ve always been the kind of worker that if someone asks me to do something or that they need my help then I’ll be there to do it if I can. In all of the jobs that I’ve had, I’ve never been someone to just say “no” to someone else because I wasn’t trained to do it or it’s not part of my job. I always try first and the worst that could happen is I fail. But, failure isn’t the end of the world, giving up completely is. I’m no quitter, if I was, then I wouldn’t be here right now.

Share some fun facts about yourself!

I’m double-jointed in both arms and my elbows.

In high school, I used to mentor a classroom of 1st graders at a local elementary school twice a week as an extracurricular activity. I became so popular with the little ones for the artistic abilities that I literally had 5-6-year-olds fighting over me that could only be described as Game of Thrones dramatics. I felt bad for the teacher.

I know bits and pieces of German, Spanish, and Japanese, but not enough to speak fluently in any of them from years of not practicing.

My family heritage and ancestry actually own a castle in Germany, but I am probably the 1,000th in line to ever living or owning it.

COE Distributing, a distinguished national office furnishings distributor and manufacturer, with the mission to create inspiring work environments, has welcomed Scott Nichols in a new position as Director of eCommerce Sales Strategy. Nichols will be responsible for measuring and optimizing eCommerce business, educating both internal and external groups on the best practices to maximize growth and sales, and will work directly with eCommerce accounts to help them manage and create best in class representation of products on eCommerce platforms. With his 13 years of experience in merchandising, product management, eCommerce, channel development, sales, global sourcing, pricing, customer service, market strategy, vendor relations, and supply chain management, he has all attributes desired to be successful in this role. He is proud to be a part of a company with both strong growth in sales and culture; one that matches his values and ambitions.

Nichols joins the company at a time when eCommerce is accelerated, and businesses are looking for strategies to prepare for the transition. His knowledge, dynamic forward thinking, and growth mindset, will help propel COE and their customers ahead in eCommerce and assist in navigating in an ever changing, technology-based world.
“I am delighted to bring Scott onboard to lead our eCommerce initiatives,” Chief Marketing Officer Melanie Ewing states. “As the move to digital/online sales has accelerated the past 12 months, the addition of this talent to our team will allow COE to be a better resource for our customers.”

Nichols hit the ground running on January 22nd, by connecting with COE team members, leaders, and sales reps, beginning to learn the processes and platforms of the business, and submerging himself in the culture by taking part in the leadership book group. COE is excited for him to start forming connections with all the valued dealers, and bringing new ideas onboard to assist in the continuous growth and company goals.

“I’m looking forward to working with a highly respected team that is poised for great growth,” Nichols states. “I’m bringing a diverse background of business knowledge in the furniture industry having worked at National Business Furniture for 13 years in different capacities. I’ve worked in merchandising, operations, eCommerce, and love pitching in wherever help is needed.”

COE Distributing welcomes Scott to the team and is ready to support him as he grows both himself and the business.

Suzanne Smith, our Sales and Merchandising Assistant, was recognized as our most recent COE Warrior! She was awarded this honor due to being a strong mentor and a right-hand to team members, whenever they need assistance. We thank Suzanne for her commitment to the company. Please continue below to see what this honor means to Suzanne.

FUN FACTS ABOUT SUZANNE

I am a lover of all things Disney

What does winning the warrior helmet mean to you?

Everyone loves to be appreciated, and getting acknowledged for good work feels great, especially when it is from your peers

What did you or what do you look for when it comes to choosing the next recipient?

Someone who isn’t afraid to take on any task asked, but also not afraid to speak up when something doesn’t make sense or isn’t working. Someone willing to offer suggestions to make things better.

How has COE helped you to get where you are?

Trust – They trust you to make necessary decisions to benefit the customers and our business. This builds confidence that you can make the right decisions when needed and not have to second guess yourself.

What goals do you want to achieve and how can COE help get you there?

Personal and operational growth. I want to continue to learn. I moved into a new position in the last year so I could learn more of the Sales and Merchandising side of things. I love that we have these types of opportunities

What is your favorite part of our employee engagement programs at COE and why?

That it is Peer-to-Peer. We often get feedback, good or bad, from customers and upper management, but you don’t often hear what your peers think about how you are doing. Sometimes they see more of what goes on in a day then management does

What COE value do you think you’re the strongest in and why?

Strongest – I would say being a team player. I take on whatever task is needed and do it to the best of my ability. I am not perfect in any of the Values but continue to work to do better with each new day.

5 Ways to Stay Productive Working or Schooling From Home

Whether you are working from home or schooling from home, maintaining productivity is a must! Building a better workspace in your home is key for keeping your workflow in check. When you create a workspace that fits your style, comfort needs, and organizational desires, you will become an overall more productive and successful worker.

Here are a few simple considerations that can make all the difference in your home space.
Keep it Tidy!

More than 60% of Americans have expressed that they are negatively impacted by clutter. These numbers make it clear that organization is key to a successful home workspace. With the comforts of home all around you, there’s no need to clog up your workspace with personal effects. The optimal organization goes beyond clearing the clutter. When investing in office furniture, be on the lookout for storage that fits your needs. With endless configurations of drawers, you can hide away your supplies and keep them straightened and organized. Pictured: StandUp Desk with New Open Haning Storage w/Optional Door, Pockets & Hook

Curate Your Space

Creating a comfortable workspace is all in the details. Whether you’re due for a total redesign or in need of a quick revamp, beautifying your existing accessories and furniture pieces can add a personal touch without bringing in unnecessary clutter. With design at the front of everybody’s mind, anything in your office can feature a little bit of artistic flair. Desks, credenzas, and cabinets with modern laminate finishes, along with sleek and stylish seating options, can be tailored to reflect your style. 

Get Comfortable

Don’t underestimate ergonomics when setting up your workspace at home. Reports show that physical discomfort is a driver of discontent in any workplace. As you create your ideal at-home workspace, invest in furniture and accessories that will keep you comfortable during long hours of work. Pictured: Clever Collection, Mid-back Task Chair

Choosing the right chair is the first step towards a happier and healthier workday. With a variety of features, materials and designs, there’s a perfect seat for everyone. Be mindful of Tilt – strike a perfect balance with a chair that features adjustable tilt tension or upgrade to a knee-tilt for a gentle lean that keeps your feet on the floor. Be aware of Lumbar Support – do you need extra lower back support throughout your day? Manually adjustable and self-adjusting lumbar support can create a tailored solution for every sit. Be conscious of Arms – with adjustments available to move your chair’s armrests in every direction, including up, down, side-to-side, and beyond. Choosing the right combination of features is a must.

Set a Schedule

Create a routine for your workday and stick to it. Adding structure to your day will keep you on track to meet deadlines and prevent burnout. Whether you are in the office or at school, you need to have breaks. Make sure you pencil in these breaks daily and do something that will reenergize yourself – Grab a snack from the kitchen or take a walk outside.

The Right Tech

Create a routine for your workday and stick to it. Adding structure to your day will keep you on track to meet deadlines and prevent burnout. Whether you are in the office or at school, you need to have breaks. Make sure you pencil in these breaks daily and do something that will reenergize yourself – Grab a snack from the kitchen or take a walk outside.

As you can see, the ideal workspace is not just about having a place to sit or a station to work at; the ideal workspace is about creating a unique oasis that will help you reach your optimal level of productivity and satisfaction. Luckily for you, OfficeSource has a multitude of quality products that will help turn just a home workspace into your home workspace. Fill your workspace with furniture that reflects your needs, and let us help you find those perfect pieces!

Katie Dreves, our Marketing Supervisor, is our newest COE Warrior! Craig Rugg, one of our PA Warehouse team members, passed the helmet off to Katie stating that she is reliable and always goes above and beyond. We are blessed with some hard-working team members! You may continue below to read what this honor means to Katie.

Fun facts about yourself!

I love to cook. I love horseback riding – I used to competitively ride. I was born at half time of the Superbowl and I still have the shirt my dad wore the day I was born.

What does winning the warrior helmet mean to you?

Winning the helmet is an honor. It’s great to know that my efforts are recognized, especially by someone that I do not work with on a daily basis.

 What did you or what do you look for when it comes to choosing the next recipient?

When choosing the new Warrior, I wanted to give the helmet to someone that goes above and beyond daily, even when some do not realize how much they really do.

How has COE helped you to get where you are?

COE has given me the ability to grow and learn new skills, giving me the confidence and tools to grow in my position.

 What goals do you want to achieve and how can COE help get you there?

Personal and operational growth.
COE has already helped me achieve so many goals. When I started, I was given the opportunity to have a voice in what the marketing team did. Our team is more of a family than I could ever ask for. We have grown together, and I know I can always lean on them when I just need a sounding board both professionally and personally.

What is your favorite part of our employee engagement programs at COE and why?

I feel like the best part of our employee engagement programs is that they allow us to not only grown into our role but grow our friendships as well. We are able to learn together, but also experience some amazing events and create memories that we would not otherwise have the opportunity to experience.

What are you most excited for when it comes to our Penguin partnership?

When it comes to the Penguins partnership, I am most excited to attend games and events with the Penguins team. It’s always great to talk to their team and get a different perspective on how things are done.

 What COE value do you think you’re the strongest in and why?

I feel like my strongest value is teamwork. I love having someone to bounce ideas off of and get different perspectives that I may not have seen otherwise.

Share some fun facts about yourself!

• I love to cook. When I first got married, we lived with my father in Pittsburgh for a year. It wasn’t until we moved out on our own that my husband learned I could cook.
• I love horseback riding. I used to stay at my cousin’s farm in Maryland every summer where we would competitively ride.
• I was born at half time of the Superbowl and I still have the shirt my dad wore the day I was born – he has not watched football since.
• I am the only person in my immediate family that is not military