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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

UNIONTOWN, Pa. – Dec. 7, 2020 – PRLog — For the seventh consecutive year, national office furnishings wholesaler COE Distributing and its President and CEO J.D. Ewing are highlighted among the Pittsburgh region’s Smart 50, an elite honor recognizing leaders of flourishing companies as identified by Smart Business Magazine.

Since 2014, the Pittsburgh Smart 50 Awards recognize the top executives of the 50 smartest companies for their ability to build and lead successful organizations.

“It’s incredibly meaningful to be recognized with my team alongside so many of our region’s top companies, particularly during such a grueling year,” said Ewing. “Building a strong team has enabled our company to thrive during the most trying circumstances and reach our highest levels of success.”

Businesses face few trials as staggering as the COVID-19 pandemic. For a company devoted to furnishing offices, the abrupt and prolonged closure of offices across the United States seemed especially daunting.

Ewing encouraged COE’s marketing team to quickly pivot and promote work-from-home solutions right away. Seeing an urgent need for products to help make offices safer, COE plunged into manufacturing for the first time ever. The team created an expansive line of acrylic screens and dividers in-house, bringing the products to market within just two months.

The temporary foray into manufacturing paid off. COE achieved its highest revenue month in company history in August — and shattered that record in September, topping out for the first time ever at $10MM revenue.

While COE expanded its product offerings to meet emerging demand, it simultaneously expanded its already robust employee engagement programs to ensure team members stayed connected and felt supported. Not only did Ewing make good on promises not to furlough any employees or cut benefits, he increased pay for all eligible employees, hired 15 additional staff, gave employees an additional 80 hours of COVID paid time off and delivered one of COE’s highest profit-sharing payouts during the pandemic.

“If we don’t have a strong team of employees who are invested, we can’t make the shifts needed to keep the business moving forward,” Ewing said. “Keeping our team, not just employed, but highly engaged, is how we remain relevant.”

Congratulations to our most recent COE Warrior Eric Kennedy, one of our hardworking PA Warehouse team members. Beth Sible passed the helmet off to Eric stating that he is excellent at what he does and she enjoys working with him. Congratulations for this honor Eric! Continue below to see what this recognition means to Eric.

What does winning the warrior helmet mean to you?

It’s nice to be recognized.

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

Someone who isn’t looking for recognition, but deserves it for their hard work.

How has COE helped you to get where you are?

I learned to take pride in all the things I do.

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

A comfortable life for my family. COE can help me achieve this goal by continuing to believe in me and giving me a chance to make a better living.

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

Penguin games! Why, do you ask? Because they are Penguin games!

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

See the answer above!

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

Teamwork – I enjoy getting the job done and helping everyone else get their work done.

Share some fun facts about yourself!

I am a goof, a great dad, husband, and worker!

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