Meet our newest team members!

Schroeder Solutions is pleased to welcome AJ Fink, Kelly Cayo, CRP and Jamie Fink to its team of Workplace Consultants!

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AJ Fink brings over 19 years of operations and sales experience to the Schroeder Solutions Account Management Team. He is excited about this new opportunity to combine his love for relationship building, problem solving and sales. Fink believes his good listening skills and detail oriented nature will bring a sense of urgency to client projects. He looks forward to expanding Schroeder Solutions success in target markets such as higher education and hospitality as well as supporting the continued growth of the logistics department.

When AJ isn’t making a fantastic sales pitch, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Jamie, and their five children or cheering on the Milwaukee Bucks! His favorite food is a loaded cheeseburger with as many toppings as you can possibly fit on it. Outside of work, he loves song writing, playing music with his kids and coaching soccer. AJ also is a Worship Leader at Northbrook Church in Ridgefield.kelly-cayo-2

Also joining the Account Management team, Kelly Cayo is a strategically focused leader with a successful background in sales, management and service operations. He is a Certified Relocation Professional (CRP) who has over 18 years of experience in the relocation industry. He is excited to be working with a company that is customer service focused and knows the importance of being a strong client advocate. With the comprehensive service offering at Schroeder Solutions, he looks forward to being a high level resource for his clients.

Outside of work, Kelly enjoys fishing, golfing and cooking chili. He believes that almost anything, including his chili, tastes better with hot sauce on it. His favorite vacation spot is Chamberlin Narrows in Ontario, Canada; he says it has the best walleye fishing in the world. Kelly has two grown children and enjoys spending time binge watching Netflix shows with his wife.jamie-fink-2

As a new member of the Design Team, Jamie Fink brings an artistic approach to the design process. Her background in fashion merchandising and business and her over ten years of experience in residential design give her a unique perspective on creating vibrant work environments. Fink’s residential projects have been highlighted by HGTV and IKEA and publicized in sources such as Apartment Therapy. She is excited to use her creativity and eye for design to segue into the commercial industry.

While Jamie isn’t working hard at Schroeder Solutions, she’s spending time with her husband AJ and their full house of five kids, two cats and two dogs. She enjoys traveling, specifically to Europe, designing and cleaning her beautiful house in Brookfield. One of her favorite things to do outside of work is put her children to bed, have AJ make her a cocktail and unwind from the day by watching one of their favorite shows together.

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Collaborative Meets Private

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Collaborative workspaces foster creativity, increase engagement and encourage a cohesive work environment. They are essential to employee productivity, well-being and can positively impact a company’s bottom line.

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With so much emphasis on collaborative areas in the workplace, we seem to have forgotten the significance of private, individual workspaces. It’s important to note that these quiet work areas are just as essential to a work environment as collaborative spaces.

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We recently published a book, The Millennial Impact in Southeastern Wisconsin, which discusses Milwaukee Millennials’ views on transit, amenities and the city’s biggest challenges. Our findings also discuss Milwaukee Millennials’ workplace needs and their views of the ideal work environment.

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When creating the ideal workspace to help recruit and retain the next generation of talent, space must not be overlooked. Private and collaborative space must be equal.  It’s all about balance. Millennials want choice. They want a workplace that promotes collaboration, but also has quiet areas dedicated to heads down, focused work.

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72.5% of Millennials in Southeastern Wisconsin value a workplace that promotes collaboration, yet 65.7% ALSO value the availability of quiet workspaces. Currently, only one in four workers are working in optimal environments. The rest are struggling to work effectively, resulting in a major loss of productivity.

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If the ability to focus is not considered in your overall workplace design and space plan, strategies to improve collaboration are ineffective. The right workplace balances focus, collaboration and personalization. There’s a major cost implication if you do nothing, but there is major cost savings if you do it right.

 

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Can We Have a Party?

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Holidays are a big deal at Schroeder. They are a special time for us to gather around the table and bond over something that is important to each of us. And that’s usually food. We really love food.

If it’s a holiday, there’s a good chance we will throw a party featuring tons of delicious homemade dishes and desserts. The desserts might be gone within 10 minutes though, because we really can’t resist indulging in the sweetness.

We recently celebrated Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day with ginormous potluck feasts. Our employees brought in fun holiday-themed food and beverages to share and everyone enjoyed one another’s company.

We took a break from work to relax and spend some quality time with our amazing co-workers. What a beautiful sight it was! We also took note of who the good cooks and bakers are in the office.

We look forward to our office parties each month and can’t wait to pick which holiday we will celebrate next! Will it be April Fools’ Day? Cinco de Mayo? National Hug Your Cat Day? It’s a mystery, but we will most likely celebrate them all in one way or another!

 

 

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Don’t Just Sit There, Move!

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Did you know that inactivity is now a bigger killer than obesity? Our desk jobs slowly may be killing us and our work environments could very likely be to blame.

As soon as we sit, enzymes that help break down fat drop 90 percent and calorie burning drops to one per minute. Even if you exercise for the recommended two and half hours every week, that’s still not enough to offset the detrimental effects of sitting all day at the office.

“Sitting is more dangerous than smoking, kills more people than HIV and is more treacherous than parachuting,” explains Dr. David Angus, a leading cancer specialist. Sitting for five hours is equivalent to smoking more than a pack of cigarettes in terms of increased cancer risks, heart disease, muscular problems, diabetes and other serious health conditions.

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Research shows that getting up and moving around for one to two minutes every 30 minutes can have a drastic impact on your health. When we stand, we burn more calories and our brain functions differently. Muscles in our legs contract, which increases production of fat-burning enzymes. Standing even can help to boost energy levels, increase creativity and engagement.

Companies should provide employees with optimal resources and work spaces that will contribute to overall health and well-being. Failing to do so can lead to a major loss of employee productivity, serious health effects and a negative ROI. Effective work environments must encourage movement and support employee health and happiness.

To read more about the negative effects of sitting, click here.

How can I move throughout the work day?

  • Invest in a height-adjustable desk or a treadmill workstation
  • Go for a walk at lunch
  • Plan a walking meeting instead of a meeting in the conference room
  • Take the stairs
  • Walk to get a drink of water
  • Talk to your co-worker in person instead of sending an email
  • Run an errand during your lunch break
  • Stretch it out
  • Take a lap around the office
  • Do a mini office workout video
  • Take short, micro breaks every 30 minutes

Always be conscious of your posture while you do sit and keep track of how long you have been sitting. If your job requires you to be at your desk all day, you can invest in an ergonomic chair that fits your body and work style. Just be sure to take small breaks and move whenever you can! Your body will thank you later.

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