OKW Architects believes that everyone should have a safe and enjoyable environment to do their best work. As part of our operations, we have a Wellness Committee that organizes monthly initiatives to bolster the employee experience.
The goal is to encourage our staff to make health and wellness a priority in their daily lives. Themes have ranged from nutrition to personal finance, mental puzzle games, exploration, and physical fitness.
For June, OKW’s theme was Teamwork. From our Leadership Retreat, to our #PRIDE support, and a Trivia event, all programming was geared towards encouraging the office to work as one.
Our senior project managers and department heads met off-site with our fearless leaders Jon and Andy to explore the many facets of teamwork that make our firm successful. We discussed success stories among individual teams, strategies for using effective language, and how to find balance in our professional and personal pursuits.
The ultimate goal was to leave with a better sense of our strengths and a more robust toolkit for addressing the unpredictable challenges that we may face.
OKW is committed to celebrating diversity within our staff, our industry, and our city. We are proud to live and work in Chicago, a city that supports and celebrates its LGBTQ community through many charities, programs, professional organizations, and alliances. To celebrate Pride Month, OKW will support Frontrunners Chicago, the city’s premier LGBTQ running and walking club.
Their annual event and fundraiser is the Proud to Run Half Marathon / 10k / 5k, which will take place on Saturday, June 29.
Who designed the Hancock Tower, made famous by its unintended use of plywood?
What two cities represent letters in the NATO phonetic alphabet?
Which MLB team has won the second most World Series?
The month ended with a Trivia contest in our office open area. With questions written by our Wellness Committee, the event was attended by everyone from firm leadership down to our newest interns! With five rounds and four teams competing for the win, it was all about working together to pool knowledge about everything from geography and history to pop culture and, of course, architecture.