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How the Platterz Founders Use Passion to Cultivate Community

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“The history is what made us who we are.”

From a quick coffee meeting turned 8-hour business brainstorm, Platterz co-founders Eran Henig and Yishay Waxman have used their infinite passion to build an international team of innovators, entrepreneurs and dreamers—a team driven to lead the way in the office culture revolution.

We sat down with our CEO & President to uncover how they’ve grown a successful company into a culture-fuelled community, why they believe in work as family, and what the future—for Platterz, for offices, for employees—holds.

“Everything in life is timing.”

Why start Platterz?

Y: When Eran and I met for the first time sitting at a Starbucks, we weren’t even talking about business. After working in offices that ordered the same food, from the same places, we shared the same curiosity: ‘There has to be something easier, where the food changes, and so does the standard office environment.’

Where do you see Platterz going?

E: Platterz is going to make a global impact about how companies are treating employees and managing culture needs in the office. It’s a one-stop shop for any corporate service.

Y: If I had a crystal ball into the future, I see Platterz fuelling more than just food [it’s our anchor]. Companies will engage with the platform across all regions in multiple facets.

What is your one wish for Platterz employees?

E: That they will never see us as work. That they’re not driven by numbers, but rather, come to the office with a smile, and create something great as if it were a hobby.

“When it’s built in a way from the ground up, where everyone treats it as their own—because it is their own—the chances of success are that much greater.”

Why is changing office culture so important to you?

E: People work really well and create when they’re in an environment that helps express themselves and identify who they are. That can only happen when they’re given the place to collaborate with people of different mindsets. The togetherness is what makes people care.

Y: You spend so much time in the workplace—often more than your actual house. You want to feel comfortable coming to work, and want to work with people you respect, look up to, enjoy eating and speaking with—and that transforms into the environment, which trickles down into culture.

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Eran Henig, left and Yishay Waxman. Photo courtesy of Financial Post.

How would you describe your leadership style?

Y: Passionate. The passion that I have also translates into the feelings that I wear on my sleeve – I care so much about Platterz and its people that it’s like another child of mine.

What are you most proud of, and why?

E: Our team. By far the biggest achievement we’ve had is bringing together 100+ individuals that care so much.

Y: When a group of strangers who have never met each other come in [to town] for a company barbecue, or message another team member they didn’t know a few months ago — that’s what makes me the proudest in the world.

“The more you reinvent yourself, the stronger you are in knowing your skills, creating a strong foundation for a very strong team.”

How do you encourage creative thinking?

E: Exposing the team to a lot of different concepts. Even those ideas that might not be practical or ready to produce, but it gets them to challenge what they thought before. Being unbiased towards the effort they put into something is important to keep improving themselves.

If you could give one piece of advice to your younger self, what would it be?

E: I’d experiment early. With everything; never staying attached to a place, an idea, the work I’ve done. There should be no mental boundaries or barriers to hold you back from what you create.

What would you tell future entrepreneurs, dreaming of landing their big break?

Y: Don’t be scared to fail. You might not get it right the first time, but don’t give up.

“It’s not about a lucky break… We create our own luck.”

The Platterz story is just beginning. Read more about how we’re helping local businesses grow, fostering positive relationships, and on a mission to boost office culture.

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6 Desk Décor Tips To Make You More Productive

Fact: We spend close to one third of our lives in the office, sitting at our desks. Fiction: We have to keep our desks dull to ensure we stay productive. At Platterz, we’re tackling the myth that life in the office is bleak, and that your desk has to be a reflection of that. Not a closeted DIY expert? Don’t want to spend money on your office supplies? No problem! We know time is a luxury, so here are six ways you can effortlessly update your desk décor to optimize your workspace and workflow.

1. Combine Colours

The Benefit: Induce Emotions

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It goes without saying that a day in the office is never black and white, so why should your desk be? Yellow is commonly known for energy and optimism, while blue is affiliated with relaxation and focus, and green with tranquility and balance. A study conducted by the task management app, Taskworld, suggests that, contrary to popular belief, implementing colours into your day will actually stimulate greater creativity, rather than serve as a distraction. Try opting for coloured pens or notebooks, or even a bright coloured coffee mug. We’re not saying every colour of the rainbow per se, but it’s important to find which colours are best suited to you, your role, and your work environment.

2. Strategic Supplies

The Benefit: Improve Efficiency

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Whether you work on a computer or prefer traditional methods such as writing everything by hand, it goes without question that your office supplies should be tailored to fit the way you work. Do you write to-do lists everyday? Then jot down your thoughts in a daily agenda. Are you high-tech and use multiple devices at once? Tame the cord chaos with cable organizers to avoid your desk becoming a storage facility. You learn your best practices when you have the tools to support you, so be sure to check out Business Insider’s list of affordable yet undeniably beneficial desk-hacks. Seriously, you’ll ask yourself how you ever worked without them.

3. Plant Life

The Benefit: Feel At Home

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According to WeWork’s Senior Designer, Rachel Montana, people want to feel at home, and personalize their workspace while in the office. Work is seen as an expression of who you are, so being comfortable in your own space is essential, and will help ensure others feel the same. What’s a simple way to bring home life to the office? Plants! According to The Guardian, “considerable energy has gone into showing how plants and flowers brighten the work experience.” In fact, the term Biophilia was coined to demonstrate how green office spaces reduce stress hormones and increase brain functionality. So, pick up a succulent, cactus and/or small flower pot – just don’t forget to water it!

4. Healthy Snacking 

The Benefit: Boost Energy

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3pm strikes and you’re craving a bag of chips, or perhaps you have a sweet tooth and the convenience store across the street has unlimited chocolate bars. The only problem is that you’re busy at work and don’t want to binge on unhealthy treats. The easiest way to avoid the mid-afternoon-hunger-strike is by keeping a jar of bite-sized munchies on your desk. Having fruits, veggies and nuts ordered to the office make for effortless snacking, without sacrificing time and the charming aesthetics of your revamped tabletop. And if you get thirsty post-snack, replace plastic bottles with a coloured water bottle or themed tumbler to add a touch of spunk, all while staying environmentally conscious!

 

5. Stick to a Scent

The Benefit: De-Stress

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We all know that scents tend to be very personal. Some people might love the warm essence of vanilla bean, while others might prefer a fresh lemon-lime aroma. However, there are actually a few scents that are proposed to have a universal effect on people, especially in the workplace. Candles are likely a no-go in an office building (fire hazard and all), so try keeping these rollerballs or oils lined up on a decorative tray. Not only do they provide subtle scents, they don’t hurt the eye nor disrupt colleagues! Not sure which fragrance you fancy? Huffington Post Canada points out that citrus-infused scents such as lemon and orange aid in concentration, peppermint reduces headaches, lavender’s nourishing properties help with stress, and cinnamon can combat fatigue. We’ll take all four, please!

6. Personal Touches 

The Benefit: Generate Sociability

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Do you spend your 9-5 daydreaming of the last time you lay on the beach, climbed a mountain or slept in a hotel bed? Us too. And, as it turns out, we’re not alone. WeWork polled over 4,000 of its members around the world, and discovered the extensive lack of work-life balance in traditional offices—a notion that Platterz is already on its way to combating. The solution? Personalizing your workspace is crucial in both putting a smile on your face as you reminisce, and to serve as an effortless conversation starter. If you have a framed photo of your new Dalmatian, or a landscape of your bucket list vacation, add it to your desk collection! Colleagues and visitors to the office are bound to want to know more. Trust us, there’s proof in the pudding.

Try these out and let us know how you designed your desk by tagging Platterz in your desk décor photos on Instagram. If you’re already a master at creating a pretty yet productive workspace and have a method to the madness, share your tips in the comments below!

Don’t just want to limit this tips to your desk and are hoping to improve your office’s space too? Check out our spotlight on Top Hat’s office and take a peek into their interactive, innovative workspace for inspiration (FYI, they have purple walls!).

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