How Work Structures are Changing for the Better

Key Takeaways

  • Workplaces are becoming less reliant on physical spaces for employees
  • Working remotely may come with “strings attached” unlike working from anywhere
  • Businesses can reap many benefits from allowing their employees greater flexibility
The New Way of Working

Long gone are the dreary days of cramped cubicles and bright office fluorescent lights. Our workspaces are ever-changing; this leads us to work from our chaotic kitchen counters, the waiting room at our child’s local pediatrician and at crowded coffee shops.

Work is no longer tied down to a physical location but can be carried out from anywhere in the world with the appropriate technology. Leading companies are paying attention to these workplace trends and rushing to meet the needs of their employees’ relentless desire for flexibility.

Working from Anywhere

When properly discussing the key advantages of working outside of a stereotypical environment, we must also factor in the notable differences between working from home and working from anywhere. Working from anywhere does not consist of the “strings attached” associated with the standard policies of working from home. This often includes requiring that workers come into the office periodically. Working from anywhere allows for geographic flexibility.

The Demand for Flexibility

Published studies show that the average employee will accept about 8% less pay to have the added advantage of working remotely (Harvard Business Review). Experienced managers are often concerned that by allowing all employees to work from home they will do less work due to environmental distractions.

Contrary to this widespread belief, the opposite occurs. When employees are allowed to work from anywhere, it improves their overall happiness and productivity leading to higher retention rates, increased sales and improved performance.

Where We are Headed

Within the next few years, we can eagerly expect that businesses will be more flexible with their employees. A typical 9-5 job may soon look vastly different. We need to rethink the way that we do business by building alternative practices that enhance productivity and satisfaction.  Leading companies will focus less on physical bodies in seats and more on the way that their employees work best. This will challenge the way key leaders and companies have operated for years as they steer away from the traditional structure.

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Innovation Dupage caters to the changing ideology of workplaces by providing a come and go workspace for businesses and entrepreneurs.

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9 Boutiques to Visit in Glen Ellyn

Local charm, quaint downtown streets, and a neighborly feel… What more could you ask for from a suburban area? Glen Ellyn is just 24 miles west of Chicago with around 28,000 residents. It sits in an ideal location with access to Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. Glen Ellyn has everything to offer with lots of great restaurants, shops, and small businesses.

Check out 9 boutiques that are sure to spark your interest: 

Enchantments



Enchantments is a charming clothing boutique carrying trendy pieces with a twist. Owner Jennifer Massarelli’s childhood love for barbies and playing dress-up inspired her to share her passion for fashion with the community. Jennifer’s fashion knowledge brings popular, sought-after designers to her location. Her boutique carries unique pieces such as vintage Chanel and other rare brands. With 18 years in business and counting, Enchantments knows a thing or two about fashion. Be sure to follow their social media to stay up to date with their upcoming sales and events. Instagram: @enchantments_glenellyn

Located at: 

534 Crescent Blvd.
Glen Ellyn, Illinois 60137
(630)-469-1989

Re:new Project



Re:new Project’s company mission is uplifting and heartwarming. They employ refugee women from around the world and provide them with a space to grow, learn and rebuild their lives in the United States. You can purchase the products made by these women at their studio/store conveniently located on Main Street near Banyan Tree Mall. Some of the upcycled and handmade products available for purchase include bags, jewelry and accessories. 
Their instagram: @renewproject

Located at: 

483 North Main Street
Glen Ellyn, Illinois 60137
(630) 547-2176

M&Ems and Meredith Jaye



M&Ems is a lifestyle specialty boutique and a one-stop shop for all occasions. The Fuller’s inspiration for the store came from a family ski trip where they stumbled upon a “quaint children’s boutique that embodied a simple but sophisticated retail experience.” The Glen Ellyn store is named after the owner’s two daughters, Mackenzie and Emerson. While best known for their children’s products, they have expanded into women’s clothing, accessories and home decor. 
Their instagram: @mandemsmj & @meredith_jaye

Located at: 

460 North Main Street 
Glen Ellyn, Illinois 60137
(630)-469-6040

The Gnome Colony



Step into a whimsical storybook world by heading to The Gnome Colony on Main Street in Glen Ellyn. As you walk in, you enter a secret garden with delightful products and hidden treasures. Stop by to meet the owner and mastermind, Michael Perich, and see why West Suburban Living Magazine and Glancer Magazine named them “Best of the West 2019” and “Readers Choice 2019” respectively. 
Their instagram: @thegnomecolony

Located at: 

485 North Main Street
Glen Ellyn, Illinois 60137
(630)-793-5284

Gather & Collect



At Gather & Collect, you can find more than just antiques. Owner Julie Spiller curates a variety of products full of character and history. Her businesses selection of goods have come a long way since it was opened nearly 9 years ago. They carry antique books, timeless lamps, vibrant artwork, handmade jewelry, fragrant soaps and much more. Gather & Collect merchandise is ever-changing, so it is worth the trip to see what unique items you can find. 
Their instagram: @gather_and_collect

Located at: 

473 North Main Street
Glen Ellyn, Illinois 60137
(630)-469-2558

Norabella Boutique



Norabella is a mother-daughter owned shop with a contemporary style and flare. They feature apparel, jewelry, gifts and more. The business is known for their boutique quality without the expensive price tag. Norabella’s offers clients the option of subscribing to monthly style boxes with items curated specifically for them. Check out their Instagram for some of their latest styles and looks @norbellaboutique

Located at: 

485 North Main Street
Glen Ellyn, Illinois 60137
(630)-403-2203

Jayne Boutique



Jayne Boutique carries well known women’s brands such as Free People, Lucky Brand, and Birkenstock. They have six stores in the Chicagoland area offering an ageless shopping experience. Don’t be fooled by their multiple locations, Jayne’s contributes to Glen Ellyn in more ways than one. They work with local charities, schools, nonprofits and other organizations.
Their instagram: @jayneboutique

Glen Ellyn’s Location: 

476 North Main Street
Glen Ellyn, Illinois 60137
(630)-793-9098

Blonde Boutique



Sisters, Allison Ohlander and Natalie Smith, opened a boutique putting their expertise in fashion merchandising to good use. At Blonde Boutique, you can shop trendy yet timeless apparel with pieces for all ages. Guests can take advantage of Natalie’s impeccable fashion sense by utilizing her personal styling service.
Their instagram: @shopblondeboutique

Located at: 

494 North Main Street
Glen Ellyn, Illinois 60137
(630)-474-9258

Paying It Forward



The name of this luxury consignment shop speaks for itself. In 2016, owner Tami was diagnosed with breast cancer. The community rallied around her showing the family love and support through such a challenging time. Paying it forward became the inspiration for the shop. They donate 20% of all proceeds to local breast cancer charities. Another great reason to shop locally.
Their instagram: @payingitforward16

Located at: 

546 Duane Street
Glen Ellyn, Illinois 60137
(630)-450-6891

Innovation DuPage can help transform your idea into a viable commercial venture. Connect with us on Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook or call 630-942-3340 to explore your next steps. If you are interested in connecting with entrepreneurs like you, check out our public events.

Attaining Success through Collaboration

Thomas Edison was a prolific inventor and diligent genius who earned 1,093 patents over his lifetime. Often working 18-hour days in a cramped lab, he took his meals at his desk. He reserved time for few things besides his work, neglecting vacations, sleep and often, bathing. It’s the classic story of grit, hustle and good old-fashioned hard work. But something is missing from this story … actually, there is a lot missing. 

The idea of the lone, lonely inventor is a myth. Edison was surrounded by equally obsessed lab technicians that put in the same 18-hour days. That pervasive myth leaves out the messy yet beautiful process: collaboration. The sharing of a common vision.

Moving from ‘my idea’ to ‘our project’ takes many hands not attached to the founder title.


The process of building a company from a dream is often an arduous and lonely venture. The promise of freedom draws many to the entrepreneurial lifestyle; no overbearing boss, crippling bureaucracy, or unnecessary meetings. However, by the same token, starting a business lacks the structure and built-in support system of a traditional work environment. The day-to-day reality for many entrepreneurs is working tireless hours hunched over laptops in loud coffee shops or at cluttered kitchen tables. Without upper management to turn to for guidance or co-workers to bounce ideas off, it can be difficult to know where to even begin.

Connecting founders to resources that support a shared vision is the mission of Innovation DuPage (ID). As a space designed for collaboration, ID offers entrepreneurs and small business owners a road map for turning ideas into viable commercial ventures. There is an intentionality to the process that enables entrepreneurs to efficiently build a startup by searching for product/market fit rather than blindly executing on assumptions.

Successful entrepreneurs search for the truth about their ideas — wherever that may lead. Failing fast and moving forward is an important advantage of working in a community of entrepreneurs. Operating out of a safe and nurturing environment results in more successes and fewer failures than when founders go it alone. The process develops more resilient entrepreneurs who have a dedicated support network mirroring the experience of Thomas Edison. 

Aligning with Innovation Dupage’s mission they will be hosting the following workshops and meetings for entrepreneurs and businesses to serve as a resource to grow and develop new skills and knowledge applicable to their fields.

Until next time remember…

___________________________“Genius doesn’t fade just because we stopped watching.”

Travis Linderman has served as director for three venture incubators prior to his selection as Managing Director of Innovation DuPage. He founded a startup with Princeton University, secured venture capital backing, scaled rapidly and enjoyed a successful IP acquisition. Travis has spearheaded capital campaigns that have raised over $600 million for technology development.

Innovation DuPage can help transform your idea into a viable commercial venture. Connect with us on Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook or call 630-942-3340 to explore your next steps. If you are interested in connecting with entrepreneurs like you, check out our public events.