Our Story

The world is changed. And we believe that each person deserves meaningful work in a healthy and productive work environment that works for them and their employer(s).

We've been trusted advisors to business owners and professionals in our separate businesses for many years. Each of us served a different market - Phyllis in the employee engagement and workplace culture ROI, and Manfred as the Healthy Building and Sustainable Design field.

Two years ago we learned to speak each other's language - psychology and engineering, and realized that the combination is what the modern workplace needs. Founding Great Places and Spaces is a venture devoted to the premise that every person deserves to discover and have a work setting that helps them be healthy and productive.

Dr. Phyllis Horner

Dr. Phyllis Horner, CEO, is a professional executive coach and consultant in the ROI of people investments. Her experience includes design of competitive business strategy, corporate values, performance and productivity systems, executive development and succession. She specializes in designing what people need from their environment to do their best work. and advises "best places to work" how to be even better.

Dr. Manfred Zapka

Dr. Manfred Zapka, COO, is an engineering and scientific consultant, a professional engineer, and an educator. Manfred has worked in the sustainability arena for over 20 years, specializing in energy / water efficient buildings and low impact site development. He has been teaching and conducting research in high performance buildings. He specializes in practical sustainability and healthy buildings solutions.

Our Combined Strength – Modern Healthy and Productive Work Settings

Thriving Work Life 

Use assessments, coaching and courses to make your work culture match your talent’s expectations of a great workplace, to drive productivity and the desire to stay.

Thriving Work Life Design was founded on the belief that high talent individuals, especially in early or mid-career, frequently evaluate whether the company and job are meeting their highest career aspirations. Especially after they master a job, they can start to see the deficiencies in the organization’s culture very clearly. And they start to resent things they put up with prior to job mastery. This resentment, though hidden from leadership, leads to a slippery slope of “intent to quit”, resulting in tangible costs to your organization.

Thriving Worklife Design offers online courses for career professionals as they rethink their future and answer the compelling question “How can I ensure I have work that frees my soul, feeds my mind, and fills my wallet!℠”

Know how to keep your careeer headed in the best direction for you!

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Healthy Building Expert

Use proven strategies to improve physical workspace conditions therefore creating a healthy and productive environment.

Workplaces impact both the physical and psychological experience of work. Deficient physical workplace conditions (indoor air quality, light, noise,  etc.) and a lack of feeling welcomed and included, negatively affect employee’s performance, reduces talent retention; and these conditions can directly result in unhealthy conditions which is associated with absentees and increased healthy related.

Let us help you connect the dots on how, so that you can make your best business decisions, and gain positive and predictable ROI from the often fuzzy returns on people investments. Having a predictable plan for success, with metrics that measure impact, will put you ahead of your competitors.

Know how to avoid the 6 biggest physical work space mistakes most companies make?  Visit the Healthy Building Expert web page

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