Tyler Haney’s cool-girl activewear brand, Outdoor Voices, has come a long way since J.Crew knighted its chic style chops back in 2014. And now, since Outdoor Voices is on the brink of becoming a veritable empire in light of new funding, when the founder talks business (or activewear), ears tend to perk up. Haney recently spoke with Domino about how she runs her airy headquarters in Austin, and she offered one genius productivity tip that she also asks of her staff in the name of #doingthings (Outdoor Voices’ signature hashtag).
Haney created an office environment that embraces the #doingthings ethos: The brand’s HQ even moved from New York City to Austin, a city that’s more conducive to outdoor activity. The office’s open floor plan—which features vintage rugs and glass conference rooms named after national parks—is reportedly full of bikes, kick scooters, and skateboards; Haney said that she and her employees often shoot hoops or jump into Barton Springs at the end of the work day.
Haney once had the staff stand to do jumping jacks in a meeting, which Biz Lindsay, Outdoor Voices’ director of public relations, says happens a lot. “She calls it ‘changing the chemistry’—altering the vibe, increasing productivity, and restoring enthusiasm.”
Biz Lindsay, Outdoor Voices’ director of public relations, told Domino that Haney once had staff stand to do jumping jacks in a meeting. “We do that kind of thing a lot. She calls it ‘changing the chemistry’—altering the vibe, increasing productivity, and restoring enthusiasm.” And besides being great for productivity, completing a few jumping jacks or another desk workout is a great way to de-stress—not to mention it might even make you happier.
“Doing things is better than not doing things,” Haney told Domino of the “upbeat, non-prescriptive” take on exercise. “My goal is to help everyone find ways to be active every day.”
And if you’re not one of the lucky few who can jump into Barton Springs after a busy work day or have the space for in-office workouts, here are eight apps that will help boost your productivity.
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