Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau Chosen as the 2014 Productive Environment Day™ Contest Winner! 

January 28, 2014

Life Made Simple, LLC and Goodwill Industries of Central Iowa are pleased to announce the winner of the 2014 Productive Environment Day™ Contest – Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau. As the winning business, they will receive a day set aside for employees to create their ideal Productive Environment -- that in which employees are most creative, effective and productive. A successful Productive Environment Day™ involves four components:

1) Pre-Day Preparation: Prior to the PE Day™, it is imperative management prepare for success by being personally involved and by stressing the importance of blocking calendars.

2) Kick-Off Seminar: Start the day off right with activities or seminars, including tips for deciding what to keep and what to throw away and reminding employees about retention guidelines for the department or company.

3) On-Site Activities: Include activities to help participants remain focused, identify areas that need to be addressed, and make the day pleasant. Food and rewards are often popular.

4) Follow-Up Plan: In order to get the most benefit from this event, it is essential that management respond to concerns that uncovered during the process.

The Productive Environment Day™ helps businesses save money by improving organization and productivity and save time by focusing on improving the environment of the workplace.

To assist with implementation of a successful PE Day™, Life Made Simple, LLC and Goodwill Industries of Central Iowa partnered to offer the Productive Environment Day™ Contest. The contest was open to businesses and corporate teams in Dallas, Polk, or Warren County, Iowa with 35 or fewer employees who share the same office environment. After having their essay and video chosen as the winning entry, Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau will receive the free Productive Environment Day™ led by Lori Vande Krol, Certified Productive Environment Specialist and President of Life Made Simple. Goodwill will provide a truck for the day to load all unnecessary office supplies and equipment, as well as any personal items the employees donate. In addition, the winning business will receive a package of valuable products and services from our sponsors: Proxymity, In the Bag Catering, Recycle Me Iowa, Document Destruction and Recycling Services and Capital Sanitary Supply.

About Lori Vande Krol, CPES, Life Made Simple, LLC

Life Made Simple was founded in 2005 by Lori Vande Krol, CPES, with the mission of helping businesses and individuals become more productive, allowing them time to focus on what matters most. Life Made Simple provides organization and productivity consultation and seminars, covering time and calendar management, paper and electronic file management and workflow management. The processes and systems Life Made Simple provides help to save clients hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars each year.

About Goodwill Industries of Central Iowa

Goodwill Industries of Central Iowa translates the good in the local community to programs and resources that change lives. Goodwill’s mission is to empower individuals and families with barriers to independence through training, education and employment. Profits from its retail stores, as well as donor contributions, fund Goodwill’s highly successful programs in workforce development. We help people find the tools to succeed at work and in life. In 2013, Goodwill Industries of Central Iowa served 5,058 individuals and placed 314 into employment with businesses in central Iowa.

For More Information

For more information about the Productive Environment Day™, contact Lori Vande Krol, (515)360-8347, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit