Growing up in Central Florida, we had three seasons; hot, hotter and kind of nice. In fact, the idea of changing seasons was so foreign to me that in first grade, I came home livid when my teacher told me leaves changed colors. Luckily, now that I live in the Midwest, I have the pleasure of experiencing the glory of fall every year. There is nothing I look forward to more than the beautiful colors that grace the landscapes around me.

Beautiful colors are something HON knows all about. With hundreds of fabric colorways to choose from, you are able to color coordinate your office furniture with any look you desire to achieve. Check out some of the autumn-inspired color palettes below to get your space ready for fall.

Yellow: Tradition Sun, Red: Infusion Autumn, Orange Red: Vox Snap, Orange: Centurion Tangerine, Brown: Odyssey Cedar

Yellow: Tradition Sun, Red: Infusion Autumn, Orange Red: Vox Snap,
Orange: Centurion Tangerine, Brown: Odyssey Cedar

 

Green: Disperse Lime, Yellow: Messenger Maize, Dark Yellow: Pause Saffron, Orange Red: Vox Snap, Red: Centurion Tomato

Green: Disperse Lime, Yellow: Messenger Maize, Dark Yellow: Pause Saffron,
Orange Red: Vox Snap, Red: Centurion Tomato

 

Light Red: Infinity Macintosh, Dark Red: Ace Engine, Red: Pause Brazen, Light Brown: Balance Beam Red Delicious, Brown: Odyssey Roast

Light Red: Infinity Macintosh, Dark Red: Ace Engine, Red: Pause Brazen,
Light Brown: Balance Beam Red Delicious, Brown: Odyssey Roast

To discover the whole host of fabrics and finishes HON has to offer, view our full collection here. Also, be sure to download Digital Swatch Cards available on many of our most popular fabrics or view the entire Surface Materials Binder here.

07-ContainStorage solutions are a major strength of The HON Company and have been since we were established over 70 years ago. Beginning in the kitchen cabinets and recipe boxes market, we have since positioned ourselves as one of the industry’s leading manufacturers of workplace storage.  While our dedication to practical storage has not changed, the way people use storage has.  The footprints of workstations and private offices have dramatically decreased over the past several decades, making less room in the work area for storage.  Parallel to this workplace shift is the impact of technology.  The invention of flash drives and mobile devices allows people to save and access digital copies of documents that were once needed to be stored in vertical and lateral file cabinets.

This led us to wonder, what exactly are people storing today?  To find the answer, we conducted extensive Voice of the Customer (VOC) research and categorized our findings within three categories:

Active

Active storage is located within arm’s length of the user in the workstation and is used very frequently during daily workflow.

Anticipated

Anticipated storage is commonly found within a workstation or nearby and is accessed on occasion to support day-to-day activities.

Archival

Archival storage is typically located outside the workstation in a place not visited often such as storage rooms or basements.  This type of storage is acessed infrequently and includes items kept for long-term record-keeping.

Through the VOC research, the HON product development and engineering team discovered that today’s storage needs go beyond just paper and office supplies.  As the demographics of the workplace continue to change and the line between home and work blurs, more and more people are using storage for items such as food, purses, gym shoes, medicine and even apple slicers.  In response to these research findings, HON recently launched a new credenza storage solution named Contain™. These credenzas allow users to file and pile within the same unit.  With a variety of finishing options and configurations, Contain offers effective and attractive active storage within arm’s length of the user. You can learn more about Contain™ at hon.com/Contain.

Here are a few behind-the-scenes photos of what members at HON headquarters are storing beyond basic office supplies:types of storage hon hq

Other findings from our research show that people store paper in one of two ways: filing or piling.  Here are snapshots of “pilers” and “filers” at HON headquarters:

filers vs piler

 

How do you store?

Team Meeting In Creative Office

At times, finding an open window of time to meet with an entire project group can be difficult. How can you make the most of your time? Let’s look at a few ways to keep meetings on task and more efficient.

Share Expectations
In the meeting invitation, include an agenda and attendee expectations. The agenda gives the attendees an idea of what will be discussed.  This allows them to have their thoughts together so they can join into the conversation. Letting attendees know if they need to have anything prepared will make sure everyone is ready to share ideas and keep the meeting rolling.

Set Your Space
In preparation for the meeting, ensure the room you reserve meets all of your space requirements. Determine if there is enough seating for all those attending the meeting so you aren’t searching for an extra chair when the meeting should be starting. Make sure the meeting space offers the equipment you need, whether this is a screen and projector or flip chart.  Having your space prepared for success will keep the meeting running smoothly.

Get Started
Start on time. The attendees know what time the meeting was scheduled to start. Therefore, it’s important to be respectful of their time, especially if it is just a short window of availability. Begin the meeting at the start time and immediately start covering items on the agenda.

Offer Support Materials
Bring handouts for all attendees if necessary. And if you will be handing something out, make sure you have enough for each attendee. Handouts can be helpful if a large amount of information is presented in a short time to allow the attendees to have a hard copy to review.

Close the Loop
Recap the meeting and the follow-up activities. If there are action items coming out of the meeting, it is good practice to send out a follow-up communication summarizing those items.  Be sure to include what tasks will be completed by the next meeting and/or specific deadlines.

What tactics do you use to keep your meetings productive?

NeoCon 2014 was a whirlwind! Check out some of our favorite social media moments from this year’s show. And while you’re at it, take a look at some of our photos from the show over on Flickr.

Can’t wait to see everyone at NeoCon 2015!

 

A few years ago I came across an Inc article that sang praises for the benefits of bringing your dog to work. According to a Virginia Commonwealth University study, workers who brought their dogs with them to work “experienced lower stress levels throughout the work day, reported higher levels of job satisfaction, and had a more positive perception of their employer.” How can you argue with that?!

Below are a few examples of some of our favorite 4-legged friends busy at work.  Who else has canines as co-workers? We would love to see your pics!

Even Maslow can’t help but Migrate to Flock.

Even Maslow can’t help but Migrate to Flock.

Bones showing his immense admiration for the unmatched comfort of Nucleus.

Bones showing his immense admiration for the unmatched comfort of Nucleus.

Lollipop taking a spin on Purpose.

Lollipop taking a spin on Purpose.

Ceres seating makes a 'ruff' day at the office much more enjoyable.

Ceres seating makes a ‘ruff’ day at the office much more enjoyable.

Steve giving Voi his official seal of approval.

Steve giving Voi his official seal of approval.

Rambo chilling out on Flock.

Rambo chilling out on Flock.

How many of you have a coworker that talks about their favorite football team every Monday during the fall? What about the person who tends to talk loud on their phone?  Do you feel like you are constantly being distracted?  According to the well-known architect and design firm, Gensler, the answer is probably yes.

Last year, Gensler redistributed their 2008 Workplace Survey to analyze differences in the results and identify shifts in workplace trends.   Think back to 2008 for a moment.  The world was in the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.  Employment rates were at an all time low. Facebook and Twitter had hardly taken over the social sphere and the iPhone hadn’t even been on the market a full year.  Just as connectivity and communication has changed dramatically in those five years, so did the survey results.gensler figure 2

You can see from the bar chart that the amount of the day spent on focus work increased significantly.  It’s important that the space planning of a workplace allows people to concentrate during their focus work time.  At HON Headquarters, there are many small rooms where people can go to focus on their tasks at hand and nearby collaborative spaces where members can have quick conversations.  If members are at their desk working, many use headphones to mask the sounds of conversations going on around them. Focus work that falls vulnerable to interruptions and distractions can greatly decrease a person’s productivity.  Here are some statistics:

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What percentage of your day is spent on focus work? What are some distractions you hear or feel in your workplace? And, how exactly do you overcome the distractions?

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Whether you’re an avid basketball fan who knew the starting lineup of every NCAA team, or a novice basketball fan who just caught a game here and there, you most likely noticed that March Madness owned the airwaves over the past few weeks.  If you are still unfamiliar with this annual college basketball sensation, look at your social media platform of choice and you’ll see at least one disparaged fan mention their busted bracket.

The March Madness basketball tournament garners excitement in basketball fans and basketball beginners alike.  There is an opportunity for workplaces to create this same excitement, energy, and competitive spirit with their own contests or competitions.

Try some of these ideas to pump up the energy in your office while adding an element of friendly competition:

  • Spring Cleaning Food Drive Contest:  Place co-workers in teams and have a contest on who can bring in the most canned food, clothes, or home goods to donate to a local charity
  • Throwback Thursday:  Co-workers wear a throwback clothing item (throwback jersey, band shirt, etc) and the person with the best item wins
  • March Madness Inspired Contest: Match team members (or teams) up with each other to create friendly competition.  Instead of points in a basketball game, they advance to the next round by having the higher chosen workplace performance metric.   For example: Your Customer Support team could be based on the number of customer touchpoints, your sales team could have the number of sales calls, etc.

March Madness creates a contagious energy where millions of people are completely engaged in an athletic event.  Athletes perform some of the best games of their careers because of the high-energy atmosphere, cheers and fan support.  Our workplaces can also perform exceedingly well by increasing the energy and engagement of employees.  Think about implementing a fun contest or competition in your workplace to increase employee morale and build group cohesion through teamwork.

What games, contests, or competitions do you implement in your organization?

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