Panels are dropping. Footprints are shrinking. These are two common workplace trends that we’ve heard over and over again. But, have you ever stepped back and asked yourself, “how does this affect seating?”
Lower panels and light-scale environments make seating more visible throughout the floor plan. As a result, continuity of seating across all applications becomes very important. To address this need, HON offers families of seating. “Families” are comprised of many seating solutions in one universal series, creating a coordinated design language throughout your entire office.
The photo below exemplifies how our newest seating collection, Endorse, can fit seamlessly into any office space. Whether it is a conference room, private office, workstation or collaborative area, the Endorse collection offers the perfect solution
Another exciting change happening in our seating portfolio is the addition of Momentum seating fabrics into our core fabric offering. HON has added 14 new patterns and over 200 colorways ranging from bright to neutral. Learn more about what HON has to offer by viewing the Momentum and Perspectives Color Card.
In today’s hectic world it can be easy for organization to take a backseat to your daily tasks. I am the type of person that needs an organized workspace in order to keep my thoughts organized. Here are some suggestions on how you can keep your workspace organized:
Start with a blank slate
Remove all items from your worksurface. Sometimes it is easier to start with a blank canvas and add what is most important (like that coffee mug).
Determine what items are most important and used frequently. Keep these items in easy to reach areas (Pens, phone, important documents, etc.)
Add a pencil cup and get rid of any unneeded pens/pencils. This will help create a designated spot for your writing utensils so they aren’t strewn all about. This will also help you feel less cluttered; it doesn’t have to be anything fancy – a mug will do!
Determine your storage type.
Do you like to create piles or do you tend to keep your information stored in files? Determine your filing type and add the best type of storage for you. This could be more file cabinet space for your files or more open space for your piles of paper.
Add Monitor Arms
Adding monitor arms can help clear off additional desk space. Since your monitors will be raised off your desk, you will have more space underneath. This will help create a clean, uncluttered feeling.
What helps you feel more organized?
I can barely contain my excitement – it’s almost here. When we round out September, we’ll plunge headfirst into a fiesta of food, a plethora of prizes, and a sea of shenanigans. What do I speak of, you may ask? Why, it’s National Customer Support Week of course!
The widely celebrated (and much adored) National Customer Support Week is typically the first full week of October. This year, it falls on the Week of October 6th. As is customary, HON has embraced the festivities and we’re planning on celebrating in style with our ‘Superheroes’ theme.
Thinking of what you can do for your own band of caped crusaders? Here are a few tips on celebrating your own Customer Support Week:
- Fiesta of Food – Anyone hungering for Shawarma? Avengers jokes aside, we’re serious about our food days. Throughout the week, we’ll have an array of Superhero Sandwiches, a Power-Up Your Popcorn bar, and even green ‘kryptonite’ (rock candy). At the end of the week, our members will be designing their own smorgasbord inspired by their Superhero region (i.e. – Metropolis, Gotham City, etc). To reward your own heroes, you may consider doing a snack or a lunch, even if it’s not tied to a theme. Hungry for a bit more? Consider having a potluck where everyone brings in their favorite dish.
- Plethora of Prizes – While our prizes do not include a princess, a rare gem, or the key to a city, they’re worthy of our – some might say – heroic members. We’ll have contests and games each day where our members can play to win any number of HON branded prizes, punctuated by our fabulous daily giveaways (can you guess what they’ll receive?). In years past, we’ve noticed that everyone enjoys receiving giveaways – whether that be a colorful notepad or even a water bottle. If it’s something they can use outside of the office, that allows a little more freedom.
- Sea of Shenanigans – Though our ‘shenanigans’ would dismay the Joker, we’ve got quite the lineup scheduled! Capes in tow, our members will experience a gauntlet of games, from identifying the cityscape, to matching which Superhero or Villain said what. We’ll be decorating our rows according to which Superhero they’ll represent (hopefully no one in our Spiderman row has arachnophobia) and holding various contests between them during the week. Though we won’t be playing ‘Pin the Jail Bars on the Villain’, we will celebrate our members’ accolades by posting them throughout the office. You could start by adding your own themed décor, or playing games throughout the week. If your members are answering calls, consider playing a game through email, like bingo.
As always, our members are ‘heroic’ enough to handle having fun while maintaining our excellent customer support. If you do happen to call in to HON Customer Support during National Customer Support Week, you may hear a random cheer, hoot, or (otherwise atypical) exclamation. Don’t worry; it’s all a part of our master plan to take over the world – er – Office Furniture world. Make sure to buff your boots, Batman, and have a happy Customer Support Week!
1. Be Early
Nothing creates stress like falling behind. If you wake up late, your whole day will be thrown off as you rush around. Set your alarm for a few minutes early so you have plenty of time to tackle unexpected road blocks head on.
2. Plan Ahead
Do as much as you can ahead of time. I set my coffee pot the night before to start making coffee before I’m even awake! I like to pack my lunch and even plan my outfit the night before. You won’t have to stress over these small decisions in the morning.
3. Prioritize Tasks
If you know you have a big project to conquer, get it done first thing in the morning. Move it to the top of your list and you’ll breathe a sigh of relief when it’s done. Letting it hang over your head all day (hello, procrastination!) only makes for more stress over the course of your day.
4. Take A Break
Hit a wall with your project? Go for a quick walk around the block. The fresh air and exercise will give you energy and clear your stress. You may even get a great idea while you’re out and about.
5. Reward Yourself
Treat yourself! Allow yourself a reward for working hard. I like to grab a fun coffee or have lunch with a friend to celebrate accomplishments. It’s a nice reminder that working hard pays off.
What do you do to get rid of morning stress?
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.
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.
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?
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.
Bones showing his immense admiration for the unmatched comfort of Nucleus.
Lollipop taking a spin on Purpose.
Ceres seating makes a ‘ruff’ day at the office much more enjoyable.
Steve giving Voi his official seal of approval.
Rambo chilling out on Flock.
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?