With the weather warming up, are you looking ahead to summer color trends for design inspiration?  Keep it clean and simple with Black + White, punch it up with Bright + Bold or get in touch with Mother Earth with Neutral + Nature.

BLACK + WHITE

Black and white color palette from HON

Want this look? Here’s how with HON:
Seating Fabric Solid: CF Stinson Sprint Graphite (Coming soon!)
Seating Fabric Texture: Momentum Boom II Black Ice
Seating Fabric Pattern: CF Stinson Riddle Chalkboard (Coming soon!)
Laminate 1: Natural Maple
Laminate 2: Black
Paint: Platinum Metallic
Shell Color: White
Panel Fabric 1: Mica Crystal
Panel Fabric 2: Mica Mineral

BRIGHT + BOLD

Bright and bold color palette from HON

Want this look? Here’s how with HON:
Seating Fabric Solid: Momentum Infinity Atoll
Seating Fabric Texture: CF Stinson Tribeca Kiss (Coming soon!)
Seating Fabric Pattern: Momentum Lina Lush (Coming soon!)
Laminate 1: Mocha
Laminate 2: Brilliant White
Paint: Brilliant White
Shell Color: Tangelo
Panel Fabric 1: Landscape Tide
Panel Fabric 2: Landscape Cornsilk

NEUTRAL + NATURE

Neutral and Nature color palette from HON

Want this look? Here’s how with HON:
Seating Fabric Solid: Momentum Odyssey Carbon
Seating Fabric Texture: CF Stinson Outlander Fairway (Coming soon!)
Seating Fabric Pattern: CF Stinson Concentric Curve (Coming soon!)
Laminate 1: Pinnacle
Laminate 2: Sheer Mesh
Paint: Muslin
Shell Color: Shadow
Panel Fabric 1: Tempest Full Stream
Panel Fabric 2: Tempest Dragonfly

Make finish selection a breeze with the 2016 Color Inspiration board on HON’s Pinterest page. How do you plan to use color in your workspace this summer?

 

They say “it takes a village to raise a child”.  Well, it also takes a community of customers, designers, engineers, marketing whizzes, and sales representatives to create a product brainchild.

For example, before HON created and launched its healthcare-focused brainchild, Soothe, we spent several months conducting research and interviews to understand which features are important in a healthcare line and the current furniture solutions that exist in today’s marketplace. The valuable feedback we gained from conversations with patients, caregivers, facilities manager, designers, sales representatives and more allowed us to define the unique needs of those in the healthcare field and identify what gaps needed to be filled.

After processing this information and with the help of our “village”, the healthcare-focused seating and table line, Soothe, was born…on a warm spring day in April, 2015.

In recognition of Soothe’s 1 year anniversary in the HON portfolio, let’s talk about 5 things we especially love about Soothe:

  1. The full Soothe line presents a wide selection of: patient seating, including a high-back patient chair and recliner; guest seating; benches; and tables.
    HON Soothe for Healthcare
  1. Soothe was designed to address the cleanability needs of healthcare environments through wipe-out areas in the back of the guest seating and a selection of graded-in healthcare appropriate fabrics.
  1. Soothe provides the level of durability needed for high-traffic areas in the healthcare arena by being supported by the HON Full Lifetime Warranty and a reinforced leg design on the guest seating to distribute force evenly and provide a sturdy foundation.
  1. Soothe’s patient recliner enhances comfort, safety, and control for the patient and the caregiver. Some of my favorite features include:
  • The pivoting arms which can be easily activated to move the arms fully up and out of the way during patient transfers or examinations
  • Infinite recline feature to allow the patient or caregiver to select from an infinite amount of configurations to create their own comfort
    HON Soothe for Healthcare
  1. Soothe is a strong complement to the rest of the HON portfolio of products, allowing HON to provide a full healthcare solution from the front waiting room to the back administrative offices, and many places in between.

What do you love about Soothe?

Here at HON HQ, we love to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries.  With a quick walk around our building any day of the week you will find cake, donuts and other treats as our members celebrate different milestones.

Today we are celebrating a very special HON birthday: the first birthday of our healthcare line, Soothe. Let’s take a quick look back at Soothe’s successful first year.

Purposefully designed to meet the unique needs of both patients and caregivers, Soothe provides a cohesive product offering that integrates well with other HON product for the perfect solution in a broad range of healthcare environments. This versatile line made its debut last year at Neocon 2015, so here are some of our favorite Soothe moments from one of its first public appearances.

Celebrating HON's healthcare line, Soothe®

As you can see, Soothe was a big part of the Chicago showroom design at Neocon 2015. Everything from our one-of-a-kind patient recliner to the guest chairs were on display.

Celebrating HON's healthcare line, Soothe®

HON Vice President, Sales, Shelley deSilva, modeling our Soothe patient recliner in our Chicago Showroom. #HONSpotted

Celebrating HON's healthcare line, Soothe®

Some of our #HONReady dealers and fans stopped by to learn about our new healthcare applications, from reception areas to exam rooms.

Celebrating HON's healthcare line, Soothe®

Soothe provides a calming influence in the waiting area, but it sure has our HON members and partners excited.

Celebrating HON's healthcare line, Soothe®

Soothe is available in a variety of fabrics and finishes to harmonize with your space – and other HON products.

Have you #HONSpotted Soothe lately? What are your favorite Soothe moments from the last year?

Celebrating HON's healthcare line, Soothe®

HON’s Coordinate Standing Height Bases have turned the corner! Along with the existing 2-leg/3-stage model, you can now select a 3-leg/3-stage model that can be used in L-shaped configurations. Supporting the increasing popularity of sit-to-stand workstations, Coordinate Height Adjustable Bases deliver a healthier style of working by allowing a seamless transition between sitting and standing throughout the day.

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Aptly named, Coordinate Height Adjustable Bases were designed to coordinate with a vast array of HON product lines. Not only does Coordinate feature a simple, 3-stage design that can be integrated into almost any existing space – from open plan workstations to private offices and collaborative areas   but it also offers the perfect solution for new office spaces, where the need for more flexible furniture solutions are on the rise. With adjustable height options ranging from 25 1/2″-51 1/2″ and an optional memory control that allows the user/s to select from one of four preset levels, Coordinate makes it easy to meet individual preferences and encourages a healthier approach to the workday.

NEW! Coordinate 3-Leg Height Adjustable Base

The option to stand throughout the day allows for increased movement, which not only improves circulation and posture but can also have a positive impact on employee motivation and focus. Combat midday fatigue when you work at the standing height setting, and alleviate unwanted tension or strain on the legs and feet when you switch to the seated height position. When workers feel comfortable and have control over their work area, they can experience decreased workplace stress and improved work performance and overall wellbeing.

Curious to see if Coordinate is right for you? View the Ergonomic Fact Sheet or visit the spotlight page for more information.

At HON, our commitment to minimizing our footprint and reducing the environmental impact of our manufacturing processes is not just something we do, it’s at the root of who we are. Our company was founded on the principle that it’s our responsibility to be resourceful, an idea inherent in the design of our first office product – recipe card files from pieces of scrap metal. Since then, we have continued to design our workplace solutions to incorporate recycled content and remain just as dedicated to maximizing energy efficiency and finding creative ways to decrease the waste of excess materials. It’s what we call Inspired Practicality, and it’s a pillar of the HON Brand.

Here are just a few examples of how we put Earth Day into action every day of the year:

HON recycles 27,000 gallons of paint

HON manufacturing locations recycle more than 27,000 gallons of wet paint annually

HON recycles fabric scraps

HON keeps 100 tons of waste from landfills every year by recycling bales of fabric scraps.

Using comold helps HON save over 2800 trees per year

HON manufactures products using Comold – or compression molded seat and back components – made from 97% recovered wood fiber. By using secondary wood material, we are able to save over 2,800 trees per year and divert nearly 4 thousand tons of post-consumer wood waste from landfills.

HON was the first office furniture manufacturer to achieve SCS Indoor Advantage

Multiple HON products have earned SCS Indoor Advantage Certification for low emission. More than 87% of our product is certified through the SCS Indoor Advantage program. (FUN FACT: In 2006, The HON Company became the first office furniture manufacturer to achieve SCS Indoor Advantage)

Over 75% of HON products have achieved level certification

More than 75% of HON products have achieved level certification based on the ANSI/BIFMA e3 Sustainable Furniture Standard. This certification helps hold manufacturers accountable for living up to their environmental claims.

Want to learn more about HON’s philosophy on being green? Check out our Corporate Responsibility and Environmental Responsibility brochures on hon.com.

What are some of the environment friendly initiatives in your office?

Stress Less in the office with these 4 tips from HON

No matter how much you love what you do, sometimes you can’t avoid the occasional stress that comes with responsibilities in the office, and this can affect productivity. Whether you’re preparing for a big presentation or product launch, addressing a customer service request or just facing an unusually heavy workload, we all know what it’s like to feel overwhelmed. Instead of letting these stressors get to you or waiting until you get home to unwind, here are 4 easy ways to take a few minutes at your desk or workstation to relieve the tension:

  1. One of the best cures for stress is to just get up and walk away from your workspace for a few minutes. Taking a step back from the task at hand and allowing yourself to take a mental break can work wonders. Clear your mind and lose yourself in a short magazine article, or walk to the breakroom and grab some water. Take a few deep breathes and you’ll be ready to get back to work.
  2. I personally am really into scents and a small trick that helps me relieve stress is the smell of lavender. You can easily incorporate this into your daily routine with lavender hand lotion, or my favorite, lavender lip balm, and the fragrance is known to cure tension. I like to always keep some Lubriderm’s Shea + Calming Lavender Jasmine lotion on hand in my easy-to-access Contain® storage pedestal!
  3. Another favorite stress-reducing tip is to sip on some mint tea. Not only is this supposed to help relieve stress, but mint tea is also great for your skin! While you drink your tea, find a relaxing playlist on Pandora or Spotify and get yourself into a stress-free zone so that you can perform to your maximum potential.
  4. Last, but definitely not least, I recommend trying acupressure. For example, there is a spot on your hand between your thumb and index finger called the “web”. If you massage this area it should help to calm your nerves. Looking for some other acupressure points to try out? Check these out.

I hope that these tips come in handy next time you’re facing the occasional workplace stress. Grab your lavender lotion, mint tea, and favorite playlist and let your troubles subside so that you can achieve your career goals!

It seems like there’s an app for everything these days, and sales operations is no exception. Doing a search through your mobile app store will yield dozens of results, from notes organization to order management. Many times these apps end up becoming more cumbersome than helpful, especially for those who are constantly on the road. Below are the top 5 apps I recommend and personally use as a sales professional that have helped me not only stay organized, but also make it easier to not use my car as my filing cabinet:

Top 5 Apps for Every Sales Professional

CamCard
CamCard is an app to which I was recently introduced by a co-worker after complaining about the huge stack of business cards sitting on my desk and lack of time to update my contact list. CamCard allows you to take a photo of a business card and instantly upload the contact information to your smartphone. You can also access all your business cards from anywhere, anytime because they are stored in the cloud and synchronized in real time across your devices and the online app. Ever find yourself at a tradeshow and you forgot to bring business cards? No problem! Not only can you save and retrieve business cards, but you can also join the paperless movement and electronically exchange information when meeting new people. Possibly the best part of this app is that it’s free! Learn more about CamCard here.

Evernote
If you’re anything like me, at the end of a full day your desk and trashcan are full of sticky notes with reminders, to-do lists, and messages. If your car is a traveling office, it can be even worse. Evernote allows you to create a project to-do list, jot down a reminder, or snap a picture of a sketch. As a salesperson constantly on the go, I’m always making notes to follow-up after meetings and other projects. With Evernote, you can organize your notes according to project, account, etc so they’re accessible wherever you go, any time. Have you ever searched your entire car looking for a tiny piece of paper with the phone number of a potential lead? Never again! Evernote also makes it very easy to search for notes, even if they’re handwritten. You can easily share your notes or create a group notebook for co-worker collaboration. The basic plan is free to anyone and there are additional subscription costs for the plus or premium editions. Learn more about Evernote here.

Dragon®
The Dragon Mobile Assistant utilizes Nuance® voice recognition technology to send and receive text messages, post to Facebook and Twitter, email, and much more – all hands-free! With most states banning texting and requiring hands-free devices while driving, it can be difficult to stay on top of your emails, voicemails, and messages while staying safe on the road. Dragon allows you to set reminders, make appointments, and search the internet without looking down at your device. The Attentive Mode allows you to wake-up your “assistant” at any time, even if your phone is locked. The app even automatically detects when you’re in a moving vehicle and will automatically switch to hands-free, eyes-free access. Learn more about the Dragon Mobile Assistant here.

Dropbox
It’s a fact of life in the furniture industry that when working with an architect on a project, you will inevitably run into the issue of a single email taking up most of your inbox space. That’s where Dropbox comes in! Not only does Dropbox free you from the limitations of inbox space, but you can also get access to all your files from anywhere, on any device, and share them with anyone. Even if the person receiving a file you’re sending doesn’t have a Dropbox account, they can still get access to the files through a link. Dropbox is also a great option for backing up important files and collaborating on a presentation with your teammates. When you edit a file in a shared folder, everyone receives an automatic update. Dropbox for individuals is free for the basic option, but you can upgrade to the pro option or options for businesses and teams for an additional charge. Learn more about Dropbox here.

DocScanner®
Have you ever been out on a call and learned from a prospective customer that the plans in front of you are the only copies? What do you do then? This is where DocScanner can save the day! With the DocScanner app, you can take a picture of a document and instantly convert it to a PDF. Now you have the perfect document to email to back to your team to help with specify furniture for your customer’s layout. Not only can you email the document as a PDF, but DocScanner can also feed into your Evernote account as well as integrate with Dropbox. Using this app in connection with your Dropbox and Evernote will ensure you have everything you need on the go and that it’s all safely stored for future use. Learn more about DocScanner here.

Have you tried any of these apps? What other resources do you use to stay organized on the go?

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