Leveraging fabrics and finishes across product platforms not only makes specifying easier, but also adds to versatility. Just as you shouldn’t have to limit yourself on color options, don’t limit yourself to the same standard desk configuration – get creative! Below are 5 less common, yet practical applications for HON product in the workplace.

Voi® Credenzas as ancillary seating and media storage

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Try placing Voi credenzas in a meeting area to serve as ancillary seating and additional storage space. The layered height allows people to casually join the conversation, while the cabinets hide any office and media supplies.

Purpose® as “huddle room” seating

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“Huddle Rooms” are smaller conference areas designed for teamwork and productivity. Purpose’s light scale design and intuitive adjustments provide comfort without overpowering these smaller rooms.

Flock® as café “booth” seating

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Frequently used in welcoming and reception areas, it’s easy to forget how versatile Flock is. Integrate the modular armless chair into a café area to create booth-style seating as pictured above, or just a softer area to encourage conversation and  collaboration. It might be a good idea to upholster in a durable fabric like Momentum’s Silica (now standard HON Grade VIII).

Endorse task stool with Flock personal table

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Provide extra seating in a training room with the Endorse task stool and Flock personal table. This is a great area for presenters to sit before taking the front of the room, or an area for late-comers to sneak into without disrupting the entire training/meeting.

Flock ottomans as ancillary seating in a conference room

Flock

Anytime a conference room has more people than chairs, count on the meeting starting late because everyone is plucking a chair from the nearest area to drag in. Add Flock ottomans to the corner or along the wall to provide additional seating and interest to an otherwise “dead space”.

What are some other unique or nontraditional ways you use HON products?

Ergonomics is a word many of us have heard before; especially, if we are in the office furniture industry. When the topic comes up we usually stand or sit up a bit straighter. But what exactly is ergonomics? And how can you control your personal workspace ergonomics?

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, ergonomics is “an applied science concerned with designing and arranging things people use so that people and things interact most efficiently and safely.” One of the things people use on a daily basis is a chair.

You can begin to control your personal workspace ergonomics by appropriately adjusting your chair. There are four basic adjustments on a task chair that can significantly improve your overall ergonomics:  seat height, seat depth, arm rest position, and back/lumbar support.

Seat heightSeat Height

Your seat height should be adjusted so that your knees are close to a 90 degree angle and your feet are resting flat on the floor or a footrest. Having your chair too high or low can create pressure points throughout the day that effects circulation.

Seat Depth

Seat Depth

seat depth should be adjusted so your back comes in contact with the back of the chair. You should also still have enough space between the back of your legs and the front of your seat to place a couple fingers. Again this will eliminate a pressure point while sitting.

Arm Rest Position

Arm Rest Position

Arm rests should be used to support your arms in a relaxed position to elevate tension and pressure on your neck and back. Your shoulders should be square and not up by your ears. Your elbows should be closer to your body and not out like “chicken wings.”

Back Lumbar Support

Back and Lumbar Support

Back supports are intended to support the back while sitting and still allowing for some recline movement. You should sit back in your chair and position the lumbar support to support your lower back. Having proper spine alignment helps relieve back and neck strain.

These examples of adjustable chair features are just a few of many factors that contribute to a more ergonomically safe workplace. Visit hon.com today to learn more about HON’s practical seating solutions that can be customized to fit the needs of almost any user.

Endorse

The complex needs of today’s workplace call for a variety of seating solutions that satisfy ergonomic expectations, adapt to market trends, and expand into non-traditional areas. While growing office needs can be complex, the solutions certainly don’t have to be! Whether needs exist for an entire building, conference room or a private office, look no further than the Endorse Collection from HON. Let’s take a look at how this multi-functional line of seating supports various aspects of the modern workplace.

Behind the Desk

Here we see Endorse in the most traditional of office applications. A few details that make it a particularly great task chair include:

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  • Adjustable lumbar support – Making a chair that adequately fits over 90% of all users requires a great amount of flexibility and user-friendly adjustment. The ability to manually adjust the lumbar support mechanism provides consistent and healthy back support for all users.
  • Headrest option – An attachable headrest on the mesh back Endorse task chairs provides exceptional head and neck support throughout the day. Ergonomists everywhere love Endorse for this feature.
  • Have a sit-to-stand desk? No problem. With more and more users requesting standing height worksurfaces, Endorse provides task stools with a synchro-tilt function that enables users to enjoy a more natural recline motion.

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In the Conference Room

Endorse chairs are a fabulous fit for conference rooms of all shapes and sizes. Whether you need seating solutions in a boardroom for executive meetings or in a community hub of activity, Endorse offers exceptional comfort and impressive style. Let’s dive in to see what makes it all come together:

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  • Dress it up – One of the best visual features of the Endorse Collection is the ability to dress up or dress down based on needs and price points. As we see above, the addition of polished aluminum accents on the arms and the base are sure to impress.
  • Uniformity – Having a consistent look throughout the workplace is exceedingly important for companies.  Endorse provides the ability to incorporate different types of seating across many applications to achieve a recognizable look throughout.
  • The executive chair – Continuing with the full line offering, the executive high-back chair from Endorse provides a sophisticated look that is ideal for conference rooms. Paired with all of the integrated features, users will feel the support of this high-back chair immediately as it contributes to lasting comfort.

Endorse

Out in the Lobby

Completing the conversation of a conformed solution will end where all things begin – the office welcome area. Making a positive, lasting first impression is important for any organization, so the correct furniture selection and placement is essential. The breadth of line with Endorse expands from functional task seating into welcoming and collaborative soft-seating solutions. So, what’s included in all of this?

Endorse

  • Lounge chairs for all – Within this selection of Endorse seating, we have single, two-seat, and three-seat lounge chairs available. Having a selection such as this will be able to fit into a multitude of applications and organizations. The sleek design fits very well into any environment, and will provide a consistent look throughout.
  • Occasional tables – Any welcoming or collaborative area that incorporates soft seating is not complete without complimentary tables. Endorse includes a table offering that seamlessly fits into the solution with a matching leg style, and a variety of laminate selections.

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What is your favorite application for Endorse?

If you are anything like me when you travel, whether it is for business or pleasure, you like to enjoy the delicious local foods. This also means, like me, the instant your plane lands on your home turf you feel the overwhelming feeling of guilt from over-indulging while traveling. As a sales person, my job requires me to travel A LOT to some beautiful parts of America, where every corner I turn there seems to be some butter-soaked, chocolate-covered, loaded-with-guilt, “must try” cuisine. I constantly find myself struggling with how to enjoy the local delicacy without having to let my pants out an inch or two every time I get home. I rely on these 4 tips each time I travel to maintain the “these pants fit just right” feeling while avoiding the “I have my tailor on speed dial to let these pants out” moment.

Goal one: Follow the 1 to 3 rule

The 1 to 3 rule means that for every 3 healthy meals I eat while traveling I will allow myself 1 “cheat” meal. This rule allows me about one meal of indulgence every other day. This gives me just the right amount of taste for the local cuisine without going overboard.

Goal Two: Take an extra STEP

According to thewalkingsite.com, a healthy person should get a minimum of 10,000 steps in a day, equivalent to walking 5 miles. Often times while traveling you find yourself sitting on a plane, sitting in an airport, sitting in public transit or worse….sitting in local traffic! This makes it difficult to walk 10,000 steps in one day, but if you make a conscious effort to achieve the 10,000 you will find unique opportunities to take an EXTRA STEP here and there. During a layover, instead of choosing a coffee shop right next to your gate, choose one that is in a separate concourse. This allows you to get in some extra steps while walking back to your gate for your flight.

Goal three: Be “Runtastic”

You could also call this Goal two part A, but for the sake of simplicity I call it goal three. The fact is that you may challenge yourself to take the extra steps but it is difficult to know if you are reaching the goal of 10,000, especially if you do not have a Jawbone™ or Fitbit® to help keep track for you. But of course…there is an app for that! I found that downloading the Runtastic app to my smartphone allows me to track my steps, understand what parts of the day I am most active and even know my average pace. For an extra health boost, push yourself to increase your walking speed by 1% each week.

Goal four: Food Trip every meal

The Food Tripping app allows you to search for healthy restaurants and markets ANYWHERE. It is a super easy app to use. It simply picks up your location and pings restaurants and markets around you that have plenty of healthy options. You can click on the ping and it will tell you the distance to the healthy location and directions to get there. I use it every time I am trying to stay true to my 1 to 3 rule.

As my business and personal life takes me to all different parts of the world, these 4 tips will help keep me healthy while I’m on the go. What other tricks do you use to stay healthy on the go?

While putting your coworker’s stapler in Jell-O seems hilarious, it’s not appropriate for every office environment. Here are some ideas for playful and harmless April Fool’s Day fun:

Put a note on the coffee maker, microwave or toaster that says “Voice Activated”. Listen to your coworkers try to make toast by talking to inanimate objects.

Have problems with a lunch thief? How about pranking them by disguising your lunch as a moldy sandwich? Of course, the sandwich isn’t moldy, but looks like it through these fun lunch bags:

They will never steal your sandwich again.

If a coworker leaves his computer unlocked and unattended, change his favorite desktop image or screensaver. This works especially well if your coworker is a Detroit Lions fan and you change his desktop to Green Bay Packers….not that I’ve done this one before.

Convince everyone in the office to call one member by the wrong name or a funny name. Your boss, Ben, will have no idea why everyone is calling him Captain America.

And the best prank of all? Nothing! If you’re a frequent prankster, sit back and watch your coworkers squirm as they try to figure out what you’ve done (even though you’ve done nothing). For extra points, smirk and say things like “how’s your coffee this morning?”

Disclaimer: have fun, but avoid pranks that are harmful to others or cause damage to another’s property, and avoid wasting a lot of time. And definitely don’t switch the coffee from decaf to regular or vice versa without warning.

What are some of your favorite office pranks?

We love our Abound® Workstations for many reasons. Abound is quick to install, easy to reconfigure to fit any workspace, and supports a wide range of material options for a stunning aesthetic (just to name a few). But, beyond how it works, we also love the story behind how Abound is made.

The beautiful Abound Plains tiles, like the ones you see below, are created just down the street from HON HQ by one of only 4 remaining button manufacturers in the United States. Family-owned McKee Button Company was started back in 1895 when Muscatine, IA was considered to be the Pearl Button Capital of the World. Today, they continue to produce buttons and specialize in custom solid surface materials that can be used for almost any application from home to commercial to retail.

HON Abound Plains Tiles

A few HON members had the privilege of touring the McKee Button Company and were amazed by the unique, labor-intensive process behind the creation of a Plains tile. They wanted to share a few pictures to show you just how unique it is!

McKee Button Company in Muscatine, IA

The process starts with a liquid resin which is colored and then mixed with a hardening agent.

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The resulting mixture is poured into a spinning drum until it reaches the perfect consistency.

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When ready, the hardened sheet is peeled out of the spinning drum and cured between heated platens.

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The final product is a beautiful Plains tile!

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Have you ever thought about how your office furniture is made? If you don’t work in this industry, you probably haven’t! We all know what it’s like to get so caught up with work that we take for granted the tools that help support us throughout the workday. So, next time you stop to admire your workspace, remember that behind every beautiful HON product is a beautiful story.

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