Sit-to-stand workstations are all the rage in office furniture right now, allowing each user to individually adjust the station to his own needs and preferences. Height adjustable tables are also a great ergonomic solution that help promote movement in the workplace. But, before you sell your next sit-to-stand solution, (or better yet, use one yourself) you’ll want to consider a few things:

HON Height Adjustable Bases

Surface height
A height adjustable table can be raised and lowered to a seated or standing position. In each position, the worksurface should be used at an appropriate height that enables the user’s forearms and wrists to be straight and parallel to the surface. If the surface is too low, the arms may pull or strain the back, neck, and shoulder muscles. If the work surface is too high, shoulders bunch up towards the ears, creating tension through the neck and back. Both positions (too high or too low) are less than ideal and lead to awkward postures that can cause soreness and muscle fatigue, so it’s important to make sure that your worksurface height is right for you.

Find the worksurface height that best supports you while you work

Monitor placement
When using a sit-to-stand solution, consider the monitor placement:

  • Be sure to place monitors where they will not impede the functionality of the height-adjustable table.
  • Monitors should always be placed in a direct line of sight. Avoid placing monitors off in a corner where the user will have to turn to view them.
  • Monitors should be positioned about an arm’s length away from the user, but this may need to be adjusted forward or backward depending on the individual’s visual acuity.
  • The top of the monitors should be aligned with the user’s eye level in both the seated and standing positions. If monitors are placed above eye level, users will start craning their necks up to look at the screens. To reduce likelihood of eyestrain, we should have a slight downward gaze while looking at monitors.

HON accessories, such as monitor arms and risers, can help put computer screens at just the right height and placement. Take the time to readjust your monitors after you transition from sitting to standing height to ensure they are still properly positioned.

Proper monitor placement when using height adjustable desks

Footwear
When fully utilizing a height adjustable base to the standing height position, be sure to consider footwear. This is true for men and women alike. Wear shoes that are comfortable and supportive. Flat shoes or shoes without a heel will help with overall posture and allow feet to be more stable on the floor.

Wear appropriate footwear when utilizing a height adjustable desk

Sit-to-stand solutions are trending right now, providing individualized adjustments to any workstation and encouraging movement throughout the workday. But, they are not the right solution for everyone and can be a big change in work style for many. If standing is new to you or your customers, be sure to work up to standing for longer periods of time. If the user starts leaning on the surface, shifting weight often, or locking knees, this can serve as a good indicator that it is time to sit down for a while.

Want to learn more about HON’s height adjustable solution -Coordinate™? Visit the spotlight page on hon.com or view the latest Two-Minute Tutorial video from the HON University team for extra tips and tricks.

What do you love about height adjustable workstations?

Flock® has been providing fun, modular, and collaborative seating and table solutions since its introduction in 2012.  The Flock Mini Ottomans are especially popular, bringing casual charm and added functionality to any workplace. As the name suggestions, the Flock Mini’s small scale fits anywhere and its fun design makes it easy to reconfigure, too.

Thanks to Flock’s latest expansion, customers now have 2 more reasons to “Flock” to a collaborative space (these were a hit at NeoCon 2016!):

Flock Mini Ottomans Are On the Move with Casters!

Flock’s 30+ models allow you to create a particular meeting space and then quickly rearrange for the next meeting.  Watch this short Flock animation to see what I mean.

Now, you can add casters to your mini ottomans for more mobility, making it easier than ever to customize and reconfigure your modular collaborative workspace.

HON Flock Minis Are Now on the Move with Casters

Flock Mini Ottomans Are So Much More Than a Foot Rest.

Keeping in mind the shrinking footprint in today’s office spaces, HON creates versatile solutions that help you maximize space.  The latest addition to Flock brings a new level of practical functionality to your work area, allowing you them to serve as both a table and a seat.

HON Flock Minis are now available with laminate toppers

To learn more about these new additions or the full Flock soft seating line, please visit the spotlight page at hon.com/flock.

Who said comfort and productivity can’t coexist? Say hello to HON’s new welcome furniture collection, Grove™ – where connectivity and comfort come naturally.

New Grove Soft Seating from HON

It doesn’t take research to tell us that we’re happier when we’re comfortable. We do our best when we feel relaxed and supported. Grove is the right choice when it comes to wanting a versatile lounge designed to help you greet, meet, focus, relax and accomplish more. Whether you’re looking to bring people together or respect their personal space, Grove is the natural choice.

Thick, comfy cushions. A place to put your feet up, huddle up and power up. Remind you of home? Grove supports today’s agile workforce with a change-of-pace lounge that delivers the comfort people crave.  Take a break from the workstation or grab a latte with a colleague. Grove gives people choice over how and where they work, which helps lead to a happier, more creative culture.

The design draws a crowd. The legs turn heads. The dual fabric makes a bold statement. As attractive as it is, the natural beauty of Grove soft seating is rivaled only by its flexibility. There are four sizes and multiple styles to choose from. Accessories that support connectivity and collaboration. It’s why Grove has the look you’re going for, and the comfort and versatility people have been waiting for.

Here are just a few more reasons why we love Grove:

First Impressions.
How you greet a guest speaks volumes.  Offering comfort, connectivity, and convenience is step one towards making a great impression.

Make a great first impression with Grove soft seating from HON

Take Five. Or Ten.
Enjoy your favorite cup of joe.  Take a quick break with a friend.  Get a quick change in scenery and stay productive away from the workstation.

Take a break with new Grove soft seating from HON

Never Double Booked.
Getting the conference room when you need it can be like winning the lottery.  Grove settings with tablet arms and table top surfaces make it a win-win.  It’s like having a conference space whenever you need it!

Collaborate comfortable with new Grove soft seating from HON

Limitless Options.
Grove is available in 1-seat, 2-seat, 2-seat with integrated table and 3-seat, all with the choice of two arm styles or without arms, as well as two polymer leg options or eight hardwood finish options.

Make a statement with Grove when selecting from hundreds of high-quality HON fabrics or dress it up with dual fabric options for limitless design options!

For more information on Grove visit hon.com/grove.

Desks shouldn’t have to be one-size-fits-all. HON recognized the need for a solution with greater customization that would allow users to create spaces to support their individual work styles.

The word “concinnity” is defined as the skillful and harmonious arrangement or fitting together of the different parts of something, which makes it the perfect name for our newest and largest laminate desk line. Meet Concinnity – Upscale Design.  Everyday Practicality.  Offering a coordinated suite of laminate desk and storage components that let you create a custom look without custom products, there are endless reasons why we are so excited about our newest solution!

NEW! HON Concinnity Laminate Desks

PERFECT FOR ANYONE.  BUT TOTALLY YOU.
With office layouts, one size never fits all.  In order to be productive, you need a workspace designed around you!  Worksurfaces configured around your work style.  Storage that puts everything right where you not only need it, but want it.  Accessories that help you stay organized but put your personality on display.  Concinnity allows individual work styles to dictate the surroundings, not the other way around.

PRIVATE YET ACCESSIBLE.
Focused one minute – an unscheduled meeting the next.  Even when you plan your day, it’s bound to change.  Concinnity helps executives get organized, stay focused and quickly connect.  Squeeze more vertical storage into a smaller footprint with taller cabinets.  Convert a private office into a personal meeting space with mobile tables.  Concinnity helps you stay prepared for whatever comes next.

WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD.
As we all know, most work doesn’t happen behind closed doors. It’s happening out in the open.  Concinnity’s versatile layout, design and storage options help small groups team up while allowing worker bees to remain focused.  Turn open layouts into neighborhoods.  Give nomads a place to call home.  Allow workstation warriors to enjoy a healthy standing-height alternative.  Concinnity supports the needs of many, while indulging every individual.

KEEP YOUR OPTIONS OPEN.
Concinnity gives you exactly what you have been craving – TOTAL CUSTOMIZATION! Modular storage pedestals create a place for everything.  A variety of worksurface shapes and sizes perfectly fit the way you work.  Modesty panels define boundaries and increase privacy.  Don’t be afraid to express yourself!

MORE CONTROL.  LESS CHAOS.
Jackets.  Family Photos. Work Bag.  We all have things we need stowed away or proudly displayed.  Concinnity allows you to totally personalize your environment.  Open and closed units let you decide what gets displayed.  Mix and match rich laminates and sleek metallic finishes.  The sky’s the limit! Concinnity doesn’t just help you rethink your storage – it totally defines it!

TIME TO ACCESSORIZE.
It’s always good to have options.  I mean, who doesn’t love options? Concinnity provides the opportunity to create a space that’s totally you.  Personalize your selection with a mix of rich hardwood laminate, metal and frosted accents.  Add distinctive handles and organizational tools.  Route power right where it’s needed.  When you get to make all the decisions, you get exactly what you want and we wouldn’t want it any other way!

HON's Concinnity desk and storage is customizable

See? We weren’t exaggerating! These are just a few of the reasons why we are so excited about our newest laminate desk line.  Concinnity sets the bar high for both modern and traditional spaces and brings a unified aesthetic throughout the entire office.  Oh, and let’s not forget, it’s backed by the HON’s Full Lifetime Warranty!

What are you most excited about?

For more information on Concinnity, visit hon.com/concinnity.

If you’ve ever had any training in ergonomics, you probably know that one advantage of having an ergonomically-designed workspace is employee retention. An ergonomic workspace designed to promote wellness can help employees feel valued by management, increase their sense of worth and improve productivity. With HON, you can create healthier workspaces without sacrificing design. Take a look at the environment ideas below to see how you can create an office that is both functional and fashionable:

1. Keep Ergonomics in Mind While Maximizing the Office Footprint

Commercial real estate square footage is valuable, but just because you’re trying to save space doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice ergonomics or looks—check out this great semi-private office setup that uses Voi® modular desks and the Ceres® task chair:

Maximize your office footprint with ergonomic solutions from HON

Without wasting any office footprint, this configuration empowers two individuals to choose between a sitting or standing height work position throughout the day. The Ceres task chair has been designed to reduce pressure on the backs of the legs and evenly distribute weight for proper support.

2. Make the Workspace Employee-Friendly

Sometimes leaving your bed in the morning is hard, and having to go into an office that isn’t visually inviting doesn’t make that task any easier. Help alleviate some of that difficulty by using elements like HON’s recently expanded active storage line – Contain®.

Make your workplace employee-friendly with HON

As offices continue to shift away from archival storage there’s a greater need for active storage that employees can use for more personal items. Contain is a perfect fit for those needs. Pair it with Voi, the Ceres task chair and some Flock® modular lounge seating and you’ve got a work area that has enough privacy to allow work to be completed, but is also a warm and inviting space where employees will want to spend their time.

3. Create an Office that Adapts to New Work Styles

Long gone are the days of individuals working heads-down in a cubicle for 8 hours—with the rise of the millennial generation, the way that people get work done is changing just as quickly as the age bracket of employees. There is an increased focus on collaboration in today’s office design that can be addressed by using products that cater to impromptu meetings, are technologically powered, and also provide a place to get away from your desk for a change of pace and to refresh your mind. Accommodate™ and Arrange™, HON’s newest seating and table lines, support an active and collaborative work style.

Use versatile office furniture to create functional workspaces

While providing a coordinated design aesthetic that could be utilized in any part of an office, these complementary product lines are versatile in their functionality as well. Use them in a café space that could also become an impromptu conference room, a break room where employees can have a midday snack and charge their phones, or pair with Flock for more of a booth-style solution.

The number of ways to style a workspace are endless, but one thing is certain: there’s no reason why an office can’t be both efficient and enjoyable.

What are your favorite new trends in office furniture and workplace design?

When designing a new office or workspace, there are several questions to consider. What size desk do I need? How do I need my furniture to function? What kind of storage should I include? What fabrics or finishes will best fit my design goals? In addition to all of these important elements of office design, I always encourage customers not to forget the accessories! Here are three reasons why.

Many of today’s office design trends are focused on finding ways to encourage movement while people work. As sit-to-stand stations become more popular, monitor arms, power options, and wire management are accessories to consider incorporating. When using a monitor arm in a standing or seated workstation, for example, the user is able to easily maintain an ergonomically-friendly position as she transitions between sitting and standing throughout the workday. If you are using a standing-height desk, worksurface height power can give you power capabilities at your fingertips with a simple power module add-on. All of these accessory options can help create a healthier and more efficient workspace.

Don't forget your standing height power accessories

A second benefit of accessories is the ability to adapt to a smaller work environment. With a smaller footprint comes smaller worksurfaces, but in this case you can maximize your workspace by lifting the computer monitor off with a monitor arm. Not only does this accessory serve as an ergonomic solution, but it provides more room in which to work and promotes productivity!

Leave a smaller footprint with workspace accessories

Clearing out the clutter to create a tidier workspace minimizes distractions and allows workers to focus on the task at hand. By adding paper management, or filing storage solutions, you can instantly clear your space and clear your mind. It’s a bonus if these storage solutions are available in bright, vibrant colors that can add to your office design and keep the space full of energy.

Use workspace accessories for organization

Whether you need to improve ergonomics, maximize space, or increase organization, there are several reasons to take advantage of workplace accessories! Visit the Accessories Spotlight Page on hon.com to learn more.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, today’s workers spend an average of 4.6 years in each job position. If you’re between the ages of 25-34, you may only be in your current role for three years. With so much of the workforce exploring new opportunities as this trend continues, how can you make yourself stand out? It’s actually easier than you think.

Get to work on time

Get to work early

We have all heard the phrase “the early bird catches the worm.” There is still some truth to that. You may not need to be early, but getting to work on time is a great way to demonstrate work ethic. Of course, we all have mornings where everything seems to go awry and we end up strolling in a few minutes late. But don’t make a habit of it. The small act of getting to work on time can boost your character and shows you are dependable, responsible, and professional – qualities that go a long way when you’re trying to move up in your career.

Look the part

Dress how you want to be addressed

Speaking of professionalism, be sure your appearance reflects your work. Come to work rested and put together. Not adhering to your company’s dress code or just making unprofessional wardrobe choices could be giving your colleagues the wrong impressions of you. My best advice is this – if you have to ask “does this look okay?”, the answer is probably no. You can also take it a step further and dress for the position you want and not the position you have. If you want to move up, look at what people in that position are wearing and follow their lead. This simple trick can have you looking ready for the next career move.

Be a team player

Be a Team Player

Many of us (me included) are guilty of thinking we can control everything. But if you are looking to make a good impression, adopt a “we” mentality. Some small, simple things can help you be a team player and network with coworkers. Ask those around you about their weekend or current projects. Next, give credit where credit is due. If someone helped you on a project, be sure to share the credit. Also, give out thanks and compliments when deserved. You don’t have to compliment everyone on every little thing, but when hard work was put forth, acknowledge it. If someone helped you out or supported your successes, let him know he is appreciated.

Ask questions

Ask Questions

Finally, if you want to stand out, start asking questions.

  • Ask for clarification when needed but, more importantly, be sure to ask questions to understand the larger organizational reasons behind why a particular task or project is important. Taking this initiative shows that you’re engaged.
  • Also, ask questions to help you gain more responsibility. In what ways can you assist on another project? Is there any follow up that can be completed? Are there future projects you could get a head start on, if time permits?
  • Ask questions to expand your experiences. Is there a seminar or conference you could attend? A skill set you could work on? Many companies provide classes or other learning opportunities, so ask if you can participate. Even if you anticipate the answer to be “no”, it’s worth asking because it shows you are taking action to improve yourself and your work. Just asking the question can change someone’s thoughts of you and put you ahead of the pack for the next position.

What are your tips for getting ahead?

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