Did you know that The HON Company participated in over 100 trade events last year?  We traversed the country, spreading product knowledge and “HON Ready-ness” at everything from college career fairs to dealer open houses to industry events, attracting thousands of attendees.  Through it all, we’ve picked up some tips and tricks that we like to call our “Tradeshow Survival Kit”.

HON's tradeshow survival kit

Plan Ahead
Start by printing out a hard copy of the show’s floor plan.  Prioritize which booths you’d like to visit, make appointments with your key contacts, and then develop a route.  This way you can ensure you’ll see everything on your list, and save yourself (and your feet) from backtracking along the way.

plan your route

Put your Best Foot Forward
Speaking of feet, they will thank you if you wear comfy shoes.  Go for something cushioned, supportive, breathable – and preferably already broken in.  Bring a spare pair if your suitcase allows, that way you can change it up a bit.  Don’t forget to charge up the ol’ fitness tracker so you can track all of the miles you log!

footwear is important at a tradeshow

Pack Like a Pro
Check the forecast for your destination, and keep in mind that even if it might be 110° outside, convention centers have a reputation for being sub-arctic.  In fact, chilly temps are often the top complaint of conference attendees.  Dressing in layers will keep you comfortable through it all.

packer layered clothing

Stay Sharp
A water bottle is essential, and you might consider packing an energy bar or light snack as well.  This way, when all the walking, talking and late nights take their toll you’ll be prepared.

stay hydrated

It’s in the Bag
Keep a small, lightweight tote bag handy for all of the swag that you’ll pick up along the way.  Bonus – a bag with your company’s logo or a fun design can be a great conversation starter!

carry a swag bag

Recharge
Worn out yet?  We’ve got you covered.  With comfortable and versatile lounge collections such as Grove, Endorse and Flock®, HON booths are great spaces to sit back and relax.  While you’re resting, take advantage of our power solutions to recharge your devices.  Just be sure to remember your power cords.

find a HON station to recharge

What are your tried and true tradeshow survival tips?

Low Carbon Footprint. Sustainability. PVC free. If you are in the office furniture world, these words are all too familiar to you. It seems like the majority of office spaces being designed or renovated today are working to achieve some type of green certification. Furniture (and even the fabrics used on your furniture) can play a large part in meeting these qualifications. For this reason, it’s important to be educated on the topic of sustainabillity so you can help consult your customer on making the right decision when designing a more eco-friendly work environment.

Office Furniture green certifications

As a sales representative in the office furniture world, customers frequently ask for products that are built using environmentally safe manufacturing processes or that are built from recycled or recyclable content. This is common on Requests For Quotes (RFQs) from large corporations or government buildings, but where do you start? The key is to look for green furniture certifications – and we aren’t talking about the color!

LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental design, is one of the biggest certifications in the office furniture world.  It focuses on how the product is manufactured by paying attention to the potentially harmful materials that go into making the product. LEED also looks at how much of those materials are recyclable and what potentially harmful chemicals may be emitted during the production process. There are several different levels of certifications furniture can achieve through LEED, but the bottom line is this: if it is LEED certified, it is produced in a way that is better for the environment.

The HON Company uses LEED guidelines when manufacturing furniture by using compression molded seat and back components made from 97% recovered wood fiber, which ends up saving over 2,800 trees a year. HON also recycles bales of fabric scraps which keeps 100 tons of waste out of landfills each year. There are several other processes embraced by The HON Company that have led to more than 75% of our products being LEED certified, which you can read more about in our Environmental Responsibility brochure.

HON is focused on sustainability and lean manufacturing

Beyond just our products, The HON Company takes LEED certification very seriously when it comes to buildings as well. The HON Company headquarters is LEED silver certified. When HON headquarters was renovated in 2007, becoming LEED certified was a priority. The HON Washington DC showroom is also LEED Silver certified. HON continues to invest in creating a more sustainable environment by LEED certifying both its properties and products.

Furniture and its materials can play a large role in creating a more eco-friendly and sustainable work environment. The more educated you are on this topic, the better you will be at guiding your customers to the best HON furniture solutions for their office!

 

Tranquility and optimism is the theme for Pantone’s Fall 2016 Fashion Color Report. Here are four ways to incorporate these colors into your next HON project.Color Blog 1

Fall for Jade

Fall for shades of Jade

Want this look? Here’s how with HON:
Seating Fabric Solid: New! Centurion Jade CU83
Seating Fabric Texture: New! CF Stinson Continuum Cashmere SCFSCON06
Seating Fabric Pattern: New! CF Stinson Revolution Fresh SCFSREV47
Laminate 1: Mocha MOCH
Laminate 2: Brilliant White WHIT
Paint: Platinum Metallic T1
Shell Color: White WT
Panel Fabric 1: New! Terrain Bayou TRRN35
Panel Fabric 2: New! Terrain Plateau TRRN15

Spice is Nice

Spice is nice

Want this look? Here’s how with HON:
Seating Fabric Solid: New! Dapper Rose DAPR40
Seating Fabric Texture: New! CF Stinson Sprint Rust SCFSSPT30
Seating Fabric Pattern: New! CF Stinson Helix Spice SCFSHLX63
Laminate 1: Pinnacle PINC
Laminate 2: Sheer Mesh A5
Paint: Muslin T3
Shell Color: Shadow SD
Panel Fabric 1: Sarto Oyster SRT18
Panel Fabric 2: Sarto Mushroom SRT76

Fog Color Pop

Pop of fall color

Want this look? Here’s how with HON:
Seating Fabric Solid: New! Inertia Fuchsia NR63
Seating Fabric Texture: New! CF Stinson Sequence Silver Lining SCFSSEQ75
Seating Fabric Pattern: New! CF Stinson Hive Slate SCFSHVE71
Laminate 1: Brilliant White
Laminate 2: Black P
Paint: Loft LOFT
Shell Color: White WT
Panel Fabric 1: New! Tempest Zebra TP35
Panel Fabric 2: New! Tempest Slate TP45

Citron Road Trip

Citron road trip color inspiration

Want this look? Here’s how with HON:
Seating Fabric Solid: Maharam Messenger Lumine SMHMGRM54
Seating Fabric Texture: New! Spin Seating Oat SPNN01
Seating Fabric Pattern: New! CF Stinson Riddle Citron SCFSRID22
Laminate 1: Pinnacle PINC
Laminate 2: Brilliant White WHIT
Paint: Champagne Metallic T4
Shell Color: Shadow
Panel Fabric 1: Landscape Khaki LN20
Panel Fabric 2: Landscape Maize LN40

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

 

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.

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