1. Contain Encourages Expression. Just like your favorite shirt, you can make Contain your own. HON offers a range of Core, Choice, and Custom paints so pick whichever color you’re feeling for your office.

Contain storage

2. Dress it up or dress it down! Adding accessories can transition a shirt from a “day at the office” to a “night on the town”. Contain offers various base options, from footed to kickplate. Or, upgrade to fabric-wrapped cushions to provide short-term seating. You can even add a laminate top to match the rest of the office.

3. A great shirt can stand on its own, but also complements your entire wardrobe. Contain looks great alone. But it looks even better when combined with other HON products like Accelerate®, Abound® and Voi®. Mix and match to find a winning solution!

Contain storage

4. A classic shirt lasts forever and won’t go out of style – just like Contain. With the HON Full Lifetime Warranty, our products are built to last. So, you can be confident that Contain is the right solution for all of your workplace storage needs.

What do you love about Contain?

employee engagement

A workplace that fosters employee engagement, or member engagement as we call it at HON, is one in which individuals become motivated by the same ideas to achieve the same goals. This type of work environment is beneficial to employees, customers, the community and your brand.  Here are 6 tips for boosting employee engagement in your office:

1. Clearly define company values

Be sure to clearly communicate the core ideas behind which your company stands.  Being reminded of these every once in awhile will help your employees see the bigger picture of what they’re a part of, and motivate them to uphold these standards.

2. Encourage individual growth

Allowing employees the opportunity to work on their own projects sparks creativity and empowerment, and can even lead to new innovations that benefit the company. Take Google for example. Gmail and Google News started as a few personal side projects. Apple is also encouraging a similar movement with the Blue Sky program.

3. Host themed days

Who doesn’t love mixing things up for a day? Whether it’s dressing up to represent your favorite sports team or having employees bring their favorite desserts to share with everyone, this is fun for all and fights monotony at work.

4. Commemorate achievements

No matter the size or subject of the project, remind your employees how much you appreciate their work. This proverbial ‘pat on the back’ will remind your staff of their worth and impact in the company.

5. Schedule team building outside of work

Depending on the company and employee interests, an after work activity is a great way to get to know each other on a more personal level. A company that has fun together, works well together.

6. Celebrate people

Birthdays, work anniversaries, promotions, etc. are all great excuses to recognize employees and show them how much they matter.

How does your company promote employee engagement?

Who knew office furniture could be so interesting?

1. The first commercial offices appeared in industrial cities throughout the Northern United States in the late 19th century.

First Offices

2. One of the earliest innovators of the modern office chair was Charles Darwin who added wheels to his chair to get to his specimens quicker while in his study.

Charles Darwin's Chair

3. People in the United States spend at least 1,896 hours per year at work. (Better make sure you get a comfortable chair from HON!)

1896 Sitting Hours

4. The office chair became popular when Otto Von Bismarck distributed them through parliament while he was in office.

Office Chair Grows in Popularity

5. The most popular exhibits during the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia were the New Office Equipment and Office Furniture exhibits.

Historic Office Furniture Exhibits

6. Two German brothers dreamed up the first open-plan office. They called it Bürolandschaft, or “office landscape.”

The first open plan office

7. The tax code is somewhat to blame for the popularity of panel systems. The 1960s saw a change in tax code making it easier for companies to write off depreciating assets.

Tax code

What other fun office furniture facts can you share?

Summer is right around the corner, which marks an extra busy season for many of us within the furniture industry.  To combat the additional workload and pressure the busy season may bring, here are 8 ways to relieve stress in the office:

Summer

1. Create a “To-Do” list at the beginning of every day:  Although creating a to-do list may seem obvious, take it one step further and create your “must-dos” and your “would like to dos” so you can prioritize your list.  Then, tackle the “must-dos” right away so you can start the day feeling accomplished.

2. Check-in with yourself every hour.  Review your progress on your to-do list, re-rank any items, and re-focus your energy.  If feeling overwhelmed, take a small break at this time to prevent any stress before it starts.

3. Review and re-prioritize your “To-Do” list at the end of each day.  Before shutting down for the day, make a note of what you need to do the next day and rank accordingly.  This will help you avoid feeling like you have a “million things to do tomorrow” as you end the day.  You prioritized the “must-dos” and can now take some time to relax.

4. Take a walk around your office.  If you are starting to feel stressed, take some time to walk around the office. A little exercise helps you calm down and allows your brain to re-charge.

Calm

5. Play with a stress ball.  You can find these almost anywhere and they are a good way to take mini-breaks throughout the day.

6. Download the “Calm” App. It can help you meditate, relax, and sleep better.

7. Download the “Anti-Stress Quotes” App. Lift your mood with some inspiring words.

8. Play a mindless game on your phone.  My personal favorite right now is “Snake ‘97”, which looks like the original “Snake” that was once one of the only games available for cell phones. Be sure to find appropriate breaks in your work day for this stress reliever, though!

Snake

What are other tips or apps do you recommend to combat and relieve stress in the workplace?

Email

An informative subject line

Use ultra-specific verbiage within the email’s subject line to spark interest and encourage the recipient to prioritize the email.

  • This will help confirm that the message is not spam or junk mail.

A personal salutation

Depending on the nature of the business relationship, address the recipient by their first name and/or their last name with an honorific.

  • An honorific may always be included, but is most appropriate in situations of initial contact (Dr., Mr., Mrs., or Ms.).

A sensible structure

Format your email in successive paragraphs to achieve an organized, professional structure and smooth the flow of information.

  • First paragraph:
    • If you are replying to an email from the recipient, thank them for their email
    • Introduce yourself if necessary
    • Provide a brief overview of the purpose of the email
  • Main body:
    • Give thorough yet concise instruction or information
    • Be aware of the recipient’s level of understanding and tailor the content accordingly

The appropriate tone

  • Keep the phrase “It’s not what you say, but how you say it” in mind when composing emails to customers.
    • If delivering not-so-great news, consider first explaining what unfortunately cannot be done, but what can be done instead.
    • Offering an alternative in place of a “No” will better reflect your organization’s high regard for customer satisfaction.

A professional closing

  • Choose a closing depending on the type of business relationship held with the recipient.
    • Some examples are “Sincerely”, “Regards”, or simply, “Thank you” if you have requested something in the email that warrants a response.
  • Follow your closing line with your first and last name, your title, and any appropriate contact information.

Things to avoid:

  •  ALL CAPS
  • Inconsistent font style or text color
  • Excessive exclamation points
  • Negative or inappropriate language
  • Internal jargon
  • Anything you would not want to become public

What other email etiquette tips can you share?

HON offers a variety of accessories that can enhance a workstation and promote wellness in the workplace.  Two of our favorites are monitor arms and keyboard trays.

MONITOR ARMS

Choose a single or dual monitor arm that can either clamp to the work surface or mount through the grommets for easy installation and reconfiguration.  Here are three benefits of using monitor arms:

  1. Space Saving: The arms fold completely back to the post to provide maximum desktop space, and cord management clips help create a less cluttered work surface.
  2. Enhanced Collaboration: The arms allow monitors to swivel 360° and even change from landscape-to-portrait, making it easier to collaborate with a coworker or customer.
  3. Functionality: The gas spring and counterbalance technology in the arms allow the monitors to easily move back and forth or up and down so users can adjust their monitors to the proper height and depth to minimize neck and eye strain.

Monitor Arms

KEYBOARD TRAYS

Choose from three keyboard tray options that accommodate mouse use for both left- and right-handed users.  Here are three benefits of using keyboard trays:

  1. Space Saving: Use a tray to hold your keyboard and instantly enlarge your workspace.  When not in use, the entire tray retracts under the worksurface to create a clean, uncluttered work area.
  2. Enhanced Comfort: All three keyboard trays come with a wrist rest made of foam-gel to maximize comfort.
  3. Promoted Wellness: HON offers a sit-to-stand keyboard tray that gives users the ability to adjust their posture throughout the day.  Pair this tray with our monitor arms for a total ergonomic solution at a much lower price point than an entire sit-to-stand workstation.

Keyboard Trays

Workplace accessories, such as monitor arms and keyboard trays, allow workers to customize their workstations to improve ergonomics and increase comfort, productivity, and overall workplace satisfaction.

HON wants to know: which accessory is your favorite?

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