Winter blues got you down?  Touring a warm and inviting HON showroom is just what the doctor ordered. With locations in New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Muscatine, Iowa you’ll soon be saying, “#Jonas and #Kayla who”?

New York:

Located near the iconic Flatiron building and historic Madison Square Park, our New York showroom is filled with natural light and mixed materials – an expression of HON’s strength and authenticity.  The bright pops of color and playful accessories are a nod to the building’s early roots as a toy factory.  Looking for an opportunity to “play” in this vibrant space?  Register for HON Product Training on April 12-13 or HON Product for Designers on April 14-15.

HON's New York Showroom

HON's New York Showroom

HON's New York Showroom

Chicago:

Housed on the 11th floor of the Merchandise Mart – which until recently was the largest commercial building in the world, with its own ZIP code! – our Chicago showroom pairs sophistication with sustainable perfection.  The space is transformed on an annual basis for NeoCon and showcases our latest product innovations, as well as a spectacular view of the Chicago River.   Planning a trip to the Windy City?  Be sure to enroll in HON Product Training on March 8-9, and of course we’d love to see you at NeoCon June 13-15.

HON's Chicago Showroom

HON's Chicago Showroom

HON's Chicago Showroom

Washington, D.C.:

Our Washington, D.C. showroom is just a few blocks from the White House, so it’s only natural that it was inspired by the monuments of the nation’s capital…there’s even a “HON Monument”!  The welcoming atmosphere showcases a universal workstation concept focused on reliable, collaborative options.  Looking forward to enjoying the cherry blossoms on the Tidal Basin?  There’s a good chance they will open up just in time for HON Product Training on April 26-27.

HON's Washington DC Showroom

HON's Washington DC Showroom

HON's Washington DC Showroom

HON Headquarters in Muscatine, Iowa:

Right at home in the HON Headquarters building, our Muscatine showroom interplays history and place with direct, real world examples of effective office design.  The century old wood beams and brick walls convey connections to local lumber barons, and are rumored to house a few friendly ghosts!  Don’t let that spook you though, they would love to see you at HON Intensive and Competitive Training on May 10-12.

HON Headquarters Muscatine Showroom

HON Headquarters Muscatine Showroom

HON Headquarters Muscatine Showroom

Which HON Showroom are you inspired to visit?  

 

Since the groundhog didn’t see his shadow and an early Spring is on the way, are you counting down the days until warmer weather, green grass and daffodils? Let’s take a look at the exciting Spring 2016: Pantone Fashion Colors and how you can incorporate them into your next HON project.

Spring 2016 Pantone Fashion Colors

Peach Echo, Limpet Shell & Iced Coffee

Peach Echo, Limpet Shell & Iced Coffee

Peach Echo, Limpet Shell & Iced Coffee

Want this look? Here’s how with HON:
Seating Fabric Solid: Infinity Papaya
Seating Fabric Texture: Solace Maui
Seating Fabric Pattern: Syntax Turquoise
Laminate 1: Pinnacle
Laminate 2: Sheer Mesh
Paint: Muslin
Shell Color: Shadow
Panel Fabric 1: Mica Dove
Panel Fabric 2: Mica Cremini

Buttercup

Buttercup

Buttercup

Want this look? Here’s how with HON:
Seating Fabric Solid: Beeline Sundance
Seating Fabric Texture: Expo Lemon
Seating Fabric Pattern: Habit Dune
Laminate 1: Mocha
Laminate 2: Brilliant White
Paint: Platinum Metallic
Shell Color: White
Panel Fabric 1: Landscape Urban
Panel Fabric 2: Landscape Maize

Green Flash & Iced Coffee

Green Flash & Iced Coffee

Green Flash & Iced Coffee

Want this look? Here’s how with HON:
Seating Fabric Solid: Beeline Valley
Seating Fabric Texture: Boom II Foliage
Seating Fabric Pattern: Current Birch
Laminate 1: Harvest
Laminate 2: Brilliant White
Paint: Champagne Metallic
Shell Color: Lime
Panel Fabric 1: Hatch Canvas
Panel Fabric 2: Hatch Chroma

Snorkel Blue & Serenity

Snorkel Blue & Serenity

Snorkel Blue & Serenity

Want this look? Here’s how with HON:
Seating Fabric Solid: Odyssey Inlet
Seating Fabric Texture: Boom II Klein
Seating Fabric Pattern: Synergy Denim
Laminate 1: Natural Maple
Laminate 2: Silver Mesh
Paint: Loft
Shell Color: Platinum
Panel Fabric 1: Sarto Mist
Panel Fabric 2: Sarto Ash

For more office design color inspiration, check out HON’s Pinterest page and visit our 2016 Color Inspiration boardHow do you plan to get creative with these colors?

Everyone has a goal at the beginning of a new year, but we all know it’s easy to get distracted from the goals we set for ourselves. If you’re looking to be more organized, here are a few of my favorite tips to stay focused on this goal in 2016.

1. Declutter your desk. With great new storage options from HON, there’s never been a better time to clear out some space. Too much paperwork saved up on your worksurface? If you don’t need to reference it often, consider filing it as archival storage using HON Flagship – or recycle it! If you’ll need to keep the documents close for everyday use, our new Voi Standing Height storage or recently introduced Contain pedestals and towers are just a few of HON’s wide variety of active storage options.

HON Flagship, Voi and Contain storage options2. Clean out your inbox. It seems like every other week I get a message that my mailbox is almost full. Now is a great time to sift through the important emails and weed out the junk. Start 2016 with a clean email box so you’ll be ready to tackle the essential tasks.

3. When spring rolls around, weed through your closet and donate any clothing items you didn’t wear all winter. A good rule of thumb is if you haven’t worn it for 6 months, it has to go! Consider doing this every quarter so you can start each season fresh with an organized closet and set your best foot forward in the office.

4. Set reminders to help you check in on your progress. Don’t let half the year pass before you mobilize! Keep your tasks and calendar organized so you can put all your effort into getting the job done.

What are some of your favorite ways to stay organized? How do you use HON solutions to support your organizational goals?

HON is headquartered in Muscatine, IA

Muscatine, Iowa, home of HON headquarters – what’s it all about?

Honestly, much more than what meets the eye. While Muscatine is a town of only 22,000 people, it has a rich history and an intriguing economic background which it still maintains today. Muscatine is home to headquarters and manufacturing facilities of companies, such as HNI Corporation, HON, Allsteel, Heinz, Monsanto, Bridgestone, and Musco Lighting. These industry titans contribute to employment opportunities and economic growth today; however, it was something quite different that put Muscatine on the map many years ago…

“The Pearl of the Mississippi” was the nickname given to Muscatine in the late 1800’s when the McKee Button Factory, locally operated out of Muscatine (and producer of our Abound® Plains Tiles!), was a national leader in the production and supply of decorative pearl buttons. These buttons were harvested out of the Mississippi River. As success ensued in the early 1900’s, Muscatine was dubbed the “Pearl Button Capital of the World”. Interestingly, one of the old button manufacturing buildings has been repurposed and renovated as part of HON Headquarters.

In addition to the well-known companies, some notable figures also have roots deep in Muscatine, including Max Allen Collins, author of graphic novel Road to Perdition. You may have heard of a gentleman by the name of Mark Twain, who spent a stint of his writing career in Muscatine and had this to say about the scenery:

“And I remember Muscatine—still more pleasantly—for its summer sunsets. I have never seen any, on either side of the ocean that equaled them.”

What are some things you love about your company’s hometown?

HON Training Tips

HON Customer Support’s training program is an arduous 7 week course filled with product training, process overviews, and job shadowing. We’ve got brochures, timelines, PowerPoints, and handouts, but you know what the most effective part of our training is? Jeopardy.

Why, you may ask? It’s fun, it’s competitive, and new hires or new members have to think on their feet. Jeopardy puts their knowledge to the test and it paves the way toward delighting our customers. Want to engage your members and increase your training’s effectiveness? Here are a few simple strategies:

  • Interaction – The easiest way to combat sleepy stares is to get them involved! Asking questions (and waiting for them to answer) encourages participation and application of material. If you don’t think anyone will answer, direct the question to an individual and take turns with different members. If you’re lecturing, give them exercises or simulations to break up the monotony.
  • Gamification – Everyone loves a little competition! Incorporating training into different types of games aids in content mastery and retention. Whether it’s one on one or team against team, gaming adds variety and refreshes the information they’ve learned. Adding rewards and challenges invigorates the learning experience. I challenge you to give it a try.
  • Multi-media – Am I banning PowerPoint? No! But, banning 100% PowerPoint? Yes! That’s the purpose of multi-media: use a combination of multiple content forms to conduct effective training. Training shouldn’t fit snuggly in a three ring binder; it should be a dynamic amalgamation of handouts, electronic media, games, demonstrations, and exercises. PowerPoint is an effective tool to disseminate information, but a slide with twenty-seven bullet points and three pictures is not. Make sure to use your tools wisely.

Don’t be in jeopardy of having a less than stellar training program– engage your members through interaction, gamification, and multi-media! Share some tips about your training regimen below.

The HON Product Development team has been busy this winter finishing up several new product launches. Be HON Ready in 2016 by familiarizing yourself with what’s new this month:

VOI®

HON Voi Desks

Voi desks offer a solution for every application of the workplace, including private offices, open plan workspaces, and more.  HON is excited to introduce new standing height storage and worksurface supports, as well as new Double Depth O-legs.

CONTAIN®

HON Contain Storage

The Contain family is growing! Towers and pedestals will now be available in addition to our credenzas. Contain is a streamlined collection of active storage that maximizes storage capacity while elevating the aesthetic of a workstation.

ABODE™

HON Abode Systems Desk

Integrating seamlessly into Accelerate® and Abound®, HON’s new Systems Desk, Abode, provides a durable kit of parts that can be configured free-standing or as part of a workstation.

WORKSTATION ACCESSORIES

HON Accesories

Provide customization of workstations next year with our two new LED tasklights and cable management troughs.  Not only can accessories enhance the visual appearance of a workplace, but they also provide wellness and technology support for employees.

Which of these 2016 HON updates are you most excited about?

Where Adaptability Lives.

We all have our own unique ways of getting things done, and Abode delivers the versatility and functionality needed for each user to call their workstation home.  With the variety of configurations and customizable storage solutions it puts the users in control of their own environment.  Give everybody more of what they want and make them feel more at home with Abode.  

HON Abode Systems Desk

Great Alone. Better Together.

Abode is more than capable of standing alone, but it also creates a consistent aesthetic when integrated with other HON workstations.  The Abode desk is designed to work seamlessly with HON panel systems, Accelerate® and Abound®. It can also be paired with our Coordinate™ Height Adjustable Base for a more flexible and customizable workspace.

HON's Abode Systems Desk

Ready for whatever the future brings.

Abode delivers an unbeatable combination of adaptability and solid craftsmanship.  Every component is covered by the HON Full Lifetime Warranty to provide even more confidence of ownership.  Bring a consistent look throughout your space and be prepared to respond easily to future changes with Abode.

To learn more about Abode, visit the spotlight page at hon.com.

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