Archives for the month of: April, 2013

Almost eight years ago my now husband and I were completing the domestic ritual of registering for wedding gifts.  We were coming up on four hours when the very helpful sales woman asked if we wanted to add an extraordinarily expensive blown glass frog to our registry for a “touch of personality”.  Now, I should tell you that neither my fiancé nor I had a particular affinity for glass amphibians.  So, why then did I say yes?  What I remember most distinctly is the feeling of mental exhaustion I was experiencing.  It had been a jam-packed afternoon of endless decisions.  8-or 12-piece dining set?  Basic or deluxe stand mixer? 400- or 600-thread count sheets? Napkins in eggshell or ecru?

I have joked about this instance of poor decision making in the years since but it was not until recently that I began to wonder if I might be guilty of similar actions in my professional life.  I attempted to actively recognize thoughts such as these as they came up:

• I’m too tired to think.  Can we talk about the next steps of this               project in the morning?

• I don’t know what I was thinking yesterday afternoon.  Why               would I have given that direction?

• I know it is just about where we go to lunch but I have no energy               to decide.

If you can relate then you may also be experiencing a condition called decision fatigue.  Decision fatigue explains how a person’s quality of decision making can deteriorate over time.  It is based on the idea that all decisions, no matter how small, diminish your capacity and the quality of subsequent decisions.   Rather than regarding decision making ability as an absolute quality, instead consider that it may more closely resemble a continuum – and one that you can influence.

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When I was thinking about writing this blog post, I wanted to talk about something that relates to my position here at HON.  I work in the Integrated Design Solutions team and we work on specifying furniture and creating layouts for our dealers.  With that being said, I wanted to hit on the top office design trends we are seeing on a day to day basis and how HON is a key player.

A lot of the changes we are seeing today started in that last year or two and have made a huge impact on the office furniture industry.  Recently, HON has come out with many new products such as Voi®, Motivate®, Height Adjustable Tables, Flock™ and Accelerate™ which capitalize on these trends.

Open Workspaces. Being closed in is not necessarily a good thing when it comes to productivity and creativity.  It is believed that people work better when they can engage with others.  Open spaces can make people feel more comfortable and not so “boxed-in”, fostering productivity and efficiency.  Keep in mind, some jobs may require more privacy, but there are always methods to creating privacy without being trapped between four walls and a ceiling.  Below are some typicals our group has drawn that work well in an open office setting.

Accelerate™ Open Plan

Accelerate™ Open Plan

Voi® Open Plan

Voi® Open Plan

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The working world as we know it would cease to exist without the use of these 3 x 3 yellow squares of magic. I know I’m not alone when I say that my desk and computer monitor are oftentimes completely covered in cheery little Post-it reminders (more often than not to-do’s that I am dreading or putting off until 4 p.m. on a Friday afternoon!) However, Post-its can and do have a life outside of the office — below are some of its more creative uses.

1. Living Room

Post It Note Living Room

2. To-do List

Post It Notes To Do List
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1)      LinkedIn Employee Search

Recruiting for a new position? Trying to find qualified candidates? Take a moment to browse through LinkedIn. This professional networking site makes it easy to search keywords like “social media professional” or “CPA” to find the right candidate in your area. LinkedIn profiles are often times a verbatim electronic version of someone’s resume. Take a moment to evaluate their experience, skills and talents. Don’t be afraid to connect  or shoot them a message describing your open position! Make sure to stay personable in your message, otherwise you may come across as spam and inauthentic.

2)      Twitter Searches

Twitter’s search function is an incredible tool that many people simply overlook as a basic website feature. Businesses can search important keywords to their market and find potential customers instantaneously. For example, if an office furniture dealer searched the terms “need office chair” they could find the following leads:


A simple personal reply back to these potential customers could lead to great new business!

3)      Pinterest Sources

Wondering who is pinning pictures of your products? Use the URL to find images on Pinterest that were taken from your site. This is a quick way to find potential clients or people that are already interested in what your company has to offer!

4)      Divide and Conquer

Social media dashboards like HootSuite are crucial to organizing and keeping track of your social media profiles. Creating feeds on your HootSuite dashboard for Facebook Wall Posts, Twitter Feeds and Twitter Searches allow you to make sure you don’t miss anything important on social media! HootSuite also allows you to schedule posts, so that important ‘Happy Holidays’ tweet doesn’t go out a week too late! Additional Tip: Organize your Twitter followers into lists (i.e. Potential Customers, Industry Leaders, Community Stakeholders) and import those into your HootSuite dashboard to keep tabs on important social influencers for your business!

5)      Ask Questions

It’s proven that followers on your social media pages are more likely to interact with your company if you ask questions! Don’t post high-level, ACT type questions, though. Simple, fun and engaging questions will spur conversation and buzz on your social media page.


In what ways does your business stay engaged on social media?


When I first moved to Iowa, I was surprised to see how much this region was influenced by manufacturing.  The entire manufacturing process is something that has always intrigued me. I think it is fascinating how raw materials can quickly become items we use every day. Working at HON, I have the unique opportunity to experience this phenomenon of manufacturing literally just across the street.

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The snow is melting, days are getting longer and the birds are returning home from their hiatus down south. As the birds head north, all 30 Major League Baseball teams head south to begin spring training. With the warm up of this American pastime, it is only appropriate to give those non-baseball lovers an analogy between baseball and office furniture to help them understand what they’ve missed and what to expect in the coming years. So sit back and relax, (no pun intended) while enjoying our comparison between baseball and office furniture, HON style.


Where to start? How about “The Sultan of Swat,” “The Colossus of Clout,” “The Great Bambino,” Mr. Babe Ruth!  The only chair that has stood the test of time and is still famous like Babe Ruth is the Pillow-Soft® Executive High-back chair. It doesn’t matter that today’s ‘players’ are slimmer and lower profile, this big comfy model is still a top seller! As a wise man once said, “Heroes get remembered, but legends never die.”

From the big and soft to the best money can buy, we jump right to the top! Ceres is the top of the line for The HON Company. If you want comfort, style and functionality then you want Ceres. In baseball we call Ceres® the New York Yankees. You may need to spend a little more to get the best, but you will not regret it!

What if you don’t have the extra cash to spend? Then you need to get the most value for your buck. Please welcome in the most transactional line of furniture HON has to offer, basyx® by HON! Reminiscent of the Oakland Athletics this line of furniture can compete with any and all competitors. At times this line will fly under the radar but when the game is on the line and it is getting close to the last out, you know it will be in the hunt for the win!

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