Archives for the month of: November, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving from The HON Company

Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays because I love any excuse to spend time in my kitchen, try new recipes and make delicious food to share with others. It’s also a time of year when we’re focused on gratitude, finding new ways to show appreciation and give back to our communities.

While Thanksgiving is traditionally a holiday spent with friends and family, there’s no reason you can’t celebrate with your “office family”, or colleagues, as well. Here are a few ways you can bring a little Thanksgiving spirit into your workplace:

  • Thank your customers. Showing appreciation for your most valued partners helps to cultivate important relationships. Even something as simple as a “Thank You” card can make all the difference!
  • Schedule a lunch with your teammates or employees. It’s not always easy to find the time to say thanks during a busy day at work, so finding time to show your appreciation outside of normal working hours may be the best solution. It can also be a great team-building experience!
  • Plan an office potluck. Invite your team to bring in their favorite Thanksgiving dishes to share, or encourage team-building by hosting an internal taste-testing or food display contest. You can even put up Thanksgiving or fall-inspired decorations for some added fun!
  • Donate to a local charity. The holiday season is a time when many organizations are promoting big fundraising campaigns and raising funds in order to provide community meals. A great way to give back to your community during this time is to host a food drive and collect items for a local pantry. Another idea is to plan a casual dress day at work, encouraging members to contribute to an important cause in exchange for the opportunity to wear less formal attire. You can build excitement by giving employees the opportunity to vote for their favorite local charities!

With the Thanksgiving holiday just around the corner, what are some of the ways you celebrate Thanksgiving in your office?

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Whether this was your first year attending NeoCon East or your tenth, one thing that set this year apart from the rest was the new destination – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. With a brand new location, attendees were especially enthusiastic about this year’s show, and I may have been on the top of that list as this was my first time attending. As the HON Resource Center Business Manager in Washington, DC, I was excited to have the opportunity to help plan this event. Our team transformed our 800 square foot space into a story; a tangible example of how HON is inspired by practicality in the workplace. We showcased everything from our top-selling legacy products to a brand new seating line and sneak peeks of upcoming launches, allowing our visitors to see, touch and experience the HON story firsthand in a variety of ways:

Inspired Practicality

In an effort to continuously improve our product offering, we work hard to listen to our customers and create purposeful solutions to meet their specific workplace needs. Wherever you are and wherever you’re going, our products are designed to adapt and evolve with your business. Our booth was inspired by this idea, highlighting our complete solutions from reception areas to collaborative spaces to the private office.

New Products

At this year’s show, we were especially excited to introduce Solve®, our new line of seating that launched in October. Our Solve display highlighted three back options – illra®-stretch Mesh Back, Upholstered ReActiv™ Back, and ReActiv™ Back. ReActiv is a new back option unique to Solve that will be available early 2016. It is a hexagonal design that flexes independently to deliver support. Guests in our space also had the chance to preview our new Contain® Pedestals and Standing Height Voi® legs and storage, all available for order in January 2016.

Color

Our guests also loved all of HON’s new fun fabric options. We’ve added over 900 this year alone! From bright solids to exciting patterns, HON has the perfect color for everyone.

HON Swag

Everyone who visited the HON booth could go home with a HON luggage tag and a HON bag. These were definitely a hit with our guests who traveled from all around the country to attend the event. The fact that they were all gone by day 1 of the show says it all!

Building Relationships

We really enjoy hearing about our guests’ experiences with HON, and events like NeoCon East give us a chance to interact with some of our most valued customers and partners. And what better way to capture the fun than with a photo! We encouraged our guests to snap a selfie with our 3D #HONSpotted prop in front of their favorite HON products and layouts.

If you stopped by our booth and took a picture, be sure to look for @honcompany on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to find your #HONSpotted photo. If you were unable to attend, don’t worry! Browse our Flickr album and get a glimpse of the excitement at NeoCon East.

We always want you to be part of the conversation. If you are ever at one of our events or showrooms, see a HON truck on the road, want to celebrate a successful installation project, or just find yourself sitting on your favorite HON chair, take a picture and tag us with #HONSpotted so we can be a part of it with you!

As a leading designer and manufacturer of office furniture, The HON Company offers a diverse product portfolio to meet the needs of our customers.  Meet Manage®, our basyx by HON® desk series that does just that.  Let’s explore a few reasons why Manage is a must have for your workspace.

Manage

Modern Look and Application

Creating a solution that keeps up with the evolution of today’s office is something we had in mind with the creation of Manage. This series offers a clean and contemporary look that conforms to the open-concept workplace and fosters collaboration. As office spaces continue to evolve, users will be able to enjoy the same functionality with a smaller footprint and more opportunities to interact with those around them.

Versatility

basyx by HON Manage

As office design trends change, the need increases for furniture that can work in a variety of spaces. Manage offers the ability to maintain a consistent aesthetic throughout a variety of work environments, while allowing employees to create the style that works best for them.  It fits in open plan, semi-private and private office environments.  The image below demonstrates how Manage can serve many different types of spaces while creating a consistent look.

Practicality and Convenience

basyx by HON Manage

Inspired by the needs of small businesses, Manage is an affordable collection that’s easy to reconfigure as business needs change. With a condensed number of ready-to-assemble components, it’s simple to install. In the image above you can see how the worksurface extends into the storage and the open design allows for storage below working level, thus optimizing space and supporting a smaller footprint. For this reason, Manage is an especially appealing solution for organizations with limited real estate who want to maximize their investment.

With an ideal combination of style, versatility and affordability, Manage is ready to handle today’s fast-paced business demands.  How has Manage been successful for you?

We’ve all heard the saying, “work smarter, not harder”, and with advancements in technology and mobile applications over the past few years, this is now easier than ever. I think every professional should have the following are 4 useful (and free!) apps:

1. Genius Scan—This little gem is one of the most used apps on my work phone. Genius Scan allows me to take a photo of a receipt, furniture plan or contract, and convert it to a PDF file. Once you’ve created a PDF, you can email or print the document, or send it to Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive or other storage tools with just a few clicks! Learn more about Genius Scan now.

2. Uber—Although this service is not just for business use, Uber makes it a breeze to get around for meetings with clients and to make it on time to appointments that span multiple metropolitan areas. TIP: save your company money by using the Uber promo codes and getting free trips! Learn more about Uber now. 

3. Seamless—Have you ever traveled to a new city or area for work and had to find a meal for yourself? Apps like Seamless and Grubhub are a couple of my favorites because they will help you discover all the local eats. You can easily order in or go out and explore new surroundings. TIP: the app saves credit cards and can use your location so you don’t have to call the front desk of the hotel to find out the address! Learn more about Seamless now.

4. LinkedIn—I meet several people a week and it can be difficult to recall specific details about a particular individual after that first interaction. Adding people to LinkedIn gives me the opportunity to revisit their credentials at a later date so I can bring up their information when we next meet. TIP: note the groups and articles the user likes to have conversation starters if there is a break during meetings. Learn more about LinkedIn now.

What must-have apps do you recommend for professional use?

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