Archives for the month of: March, 2016

The speed of business in today’s world is rapid and the amount of data available to companies makes the work load even larger and more competitive. Cell phones, tablets and laptops allow us to plug-in and connect with colleagues and clients at any moment of the day.  However, it’s important to remember that a proper work-life balance keeps you and your employees engaged and healthy.

According to a recent Forbes article, Americans let an average of 429 million vacation days expire each year. We often wait for the office to “slow down” before we can feel comfortable taking time off, but unfortunately, time passes and that vacation never gets scheduled.  The article outlines the following three reasons why it’s important to use vacation days:

Improve Your Health
The best things about vacation are sleeping without an alarm clock, engaging in physical activities, and letting your mind rest to decrease stress levels.  Employees who take a break from the office tend to be more productive and produce higher quality work.

Tips for a healthy work-life balance

View from Kalalau Trail on Kauai Island, Hawaii

Become A More Well-Rounded Employee
We are often so busy wrapped up in our own daily life and work that we forget we sometimes make mountains out of molehills. Visiting other areas of the world and learning about different cultures allows us to examine things on a larger scale and appreciate others and their feelings.  This renewed sense of purpose can refresh and reenergize you.

Tips for a healthy work-life balance

Tian Tan Budda on Lantau Island, Hong Kong

Restore Your Passion
Taking a break from your daily routine can bring back your enthusiasm and make you a better co-worker and manager. Your ability to produce new ideas and look at tasks with a fresh set of eyes will drive an increase in your performance.

Tips for a healthy work-life balance

Playa Flamingo, Costa Rica

How do you maintain a healthy work-life balance?

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Check out HON’s newest seating line, designed to effortlessly adapt to your environment, people, and budget!

From waiting areas and cafés to meeting spaces and private offices, Accommodate creates opportunities for people to get work done in a comfortable, casual setting. With a guest chair and bariatric chair, as well as café and counter height stools – available with or without arms as well as in dual fabric and standard options – Accommodate supports a variety of spaces and applications with a cohesive seating platform that delivers greater comfort, adaptability and design continuity.

BREAK AWAY AND GET TOGETHER
Collaboration happens everywhere within an office these days, and Accommodate supports everything from private meetings to impromptu conversations. The range of seat widths and stool heights satisfy the needs of different spaces and users. The guest chairs stack when not in use to maximize valuable floor space in multipurpose areas.

Accommodate Seating from HON

A HIGHER DEGREE OF LEARNING
Learning spaces are no longer limited to formal training rooms. That’s why Accommodate was designed to invite interaction and the exchange of knowledge in a variety of workplace settings.  The café and counter height stools bring groups together around high top tables, and the guest chairs easily move to form impromptu seating arrangements.

Accommodate Seating from HON

A HEALTHIER APPROACH TO SEATING
An environment that’s easy to maintain is an important asset for any welcoming area, and the wipe-out space between the Accommodate seat and back makes cleaning simple. The guest and bariatric chairs are lightweight, and easily transition into neat rows and seating clusters to facilitate conversations.

Accommodate Seating from HON

PERSONALIZATION IS ENCOURAGED
With two stool heights and two guest chair options, Accommodate is the perfect fit for virtually any organization, user or activity. The stackable guest chair comes with casters or glides and can stack to save space when the chairs are not in use. The arm options, dual-fabric upholstery and frame finishes put the power of customization in your hands.

Accommodate Seating from HON

Accommodate provides all the comfort you need and the versatility your space demands. For more information, visit the Accommodate Spotlight page on hon.com.

Today’s office spaces are constantly changing as they adapt to the needs of workers.  They’ve become less about individual space and more about collaborative work areas.  Here are 4 reasons why our new Arrange tables are the best solution for the active spaces in your office:

1. ARRANGE WITH CONFIDENCE.

Arrange tables are available in a variety of heights, worksurface shapes and sizes to support any space – from common areas and collaborative settings to private offices. Find a quiet spot to brainstorm in a small group. Grab a beverage away from the desk. Arrange tables provide the perfect change of scenery!

New Arrange Tables from HON

2. WHEREVER WORK GETS DONE.

Workers understand that getting away from the workstation throughout the day improves productivity and creativity. Arrange tables can support these much needed escapes in a variety of spaces that help people relax, collaborate, power up and stay connected. This flexible line of tables provides the connectivity people crave, and the variety of heights, shapes and sizes to support virtually any setting.

New Arrange Tables from HON

3. CUSTOMIZE YOUR SELECTION.

Arrange tables are available in seated, café or counter heights and a variety of tabletop shapes and sizes to support virtually any need. Choose from lighter-weight Aluminum X-bases and T-leg bases or add an optional Disc Shroud base for a crisp, clean look. Stay connected when you route technology through the base directly to the tabletop to use with optional USB or power grommets.

New Arrange Tables from HON

4. ARRANGE WITH STYLE.

Arrange takes style and selection to a higher level.  This versatile collection of tables can be specified to achieve any desired aesthetic and support any activity in cafés or common areas like the library setting below!

New Arrange Tables from HON

Arrange’s adaptability is rivaled only by its quality and durability, which is backed by the unparalleled HON Full Lifetime Warranty.

Want to learn more about Arrange tables? Visit the brand new Arrange spotlight page on hon.com.

 

With Spring Forward behind us and the first official day of spring right around the corner, an office spring cleaning may be in order! Here are a few tips to help you on your journey:

Declutter!
Can you see your desktop, or is it obscured by the inordinate amounts of sticky notes, papers, and office supplies? If you no longer recall whether your desk is Mocha or Mahogany, it may be time to toss some trash. Anything that’s no longer useful, toss it out. Here, sticky notes are the biggest offender. Try to keep them to a minimum so that it doesn’t look like you’re testing canary yellow as your new office paint.

Scrub-a-Dub-Dub
The good news: If we were ever snowed in at HON, we could survive on my cache of desk snacks. The bad news: my desk sees a plethora of snacks, drinks, and meals on any given day. If you’re like me, this means you need the soap and bubbles more often! Fortunately, HON is well-equipped with cleaning instructions for your laminate desk or your workstation. Make sure to give your workstation a thorough cleaning every week (or more!) to disinfect, dust, and spray.

The ‘Junk Drawer’
As a kid, my parents kept what they affectionately called a ‘junk drawer’. A variety of pens, rubber bands, tools, and nails always ended up calling this drawer home. Today, I have my very own ‘junk drawer’ filled with office supplies, pens, sticky notes, and my well-stocked selection of tea.  What helps here? Dividers and regular cleaning. Inevitably, we all end up with 34 pens and only use one consistently.  Share the wealth and keep it clean!

Pilers or Filers
An old adage of HON many years ago stated that people were divided into two groups: Pilers or Filers. Regardless of which group you fall into, paper management is key! One of my favorite paper management features is the Voi® Cube (HLSL1212) – shown below in the color Pool. Not only does it add the final touch to your contemporary workstation, but it’s a functional and effective paper management tool. Once you have one, you’ll never let it go!

HON Voi Cube

Your Digital Desktop
That’s right– don’t think your virtual desktop is getting away so easily! If you can’t see your desktop background through the maze of desktop icons, it’s time to put those folders to good use. There are plenty of ways to digitally file your records and documents; pick a plan and stick to it. Though it may, at times, feel like Folder-ception, folders can be used within folders – just make sure that your labyrinth can be navigated with an intuitive naming system.

Hopefully these tips can help get your corner of the workstation in order – share yours below!

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