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A couple months ago I read an article about the impact March Madness has on a company’s workforce. It is estimated that, during the month of March, employers in America lose up to $4B in productivity as a result of employees watching live games and tracking their playoff brackets.

But the truth is, distractions like these exist every day, and not just because of March Madness. As office furniture continues to trend towards more light-scale and open plan furniture, it’s important that we don’t forget the importance of heads-down, focused work. The HON Company provides many solutions that decrease the risk of disruptions, especially within an open plan office. Here are a few examples of our favorites:

Voi® Privacy Screens
Voi privacy screens provide a division of workspace between users, while also offering an opportunity to add a pop of color.

Privacy Screens with Voi Desks from HON

Panel Systems with Frameless Glass
Adding frameless glass on top of panels allows light to shine through while breaking up the visibility between users. You can tailor this premium look to your own preference by choosing between clear or frosted glass.

Panel Systems with Frameless Glass from HON

Shared Overhead Storage between Users
In addition to distractions being a bother for employees in an open floorplan, these layouts typically have less storage. Using shared overheads between users is a great way to address both of these concerns.

Shared Overhead Storage from HON

What are some office design tips you use to minimize distractions in the open office space?

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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?

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?

Fall

Summer is officially over and the fall season has arrived.  Fall is an exciting time here in Iowa, as the trees change colors and the weather starts to cool.  You don’t have to live in the Midwest to be able to appreciate the new season, though.  You can use the season change to regenerate energy into your workplace and finish the year strong.  Here are five fall-inspired ways you can show employee appreciation:

  1. Host an office tailgate – Encourage employees to wear a shirt or jersey representing their favorite football team and cater in typical tailgating food for lunch, such as hot dogs or BBQ.
  2. Plan a weekend family-friendly activity – Invite employees to a local park or farm for hay rides, corn mazes, face painting, pumpkin-picking and more!
  3. Provide a fall-themed breakfast – Motivate your employees on a Monday morning by surprising them with apple cider, pumpkin bread, or pumpkin spice muffins.
  4. Indulge in a Thanksgiving dinner at work – We spend a lot of time in the office, and our coworkers can become like family. What better way to celebrate with them this fall than with an office Thanksgiving dinner? Make it a pot luck and invite everyone to bring their favorite dish.
  5. Get competitive with a pumpkin carving contest – Take a break during a Friday lunch hour and let employees show off their creative side with a pumpkin carving contest.

What are some ways you plan to show appreciation for your employees or coworkers this season?

Lighting has become a very important part of the workplace, as it influences productivity and employee satisfaction. It is even being considered an important ergonomic feature in office design.  

In light of this trend (pun intended), HON has added many LED lighting choices to its product portfolio over the past few years.  We offer LED and fluorescent under-cabinet lighting, as well as LED desktop lights.

Lighting and Office Design

An initial comparison between LED and fluorescent under-cabinet lighting will reveal a difference in price between the two.  While LED lighting does cost more upfront, the long-term cost savings make these options an easy choice over their fluorescent counterparts.

Here are examples of how LED can be a more cost effective solution long-term:

  • Almost Twice the Lifespan: HON’s LED light bulbs have a 50,000 hour lifespan, as compared to the fluorescent’s 30,000 hour lifespan.
  • Optional Occupancy Sensor: LED lights come with an optional occupancy sensor. The occupancy sensor can lower an energy bill by automatically turning the light off after 30 minutes of inactivity.
  • Energy Efficient: LED lights are more energy efficient, as they generate 6 more lumens per watt than our fluorescent lights*.
  • Dimming Capability: A soft touch panel on the LED light allows users to adjust light output to their own preference. Fluorescent lights can only be turned ON/OFF with no adjustment. Dimming reduces light output, resulting in a reduction of energy consumption.

How have you seen lighting influence your work environment?

*Based on the comparison of a 30”W fluorescent and 31”W LED.

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?

Valentine ’s Day is right around the corner. If you haven’t prepared any celebrations for your office yet, we are here to help!  Below are 5 HON-inspired Valentine’s Day greetings that you may share with your coworkers this holiday:

vday1

Your support helps Accelerate my productivity!

vday2

I am so thankful that you are part of our Flock®!

vday3

I appreciate your hard work from the Nucleus® of my heart!

vday4

I hope we stay friends for 10500 more years!

vday5

I can’t Contain my appreciation for you!

What are some of the fun ways you celebrate Valentine’s Day in the office?

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