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HON is excited to introduce Quotient, a new seating line that introduces enhanced comfort at an attractive price! As with all HON products, the possibilities are endless with Quotient.

Introducing Quotient Seating from The HON Company

WORKSTATIONS

Whether your workstations are standing height or seated height, Quotient provides essential comfort controls, streamlined visual design and exceptional quality backed by the HON Full Lifetime Warranty. The advanced seat cushion design and ilira®-stretch mesh back provide necessary support for long days at the office. The ilira-stretch material moves in four directions to provide responsive, multi-directional support.

Quotient by The HON Company

COLLABORATIVE AREAS

Quotient is designed for anyone to achieve their desired posture quickly and easily. The intuitive synchro-tilt control responds to the body’s natural movements, while the arms can adjust up and down or in and out. This flexibility makes Quotient a great option for collaborative environments in which various groups can gather for short periods of time.

Quotient from The HON Company

Quotient is available in our full line of fabrics and finishes and is simple to order and specify. We hope Quotient will be your new favorite seating option!

To learn more about Quotient, visit the Quotient spotlight page on hon.com.

 

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Here at HON, green is so much more than just our favorite color. It all started when we began making card files from pieces of scrap metal almost 70 years ago.

HON Sustainability

Today, we are just as committed to conserving raw materials and reducing waste in our design, manufacturing, and distribution processes. Here are 6 ways in which The HON Company minimizes its environmental footprint:

  1. Recycled Counterweights – Rather than using new plates of steel for counterweights, HON converts waste material known as mill scale from a local steel plant into counterweights. This manufacturing process promotes waste reduction by diverting the mill scale from the landfills. As someone who has spent time working this process, I can tell you it is no easy task!
  2. Paint Reclamation – Our powder coat finishes are applied in a chamber that continuously collects any excess paint. HON manufacturing locations recycle more than 27,000 gallons of wet paint each year.
  3. Comold – As an alternative to plywood, comold is used in many of the HON seating components. Comold is composed of 97% compressed wood fiber wastes and molded into the structural seating components. This process saves 2,800 trees and diverts nearly 4,000 tons of waste from landfills annually!
  4. Disassembly Instructions – HON provides its dealers with disassembly instructions and recycling guidelines to assist with proper disposal of office furniture components at the end of their useful life.
  5. Fabric Recycling – We collect our scrap fabric and turn it over to a company that shreds it for use in “shoddy.” Shoddy is the material found in the trunks and floors of automobiles. Annually, we recycle 200-300 bales of fabric scraps – keeping 100 tons of waste out of landfills
  6. Bulk Packing – As an ongoing effort, HON is always working to reduce the amount of material used to package products. It is a challenge to minimize packaging while maintaining the protection required by our high quality standards, but we have gotten creative by bulk packing multiple items in a single package.

To learn more about how HON thinks green as well as our company philosophy on sustainability, visit hon.com.

HON wants to know! How does your office stay green?

As I sat here overwhelmed by my overflowing inbox (as I’m sure yours is as well) thinking there’s no way I could ever catch up on all of my e-mails, I knew there had to be a better way! So, after some research and conversations with my coworkers, I came up with 6 great tools and tips for keeping your inbox clean, organized, and current!

Categorize
I often get caught up reading through my messages in the order they arrive, but this can be pretty inefficient. When you take this approach, critical messages can go unnoticed and then you end up kicking yourself for spending so much time on low-priority items. Instead, try categorizing your e-mails by project. Categories can be a great way to visualize the priority level for each item. Red = critical, orange = high, yellow = medium, and green = low. Simple!

Prioritize Contacts

  1. On your iPhone, you have the ability to label certain contacts as “Favorites.” Any e-mail from a “Favorite” contact will go directly to your lock and home screen. This way, you will always stay on top of important e-mails from important people (such as your manager)!
  2. In Outlook, you can set up alerts to notify you when you receive an e-mail from specified contacts. Alternatively, you can use the Organize tool to color code any messages from a specific contact. This makes it really easy to take a quick glance at your inbox and see which e-mails are from certain important contacts.

Auto-Preview
This simple view offers a bite-size view of the mile long e-mail to come. Usually, a quick skim of an e-mail can tell you if there is any immediate action required. Auto-preview is my favorite way to skim through my e-mails early in the morning before the double shot café Americano kicks in.

Personal folders
Personal folders are another great way to organize e-mails by project. I personally reference old e-mails regularly, and, as the IT department keeps reminding me, “an inbox is not a file management program”. So, personal folders it is! When moving e-mails to personal folders, your e-mail moves from the server to your own computer. What a great way to save important information while also keeping IT happy!

Flags
Flags are helpful when organizing a to-do list. Outlook allows you to flag e-mails to indicate high-priority requests. The built-in  to-do list tool lists your tasks and the view can be altered in many different ways. There are a number of different flags with various follow up dates, but I like to keep it simple with just these two flags:

  1. “Today” – These are items that need a response before the end of the day.
  2. “No Date” – These are items that need a follow-up with no specified date.

Delete it
Raise your hand if you still have e-mails from 2010! *raises hand* It’s like cleaning out your closet. You talk yourself into thinking you might wear those vertical striped flare pants one day, but we all hope you won’t. Toss those old e-mails (and those pants).

Easy, right?! These tools are simple to use and can be implemented into your routine today! So, how do we keep up when there is no good time to check e-mail? That is another blog post for another day. Happy organizing!

What is your favorite e-mail organization tip?

 

The HON Company is one of 12 operating companies under HNI Corporation, a leading global office furniture manufacturer. As a leading manufacturer, HON depends on its engineers to design and produce world-class, high-quality furniture for our Sales and Marketing teams to sell!

…But what is engineering?! We went straight to the sources to find out. Read below to hear how some of our HON members describe engineering!

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Jim, Manufacturing Engineer: “Being able to take something apart, understand it, and put it back together.”

Joe, Manufacturing Engineer: “Solving the world’s problems.”

Nick, Manufacturing Engineer: “Innovation.”

Trevor, Manufacturing Engineer: “Development of new products and processes and improvement of previous products and processes.”

Brett, Manufacturing Engineer: “Solving problems.”

Shawn, Manufacturing Engineer: “Pure awesomeness.”

Russ, Engineering Manager: “The application of science and materials to manufacture products that will meet the needs of a person.”

Katie, Industrial Engineer: “Looking at a problem from various perspectives and being able to determine the best solution.”

Paul, Manufacturing Engineer: “Teamwork – working together.”

Shane, Product Engineer: “Quickly finding solutions to problems without disrupting the flow of product.”

Oisin, Manufacturing Engineer: Improving the world around you. It doesn’t have to be math- or science-related; it just has to be a problem solved for the better!”

TJ, Quality Engineer: “Designing and building solutions to complex problems using technology.”

Jonathan, Quality Engineer: A systematic approach to problem solving using quantitative information to determine the solution.”

So there you have it! Engineering means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. The HON Company leverages all of these perspectives in our processes to meet customer expectations.

Are you an engineer? Do you work with engineers? What does “engineering” mean to you?

Aside from the obvious perks of being in an engineering rotational program, I have also had the opportunity to learn a surprisingly difficult lesson in project management: the challenge of taking on and handing off partially-complete projects. Whether it is in Sales, Marketing, Human Resources, Engineering, or any other area of a business, knowing how to successfully hand off a project in an ever-changing work environment is a skill that is often overlooked in the hustle and bustle of your everyday job. After a few cumbersome attempts at handing off and taking on projects mid-completion, I have come up with a list of do’s and don’ts.

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DO:

1. Document!

One way I keep myself in check is to document my projects as if I were going to hand them off at any moment. This ensures that there are no misunderstandings regarding what work has been completed and what work remains, including any major roadblocks. Additionally, this documentation can help you stay on track after a long weekend or a few days out of the office, and provides all of the information your manager may need when looking for an update.

2. Save all material in one central location

In the age of technology, it is easy to get lost in notes on your smartphone, shared drives, thumb drives, and, if you’re like me, the post-it notes strewn across your desk. It is so important to keep all of the information that the new project owner will need in a central location.  Use a folder, such as a shared drive or a SharePoint site, that is easy to access and consistently up-to-date.

3. Provide clear and concise information

Keeping all project information accessible is important, but it may also be beneficial to have a worksheet that briefly summarizes the project in 1-2 pages. It is very difficult for most people to read 25 pages of information, graphs, and notes during their already-busy work day, so keeping a 1-2 page project hand-off worksheet is crucial. Project information I suggest keeping on this worksheet include:

  • Accomplishments
  • Lessons Learned
  • Action Plan
  • Challenges & Risks
  • Resource and Contact Information

DON’T:

1. Leave a project without an owner

The most crucial step in successfully handing off a project is verifying that the project will go on without you. Too often projects fall out because of lack of ownership. Signing off on the project is one method of verification, although there are a number of other options as well.

2. Rely solely on E-mail

Once you have a new project owner established, it is very important to meet in person if possible. Although e-mail, conference calls and virtual meetings seem to be the definite future, the Wall Street Journal found that in-person meetings are more effective 85% of the time.

3. Get too attached

Finally, know when to let go of the project. It is very hard when you feel you have put a lot into it. However, it is important to be able to recognize when the project handoff is complete and you can now attend to your new projects. So, let it go! (I know you have all seen Frozen at least once…)

What methods do you find helpful when handing off a project?

Pantone has recently revealed the 2015 color of the year, and it is… Marsala (yes, just like the sauce)!

Not only does this color taste great, but it is taking over the red carpet! The rich, earthy, and classic tone of Marsala translates perfectly to a stunning red carpet dress, a sophisticated accent wall, or a timeless fabric choice for chairs, couches, or pillows. This color may be the Color of the Year 2015, but I don’t think this color will go out of style anytime soon.

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HON, being so fashion-forward in work place solutions, offers great fabric choices in shades of Marsala as seen below. These fabrics are great choices to spice up your tired-looking cubicles with shades and pops of this trendy color! Mix with rich woods or polished grays for a refreshingly modern office space.

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What do you think of the Color of the Year, Marsala?

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