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Flock® has been providing fun, modular, and collaborative seating and table solutions since its introduction in 2012.  The Flock Mini Ottomans are especially popular, bringing casual charm and added functionality to any workplace. As the name suggestions, the Flock Mini’s small scale fits anywhere and its fun design makes it easy to reconfigure, too.

Thanks to Flock’s latest expansion, customers now have 2 more reasons to “Flock” to a collaborative space (these were a hit at NeoCon 2016!):

Flock Mini Ottomans Are On the Move with Casters!

Flock’s 30+ models allow you to create a particular meeting space and then quickly rearrange for the next meeting.  Watch this short Flock animation to see what I mean.

Now, you can add casters to your mini ottomans for more mobility, making it easier than ever to customize and reconfigure your modular collaborative workspace.

HON Flock Minis Are Now on the Move with Casters

Flock Mini Ottomans Are So Much More Than a Foot Rest.

Keeping in mind the shrinking footprint in today’s office spaces, HON creates versatile solutions that help you maximize space.  The latest addition to Flock brings a new level of practical functionality to your work area, allowing you them to serve as both a table and a seat.

HON Flock Minis are now available with laminate toppers

To learn more about these new additions or the full Flock soft seating line, please visit the spotlight page at hon.com/flock.

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They say “it takes a village to raise a child”.  Well, it also takes a community of customers, designers, engineers, marketing whizzes, and sales representatives to create a product brainchild.

For example, before HON created and launched its healthcare-focused brainchild, Soothe, we spent several months conducting research and interviews to understand which features are important in a healthcare line and the current furniture solutions that exist in today’s marketplace. The valuable feedback we gained from conversations with patients, caregivers, facilities manager, designers, sales representatives and more allowed us to define the unique needs of those in the healthcare field and identify what gaps needed to be filled.

After processing this information and with the help of our “village”, the healthcare-focused seating and table line, Soothe, was born…on a warm spring day in April, 2015.

In recognition of Soothe’s 1 year anniversary in the HON portfolio, let’s talk about 5 things we especially love about Soothe:

  1. The full Soothe line presents a wide selection of: patient seating, including a high-back patient chair and recliner; guest seating; benches; and tables.
    HON Soothe for Healthcare
  1. Soothe was designed to address the cleanability needs of healthcare environments through wipe-out areas in the back of the guest seating and a selection of graded-in healthcare appropriate fabrics.
  1. Soothe provides the level of durability needed for high-traffic areas in the healthcare arena by being supported by the HON Full Lifetime Warranty and a reinforced leg design on the guest seating to distribute force evenly and provide a sturdy foundation.
  1. Soothe’s patient recliner enhances comfort, safety, and control for the patient and the caregiver. Some of my favorite features include:
  • The pivoting arms which can be easily activated to move the arms fully up and out of the way during patient transfers or examinations
  • Infinite recline feature to allow the patient or caregiver to select from an infinite amount of configurations to create their own comfort
    HON Soothe for Healthcare
  1. Soothe is a strong complement to the rest of the HON portfolio of products, allowing HON to provide a full healthcare solution from the front waiting room to the back administrative offices, and many places in between.

What do you love about Soothe?

Cupid and the Stork are delivering two special gifts this month: Valentine’s Day and the celebration of Voi’s 5th year in the HON product portfolio!  In the spirit of Valentine’s Day and Voi’s 5th “birthday” with HON, here are 5 things we love about Voi:

  1. It’s Flexible! Voi can provide a teaming, semi-private, or private office solution with its variety of worksurface, storage, and privacy.HON Voi
  2. It’s Modern, Transitional, and Traditional! Depending on the material selection (laminate, mixed materials), laminate colors, and storage components, Voi can accommodate a more traditional look with a darker woodgrain option and end panels, a transitional feel with a dual-tone laminate option, or modern space with brilliant white worksurfaces and its signature Voi O-Leg.HON Voi
  3. It helps you future-proof! Since Voi is comprised of modular components and non-handed designs, it can be easily re-arranged into different layouts, repurposed, and expanded as the needs of your work space change.HON Voi
  4. Standing height friendly! Whether you want a sit-to-stand workstation with a height adjustable table or a permanent Voi standing height desk, Voi can provide you the right solution!HON Voi
  5. It’s always growing! Since Voi’s birth into HON world 5 years ago, it has gained 4 expansions, with more to come!HON Voi

Want to learn more about Voi? Download the brochure!

As we wish Voi a Happy 5th Birthday this Valentine’s Day, we’re celebrating several other anniversaries of the following HON products and resources this month!

  • February 1st: Abound panel system – 7 years
  • February 9th: Huddle tables – 6 years
  • February 9th: HON Forward Blog – 4 years
  • February 14th: Voi – 5 years
  • February 18th: Accelerate panel system – 3 years
  • February 20th: Motivate table and seating line – 4 years
  • February 29th: HON Mobile Gallery – 4 years

Gone are the days when office design was limited to only a few fabric or laminate color options. Today, office design trends are incorporating two-tone laminate combinations and mixed materials to help add a modern and fresh look to the workplace.  For example, one laminate color can be used on a worksurface while another laminate color is used on the storage, or one laminate color can be used on the casing of your storage while a different color adds dimension on the drawer fronts.  Integrating frosted glass, metal and other mixed materials into overhead storage and support legs of office furniture is another way to update your space.

HON offers 8 woodgrain laminates, including the recently introduced Mocha, Pinnacle, and Cognac.  Below are a few ways you can integrate these laminate colors and mixed materials into your workspace for a more modern aesthetic.

Mocha
Mocha provides a rich, sophisticated color that can provide a great contrast to a white laminate on a worksurface or storage.  Try adding frosted glass to the wall storage for a fun twist on the classic private office.

Lam 1

Pinnacle
Pinnacle is a modern laminate color that also pairs well with lighter worksurfaces and metal materials, allowing metal surfaces to “pop.

HON Pinnacle Laminate

Cognac
Cognac offers a refreshed look on the traditional cherry color palette that can help liven up a workspace, especially when paired with a lighter worksurface color option.

HON Cognac Laminate

How do you integrate two-tone laminates and mixed materials into your workplace?

In Iowa, mid-summer brings exciting, inviting, sunny, fun, fried-food-filled fairs.  At HON, this mid-summer is bringing some hot new updates.  Let’s take a walk through HON’s “furniture fair” and see “what’s hot with HON”:

  1. Sit to Stand Solutions: Whether it’s our new Height Adjustable Tables or our new 10500 Series standing height desk shells, a standing workstation has never been easier or more cost effective.Sit-to-Stand Desk
  2. New Fabric Offering: HON has ramped up its selection of fabrics and finishes by adding 4 new graded-in fabric cards with Momentum Textiles (Color Card, Vision, Perspectives, Performance) as well as the CF Stinson Reliance 2 card.  All of our available fabrics and finishes can be found on hon.com or by downloading HON’s Digital Swatch Card Binder.New Fabrics and Finishes
  3. New Laminates: Open for orders now, we have 3 new laminate options: Pinnacle, Mocha, and Cognac!
    Laminates
  4. 10500 Series™ Refresh: Our popular 10500 Series laminate desks have been updated to fit in the contemporary workspace.  Open o-legs on worksurfaces and new storage capabilities, including the work wall, are just a few of the new solutions available.
    HON 10500 Series
  5. Healthcare: HON introduced its new Soothe® collection in April, offering a complete solution designed specifically for the healthcare environment. From patient recliners to guest seating, Soothe maximizes comfort along the patient’s road to recovery, enhances functionality for the caregiver and provides the versatility necessary to deliver a higher level of care. Learn more about the unique features on the Soothe patient recliner and other healthcare furniture solutions from HON.HON Healthcare Soothe Patient Reclinder

What has been your favorite new product or update from HON recently?

Summer is right around the corner, which marks an extra busy season for many of us within the furniture industry.  To combat the additional workload and pressure the busy season may bring, here are 8 ways to relieve stress in the office:

Summer

1. Create a “To-Do” list at the beginning of every day:  Although creating a to-do list may seem obvious, take it one step further and create your “must-dos” and your “would like to dos” so you can prioritize your list.  Then, tackle the “must-dos” right away so you can start the day feeling accomplished.

2. Check-in with yourself every hour.  Review your progress on your to-do list, re-rank any items, and re-focus your energy.  If feeling overwhelmed, take a small break at this time to prevent any stress before it starts.

3. Review and re-prioritize your “To-Do” list at the end of each day.  Before shutting down for the day, make a note of what you need to do the next day and rank accordingly.  This will help you avoid feeling like you have a “million things to do tomorrow” as you end the day.  You prioritized the “must-dos” and can now take some time to relax.

4. Take a walk around your office.  If you are starting to feel stressed, take some time to walk around the office. A little exercise helps you calm down and allows your brain to re-charge.

Calm

5. Play with a stress ball.  You can find these almost anywhere and they are a good way to take mini-breaks throughout the day.

6. Download the “Calm” App. It can help you meditate, relax, and sleep better.

7. Download the “Anti-Stress Quotes” App. Lift your mood with some inspiring words.

8. Play a mindless game on your phone.  My personal favorite right now is “Snake ‘97”, which looks like the original “Snake” that was once one of the only games available for cell phones. Be sure to find appropriate breaks in your work day for this stress reliever, though!

Snake

What are other tips or apps do you recommend to combat and relieve stress in the workplace?

Showrooms for dealers and manufacturers require a large investment of time, money, and planning to execute and keep running.  After all of the hard work is done, you not only have a great showcase of your product offering, but a great space in which to host a variety of events.  Here are a few types of events you can host in your dealer showroom to increase brand awareness, uncover more opportunities for engagement, and receive a higher return on investment from your showroom.

1. Stakeholder Meetings and Retreats

Make your conference room available to customers and important stakeholders to use for meetings and company retreats at no charge. This provides them with a fun new space where they can host their meetings, creates brand exposure for you, and helps continue to build relationships with your customer base and key community members.  Not sure where to start?  Try reaching out to non-profit organizations, board of directors, local associations or the area chamber of commerce.

2. Networking Events

You are probably already involved in an alumni group, chamber of commerce, or local networking organization, so offer to host the next meeting at your dealer showroom.  This can also be a great way to connect with local talent and discuss possible internships and career opportunities.

3. Customer Appreciation Luncheons & Events

Create a themed event where you provide lunch or appetizers and invited your customers to tour your showroom.  This is a great way for customers to build a stronger relationship with sales representatives, meet dealer leadership, and become more familiar with the latest office furniture solutions.

What other events do you host at your showroom?

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