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Need a new desk for your home office? How about some furniture to get your startup company rolling? With HON’s new 101 Series, it’s easy to quickly choose the configuration that fits you best and allow yourself to focus on the work that needs to be done. This series includes a number of functional storage options, as well as large worksurfaces to keep your productivity at its highest.

101 Series is stylish and easy to install

Four laminate options, three tackboard colors, and polished handles let you focus on the essentials to create a professional environment. We’ve also provided pre-assembled layouts to make installation even easier! 101 Series is about understanding the needs of business owners and respecting their time. Best part about it all – this modern, condensed, easy-to-specify desk series comes with HON’s Full Lifetime Warranty.

101 Series gives you a HON branded product at a great price

To get back to the basics of productivity with HON’s 101 Series, visit the product spotlight page today for more information.

 

Well, the time has come yet again here in the Midwest when we put away the sandals and bring out the sweaters. While many mourn the loss of the hot summer season, I am welcoming the fall breeze with open arms and I know others are as well! There are various transitions to make when moving from any season, but I find the transition into fall to be the most fun (and pretty)!

The first thing I would recommend is cleaning out your desk or workspace. It is helpful to try and do this with the changing of each season to decrease stress and create a more efficient and productive space for yourself. Once your work area is organized, add a little fall décor. Switch up your office furniture by adding warm autumn-colored fabrics or find a fall-themed screensaver for your computer. With Halloween around the corner, consider bringing in some treats to share with your coworkers or try making this mason jar mummy and use it as a pencil holder instead of a candle holder!

Halloween in the office

A new season brings new beginnings and serves as a good reminder to re-visit your goals for the year. Take time to reflect on recent projects and accomplishments. Is there anything you didn’t get to finish? In what areas of your professional life can you continue to grow? Use this time to take on new responsibilities, learn a new skill or dedicate time to that project you’ve been wanting to start. The fall season also reminds us to be thankful, so try sending a note of appreciation to a coworker or special mentor.

In addition to your workspace, don’t forget to de-clutter and re-organize at home. The changing of the season is always a great time to donate anything you may no longer want or use. Remember, one person’s trash is another person’s favorite fall fashion item (at least, I think that’s how the saying goes)!  The benefits of feeling organized outside of work will transfer to the office, too.

Let’s fall into autumn with these few, hopefully helpful, tips to de-clutter both your workspace and personal life. Bring on the pumpkin spiced lattes, bonfires, and football!

Did you know that The HON Company participated in over 100 trade events last year?  We traversed the country, spreading product knowledge and “HON Ready-ness” at everything from college career fairs to dealer open houses to industry events, attracting thousands of attendees.  Through it all, we’ve picked up some tips and tricks that we like to call our “Tradeshow Survival Kit”.

HON's tradeshow survival kit

Plan Ahead
Start by printing out a hard copy of the show’s floor plan.  Prioritize which booths you’d like to visit, make appointments with your key contacts, and then develop a route.  This way you can ensure you’ll see everything on your list, and save yourself (and your feet) from backtracking along the way.

plan your route

Put your Best Foot Forward
Speaking of feet, they will thank you if you wear comfy shoes.  Go for something cushioned, supportive, breathable – and preferably already broken in.  Bring a spare pair if your suitcase allows, that way you can change it up a bit.  Don’t forget to charge up the ol’ fitness tracker so you can track all of the miles you log!

footwear is important at a tradeshow

Pack Like a Pro
Check the forecast for your destination, and keep in mind that even if it might be 110° outside, convention centers have a reputation for being sub-arctic.  In fact, chilly temps are often the top complaint of conference attendees.  Dressing in layers will keep you comfortable through it all.

packer layered clothing

Stay Sharp
A water bottle is essential, and you might consider packing an energy bar or light snack as well.  This way, when all the walking, talking and late nights take their toll you’ll be prepared.

stay hydrated

It’s in the Bag
Keep a small, lightweight tote bag handy for all of the swag that you’ll pick up along the way.  Bonus – a bag with your company’s logo or a fun design can be a great conversation starter!

carry a swag bag

Recharge
Worn out yet?  We’ve got you covered.  With comfortable and versatile lounge collections such as Grove, Endorse and Flock®, HON booths are great spaces to sit back and relax.  While you’re resting, take advantage of our power solutions to recharge your devices.  Just be sure to remember your power cords.

find a HON station to recharge

What are your tried and true tradeshow survival tips?

Desks shouldn’t have to be one-size-fits-all. HON recognized the need for a solution with greater customization that would allow users to create spaces to support their individual work styles.

The word “concinnity” is defined as the skillful and harmonious arrangement or fitting together of the different parts of something, which makes it the perfect name for our newest and largest laminate desk line. Meet Concinnity – Upscale Design.  Everyday Practicality.  Offering a coordinated suite of laminate desk and storage components that let you create a custom look without custom products, there are endless reasons why we are so excited about our newest solution!

NEW! HON Concinnity Laminate Desks

PERFECT FOR ANYONE.  BUT TOTALLY YOU.
With office layouts, one size never fits all.  In order to be productive, you need a workspace designed around you!  Worksurfaces configured around your work style.  Storage that puts everything right where you not only need it, but want it.  Accessories that help you stay organized but put your personality on display.  Concinnity allows individual work styles to dictate the surroundings, not the other way around.

PRIVATE YET ACCESSIBLE.
Focused one minute – an unscheduled meeting the next.  Even when you plan your day, it’s bound to change.  Concinnity helps executives get organized, stay focused and quickly connect.  Squeeze more vertical storage into a smaller footprint with taller cabinets.  Convert a private office into a personal meeting space with mobile tables.  Concinnity helps you stay prepared for whatever comes next.

WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD.
As we all know, most work doesn’t happen behind closed doors. It’s happening out in the open.  Concinnity’s versatile layout, design and storage options help small groups team up while allowing worker bees to remain focused.  Turn open layouts into neighborhoods.  Give nomads a place to call home.  Allow workstation warriors to enjoy a healthy standing-height alternative.  Concinnity supports the needs of many, while indulging every individual.

KEEP YOUR OPTIONS OPEN.
Concinnity gives you exactly what you have been craving – TOTAL CUSTOMIZATION! Modular storage pedestals create a place for everything.  A variety of worksurface shapes and sizes perfectly fit the way you work.  Modesty panels define boundaries and increase privacy.  Don’t be afraid to express yourself!

MORE CONTROL.  LESS CHAOS.
Jackets.  Family Photos. Work Bag.  We all have things we need stowed away or proudly displayed.  Concinnity allows you to totally personalize your environment.  Open and closed units let you decide what gets displayed.  Mix and match rich laminates and sleek metallic finishes.  The sky’s the limit! Concinnity doesn’t just help you rethink your storage – it totally defines it!

TIME TO ACCESSORIZE.
It’s always good to have options.  I mean, who doesn’t love options? Concinnity provides the opportunity to create a space that’s totally you.  Personalize your selection with a mix of rich hardwood laminate, metal and frosted accents.  Add distinctive handles and organizational tools.  Route power right where it’s needed.  When you get to make all the decisions, you get exactly what you want and we wouldn’t want it any other way!

HON's Concinnity desk and storage is customizable

See? We weren’t exaggerating! These are just a few of the reasons why we are so excited about our newest laminate desk line.  Concinnity sets the bar high for both modern and traditional spaces and brings a unified aesthetic throughout the entire office.  Oh, and let’s not forget, it’s backed by the HON’s Full Lifetime Warranty!

What are you most excited about?

For more information on Concinnity, visit hon.com/concinnity.

When designing a new office or workspace, there are several questions to consider. What size desk do I need? How do I need my furniture to function? What kind of storage should I include? What fabrics or finishes will best fit my design goals? In addition to all of these important elements of office design, I always encourage customers not to forget the accessories! Here are three reasons why.

Many of today’s office design trends are focused on finding ways to encourage movement while people work. As sit-to-stand stations become more popular, monitor arms, power options, and wire management are accessories to consider incorporating. When using a monitor arm in a standing or seated workstation, for example, the user is able to easily maintain an ergonomically-friendly position as she transitions between sitting and standing throughout the workday. If you are using a standing-height desk, worksurface height power can give you power capabilities at your fingertips with a simple power module add-on. All of these accessory options can help create a healthier and more efficient workspace.

Don't forget your standing height power accessories

A second benefit of accessories is the ability to adapt to a smaller work environment. With a smaller footprint comes smaller worksurfaces, but in this case you can maximize your workspace by lifting the computer monitor off with a monitor arm. Not only does this accessory serve as an ergonomic solution, but it provides more room in which to work and promotes productivity!

Leave a smaller footprint with workspace accessories

Clearing out the clutter to create a tidier workspace minimizes distractions and allows workers to focus on the task at hand. By adding paper management, or filing storage solutions, you can instantly clear your space and clear your mind. It’s a bonus if these storage solutions are available in bright, vibrant colors that can add to your office design and keep the space full of energy.

Use workspace accessories for organization

Whether you need to improve ergonomics, maximize space, or increase organization, there are several reasons to take advantage of workplace accessories! Visit the Accessories Spotlight Page on hon.com to learn more.

It seems like there’s an app for everything these days, and sales operations is no exception. Doing a search through your mobile app store will yield dozens of results, from notes organization to order management. Many times these apps end up becoming more cumbersome than helpful, especially for those who are constantly on the road. Below are the top 5 apps I recommend and personally use as a sales professional that have helped me not only stay organized, but also make it easier to not use my car as my filing cabinet:

Top 5 Apps for Every Sales Professional

CamCard
CamCard is an app to which I was recently introduced by a co-worker after complaining about the huge stack of business cards sitting on my desk and lack of time to update my contact list. CamCard allows you to take a photo of a business card and instantly upload the contact information to your smartphone. You can also access all your business cards from anywhere, anytime because they are stored in the cloud and synchronized in real time across your devices and the online app. Ever find yourself at a tradeshow and you forgot to bring business cards? No problem! Not only can you save and retrieve business cards, but you can also join the paperless movement and electronically exchange information when meeting new people. Possibly the best part of this app is that it’s free! Learn more about CamCard here.

Evernote
If you’re anything like me, at the end of a full day your desk and trashcan are full of sticky notes with reminders, to-do lists, and messages. If your car is a traveling office, it can be even worse. Evernote allows you to create a project to-do list, jot down a reminder, or snap a picture of a sketch. As a salesperson constantly on the go, I’m always making notes to follow-up after meetings and other projects. With Evernote, you can organize your notes according to project, account, etc so they’re accessible wherever you go, any time. Have you ever searched your entire car looking for a tiny piece of paper with the phone number of a potential lead? Never again! Evernote also makes it very easy to search for notes, even if they’re handwritten. You can easily share your notes or create a group notebook for co-worker collaboration. The basic plan is free to anyone and there are additional subscription costs for the plus or premium editions. Learn more about Evernote here.

Dragon®
The Dragon Mobile Assistant utilizes Nuance® voice recognition technology to send and receive text messages, post to Facebook and Twitter, email, and much more – all hands-free! With most states banning texting and requiring hands-free devices while driving, it can be difficult to stay on top of your emails, voicemails, and messages while staying safe on the road. Dragon allows you to set reminders, make appointments, and search the internet without looking down at your device. The Attentive Mode allows you to wake-up your “assistant” at any time, even if your phone is locked. The app even automatically detects when you’re in a moving vehicle and will automatically switch to hands-free, eyes-free access. Learn more about the Dragon Mobile Assistant here.

Dropbox
It’s a fact of life in the furniture industry that when working with an architect on a project, you will inevitably run into the issue of a single email taking up most of your inbox space. That’s where Dropbox comes in! Not only does Dropbox free you from the limitations of inbox space, but you can also get access to all your files from anywhere, on any device, and share them with anyone. Even if the person receiving a file you’re sending doesn’t have a Dropbox account, they can still get access to the files through a link. Dropbox is also a great option for backing up important files and collaborating on a presentation with your teammates. When you edit a file in a shared folder, everyone receives an automatic update. Dropbox for individuals is free for the basic option, but you can upgrade to the pro option or options for businesses and teams for an additional charge. Learn more about Dropbox here.

DocScanner®
Have you ever been out on a call and learned from a prospective customer that the plans in front of you are the only copies? What do you do then? This is where DocScanner can save the day! With the DocScanner app, you can take a picture of a document and instantly convert it to a PDF. Now you have the perfect document to email to back to your team to help with specify furniture for your customer’s layout. Not only can you email the document as a PDF, but DocScanner can also feed into your Evernote account as well as integrate with Dropbox. Using this app in connection with your Dropbox and Evernote will ensure you have everything you need on the go and that it’s all safely stored for future use. Learn more about DocScanner here.

Have you tried any of these apps? What other resources do you use to stay organized on the go?

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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