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Have you checked out the new look and feel of hon.com? With a new year and a new website, we wanted to share a few key parts of our story that inspired these changes:

We surround ourselves with smart people
HON’s award-winning designers and forward-thinking engineers never stop tinkering. That curiosity creates furniture that’s easier to use. And more importantly, furniture that makes you more comfortable. Our updated product spotlight pages on hon.com will give you information on some of the smart people with whom we have the privilege to partner, so be sure to check out their bios!

We obsess over little things.
We study the science of ridiculously small details to design you better tables, desks and chairs and make sure that every HON product is designed, engineered, tested, delivered and displayed with pride. We test, push, pull and stretch our products over 10,000 times a day in our lab to make sure your furniture works great and lasts a long time. With our enhanced zoom features on the new hon.com, it’s now easier than ever to get a close up view of these fine details. Test it out on the Solve® spotlight page to see for yourself!

We’re always there. Always HON Ready.
With a national HON dealer network and our manufacturing headquarters right here in the heartland of the United States, we are always close. Not just from a distance perspective, but from a relationship perspective. As far as we’re concerned, you’re the only reason why we’re here, and the new hon.com makes it even easier for us to give you what you’re looking for. Want to find your local HON dealer? Check out the Dealer Locator tool. Looking for some inspiration or want to see our products in action? Visit a HON showroom. Have a question for our Customer Support team? Fill out this short form. No matter your need, HON has a solution.

We do what’s right. Every time.
We care about what it means to be a company born in America, a company that considers the wellbeing of our members and the people we serve, and a company that takes pride in its products to help you win every workday. You can feel just how much we care in our warranty – a straightforward, binding promise to you that, in the rare event something isn’t perfect, HON will fix it or replace it.

We also care about our planet and will remain committed to sustainable business practices. You see, green is much more than just our favorite color! HON works hard to reduce its environmental footprint by maximizing raw materials, decreasing waste in the production process and minimizing indoor air emissions. In fact, our company was started by creating products out of scrap metal – read our environmental responsibility story on hon.com to learn more!

Surrounding ourselves with smart people, obsessing over little things, staying continuously focused on being there for you and doing what’s right have always been a part of who we are at HON – we’re just working on taking it to the next level this year.

What are some of your workplace goals for 2017?

There are so many reasons to be excited about NeoCon 2016, but here are 3 reasons to make sure you visit HON – either in our showroom or on social media – June 13-15:

Be HON
Our theme this year is “Be Authentic, Be Honest, Be HON.”, and we are bringing it to life throughout the recently renovated HON showroom. The space has been transformed to give our visitors a chance to feel part of our story and to “Be HON”.

Become a part of our showroom design when you snap a Polaroid photo with your friends and add it to our giant photo collage (stay tuned for our fun new props!). Plus, you won’t want to miss our surprise activity to promote HON’s broad selection of fabrics and finishes by giving you the chance to add your own pop of color to our space. We’ll be capturing all of these exciting activities on social media too, so be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and look for the hashtag #BeHON!

HON Chicago Showroom NeoCon Design

Be Inspired
Be inspired by HON’s latest solutions and expansions, including all three Solve™ seating models, complementary Accommodate™ seating and Arrange™ tables, our recent Contain® and Flock® expansions and enhancements to our height adjustable solutions like Coordinate™ and Voi®. You’ll also get a sneak peek of HON’s brand new product lines, Grove™ soft seating and Concinnity™ desks! For more information and the complete list of products, visit our NeoCon spotlight page.

HON NeoCon Product Sneak Peek

We’ll also be showcasing some exciting new digital tools – HON’s Chair Chooser™ and Chair Configurator. Stop into the showroom for a demo and see how easy it is to find your perfect chair!

Be Rewarded
Who doesn’t like free stuff? We’ll be giving our showroom visitors the latest HON swag just for stopping by. (Let’s just say, these items are both practical and stylish – kind of like our furniture!). Be sure to stop in early so you don’t miss out!  Can’t make it to Chicago? That’s ok, we’ll have other chances for you to win through our Facebook sharing contest. During NeoCon, share any photo from our HON Facebook page to yours that has the hashtag #BeHON in the caption and you’ll be entered to win one of three Polaroid Z2300 cameras.

We can’t wait to see you next week in HON’s Chicago Showroom, Chicago Merchandise Mart Suite 1130. Let us know why you’re excited about NeoCon 2016!

Happy Thanksgiving from The HON Company

Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays because I love any excuse to spend time in my kitchen, try new recipes and make delicious food to share with others. It’s also a time of year when we’re focused on gratitude, finding new ways to show appreciation and give back to our communities.

While Thanksgiving is traditionally a holiday spent with friends and family, there’s no reason you can’t celebrate with your “office family”, or colleagues, as well. Here are a few ways you can bring a little Thanksgiving spirit into your workplace:

  • Thank your customers. Showing appreciation for your most valued partners helps to cultivate important relationships. Even something as simple as a “Thank You” card can make all the difference!
  • Schedule a lunch with your teammates or employees. It’s not always easy to find the time to say thanks during a busy day at work, so finding time to show your appreciation outside of normal working hours may be the best solution. It can also be a great team-building experience!
  • Plan an office potluck. Invite your team to bring in their favorite Thanksgiving dishes to share, or encourage team-building by hosting an internal taste-testing or food display contest. You can even put up Thanksgiving or fall-inspired decorations for some added fun!
  • Donate to a local charity. The holiday season is a time when many organizations are promoting big fundraising campaigns and raising funds in order to provide community meals. A great way to give back to your community during this time is to host a food drive and collect items for a local pantry. Another idea is to plan a casual dress day at work, encouraging members to contribute to an important cause in exchange for the opportunity to wear less formal attire. You can build excitement by giving employees the opportunity to vote for their favorite local charities!

With the Thanksgiving holiday just around the corner, what are some of the ways you celebrate Thanksgiving in your office?

In honor of all the students going back to school, here are 3 easy reminders to help you continue your adult learning.

  1. Don’t Stop!
  2. Make Time
  3. “Google It”

Don’t Stop!

Don't Stop Learning!

Seems simple- but as we get caught up in the business of our lives, we sometimes forget to take time to sit down and learn something new.  .  Try signing up for a 30 minute webinar, taking a 15 minute online course, or watching a two minute video.  You’re never too busy to take a little ‘you time’ to brush up on old skills or develop new ones. Besides, learning got you this far… so don’t stop!

Make Time

Make Time for Learning!

You should always set aside time to continue your education.   One saying that helps me prioritize my day is, “You always have time for the things you want to have time for.”  It amazes me when people say they don’t have the time to do something, but will find 10-15 minutes to search their news feed.  It doesn’t take long to read a quick article or watch a short tutorial.  Make time, because you always have time for the things you want to have time for…and learning should be on that list.

Google It”

Google It

Ask a teenager how much an elephant weighs fully grown.  They’ll likely pull out their mobile device and have the answer within less time than it takes you to read this quick blog on the importance of learning.  Many still look down on non-traditional learning techniques.  The truth is that mobile devices have changed the way the world sees ‘need to know’ versus ‘nice to know’ information.  Information is already at your fingertips; all you have to do is search for it.  Have a question about a new trend in your field? Search online first and you’ll more than likely find the answer.

Now.. here’s your chance to go learn something.  I, of course, recommend one of the great HON University Webinars. Watch one now! 

Whether you attended NeoCon 2015 in person or participated in the fun through social media and HON World, I think we can all agree that last week’s show was one to remember. As the social media manager for HON, I often have the privilege to represent our company at exciting events as well as the enjoyable challenge of capturing HON happenings on film. I’m charged with the mission of meeting new people and finding creative ways to share our story through digital tools. But, at the heart of it all, my job is to spark engaging and meaningful conversation with you.

This year at NeoCon, our showroom was designed to ignite conversation – about HON, about office furniture, and about people and what they need to be successful. We wanted to inspire our showroom guests through color, simple designs, and purposeful furniture solutions. We aimed to bring a piece of Iowa and our longstanding value of inspired practicality to the bustling city of Chicago. And, we did just that.

Jerry Dittmer, President of The HON Company, summed it up best when he said “we took practical and simple to a whole new level.”

I hope you were able to visit us in person last week; but, if not, below are some of my favorite #HONSpotted images that were posted on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram throughout the event so you won’t miss out on the HON conversations of NeoCon 2015!

Bringing Iowa to Chicago
No matter where we go, we’re always proud of where we come from, so we decked out the reception desk with a huge graphic of Muscatine, Iowa’s well-known Beckey Bridge. Just as the bridge welcomes you to HON Headquarters in Iowa, it now welcomes you in Chicago.

Iowa Roots

Inspired Practicality
It’s who we are and who we have been since our founding, so our clean and simple designs in this year’s showroom were intentionally created to demonstrate this core value at HON.

HON Inspired Practicality

New Products
All of the new product launches and expansions that were showcased at NeoCon this year are market driven and open for orders today, not sometime down the road. Some of the highlights this year included new Height-Adjustable Tables, new Mocha and Pinnacle laminates and our comprehensive Soothe® line for healthcare featuring the Soothe patient recliner, guest seating and tables.

New Products

Color
We’ve introduced several new fabrics and finishes this year, and by several I mean over 900 new seating fabric colors and 50 new panel colors! That was reason enough for us to to make an extra splash with pops of bright color throughout the space.

Color

HON Swag
What’s a trade show without some giveaways? Or, as we call it, HON swag? This year, everyone who visited the HON showroom could go home with HON lip balms and bags (which came in handy when it rained the first day!). Those who traveled by flight and snapped a photo of one of our new airport ads on their way to the event were also given a pair of HON-inspired argyle socks.

HON Swag Giveaways

Building Relationships
We recognize and appreciate that our partners are HON storytellers out on the front lines, so a highlight of NeoCon every year is meeting and catching up with the people most important to us and our mission.

HON Dealers and Partners

Fun!
We amped up our social media activities this year with props and 3D hashtags. There were lots of smiles and laughs shared as we all tried to master the selfie stick and pose with speech bubbles that boasted sayings like “office furniture rocks” (because we all know it does).

NeoCon Fun

Check out The HON Company on social media for more NeoCon photos and, more importantly, join in our online conversation. Whenever you’re attending an event with us, spot a HON truck or advertisement on your travels, or just want to show off a recent installation, tag us with #HONSpotted so we can be a part of it with you!

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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