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Today most of us go to work dressed professionally, and certainly more comfortable than those who might’ve been working 40 years ago. But, how did we go from strictly suits, ties and dresses in the workplace to the business casual attire we all know today? Better yet, how did the modern office come to adopt the idea of casual Fridays?

In 1962, The Hawaiian Fashion Guild was on a mission to make the Hawaiian shirt acceptable in the office, at least on Fridays. The argument was that, because of the hot climate, this would be a more comfortable option for employees. In an effort to increase the Hawaiian garment industry and help the economy, they even encouraged the local government to adopt the idea of “Aloha Friday”. By the late 1960s, thanks to toned down patterns and colors, Hawaiian shirts were becoming acceptable every day of the week.

In the early 1990s, the mainland started to catch on to the idea. There was a small recession and many companies wanted inexpensive ways to offer more benefits to employees and raise company morale. In a short amount of time, many companies across the United States began adopting the idea and “Casual Friday” was born. While some did not necessarily want employees coming to work in Hawaiian shirts and flip-flops, they were struggling to define this casual dress code.

In 1992, Levi’s recognized this challenge and saw an opportunity to help define “Casual Friday” while marketing their own clothing. They created a campaign and a brochure called “A Guide to Casual Business”. This brochure was sent all across the United States and included images of the all infamous Dockers. Since their campaign, Dockers have become a staple of many business casual wardrobes, as well as other styles from the Levi’s brand.

Present day, most companies have adopted business casual as an everyday dress code to boost morale, allowing employees to feel more comfortable in the workplace while still looking professional.

Here at HON, we’ve transformed our “Casual Fridays” into an opportunity to give back to the community. Our members vote on their favorite charities and donate money to wear jeans on the last day of the week.  How do you define a “business casual dress code” in your workplace?

When it comes to sitting, HON is taking a stand for greater comfort and productivity. It has been a year since we launched the high performance task seating line, Solve, and we are excited to introduce even more features to this versatile solution. Here are three more ways to put the power of customization in your hands with Solve:

HON Solve Seating has expanded1. Whether you want to match your brand aesthetic or just pick your favorite color, make a design statement with the new Titanium frame.

Solve seating now offers a Titanium frame

2. One of Solve’s three back options, ilira®-stretch, is a knit fabric that uses your own weight to create a softer, more personal fit. If comfortability wasn’t enough, we’ve added new color options, including recently launched Navy, Charcoal and Chai. This responsive mesh back is also available in Fog and the traditional Black.

HON has added new mesh back color options to Solve

3. More options mean more control over your chair and how you work. Now you can choose from fixed arms, height- and width-adjustable arms, or 4D arms that adjust in all directions to enjoy truly customized support.

Solve now offers new Fixed or 4D arms

State of the art ReActiv™ Back technology. Three back options. Adjustable arms. Optional lumbar support. Advanced ergonomic tilt control. Backed by HON’s Full Lifetime Warranty. There are so many reasons why Solve is the answer for comfort and versatility.

Want to learn more about how the latest Solve expansion can help you keep up with evolving work styles and environments? Visit the Solve spotlight page on hon.com

If you took all of the different table lines that manufacturers had to offer and lined them up end to end, I would venture to say you could reach the moon and back more than a few times. The great news is that you only need one table line when it comes to finding the perfect fit for your office – the new Build table series from HON.

The Building Blocks of a Great Table:

Adaptability
In a society where millennials are quickly becoming the prevailing majority in the workforce, you need a table that will fit the work style of the millennial, the baby boomer, and something for when the two come together. Here are just four different ways you can use Build™ tables in today’s workplace:

  1. Commons: Group a few together in the commons area for impromptu one-on-one meetings, group discussions, and everything in between.
  2. Breakout: Integrate them into workstation areas to give employees a breakout meeting area without having to completely relocate.
  3. Training: Use them in a training room, and rearrange as needed to accommodate any size group or any type of training.
  4. Focused: Take advantage of unused nooks and smaller spaces in the office to give employees the opportunity to find a little quiet time.

Build tables are a great fit for any commons area

Aesthetic
One of the oldest sayings in the book is that you never get a second chance to make a first impression. That’s equally true for what your office furniture says about you to your employees and visitors alike. Odds are, you’re going to want something that has a classic look without being overly outdated or staid.

Build™ offers not only 26 standard laminate options and 14 edge options, but also two different leg finishes, casters or glides and five unique and interchangeable table top shapes.

Feeling traditional? Pair a couple of rectangular tables in a classic woodgrain finish together for a mobile conference room. Want something a little more unique? Arrange six of the new kite tables in Pomegranate or Blue Agave laminate for a floral-inspired group setting.

New Build table shape - Kite

Attention to Detail
Like all HON products, Build™ was designed with the end user in mind. Inspired by practicality, HON created a table that could be used alone, or mixed and matched with others to create a space that is completely new. It includes height adjustability from 25” to 34” so that it fits just right for any individual. And of course, it’s backed by the HON Full Lifetime Warranty, so you can rest easy knowing that you and your purchase are covered.

Build Tables work in any learning or commercial space

How would you use HON’s new Build tables in your space?

 

Preside, a holistic table solution to fit your space and design aesthetic, just keeps getting better. Whether it’s used as a stand-alone solution or matched with existing HON desk lines, Preside was designed to adapt to the needs of any space, outfitting all areas: conference, meeting, café and commons, collaborative, engaging spaces and more. With so much to offer, what more could HON add? Well, this week we’re introducing three key enhancements that will make Preside an even more versatile solution.

1. From Conference Room to Collaborative Space
The Preside expansion addresses growing workplace trends with new collaborative table solutions. These new tables help bring people together and offer a clean, modern design. Available in 72” or 96” lengths, select from seated- or standing-height.  Like the rest of the Preside line, these tables are available with or without technology. Choose between a full or half modesty panel, or a stretcher beam and no modesty panel when powered. Even more reason to love these new collaborative tables, the modesty panels can now be specified in the same laminate as the top or a coordinating laminate for a dual finish look!

Preside is moving out of the conference room and into collaborative spaces

2. Power Up with More Technology Options
Everyone is plugged in and on the go, so quick and easy access to power is important in both the conference and collaborative spaces. Preside has always had power options, but our recent additions provide more flexibility. New Extron plates offer more data options such as DP, VGA, HDMI and USB. These plates fit into the existing flip-top ports making it easy to swap out when power/media needs change, creating a future-proof way to power up Preside tables. Staying connected is something to get excited about!

New Extron plates allow for more power options

3. Build-Your-Own Perfect Space
New credenza options make it easy to create just the right solution for any space.  The Preside hospitality credenza was revamped last year to add great features, like hidden drawers and ventilation for a mini-fridge. While these great options are still available, the recent expansion includes a smaller, 60” buffet credenza (also with ventilation) and new modular credenza components. The new modular models allow you to choose from a bookshelf with a door unit, an open bookshelf, or a box drawer and door unit. The units can be mixed and matched to create just the right credenza for any space. Units can then share a spanning top and a spanning back for a finished and custom look. Sizable, custom looking credenzas- who wouldn’t get excited?

New storage options and build-your-own credenzas allow users to create just the right space

Preside has always been an exciting solution, but these new expansions reinvigorate our excitement for this popular collaborative solution. Which new enhancement are you most excited about?

Tranquility and optimism is the theme for Pantone’s Fall 2016 Fashion Color Report. Here are four ways to incorporate these colors into your next HON project.Color Blog 1

Fall for Jade

Fall for shades of Jade

Want this look? Here’s how with HON:
Seating Fabric Solid: New! Centurion Jade CU83
Seating Fabric Texture: New! CF Stinson Continuum Cashmere SCFSCON06
Seating Fabric Pattern: New! CF Stinson Revolution Fresh SCFSREV47
Laminate 1: Mocha MOCH
Laminate 2: Brilliant White WHIT
Paint: Platinum Metallic T1
Shell Color: White WT
Panel Fabric 1: New! Terrain Bayou TRRN35
Panel Fabric 2: New! Terrain Plateau TRRN15

Spice is Nice

Spice is nice

Want this look? Here’s how with HON:
Seating Fabric Solid: New! Dapper Rose DAPR40
Seating Fabric Texture: New! CF Stinson Sprint Rust SCFSSPT30
Seating Fabric Pattern: New! CF Stinson Helix Spice SCFSHLX63
Laminate 1: Pinnacle PINC
Laminate 2: Sheer Mesh A5
Paint: Muslin T3
Shell Color: Shadow SD
Panel Fabric 1: Sarto Oyster SRT18
Panel Fabric 2: Sarto Mushroom SRT76

Fog Color Pop

Pop of fall color

Want this look? Here’s how with HON:
Seating Fabric Solid: New! Inertia Fuchsia NR63
Seating Fabric Texture: New! CF Stinson Sequence Silver Lining SCFSSEQ75
Seating Fabric Pattern: New! CF Stinson Hive Slate SCFSHVE71
Laminate 1: Brilliant White
Laminate 2: Black P
Paint: Loft LOFT
Shell Color: White WT
Panel Fabric 1: New! Tempest Zebra TP35
Panel Fabric 2: New! Tempest Slate TP45

Citron Road Trip

Citron road trip color inspiration

Want this look? Here’s how with HON:
Seating Fabric Solid: Maharam Messenger Lumine SMHMGRM54
Seating Fabric Texture: New! Spin Seating Oat SPNN01
Seating Fabric Pattern: New! CF Stinson Riddle Citron SCFSRID22
Laminate 1: Pinnacle PINC
Laminate 2: Brilliant White WHIT
Paint: Champagne Metallic T4
Shell Color: Shadow
Panel Fabric 1: Landscape Khaki LN20
Panel Fabric 2: Landscape Maize LN40

Make finish selection a breeze with the 2016 Color Inspiration board on HON’s Pinterest page. How do you plan to use color this autumn?

 

Sit-to-stand workstations are all the rage in office furniture right now, allowing each user to individually adjust the station to his own needs and preferences. Height adjustable tables are also a great ergonomic solution that help promote movement in the workplace. But, before you sell your next sit-to-stand solution, (or better yet, use one yourself) you’ll want to consider a few things:

HON Height Adjustable Bases

Surface height
A height adjustable table can be raised and lowered to a seated or standing position. In each position, the worksurface should be used at an appropriate height that enables the user’s forearms and wrists to be straight and parallel to the surface. If the surface is too low, the arms may pull or strain the back, neck, and shoulder muscles. If the work surface is too high, shoulders bunch up towards the ears, creating tension through the neck and back. Both positions (too high or too low) are less than ideal and lead to awkward postures that can cause soreness and muscle fatigue, so it’s important to make sure that your worksurface height is right for you.

Find the worksurface height that best supports you while you work

Monitor placement
When using a sit-to-stand solution, consider the monitor placement:

  • Be sure to place monitors where they will not impede the functionality of the height-adjustable table.
  • Monitors should always be placed in a direct line of sight. Avoid placing monitors off in a corner where the user will have to turn to view them.
  • Monitors should be positioned about an arm’s length away from the user, but this may need to be adjusted forward or backward depending on the individual’s visual acuity.
  • The top of the monitors should be aligned with the user’s eye level in both the seated and standing positions. If monitors are placed above eye level, users will start craning their necks up to look at the screens. To reduce likelihood of eyestrain, we should have a slight downward gaze while looking at monitors.

HON accessories, such as monitor arms and risers, can help put computer screens at just the right height and placement. Take the time to readjust your monitors after you transition from sitting to standing height to ensure they are still properly positioned.

Proper monitor placement when using height adjustable desks

Footwear
When fully utilizing a height adjustable base to the standing height position, be sure to consider footwear. This is true for men and women alike. Wear shoes that are comfortable and supportive. Flat shoes or shoes without a heel will help with overall posture and allow feet to be more stable on the floor.

Wear appropriate footwear when utilizing a height adjustable desk

Sit-to-stand solutions are trending right now, providing individualized adjustments to any workstation and encouraging movement throughout the workday. But, they are not the right solution for everyone and can be a big change in work style for many. If standing is new to you or your customers, be sure to work up to standing for longer periods of time. If the user starts leaning on the surface, shifting weight often, or locking knees, this can serve as a good indicator that it is time to sit down for a while.

Want to learn more about HON’s height adjustable solution -Coordinate™? Visit the spotlight page on hon.com or view the latest Two-Minute Tutorial video from the HON University team for extra tips and tricks.

What do you love about height adjustable workstations?

If you’ve ever had any training in ergonomics, you probably know that one advantage of having an ergonomically-designed workspace is employee retention. An ergonomic workspace designed to promote wellness can help employees feel valued by management, increase their sense of worth and improve productivity. With HON, you can create healthier workspaces without sacrificing design. Take a look at the environment ideas below to see how you can create an office that is both functional and fashionable:

1. Keep Ergonomics in Mind While Maximizing the Office Footprint

Commercial real estate square footage is valuable, but just because you’re trying to save space doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice ergonomics or looks—check out this great semi-private office setup that uses Voi® modular desks and the Ceres® task chair:

Maximize your office footprint with ergonomic solutions from HON

Without wasting any office footprint, this configuration empowers two individuals to choose between a sitting or standing height work position throughout the day. The Ceres task chair has been designed to reduce pressure on the backs of the legs and evenly distribute weight for proper support.

2. Make the Workspace Employee-Friendly

Sometimes leaving your bed in the morning is hard, and having to go into an office that isn’t visually inviting doesn’t make that task any easier. Help alleviate some of that difficulty by using elements like HON’s recently expanded active storage line – Contain®.

Make your workplace employee-friendly with HON

As offices continue to shift away from archival storage there’s a greater need for active storage that employees can use for more personal items. Contain is a perfect fit for those needs. Pair it with Voi, the Ceres task chair and some Flock® modular lounge seating and you’ve got a work area that has enough privacy to allow work to be completed, but is also a warm and inviting space where employees will want to spend their time.

3. Create an Office that Adapts to New Work Styles

Long gone are the days of individuals working heads-down in a cubicle for 8 hours—with the rise of the millennial generation, the way that people get work done is changing just as quickly as the age bracket of employees. There is an increased focus on collaboration in today’s office design that can be addressed by using products that cater to impromptu meetings, are technologically powered, and also provide a place to get away from your desk for a change of pace and to refresh your mind. Accommodate™ and Arrange™, HON’s newest seating and table lines, support an active and collaborative work style.

Use versatile office furniture to create functional workspaces

While providing a coordinated design aesthetic that could be utilized in any part of an office, these complementary product lines are versatile in their functionality as well. Use them in a café space that could also become an impromptu conference room, a break room where employees can have a midday snack and charge their phones, or pair with Flock for more of a booth-style solution.

The number of ways to style a workspace are endless, but one thing is certain: there’s no reason why an office can’t be both efficient and enjoyable.

What are your favorite new trends in office furniture and workplace design?

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