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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!

Stress Less in the office with these 4 tips from HON

No matter how much you love what you do, sometimes you can’t avoid the occasional stress that comes with responsibilities in the office, and this can affect productivity. Whether you’re preparing for a big presentation or product launch, addressing a customer service request or just facing an unusually heavy workload, we all know what it’s like to feel overwhelmed. Instead of letting these stressors get to you or waiting until you get home to unwind, here are 4 easy ways to take a few minutes at your desk or workstation to relieve the tension:

  1. One of the best cures for stress is to just get up and walk away from your workspace for a few minutes. Taking a step back from the task at hand and allowing yourself to take a mental break can work wonders. Clear your mind and lose yourself in a short magazine article, or walk to the breakroom and grab some water. Take a few deep breathes and you’ll be ready to get back to work.
  2. I personally am really into scents and a small trick that helps me relieve stress is the smell of lavender. You can easily incorporate this into your daily routine with lavender hand lotion, or my favorite, lavender lip balm, and the fragrance is known to cure tension. I like to always keep some Lubriderm’s Shea + Calming Lavender Jasmine lotion on hand in my easy-to-access Contain® storage pedestal!
  3. Another favorite stress-reducing tip is to sip on some mint tea. Not only is this supposed to help relieve stress, but mint tea is also great for your skin! While you drink your tea, find a relaxing playlist on Pandora or Spotify and get yourself into a stress-free zone so that you can perform to your maximum potential.
  4. Last, but definitely not least, I recommend trying acupressure. For example, there is a spot on your hand between your thumb and index finger called the “web”. If you massage this area it should help to calm your nerves. Looking for some other acupressure points to try out? Check these out.

I hope that these tips come in handy next time you’re facing the occasional workplace stress. Grab your lavender lotion, mint tea, and favorite playlist and let your troubles subside so that you can achieve your career goals!

While I will always love a classic HON vertical file, Contain is quickly becoming one of my favorites.  HON has recently expanded the Contain storage portfolio, so here are 4 ways you can get creative with this collection in your own workplace.

1.Optimize Use of Shared Areas

With the growing number of collaborative spaces in today’s workplace, I recommend adding Contain storage to keep these areas versatile and organized.  A typical shared space can be used to host a business lunch at noon and then for a team meeting in the afternoon. Contain credenzas are perfect for storing anything from flatware and plates to notebooks and pens which allows for seamless transitions between these shared spaces throughout the workday.

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2. Separation of Spaces

Contain allows you to create boundaries while still promoting an open environment.  Pathways can be created by arranging a line of low credenzas or divide individual workstations by placing a tower between worksurfaces – all while gaining additional storage space.

HON Contain Storage

3. Rethink the Private Office

If you need to revitalize your private office, Contain storage pieces work great with HON desks.  Create your own custom desk by combining Voi worksurfaces and wall mounted storage with a mixture of Contain credenzas, pedestals and towers.  Not only will Contain keep you organized, but it will also allow you to be creative with your finishes by choosing from endless combinations of laminate, paint and pull options.

HON Contain Private Office Setting

4. Collaborate by Adding Cushions

Make Contain collaborative by adding cushions to your pedestals and credenzas.  Cushions are perfect for allowing you and your co-workers to have those impromptu meetings or quick strategy sessions – they also add a fun pop of color and pattern to your space!

HON Contain Storage

To help you get even more creative with Contain, check out these inspiration cards.

How are you planning to use Contain in your workplace?

Everyone has a goal at the beginning of a new year, but we all know it’s easy to get distracted from the goals we set for ourselves. If you’re looking to be more organized, here are a few of my favorite tips to stay focused on this goal in 2016.

1. Declutter your desk. With great new storage options from HON, there’s never been a better time to clear out some space. Too much paperwork saved up on your worksurface? If you don’t need to reference it often, consider filing it as archival storage using HON Flagship – or recycle it! If you’ll need to keep the documents close for everyday use, our new Voi Standing Height storage or recently introduced Contain pedestals and towers are just a few of HON’s wide variety of active storage options.

HON Flagship, Voi and Contain storage options2. Clean out your inbox. It seems like every other week I get a message that my mailbox is almost full. Now is a great time to sift through the important emails and weed out the junk. Start 2016 with a clean email box so you’ll be ready to tackle the essential tasks.

3. When spring rolls around, weed through your closet and donate any clothing items you didn’t wear all winter. A good rule of thumb is if you haven’t worn it for 6 months, it has to go! Consider doing this every quarter so you can start each season fresh with an organized closet and set your best foot forward in the office.

4. Set reminders to help you check in on your progress. Don’t let half the year pass before you mobilize! Keep your tasks and calendar organized so you can put all your effort into getting the job done.

What are some of your favorite ways to stay organized? How do you use HON solutions to support your organizational goals?

Office Furniture Rocks

When I joined the HON Marketing team last year, I was completely new to the office furniture world. It didn’t take me long to realize that, the moment you enter this industry, there are certain aspects of your everyday life that are forever changed:

1.  Vacations
Most people would probably want to check out from work on a vacation, but those of us in this field know that’s not how it works. My trips turn into a personal scavenger hunt to find HON product around the world or to spot a HON truck while I’m on the road. Plus, these sightings make great #HONSpotted posts on social media!

2.  Routine Appointments
You think you’ve scheduled an innocent trip to the dentist, but once you walk into that reception area and sit down in an Ignition lounge chair, it’s impossible not to tell everyone in the room that you are part of the team that made that chair possible. You aren’t afraid to turn chairs upside down during routine health check-ups, and instantly transform into a savvy Soothe salesperson whenever a patient room is lacking HON furniture.

3.  Common Office Lingo
You find yourself correcting your friends and family when they say the “C” word (it’s not a cubicle, it’s a workstation!). You also feel like it’s your job to educate people on the specific type of chair they sit in (it’s not just a chair, it’s a task chair) as well as their storage choices (Contain credenzas are a great solution for active storage needs, for instance).

4.  Movies
When you work in the office furniture industry, it’s not unusual to pause a movie every few minutes to analyze the furniture and celebrate loudly when you spot HON products….or to pause it, snap a photo of the TV screen, and send it via group text to all of your coworkers so you can talk about how much more you now love said movie.

5.  Organization
Let’s be honest, filing bills is no fun…unless you’re using a HON filing cabinet! When you understand the history behind how our products have evolved, from recipe card boxes made out of recycled steel to comprehensive workplace solutions, simple storage techniques have a whole new meaning.

6.  Your own home
I’ve had recurring dreams since NeoCon about finding space in my home for all of the awesome new HON furniture from our Chicago showroom, and I’ve found that there’s always a way to add it to your existing décor. Updating a home office? A new Height Adjustable Table will look great! Redecorating a playroom? Adding some Flock minis with a fun new fabric should do the trick!

7.  Where you work
When you sit in the chair you designed, or work at the desk you’re tasked to create marketing campaigns around all day long, you develop a whole new level of appreciation for the furniture that supports you throughout the day. And, when you know you can trust the tools that support you, it’s easier to make a difference and feel ready to change the world.

How has office furniture changed your life?

1. Contain Encourages Expression. Just like your favorite shirt, you can make Contain your own. HON offers a range of Core, Choice, and Custom paints so pick whichever color you’re feeling for your office.

Contain storage

2. Dress it up or dress it down! Adding accessories can transition a shirt from a “day at the office” to a “night on the town”. Contain offers various base options, from footed to kickplate. Or, upgrade to fabric-wrapped cushions to provide short-term seating. You can even add a laminate top to match the rest of the office.

3. A great shirt can stand on its own, but also complements your entire wardrobe. Contain looks great alone. But it looks even better when combined with other HON products like Accelerate®, Abound® and Voi®. Mix and match to find a winning solution!

Contain storage

4. A classic shirt lasts forever and won’t go out of style – just like Contain. With the HON Full Lifetime Warranty, our products are built to last. So, you can be confident that Contain is the right solution for all of your workplace storage needs.

What do you love about Contain?

Valentine ’s Day is right around the corner. If you haven’t prepared any celebrations for your office yet, we are here to help!  Below are 5 HON-inspired Valentine’s Day greetings that you may share with your coworkers this holiday:

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Your support helps Accelerate my productivity!

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I am so thankful that you are part of our Flock®!

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I appreciate your hard work from the Nucleus® of my heart!

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I hope we stay friends for 10500 more years!

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I can’t Contain my appreciation for you!

What are some of the fun ways you celebrate Valentine’s Day in the office?

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