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With each season comes new office design inspiration. To add to Tuesday’s blog post, here are 4 more ideas to help you re-energize your workspace this winter:

5. It’s All About the Details

We all know that the small details are extremely important in many of your daily work tasks, and your office environment is no different! With HON’s newest lounge collection, Grove™, it’s all about the details. With multiple arm options, power capabilities, and 8 woodgrain laminate options, Grove will be sure to catch the eye of anyone walking through your space (at a competitive price!).

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6. Introduce Feng-Shui

Feng-Shui is becoming more and more popular, and for good reasons! It is said to help reduce stress, increase productivity, and enhance creativity. The best part is that it can be easy and affordable to add to any office environment. Try starting with some greenery in common spaces or a small plant on your desk. Ensuring access to natural sunlight is also a great way to embrace this trend. Consider adding café tables and chairs along the perimeter of your office space near windows; 2 great product lines to consider are Arrange™ tables and complementary Accommodate™ seating.

office feng shui

7. Simplify Your Work Area

We’ve all heard the saying “less is more”. To keep things organized and maximize your workspace, HON has several accessories that coordinate with all of our products. Try using monitor arms to create more surface area, along with desktop file centers, credenzas or pedestal storage options to keep everything you need close and easy to access!

Organize and simplify your workspace this winter

8. Add a Personal Touch

It’s important to make time for personal interests and hobbies in addition to your professional passions. Perhaps you don’t get a chance to do this as much in the winter, but don’t be afraid to bring your interests to work.  Adding something as simple as a family picture, trinkets, or a keepsake that shows off your favorite winter sports team can bring a new energy to your office or workstation.

Add a personal touch to your workspace

What are some other ways you like to redecorate and re-energize your space during the winter?

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If you’re anything like me, I love finding new ways to design my spaces – at home and in the office! With these 8 simple tips, you can re-decorate your workspace just in time for the holidays.

1. Add a Pop of Color

With HON’s latest fabric refresh, there are hundreds of options from which to choose that can bring life into your office this winter (my personal favorite is the Polka – Very Berry)! HON has created inspirational color palettes to make it easy to envision the right color scheme for your space. Have fun with it! Be BOLD and add patterns, or select colors that fit the season. There is no better way to make a statement to your customers, catch the attention of your guests or increase employee morale around the office than by adding a pop of color!

Add a pop of color to your workspace

2. Add Whiteboards to Foster Creativity & Collaboration

Generally, we associate whiteboards with education settings, but they are also used in office spaces to foster creativity and collaboration. For example, we use whiteboards a lot in my department to give our sales team a place to brainstorm ideas, write daily goals, or even inspire each other with inspirational quotes of the week! In my experience, whiteboards can help keep people focused, allow them to collaborate with one another, and also boost productivity and creativity. To make it really easy to add to your space, HON offers both wall-mounted whiteboards and mobile whiteboards. You can even get creative and use glass stacker panels as a writing surface!

Marker Board Foster Creativity and Productivity

3. Create Alternative Places to Sit

Creating additional seating could be as simple as placing a cushion on your credenza or pedestal. This allows you to have short impromptu meetings right at your work space.  It’s an inexpensive way to not only create another option for seating, but also allows you to decorate your space with more fun fabrics!

Creating additional seating in the workplace

4. Go Modular!

With HON’s full offering, there are so many options to choose from. Why not mix things up? HON’s soft seating line, Flock, allows you to connect multiple lounge seats together and reconfigure them in multiple designs. Plus, you can add Flock minis that can double as additional seating or workspaces when paired with the new laminate toppers! Another great product line for going modular is Voi desking with Accelerate workstations. Not only can you add a modern look with the open o-legs, but you can also create 120° workstation pods. How cool is the layout below!?

Use modular furniture in the office

Looking for more tips to spruce up your workspace this winter? Stay tuned for more ideas coming in Thursday’s blog post or visit hon.com for more information!

employee engagement

A workplace that fosters employee engagement, or member engagement as we call it at HON, is one in which individuals become motivated by the same ideas to achieve the same goals. This type of work environment is beneficial to employees, customers, the community and your brand.  Here are 6 tips for boosting employee engagement in your office:

1. Clearly define company values

Be sure to clearly communicate the core ideas behind which your company stands.  Being reminded of these every once in awhile will help your employees see the bigger picture of what they’re a part of, and motivate them to uphold these standards.

2. Encourage individual growth

Allowing employees the opportunity to work on their own projects sparks creativity and empowerment, and can even lead to new innovations that benefit the company. Take Google for example. Gmail and Google News started as a few personal side projects. Apple is also encouraging a similar movement with the Blue Sky program.

3. Host themed days

Who doesn’t love mixing things up for a day? Whether it’s dressing up to represent your favorite sports team or having employees bring their favorite desserts to share with everyone, this is fun for all and fights monotony at work.

4. Commemorate achievements

No matter the size or subject of the project, remind your employees how much you appreciate their work. This proverbial ‘pat on the back’ will remind your staff of their worth and impact in the company.

5. Schedule team building outside of work

Depending on the company and employee interests, an after work activity is a great way to get to know each other on a more personal level. A company that has fun together, works well together.

6. Celebrate people

Birthdays, work anniversaries, promotions, etc. are all great excuses to recognize employees and show them how much they matter.

How does your company promote employee engagement?

9000028112_ffcef87f9f_zWithout fail, there are always moments in my day when I’m asked to be creative and imaginative. Usually I greet these moments with open arms, but other times, I’m not mentally prepared. This usually stems from being focused on analytical and logical projects all day and not completely utilizing my creative, right-brain capabilities. Nonetheless, these requests for creative inspiration still occur and it’s my job to deliver my thoughts and insight. I’ve found that the tactics outlined below help fuel my creative capabilities.

Start Writing

Jot down topics, words and phrases related to the creative project you’ve been presented with. Next, try seeing if any of these terms and phrases can overlap to create new meanings and ideas. Whenever I do this, I end up with a web-like chart sprinkled with some Venn diagrams, which reveal dozens of potential creative concepts. You just may find that creativity will spark by using something as simple as a pen a paper.

Explore Social Media

When my creative task calls for something more visual or tangible, I tend to look at other’s work for inspiration. Social platforms like Pinterest and Tumblr allow you to search by keywords for user-uploaded content. Of course you should only use these sites for inspiration and not duplication of somebody’s work!

Ask Questions

Sometimes the best answer to a question is another question. This Socratic method of discussion traces back to ancient Greece as a way to stimulate critical thinking and illuminate ideas. If you’ve been assigned a creative task, ask the project owner questions to get a better sense of what they’re looking for. Try asking others associated with the project for their thoughts and insight. Present possible ideas or concepts to someone whose opinion you respect.

As Albert Einstein once said, “Creativity is intelligence having fun.” I hope these quick tips have helped guide you on an enjoyable path to creative brilliance.

How do you get your creative juices flowing?

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