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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

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?

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.

Today’s workers are more mobile than ever before, and it’s easy to get distracted from your workplace wellness priorities when you’re constantly moving between different work environments. From investing in ergonomic furniture to choosing healthier food options, here are some great ways to keep on top of your health in the busy office!

Staying Active

You might really love Cross-Fit, while I’m a huge yoga fan. As long as you’re getting in at least 3 decent workouts a week, you’ll be doing your body some good and ensuring you have the energy needed to be productive in the office. Here’s what the American Heart Association recommends:

  • At least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity at least 5 times per week for a total of 150

OR

  • At least 25 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity at least 3 days per week for a total of 75 minutes; or a combination of moderate- and vigorous-intensity aerobic activity

AND

  • Moderate- to high-intensity muscle-strengthening activity at least 2 days per week for additional health benefits
  • For lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, an average of 40 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity aerobic activity 3 or 4 times per week

That’s all well and good, but what about when you’re not exercising or sleeping—the other 15.5 hours of your day? Don’t forget about proper posture and ergonomics, because those are just as important for keeping your body in tune (and pain-free) while you work as working out regularly can be.

  • When seated, ensure that you’re maintaining a healthy posture: Keep your feet on the ground, your back supported with back of your chair, and make sure your feet, legs and arms are well supported. Also make sure that your neck and shoulders remain relaxed and supported.  Posture is important for blood flow and overall comfort throughout the day.
HON's ergonomics tips

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“Remember to change your postures frequently and avoid sedentary behaviors by adjusting positions, standing and walking periodically throughout the day, recommends HNI’s Human Factors and Ergonomics Manager, Lauren Gant, PhD, CPE.

Drink like a fish.

Are you drinking enough water? Want an easy way to make sure you are? Give Plant Nanny a try.

Use the Plant Nanny App to stay hydrated

Plant Nanny may sound (and look) like something that is meant for your 10 year old niece, but it’s a fun way to keep you adequately hydrated. You can personalize your account to determine how much water per day you truly need, and then the app sends you reminders throughout the day if you haven’t logged your intake. It’s incredibly helpful, especially when you’re busy.

Some other tips to help you get enough water throughout the day:

  • Start your day with some herbal tea or warm water with lemon to fire up your digestive system.
  • Throw a few spare water bottles in the car for when you’re stuck in traffic or just forget your regular bottle.
  • Keep a HON mug or water bottle visible at your desk so you remember to sip throughout the day.

Eating Right

Lacking your nutrition? There’s an app for that. My go-to is MyFitnessPal, because it’s great regardless of whether you’re trying to lose weight, maintain, or just make sure you’re getting the right nutrients.

Use MyFitnessPal to stay healthy in the office

If you don’t have time to track every single thing you’re eating, that’s okay, too.

  • Bring healthy snacks with you every day so that you aren’t tempted by the candy bar you’ve been hiding in the back of your desk drawer when mid-day hunger strikes.
  • Eat the cake that was ordered in for Mary Sue’s birthday (in moderation). Forbidding yourself from having any treats can lead to binges or overall poor eating habits. So have a slice of birthday cake (just ask for a smaller piece) and have some extra vegetables with dinner instead of that baked potato to balance it out.
  • Start with salad (or carrots, or spinach, or celery). Not only does this help make you feel fuller faster, but the fiber in veggies like these help coat your stomach to optimize your digestive enzymes and make it easier for your body to process your dinner.

You may have heard these recommendations before, or you may not have. Either way, I hope that they help you stay on track with your own health and wellness goals, whatever they may be.

What else do you do to stay healthy in your office?

HON’s Coordinate Standing Height Bases have turned the corner! Along with the existing 2-leg/3-stage model, you can now select a 3-leg/3-stage model that can be used in L-shaped configurations. Supporting the increasing popularity of sit-to-stand workstations, Coordinate Height Adjustable Bases deliver a healthier style of working by allowing a seamless transition between sitting and standing throughout the day.

Coordinate_Private Office_2

Aptly named, Coordinate Height Adjustable Bases were designed to coordinate with a vast array of HON product lines. Not only does Coordinate feature a simple, 3-stage design that can be integrated into almost any existing space – from open plan workstations to private offices and collaborative areas   but it also offers the perfect solution for new office spaces, where the need for more flexible furniture solutions are on the rise. With adjustable height options ranging from 25 1/2″-51 1/2″ and an optional memory control that allows the user/s to select from one of four preset levels, Coordinate makes it easy to meet individual preferences and encourages a healthier approach to the workday.

NEW! Coordinate 3-Leg Height Adjustable Base

The option to stand throughout the day allows for increased movement, which not only improves circulation and posture but can also have a positive impact on employee motivation and focus. Combat midday fatigue when you work at the standing height setting, and alleviate unwanted tension or strain on the legs and feet when you switch to the seated height position. When workers feel comfortable and have control over their work area, they can experience decreased workplace stress and improved work performance and overall wellbeing.

Curious to see if Coordinate is right for you? View the Ergonomic Fact Sheet or visit the spotlight page for more information.

We all know the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.  Just like Goldie sought to find her perfect fit before getting comfortable, it’s the same story when it comes to office furniture. Employees are safer, better supported and generally happier contributors when ergonomics are taken into consideration.  To meet the individual needs of a variety of users, HON designed Solve, a versatile seating solution that’s sure to be a happy ending for everybody.  Every body. Here’s a “taste” of the three unique back options for the Solve seating line that are bound to help you find the fit that’s “just right” for you:

Solve with ilira®-Stretch Mesh Back
In October of 2015, The Solve mesh back option was introduced.  At first sit, you’ll notice something different about this mesh right away, with a level of comfort and support that is a step above the standard, run of the mill mesh.  The patented ilira®-stretch mesh is knit, not woven, and moves in 4 ways to provide multi-directional support.  You might recognize it from our other HON seating favorites, such as Nucleus®, Ceres® or the Endorse® Collection. Consider this the ‘soft’ solution that helps regulate body temperature when you’re hard at work.

Solve ilira-stretch mesh back from The HON Company

Solve with ReActiv™ Back
Let’s give a warm welcome to the ReActiv™ back!  This is a brand new back material for HON that provides a unique support style.  The ReActiv back is a hexagonal pattern of Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE) featuring intersecting nodes that act independently and provide the best of both worlds – the rigidity of a standard back with the breathability of mesh.  Not to mention the interesting design aesthetic it adds to the workplace. I personally consider this the ‘just right’ solution.

Solve ReActiv Back from HON

Solve with Upholstered ReActiv™ Back
Also a newcomer to the Solve line, the Upholstered ReActiv back isn’t your ordinary upholstery method.  We’ve used the Reactiv back as the base with a layer of foam and your choice of six Compass fabric colorways. The unique quality of this Solve back model is that it provides the user with maximum support while still regulating body temperature through the ventilated back.  I consider this the ‘firm’ solution.

Solve Upholstered ReActiv Back Model from The HON Company

One of the highlights of this flexible seating line is that it can be easily customized to meet the individual needs of each user. To find which Solve back option fits you “just right”, I encourage everyone to take a test drive for themselves.  Once you do, I’m sure you’ll find your search for a universal task seating solution…SOLVED!  Find your local HON dealer here and then let us know – which is your favorite?

For more information, please visit the Solve spotlight page on hon.com or view the Solve brochure.

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