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With a little help from our HON favorites, learn how your favorite color can say a lot about you. (I personally find it hard not to stick with HON Ready green…)

Green: Refreshing, hope, rejuvenation, healing.

Green

Black: Elegance, mystery, power.

Black

White: Truth, honesty, purity.

White

Blue: Serenity, peace, trust, harmony.

Blue

Red: Passion, energy, courage.

Red

Orange: Joy, originality, action, social.

Orange

Yellow: Optimism, cheerfulness, focus.

Yellow

Which of these colors speaks most to your personality?

When you’re at work, how often do you stop to take a look at the finishes at your desk or personal work space? I’m sure you would be able to talk about how much storage you have (or are lacking!), the comfiness of your chair, and the personal items you have displayed.

But have you ever stopped to really look at the aesthetics of your workspace? What color is your desk? What color is your chair? Is there a pattern? Although I’m probably more in tune with available fabrics and finishes, given I work at an industry-leading furniture manufacturer, it’s interesting to think about how companies select product finishes, and how much finishes matter. Even more so, how much fabrics have evolved over time.

Working in Customer Support provides me with access to just about every HON Pricer in recent memory. Walk with me down memory lane as we look at fabrics that HON offered in the late 1990’s (mill name and pattern information is not provided to protect the innocent):

Fabric Card

Fabric card courtesy of HON Customer Support resources

 

Now, I’m a big fan of the 90’s – sitcoms, stirrup pants, and the Spice Girls. But, you’ll notice the fabric cards are pretty …. basic. This fabric card has only 3 fabric colors, which didn’t offer a whole lot of selection or variety.

Fast forward to 2015, which HON has internally deemed the “Year of Fabrics and Finishes” and I think you will see our product offering is leading the way in changing the workplace environment. Some of my favorite HON fabrics are below:

Momentum Millennium Thrill SMOMMIL41

Momentum Millennium Thrill SMOMMIL41

Momentum Coast SMOMINT02

Momentum Coast SMOMINT02

Momentum Expo Sprout SMOMEXP53

Momentum Expo Sprout SMOMEXP53

Each one of these fabrics seems to have a personality and is so different from the others. Starting in late fall of 2014, HON has since launched 8 new seating fabric cards, all focused on high performance attributes, with another new seating pattern coming in September. There have also been 5 new panel fabrics introduced.

HON is excited to continue to offer a variety of fabrics that fit every budget and workplace. If you have a chance, come visit us at NeoCon in suite #1130 to see other exciting new fabrics and finishes! And the next time you’re at your desk, take a look at the fabric – what story does it tell?

What color is your HON chair?

Team Meeting In Creative Office

At times, finding an open window of time to meet with an entire project group can be difficult. How can you make the most of your time? Let’s look at a few ways to keep meetings on task and more efficient.

Share Expectations
In the meeting invitation, include an agenda and attendee expectations. The agenda gives the attendees an idea of what will be discussed.  This allows them to have their thoughts together so they can join into the conversation. Letting attendees know if they need to have anything prepared will make sure everyone is ready to share ideas and keep the meeting rolling.

Set Your Space
In preparation for the meeting, ensure the room you reserve meets all of your space requirements. Determine if there is enough seating for all those attending the meeting so you aren’t searching for an extra chair when the meeting should be starting. Make sure the meeting space offers the equipment you need, whether this is a screen and projector or flip chart.  Having your space prepared for success will keep the meeting running smoothly.

Get Started
Start on time. The attendees know what time the meeting was scheduled to start. Therefore, it’s important to be respectful of their time, especially if it is just a short window of availability. Begin the meeting at the start time and immediately start covering items on the agenda.

Offer Support Materials
Bring handouts for all attendees if necessary. And if you will be handing something out, make sure you have enough for each attendee. Handouts can be helpful if a large amount of information is presented in a short time to allow the attendees to have a hard copy to review.

Close the Loop
Recap the meeting and the follow-up activities. If there are action items coming out of the meeting, it is good practice to send out a follow-up communication summarizing those items.  Be sure to include what tasks will be completed by the next meeting and/or specific deadlines.

What tactics do you use to keep your meetings productive?

Self-expression. What we choose to surround ourselves with makes us who we are. Hairstyle, car, and preferred Starbucks® beverage are all fine examples. I, for example, model a past the shoulders, very straight hairdo, drive a Black Ford® Fusion, and sip a Valencia Orange Starbucks Refresher™ (or a grande Blonde roast, room for cream will do quite nicely as well). I don’t know what exactly that says about me, but there you have it.

Equally as telling, is what writing utensil you choose to use. The personality of a fountain pen user vs. a Sharpie® fan may differ tremendously. How do you choose to express yourself? Read below to find out!

*Note: Statements below are the sole opinions of the author.

Fountain Pen
Fountain Pen: Elegant and sophisticated – that is what you are. You prefer a small taste of luxury in your work day. The fountain pen allows you a greater degree of personalization than your average ballpoint pen. You enjoy the subtleties of calligraphy and relish the extra flourish of a well-crafted signature. You may find that a pocket protector will serve you well.

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For my first three blog entries on the HON Forward Blog I took you through the life of a sales trainer during a live training event. For this entry I wanted to give a brief glimpse of an average day at The HON Company HQ.

Gatton Blog 1

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VOC Wall

Whether you work at, or with HON, you probably know of our love for acronyms: BDM, IDS, DSG, MTV, TLC, etc.—well maybe not the last two, but you get the idea.  An acronym you may or may not have heard of is VOC: Voice of the Customer.

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The Roadrunner. The Coyote. Therein lies an endless battle of wits involving Do-It Yourself Tornado Kits, Rocket-Powered Roller Skates, and the obligatory anvil from Acme Inc. Yet, even as a child, I couldn’t understand Wile E. Coyote’s determination to catch the Roadrunner with the seemingly infinite amount of flawed Acme products that ultimately ended in, some might say, epic failures. Moreover, how could Acme continuously pump out gadgetry that resulted in less than perfect outcomes?

To me, it seems that Acme should have taken a stab at the concept of Rapid Continuous Improvement (RCI). The RCI philosophy is an ongoing effort to drive beneficial change along the lines of processes, products, and services by making them more efficient and effective. Here at HON, we employ the RCI philosophy with a multitude of programs. While some are focused on internal processes, many are developed to reduce waste, lower cost, and benefit the customer.

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