Today’s workspaces are constantly changing, and with HON’s new Build™ Tables, users can create a space that works for them. Build makes it easy for shared spaces to be reconfigured multiple times a day and accommodates an infinite number of settings. Five fun shapes and twenty-four laminate choices make it compatible with any room.
For Learning Spaces
A common trend in today’s learning environment is the shared classroom. Many teachers and professors are in and out for different classes, and they need to be able to configure the space in a way that works with their teaching style. Build is lightweight, mobile and energizing! With 5 different table shapes, the design capabilities are endless. Not only is this product functional, it comes in all kinds of bright colors to keep the energy in the environment high.
For Anywhere Else!
Build’s five unique shapes and large range of sizes allow the tables to fit anywhere. Whether it be a touchdown area in an open office, or a collaborative space to bounce ideas off your coworkers, Build has it covered. Using the classic rectangle table is perfect for training applications, or you can spice it up with shapes like Wisp, Ribbon or Kite to get a fresh look! You have complete control over your area and how you want to incorporate your style. Whatever setting you need to be productive, Build sets the foundation.
To learn more about the latest table line from HON, visit the Build spotlight page on hon.com.
Here at HON HQ, we love to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries. With a quick walk around our building any day of the week you will find cake, donuts and other treats as our members celebrate different milestones.
Today we are celebrating a very special HON birthday: the first birthday of our healthcare line, Soothe. Let’s take a quick look back at Soothe’s successful first year.
Purposefully designed to meet the unique needs of both patients and caregivers, Soothe provides a cohesive product offering that integrates well with other HON product for the perfect solution in a broad range of healthcare environments. This versatile line made its debut last year at Neocon 2015, so here are some of our favorite Soothe moments from one of its first public appearances.
As you can see, Soothe was a big part of the Chicago showroom design at Neocon 2015. Everything from our one-of-a-kind patient recliner to the guest chairs were on display.
HON Vice President, Sales, Shelley deSilva, modeling our Soothe patient recliner in our Chicago Showroom. #HONSpotted
Some of our #HONReady dealers and fans stopped by to learn about our new healthcare applications, from reception areas to exam rooms.
Soothe provides a calming influence in the waiting area, but it sure has our HON members and partners excited.
Soothe is available in a variety of fabrics and finishes to harmonize with your space – and other HON products.
Have you #HONSpotted Soothe lately? What are your favorite Soothe moments from the last year?
It’s October! That means the Iowa (and in my case, D.C.) humidity is disappearing, the leaves are changing and everyone is getting creative with carving pumpkins, designing Halloween costumes, and making crafts found on Pinterest.
Your office can also be a place to harness your creativity this season. Here are a few great ideas!
1. Create a ‘table seat’ in call rooms or offices. It can be a soft seat one minute and a table the next.
How: Place the top from the Flock Personal Table on a Flock Mini Ottoman
2. Add inviting, modern, and light seating to a touch-down area (as seen in our newly renovated New York City Resource Center!)
How: Use the Flock Mini Ottoman as touch-down seating rather than a standard task chair for a more modern look
3. Integrate bright pops of colors so panels look like fun workstations rather than “cubicles”
How: Use the Appoint seating fabric on select HON panel systems and tackboards
4. Use mobile storage for your company’s merchandise, office supplies, etc.
How: Customize the number and height of shelves and bins in HON’s Smartlink Modular Storage cabinet
5. Make your storage serve a dual purpose: Storage and a Seat
How: Add a cushion to the Voi credenzas shown here
How have you used furniture creatively to address your needs?
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.
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.
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?
A few years ago I came across an Inc article that sang praises for the benefits of bringing your dog to work. According to a Virginia Commonwealth University study, workers who brought their dogs with them to work “experienced lower stress levels throughout the work day, reported higher levels of job satisfaction, and had a more positive perception of their employer.” How can you argue with that?!
Below are a few examples of some of our favorite 4-legged friends busy at work. Who else has canines as co-workers? We would love to see your pics!
Even Maslow can’t help but Migrate to Flock.
Bones showing his immense admiration for the unmatched comfort of Nucleus.
Lollipop taking a spin on Purpose.
Ceres seating makes a ‘ruff’ day at the office much more enjoyable.
Steve giving Voi his official seal of approval.
Rambo chilling out on Flock.
Whether you’re an avid basketball fan who knew the starting lineup of every NCAA team, or a novice basketball fan who just caught a game here and there, you most likely noticed that March Madness owned the airwaves over the past few weeks. If you are still unfamiliar with this annual college basketball sensation, look at your social media platform of choice and you’ll see at least one disparaged fan mention their busted bracket.
The March Madness basketball tournament garners excitement in basketball fans and basketball beginners alike. There is an opportunity for workplaces to create this same excitement, energy, and competitive spirit with their own contests or competitions.
Try some of these ideas to pump up the energy in your office while adding an element of friendly competition:
- Spring Cleaning Food Drive Contest: Place co-workers in teams and have a contest on who can bring in the most canned food, clothes, or home goods to donate to a local charity
- Throwback Thursday: Co-workers wear a throwback clothing item (throwback jersey, band shirt, etc) and the person with the best item wins
- March Madness Inspired Contest: Match team members (or teams) up with each other to create friendly competition. Instead of points in a basketball game, they advance to the next round by having the higher chosen workplace performance metric. For example: Your Customer Support team could be based on the number of customer touchpoints, your sales team could have the number of sales calls, etc.
March Madness creates a contagious energy where millions of people are completely engaged in an athletic event. Athletes perform some of the best games of their careers because of the high-energy atmosphere, cheers and fan support. Our workplaces can also perform exceedingly well by increasing the energy and engagement of employees. Think about implementing a fun contest or competition in your workplace to increase employee morale and build group cohesion through teamwork.
What games, contests, or competitions do you implement in your organization?