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Cupid and the Stork are delivering two special gifts this month: Valentine’s Day and the celebration of Voi’s 5th year in the HON product portfolio!  In the spirit of Valentine’s Day and Voi’s 5th “birthday” with HON, here are 5 things we love about Voi:

  1. It’s Flexible! Voi can provide a teaming, semi-private, or private office solution with its variety of worksurface, storage, and privacy.HON Voi
  2. It’s Modern, Transitional, and Traditional! Depending on the material selection (laminate, mixed materials), laminate colors, and storage components, Voi can accommodate a more traditional look with a darker woodgrain option and end panels, a transitional feel with a dual-tone laminate option, or modern space with brilliant white worksurfaces and its signature Voi O-Leg.HON Voi
  3. It helps you future-proof! Since Voi is comprised of modular components and non-handed designs, it can be easily re-arranged into different layouts, repurposed, and expanded as the needs of your work space change.HON Voi
  4. Standing height friendly! Whether you want a sit-to-stand workstation with a height adjustable table or a permanent Voi standing height desk, Voi can provide you the right solution!HON Voi
  5. It’s always growing! Since Voi’s birth into HON world 5 years ago, it has gained 4 expansions, with more to come!HON Voi

Want to learn more about Voi? Download the brochure!

As we wish Voi a Happy 5th Birthday this Valentine’s Day, we’re celebrating several other anniversaries of the following HON products and resources this month!

  • February 1st: Abound panel system – 7 years
  • February 9th: Huddle tables – 6 years
  • February 9th: HON Forward Blog – 4 years
  • February 14th: Voi – 5 years
  • February 18th: Accelerate panel system – 3 years
  • February 20th: Motivate table and seating line – 4 years
  • February 29th: HON Mobile Gallery – 4 years

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.

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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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tough mudderOkay, so maybe it seems like a little bit of a stretch but after running my first Tough Mudder® in St. Louis, here is how I came to the conclusion that preparing for a Tough Mudder is like hosting a webinar.

Add Value, Create Excitement, and Work Together

Add Value- During the preparation phase of our training for Tough Mudder, we learned a lot.  Adding value is important in many ways because if something doesn’t add value to your life, you simply don’t do it.  This holds true for Tough Mudder training. Everything we did in preparation added value and helped to strengthen our bodies for the event.  We would do 100 yard, 150 pound bag drags across an unused football field.  We would practice our pull-ups, do monkey bars on the playgrounds of local schools, and we would run hills all over the city.  Everything we did added value in our preparation phase so that we would be able to traverse muddy monkey bars, mud miles, and 9-10 foot wooden walls.   We must add value for our learners and we do that by hosting webinars on new products and tools from The HON Company.  Webinars are a key component to our training. We train our learners on how to effectively sell and win projects using The HON Company’s products and tools so that when the rubber meets the road, they’re prepared.

Create Excitement- Adding value isn’t enough. We also need to create excitement. I have to say that Tough Mudder does a great job in creating excitement for their events.  Not only do they send multiple, informative emails about the upcoming event but they include videos on obstacles Mudders will encounter on the day of the event much like the challenge our team participated in as seen here.  The first wall alone builds excitement.  Each Mudder has to traverse a 6 foot wall before even getting to the starting line! Once over the wall, Tough Mudder rallies everyone together and builds excitement for the whole course before releasing Mudders across the start line.  The same kind of excitement needs to happen for any event The HON Company puts on. For our learning events, we advertise them in different ways to create excitement around each event.  As our Tough Mudder race approached we received emails about other upcoming races. The HON Company advertises their upcoming webinars in the same way. You will find them in “On-the-Mark,” on the learning center on the HON Ready Portal, or you will hear them plugged at the live learning event you’re attending. Webinars help supplement live and e-learning and continue the excitement of winning big when your company teams up with HON.

 Work Together- Prior to running a Tough Mudder they rally everyone together and prepare each of us for the event ahead- “That Mudder to your right, that mudder to your left, that mudder behind you… that’s your teammate.”  In our group, there was a lady whose partners opted out at the last minute and she joined another team on the spot.  It’s about working together.  Some of the walls are 9-10 feet high and not everyone can do them on their own.  Our team had to work together on many occasions to get through the course.  The same goes for learning events.  All of the opportunities to learn need to be brought together and complement one another.  For The HON Company, our live learning events are structured around how to sell HON products in a face-to-face setting. However, we also have webinars to supplement the live learning events. Webinars are usually centered on our newer products and focus on how to be competitive and aspects of the product that set it apart.  We also have formal (and fun) e-learning that helps our learners to learn specific attributes of the product and talking points.  Each of the learning events need to complement each other and work together to get to the desired outcome.   Just like the Tough Mudder motto of “no Mudder left behind,” The HON Company’s wide variety of training opportunities strives to make sure “no dealer is left behind.”   We do promise though, that we’ll keep you squeaky clean!

How do you add value, create excitement, and work together?

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I am sure you have heard that laughter is the best medicine.  When I decided to look into this claim, I found that both the Mayo Clinic and the Cancer Treatment Centers of America’s websites say that laughter can have positive health benefits including:

  •          Improved overall attitude/mood
  •          Reduced stress/tension
  •          Pain relief by triggering the release of endorphins

Both sites also reference that forced smiling and laughter can active the same responses as genuine amusement.

I believe it also stands to reason that this impact is derived by your feelings of humor, not by those of people around you.  I mention this because I have a special affinity for puns that my husband does not share.  He likes to say “You’re funny.  You’re just not as funny as you think you are.”  He always says it with a smile but I am excited to now claim that I am promoting good health when I can’t stop laughing at some cringe-worthy pun.

I encourage you to chair this issue to improve your own health by taking the time to smile and laugh.  But for now, let’s table the topic.


Green Office Design - HON Initiate

Even though green may be our favorite color at HON, this is not exactly what having a green office means. The design industry has moved leaps and bounds in the last decade to improve the quality and sustainability of the built environment. The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) is a nonprofit organization committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings ( Okay, so how exactly do they decide what is considered cost-efficient and energy-saving?

LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) is a rating system used by the USGBC to determine how sustainable a project is, by a list of requirements that the project must meet. Since no two projects are alike, LEED has several categories for which a project can fall under to be rated. The categories range from new construction to healthcare all the way to homes and neighborhood development. Once in a category, you are given credits based on sub-categories. The main credit categories for scoring are included below. LEED is much, much more than just a rating system though; to learn more about the USGBC and LEED visit


Did you know that HON is a proud member of the USGBC? Almost all of our desks, chairs, files and workstations are in compliance with several LEED Interior Design & Construction credits! Here at our headquarters building, HON underwent a major renovation about 3 years ago and became LEED Silver Certified.

To check out just how green HON design is, visit to read up on our green story.

Our Initiate® workstations are featured in the image above. Now that looks like green design!

How do you and your company stay green?

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