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Fight the office Zzzzs

Fight the 2 o’clock, post-lunch fatigue with these 5 energizing stretches that you can easily do at your workspace without having to throw down a downward dog or another yoga pose in the middle of your office.

  1. Take a Lap: No, I didn’t say nap – lap.  It’s recommended to get up and walk around for at least 5 minutes every hour. So, go refill your water, say hello to a coworker, or just take a walk around your department.
  2. Shoulder & Upper Arm Stretch: This is one of my favorite stretches.  You may not realize how much proper posture has depleted over the course of an hour, so stretch out your back and re-adjust.
  3. Neck Roll: You may be holding more tension in your neck than you think.  Slowly roll your neck from side to side and front to back.
  4. Flex those Digits: Give yourself a quick hand massage because, let’s face it, most of our day is spent on the computer typing and clicking.  Don’t overlook those little speed racers.
  5. Ankle Rolls: This may sound silly, but it’s a sneaky way to wake up your legs.  And you can do it under the privacy of your desk!

*Bonus Stretch:  Do you have a height adjustable worksurface?  If so, lucky you! You can stretch whenever you like. Don’t have a height adjustable worksurface? Never fear! HON is here with our new Height Adjustable Tables. Finally, a workspace that moves with you.

Ready. Set. Stretch!  What helps re-energize you during the work day?

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There’s a new kid on the block, or should I say 53.5 million new kids on the block.  You probably know them as Millennials, and today they make up one third of America’s workforce.  So what constitutes the perfect job for this generation?  Below are just a few examples of what this group looks for in a workplace:

Giving Back:  Millennials are looking for opportunities to give back to their community or to a charity that they or the company hold near and dear.  What is your workplace passionate about?

Continuous Learning:  Even though every college graduate vows that they are “Done!” when they throw their cap and gown, everyone eventually comes back to wanting more.  Opportunity for personal and professional development is especially important to this generation.

Flexibility and Variety:  The mundane and repetitive are not for this crowd.  Offer them a job that challenges them. Empower them to overcome those challenges, and you will have a pool of candidates eager to impress.

Mentorship:  Finding a role model in the workplace is as important as finding a personal role model.  Millennials want someone to help guide them, without the anxiety that may come along with a critique from their supervisor.

Collaborative work environment:   Millennials want to work together and collaborate. Maybe not all the time, but they want to at least have the option and the right environment in which to do so.  Having an open and more informal workspace that can accommodate collaboration will appeal to this generation.

How do you think the shift in workforce demographics is impacting office furniture and design?

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