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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?

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?

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.

Today’s workers are becoming more mobile, increasing the need for a seating solution that can support them as they transition between individual and collaborative work environments. Solve task chairs were designed to intuitively adapt to each user’s body and movement to provide all day comfort and support as the way we work continues to evolve. For those of you that are struggling with your typical “everyday” office chair… let us SOLVE your problem!

Solve Seating Statement of Line

To provide the high level of personalization required to meet the ergonomic and functional needs of a variety of users throughout your space, Solve task chairs and stools feature 3 unique back materials, three ergonomic controls, and an optional adjustable lumbar support and arms. Additional features, such as the seat glide and waterfall seat edge, enhance natural movement and increase leg circulation. The synchronized seat and back move in harmony with the user to provide continuous comfort that can be customized, allowing people to work anywhere from individual workstations to private offices, training areas to meeting rooms.

Solve seating with ilira-stretch mesh back

The beauty of Solve is reflected in the design statement it makes for any organization. The new streamlined, geometric ReActiv™ back boasts an interesting hexagonal pattern and is available in two classic colors, Charcoal or Platinum. The upholstered ReActiv back showcases 6 colors from our new Compass fabric, and with the seat available in hundreds of HON fabric selections you have the ability to mix and match for a dual-fabric look! The soft ilira®-stretch mesh back is available in Black to coordinate with virtually any aesthetic.

Solve Seating with ReActiv Back

Backed by HON’s Full Lifetime Warranty, the Solve family of chairs offers the flexibility to support an entire space as well as the durability to last for years to come. The applications really are endless! Whatever your workplace need, let Solve be the solution.

For more information, visit the Solve spotlight page on hon.com.

Solve Seating with Upholstered ReActiv Back

Winter blues got you down?  Touring a warm and inviting HON showroom is just what the doctor ordered. With locations in New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Muscatine, Iowa you’ll soon be saying, “#Jonas and #Kayla who”?

New York:

Located near the iconic Flatiron building and historic Madison Square Park, our New York showroom is filled with natural light and mixed materials – an expression of HON’s strength and authenticity.  The bright pops of color and playful accessories are a nod to the building’s early roots as a toy factory.  Looking for an opportunity to “play” in this vibrant space?  Register for HON Product Training on April 12-13 or HON Product for Designers on April 14-15.

HON's New York Showroom

HON's New York Showroom

HON's New York Showroom

Chicago:

Housed on the 11th floor of the Merchandise Mart – which until recently was the largest commercial building in the world, with its own ZIP code! – our Chicago showroom pairs sophistication with sustainable perfection.  The space is transformed on an annual basis for NeoCon and showcases our latest product innovations, as well as a spectacular view of the Chicago River.   Planning a trip to the Windy City?  Be sure to enroll in HON Product Training on March 8-9, and of course we’d love to see you at NeoCon June 13-15.

HON's Chicago Showroom

HON's Chicago Showroom

HON's Chicago Showroom

Washington, D.C.:

Our Washington, D.C. showroom is just a few blocks from the White House, so it’s only natural that it was inspired by the monuments of the nation’s capital…there’s even a “HON Monument”!  The welcoming atmosphere showcases a universal workstation concept focused on reliable, collaborative options.  Looking forward to enjoying the cherry blossoms on the Tidal Basin?  There’s a good chance they will open up just in time for HON Product Training on April 26-27.

HON's Washington DC Showroom

HON's Washington DC Showroom

HON's Washington DC Showroom

HON Headquarters in Muscatine, Iowa:

Right at home in the HON Headquarters building, our Muscatine showroom interplays history and place with direct, real world examples of effective office design.  The century old wood beams and brick walls convey connections to local lumber barons, and are rumored to house a few friendly ghosts!  Don’t let that spook you though, they would love to see you at HON Intensive and Competitive Training on May 10-12.

HON Headquarters Muscatine Showroom

HON Headquarters Muscatine Showroom

HON Headquarters Muscatine Showroom

Which HON Showroom are you inspired to visit?  

 

With 2015 coming to an end, I thought it would be appropriate to reflect on what I’ve been especially thankful for in 2015.

  1. Soothe™. HON has been doing incredible things in healthcare for years, and now we’ve taken it to the next level with the introduction of Soothe.  Helpful resources, such as our healthcare fabrics brochure, provide inspiration for every space within a healthcare facility and ensure that the best fabric is used in every setting.
    HON Soothe for Healthcare
  2. Fabrics & Finishes. Speaking of fabrics…. With over 900 new fabric and finish options launched this year, our offering is more robust than ever.  You have the rainbow to choose from in both color and pattern, so be true to you and find your new hue!
    HON Fabrics and FInishes
  3. Solve™ & Quotient™. These new kids on the block are fast favorites. Solve and Quotient both complement our other seating solutions while providing a new price point in our winning assortment.  And if you’re one who needs to see to believe, locate a HON dealer and try out a sample in your market!
    HON Solve and Quotient Seating
  4. Height Adjustable Tables. Our new Height Adjustable Base, now named Coordinate™, is to tables as the HON Ignition chair is to seating.  It’s sure to fit almost anyone in your office.  Boasting a 3-stage base that adjusts from 23 5⁄8″ to 49 1⁄4″, this table is your workstation companion to the Ignition chair which fits the 5th to 95th percentile of people in the workplace.
    HON Coordinate Height Adjustable Base
  5. HON Members. This well-oiled machine wouldn’t run as well as it does without the fantastic people that make up HON.  From manufacturing to marketing, the members at HON make the holidays even brighter.

What are some of your 2015 highlights?

basyx by HON

Just in time for the holidays, basyx by HON has increased its lineup and we’ve revamped our familiar functionality videos to best showcase these incredible new products!

Classy, straightforward, and concise, our brand new functionality videos for HVL108, HVL525 and HVL534 present everything you need to know about our latest basyx by HON solutions. Easily found on HON’s YouTube channel or the Video Showcase on hon.com, our customers will find these easy to watch and enlightening. Check them out when you get a chance!

New functionality videos means we’ve added some exciting new products to the basyx by HON collection! Introduced back in October, my personal favorite is our new Modular Lounge series (HVL862 and HVL864). Not only does this expand our basyx by HON offering to include collaborative soft seating, but this series is a convenient, contemporary design that is lightweight and easy to reconfigure. Plus, we’ve added a Cantilever table (HML8858) to compliment the series.

Our new HVL525 is a mesh task chair that’s both comfortable and incredibly versatile. Its breathable back allows greater ability to contour to each user, and its contemporary styling easily matches any workplace aesthetic.

If you’re looking for an exceptional value and an executive style, look no further than the HVL604. Loaded with features from an integrated headrest, to customizable control options, all the way to our basyx by HON Limited 5-Year Warranty, the HVL604 is a refined model with an affordable price that makes it a great solution for a wide variety of workspaces.

Want to learn more? Be sure to check out our basyx by HON Spotlight page today!

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