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Anyone remember the film Pay it Forward with Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt, and Haley Joel Osment? Its premise revolved around a junior high school teacher who gave his class an assignment to think of an idea to improve the world for the better and to, most importantly, put it into action. This was the first time I remember hearing the phrase, and it has really stuck with me. Small acts of kindness, aside from the obvious benefit of brightening someone else’s day, can also be a significant mood booster for the giver and influences his or her overall state of happiness. When it comes to the workplace, the ripple effect of paying it forward can help create a more positive company culture and work environment, and the best part is – it can be really simple to spread! Here are 6 of my favorite ways to be kind and “pay it forward” in the office:

Pop-Open Cards

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Hands down my new favorites, I recently stumbled upon these at a local stationery store during one of my weekend road trips. Each of these small notes are wrapped individually, so it’s easy to pay it forward by choosing the best-suited message for a coworker and leaving it on his desk for daily motivation. I started with the Smile and Thanks sets, but Compendium, Inc. makes a whole host of different themed sets, some of which include: Carpe Diem, Cheers, Believe, Be Happy, and Dream.

Inspirational “Just Because” Notes

Dove chocolate wrappers can serve as an inspirational "just because" note to a coworker

Dove® Chocolate Wrappers come in at a close second and are scattered all over my fridge. The chocolate inside is an obvious added bonus as well. Dropping off a few treats or that one perfect saying is an exceptionally easy way to brighten a fellow coworker’s day. Fortune cookie takeaways and simple Post-it® notes (paired with your favorite Sharpie®, of course) also work perfectly well.

Caffeine Run

surprise your coworkers with a coffee run

Such a simple way to start someone else’s day off right. Bonus points if you know his/her favorite. Break out that gold card & earn those stars!

Mail Time

Surprise packages can brighten someone's day

I never feel more accomplished than when I’m walking out of the post office on a Saturday morning, having just purchased a new sheet of stamps with a successful mailing to start off the day (personal victory if this has miraculously occurred before noon). The best surprise package that I’ve received included my go-to desk accessories that now serve as quick mood boosters/inspiration when needed.

Taking a Break

Take a break with coworkers to get to know them

Aside from the obvious perk of recharging your work batteries for a bit during the middle of the day – this is prime social hour. Whether it’s getting to know the new employee who started last week, scheduling group outings with the rest of the team, or getting together with your closest work friend, this is a great opportunity to spend quality time with other’s and make someone else’s day. Showcased here is our fabulous HON Commons area during peak hours.

Kudos Emails

Send a kudos email to make someone's day

This is something I’m constantly trying to do more often and have been finding it works best for me if I dedicate a few minutes on a Friday afternoon or over the weekend – an easy way to make sure others’ work is being noticed and that my teammates feel appreciated. Particularly in Field Sales, we rely heavily on the tools, resources, and help provided from other teams throughout the organization.

How are you paying it forward at work?

Today’s office spaces are constantly changing as they adapt to the needs of workers.  They’ve become less about individual space and more about collaborative work areas.  Here are 4 reasons why our new Arrange tables are the best solution for the active spaces in your office:

1. ARRANGE WITH CONFIDENCE.

Arrange tables are available in a variety of heights, worksurface shapes and sizes to support any space – from common areas and collaborative settings to private offices. Find a quiet spot to brainstorm in a small group. Grab a beverage away from the desk. Arrange tables provide the perfect change of scenery!

New Arrange Tables from HON

2. WHEREVER WORK GETS DONE.

Workers understand that getting away from the workstation throughout the day improves productivity and creativity. Arrange tables can support these much needed escapes in a variety of spaces that help people relax, collaborate, power up and stay connected. This flexible line of tables provides the connectivity people crave, and the variety of heights, shapes and sizes to support virtually any setting.

New Arrange Tables from HON

3. CUSTOMIZE YOUR SELECTION.

Arrange tables are available in seated, café or counter heights and a variety of tabletop shapes and sizes to support virtually any need. Choose from lighter-weight Aluminum X-bases and T-leg bases or add an optional Disc Shroud base for a crisp, clean look. Stay connected when you route technology through the base directly to the tabletop to use with optional USB or power grommets.

New Arrange Tables from HON

4. ARRANGE WITH STYLE.

Arrange takes style and selection to a higher level.  This versatile collection of tables can be specified to achieve any desired aesthetic and support any activity in cafés or common areas like the library setting below!

New Arrange Tables from HON

Arrange’s adaptability is rivaled only by its quality and durability, which is backed by the unparalleled HON Full Lifetime Warranty.

Want to learn more about Arrange tables? Visit the brand new Arrange spotlight page on hon.com.

 

Lighting has become a very important part of the workplace, as it influences productivity and employee satisfaction. It is even being considered an important ergonomic feature in office design.  

In light of this trend (pun intended), HON has added many LED lighting choices to its product portfolio over the past few years.  We offer LED and fluorescent under-cabinet lighting, as well as LED desktop lights.

Lighting and Office Design

An initial comparison between LED and fluorescent under-cabinet lighting will reveal a difference in price between the two.  While LED lighting does cost more upfront, the long-term cost savings make these options an easy choice over their fluorescent counterparts.

Here are examples of how LED can be a more cost effective solution long-term:

  • Almost Twice the Lifespan: HON’s LED light bulbs have a 50,000 hour lifespan, as compared to the fluorescent’s 30,000 hour lifespan.
  • Optional Occupancy Sensor: LED lights come with an optional occupancy sensor. The occupancy sensor can lower an energy bill by automatically turning the light off after 30 minutes of inactivity.
  • Energy Efficient: LED lights are more energy efficient, as they generate 6 more lumens per watt than our fluorescent lights*.
  • Dimming Capability: A soft touch panel on the LED light allows users to adjust light output to their own preference. Fluorescent lights can only be turned ON/OFF with no adjustment. Dimming reduces light output, resulting in a reduction of energy consumption.

How have you seen lighting influence your work environment?

*Based on the comparison of a 30”W fluorescent and 31”W LED.

Light scale and open concept designs have definitely made an impact on workplace trends. While collaboration has a great story and allure for many employees, there is still a need for office space conducive to “heads down work”. So, how do you keep this open work environment appeal and increase productivity at the same time? Glass!

Below are 3 ways to use glass to help enhance productivity in open workplace applications.

Product: Voi®  Glass Privacy Screens
Benefit: Space Division and Visual Privacy

Benching applications are a great space and money saver compared to panels, but make communication extremely easy. Use Voi privacy screens to help bring seclusion to these stations while still encouraging collaboration when needed.

Privacy Screens

Product: Frameless Glass on panels
Benefit:
Fewer Interruptions

When using 50”H panels for seated privacy, some issues may arise. The panel height can block light from entering your workspace and provide a natural resting position for co-workers to easily stop and visit when you’re trying to work. Adding Abound® or Accelerate® frameless glass to the panels is a great way to access natural light, while still providing seated-height privacy without unwanted interruption.

Frameless Glass

Product: 7.5” Frameless Glass
Benefit: Visual Privacy

Utilizing low panels for benching type applications is a great way to provide more privacy and power needs, but inadvertently making eye contact with the person at the station across from you all day can be distracting. Adding the 7.5” frameless glass to Abound or Accelerate can give you that needed visual privacy.

Frameless Glass

What strategies are you using to help increase productivity in an open office environment? How have you incorporated glass into your workspace?

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?

Whether you have a remote job or just work from home occasionally, here are 7 great tips to help you make the most of your workday:

1. Set aside a place exclusively for work

Laying in bed while you try to crank out a report won’t really feel like work, will it? Set aside a place in your home, whether it’s an office or not, that is intended only for work. This will help  eliminate distractions and increase productivity.

2. Create a daily work schedule

It’s easy to get sucked into working long hours if you’re a person that never leaves your house, or not working enough hours if you’re a person who gets distracted easily. It’s important to create a schedule, and stick to it.

3. Network through social media

If you regularly work from home, it’s a good idea to join and stay active in professional networks such as LinkedIn and even Facebook and Twitter to stay informed of business trends and other news. When you work from home it is easy to become closed off and out of the loop, but consistent professional interaction can help.

4. Keep a regular routine

Even though no one from work will be able to see you writing that proposal in your pajamas, it’s essential to keep a regular morning routine. Showering, getting ready and eating breakfast will help you wake up and prepare for the day.

5. Regularly check in with coworkers

Keeping in touch and communicating regularly with coworkers throughout the week will help you stay engaged with work that is being done in the office.

6. Understand employer’s expectations

Will you be expected to work the same hours? How often will you need to come to the office, if at all? It’s important to have this conversation with your employer to ensure there are no gray areas.

7. Set boundaries with family and friends

Although working from home makes you appear to be available to family and friends, it’s important to set boundaries with these groups. Whatever you don’t get done during working hours will need to be pushed back, and sticking to a schedule is key.

What tips or advice do you have for working from home?

In today’s office furniture industry, the trend is leaning toward more open and collaborative workspaces.  Even though the need for these types of spaces is growing, we still see a need for private workspaces as well.  Whether they be private offices or touchdown areas such as conference rooms, individuals need a place to go with minimal distractions and privacy.

Here at HON we offer several solutions for each type of workspace:

Shown first is a very open and collaborative work area.  This work environment allows members to easily work together and bounce ideas off each other.

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Here is another open space example that offers a bit more privacy without sacrificing that sense of team and collaboration.

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Here is an example of a private room that may be used when a member needs to make a personal or private phone call at HON HQ.

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This space offers a private environment for those who may be working with more sensitive information on a daily basis.  The higher panels offer more privacy while still keeping the member in the open environment with their peers.

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What are some of your tips for creating privacy in an open office environment?

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