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Most of us remember the days of one-size-fits-all workspaces—standard desks, rudimentary task chairs, maybe a basic beige filing cabinet or two. But as employee needs and desires have evolved, so has the office—and it’s not just coffee stations and water coolers that are making a difference in how people keep their professional and personal well-being in check. We’ve got four simple but stellar steps you can take to turn your environment from dull to dynamic, without breaking a sweat (or the bank)!

#1: Customize Your Comfort

Free doughnuts on Wednesdays and a complimentary tea offering from the office café are great, but they don’t make much of a difference when it comes to meaningful support and connection in the workplace. Hybrid work is here to stay, and that means organizations everywhere need to rethink and revitalize the way they approach happiness, focus, and productivity. That starts with physical and psychological comfort.

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Everyone needs and deserves a task chair that fits the way they work. Because most of us aren’t stationed at one spot throughout the day anymore, a comprehensive approach to workplace seating is vital. Whether your chair resides in a private office, conference room, or quick-sit environment, keen ergonomics, customized controls, and intuitive performance determine how a person navigates their day.

That said, seating goes beyond task chairs. Collaborative and lounge environments shouldn’t be overlooked when it comes to an average workday. Dorothy Gale was on to something when she said, “There’s no place like home.” Today’s healthy workplaces encourage their employees to seek out familiar, cozy spaces that allow them to sit back, recharge, and refocus. Embracing a soft, organic approach to seating in these spaces is crucial to meaningful connection.

#2: Express Yourself

In our industry, brand identity is kind of a big deal. It’s what gives a successful organization wings. But a smart amenities-driven workplace takes that sentiment a step further by encouraging its employees to celebrate what makes them unique. Sure, that can include a Friday afternoon ping-pong tournament or a beloved pet photo contest, but what really makes people feel and do their best is having a choice.

From color and fabrics to workstations and organizational tools, every employee has a preference. While some of us are more industrious in focused, quiet environments, others respond better to spaces that encourage shared ideas. A sit-to-stand desk and bright, colorful storage might be ideal for one employee, but an efficient personal worksurface and customized tiling system could be better for another.

No one stays organized in exactly the same way—that’s why customized convenience matters! Strategically placed power modules and adaptable monitor arms eliminate desktop clutter and help create a coordinated workflow. And if you’re someone who focuses better with a bit of peace and quiet, gallery panels and mounted screens can make an enormous difference in how you maintain personal productivity. The bottom line? Pride in your individuality is always in style.

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#3: Take a Deep Breath

Everyone can agree that workplace stress is counterproductive to overall well-being and job satisfaction. That said, no office is without it from time to time. The key is to mitigate and manage it in healthy, supportive ways, and we happen to think your environment is the key.

Numerous studies have shown that natural light has scientifically proven benefits, including increased vitality, energy, and mood. But for workspaces with limited access to good old Mr. Sun, the right task lighting can also manifest some motivation. Having access to a full spectrum of lighting accessories (and smart workplace tools) is a thoughtful way to keep people in a healthy headspace.

And, of course, sometimes we simply need to unplug. Or plug in, for that matter! An office oasis that offers private soft seating, convenient integrated power, sleek surfaces, and warm, inviting aesthetics is often just what the doctor ordered on busy days.

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#4: Gain a New Perspective

It’s amazing what a change of scenery can do. Today’s amenities-driven workspaces are reconsidering how and where people share ideas—and it turns out that’s not necessarily behind a desk all day. Connection matters more than ever and having access to flexible environments and solutions throughout the office is vital to personal comfort and happiness. Adaptable benching systems that offer efficient power hubs and optional privacy, luxurious soft seating with residential appeal, and even height-adjustable desks encourage people to branch out and breathe in.

So, go on—get out there and explore the possibilities! There’s a whole world of HON solutions ready and waiting. From customer-favorite enhancements to new carded fabric offerings and paint, we’re ready to ring in the New Year in comfort and style.

Welcome to 2024!

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