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Today’s efficient professional spaces are all about amenities. Most of us aren’t stationed in one spot anymore—to collaborate effectively and keep our well-being in check, we’re migrating throughout the day to stay connected and productive. While project planning in the café is a welcome breath of fresh air, sometimes the hum of everyone else doing the same thing simultaneously can get…well, a little noisy and distracting.

It's easier than you think to add personal support for your hardworking employees. HON’s got your back with tips that’ll help any office—small, large, or in-between—turn down the volume, boost comfort, amp up convenience, and cancel the clutter.

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Acoustic Privacy

Studies have shown that “sound privacy” is one of the biggest sources of employee frustration. For some workers, the constant hum of environmental noise is beneficial, adding to the energy of a workplace. For others, though, it interrupts concentration and can even trigger anxiety. (Especially if they’re migrating back to work from a quiet home office.)

Everyone wants and deserves a productive work environment that fosters personal comfort and convenience. Amenities-driven workspaces have embraced a customized approach to how people stay connected and productive. Sounds, textures, and color all have different impacts on different people.

The trend of open-office design only adds to the challenge. While it’s impossible to remove all noise from within earshot, there are ways to manage it so workers are happy and focused.

Sound can also be dampened through a fresh, clever design of both your space and your office furniture. Workspace dividers like HON Acoustics by Unika Vaev help absorb and diffuse sound in offices of any size. These screen and tile options for walls, ceilings, and floors reduce sounds and look good doing it. They come in a variety of color and style options that attach effortlessly.

Another tactic: acoustic flooring. Carpeting and engineered hardwood dampen sounds rather than amplify them—an often ear-rattling side effect of trendy concrete.

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Visual Privacy

Like ambient privacy, “visual privacy” is about reducing distractions that catch the eye and disrupt thought. Yet another side effect of open-office design. But there are ways to solve it!

Tame the tangled mess of power and computer cables behind the computer and under the desk. Use zip ties to tidy up the cord clutter. Or consider desks that offer wire management, like HON’s Empower® collection. Feels better already, right?

Reduce everyday clutter. Workers tend to accumulate instead of curate, so letting go of office items that clutter your workspace physically and mentally can be cathartic. Are those drawers full of documents necessary, or a nuisance better scanned and stored digitally? Making mindful decisions about what stays and what goes helps declutter a desk and a mind at the same time. And for the stuff that remains, HON’s Workwall system can help get items off the desk and onto the wall, creating space real estate and fostering creativity all at the same time.

Make use of dividers. “Cubicle walls can reduce visual distraction and add style to a space, as well,” says Aaron Snyder, Senior Product Marketing Manager of HON. Today’s options are plentiful: choose from fabric, glass, and wood-look hard surfaces. “HON’s Abound® line offers a wide range of options that keep workers focused and productive.

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Comfort and Ergonomics

The ideal workspace begins with the ideal chair, perfectly suited for the user and the environment,” says Callie Staker, Associate Marketing Manager of HON. “The better the chair design, the more productive the worker.

But of course, not everyone is the same shape or size. Adjustability is non-negotiable—and at HON, we’ve made it a priority, not an afterthought. Our award-winning task chairs offer all these adjustments and more, at a range of prices that fit any office budget. Learn more about Ignition®, Solve®, and other seating options. Here’s what to look for:

Adjustable arms. One size rarely fits all. Look for task chairs that allow a wide range of height adjustment. Cofi™—HON’s elegant answer to executive task seating—recently added adjustable arms to its intuitive, sophisticated approach to design and comfort. Proof that style and substance aren’t mutually exclusive.

Customized control. This is often overlooked: Seat depth allows a worker to sit more forward or back more deeply in the chair. This can be achieved by either sliding the seat itself, or the back. This can be achieved by sliding the seat to the most comfortable position for you.

Seats should do more than go up and down; how they tilt is just as important. The more control over tilt, the better—look for tension control and tilt lock to assure a custom fit every time.

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