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How Wiring can Impact on your Office Design

In an age of wireless, digital technology, the designs of our workplaces are still held back by miles and miles of wiring and cables. In the conference room where virtual meetings, group calls and presentations are common, this issue is even more apparent.

Limiting Your Options – From Conference Tables to Flooring 

The conference table is the focal point of the room, a gathering space that represents your brand to your clients, partners and employees. For many companies, the look of this important piece of furniture is immediately affected by the need for connectivity boxes for connecting laptops and devices and handling every type of video output on the market, from HDMI to mini DisplayPort. This makes minimalist design challenging if not outright impossible.

Then, it’s about accommodating the wires that run from the table to the screen (or screens) under the carpeting or beneath the baseboards and through the walls. This fixes your layout in a permanent manner, making it impossible to make your conference room into a multipurpose space – a critical challenge to overcome if your business is looking for a flexible and more effective use of their office space.

In a typical office conference room, this means that a space that should look professional, functional and stylish instead looks clunky, messy and unattractive.

Wireless Solutions Offer More Choices for Your Conference Room 

Conference rooms deserve to be a focal point of your business and should represent your brand in an engaging way as well as having the tech needed to facilitate business. By going wireless, you’re no longer limited to a specific type of conference table, flooring or even a fixed layout – and more flexibility means more opportunities to create the right space.

Design a Bespoke Conference Room with Contemporary Office Furniture Specialists 

BE Furniture in New Jersey can help you create a functional and appealing conference space that supports your brand. In addition to our wide range of office furniture, including conference room tables and corporate furniture, we can also assist you with workspace design and fitment. We also offer eco-friendly recycling options for all your old office furniture and fittings. For more information on our services, please contact us today or visit our website at https://www.befurniture.com/

 

Mobile Device Privacy and the Modern Workplace

Did you know that over 74% of organizations in the USA have a “bring your own device” policy in the workplace? As our personal lives – and devices – overlap so frequently with our professional lives, it becomes more and more important to focus on mobile device privacy issues. Here are just a few to consider from our contemporary office furniture team.

  • Pop-up notifications: These are often a useful feature and many apps offer push notifications as part of their service. However, these can be hugely problematic when in the workplace. Ensuring that your smartphone or device is turned to “do not disturb” mode whenever it is being used in a presentation or even charging in a visible spot is essential.
  • Overheard phone conversations: These have been a workplace issue ever since telephones became popular in professional spaces, but cellphones have dramatically impacted this issue. Thanks to mobile devices, we are expected to be available anytime, anywhere – at home or at work – for both professional and personal needs. While work-related calls are more common, it is accepted that personal calls will occasionally happen in the workplace as well, which can be a distraction for others as well as exposing your personal details. While you can leave the office, some workplaces have moved to install private call booths or sound-dampened call stations to help maintain your privacy in the event of a personal call.
  • Data: This is a serious issue for businesses as it can be easily for confidential or sensitive information on a personal device to become compromised. Similarly, you won’t want your private information on your personal device to somehow be accessed by the company you work for. To prevent this, always use secured and/or private data networks and ensure that your workplace has clear guidelines in place to prevent work and personal data issues. In addition, be sure to always lock your phone with a passcode and keep private information password protected.

Modern Office Design Ideas – From Contemporary Office Furniture to Office Design and Remodeling 

BE Furniture is a New Jersey-located company that strives to meet all your contemporary office furniture and office design needs. We can assist you with everything from furniture selection, architectural walls and contemporary office interiors to remodeling and furniture recycling. For more information on the latest modern office design ideas and corporate office furniture, please contact us today or visit our website at https://www.befurniture.com/

How Tech Can Boost Workplace Engagement

Every forward-thinking company knows that employee engagement is key to the success of their business. After all, engaged employees are more satisfied with their jobs, less likely to leave the company and are more productive and effective in the workplace. While workplace relationships play a critical role in employee engagement, technology is also important to creating the right workplace culture and environment.

Technology has a significant impact on how and even where we work, whatever the industry we work in. Here are some new technologies on the horizon that could impact on how we engage in the workplace.

  • Artificial intelligence: AI is slowly becoming more prevalent in high-tech work environments and shows incredible promise for the not-so-distant future. With the right application of AI, buildings could self-regulate temperature, lighting and air quality. Work environments have even been designed using AI, like the headquarters of software giants AutoDesk in Toronto, to maximize workflow and productivity.
  • Sensors: High-tech sensors form a foundation for advanced tech in the workplace, including AI. These sensors can be designed to detect and record all kinds of workplace data, from motion, light and sound to temperature, proximity, pressure and air quality. Through these sensors, companies can draw on huge amounts of data about how employees interact with their environment – making it easier to manage the workplace environment more effectively. Better temperature management and noise masking, for example, would lead to reduced workplace conflicts and a more comfortable office space.
  • Production-specific tools: We’re already seeing a lot of these in the workplace and we can expect to see them continually refine their processes in the future. From file-sharing and project management interfaces to software that automates previously manual processes, these tools make jobs easier, more collaborative and more efficient. When employers invest in these technologies, they are demonstrating the value they put on their employees’ time and capabilities as well as their enjoyment of their jobs.

Modern Office Design Ideas to Create a More Engaged, Productive Workplace 

At BE Furniture, we assist our clients in achieving an optimal workspace for their business. Whether you are looking to replace old workstations with contemporary office furniture or want a comprehensive redesign and fitment of your space, our experienced team can handle it all.

For more information about contemporary office interiors or our office furniture products, please contact us today or visit our website at https://www.befurniture.com/

 

4 Easy Ways to Refresh and Re-energize Your Workplace

Is your office looking a little dull, a bit boring or lacking in character? Here are some tips from our team of corporate office furniture specialist in New Jersey on how to bring some new life and energy into your office in easy, affordable ways.

  1. Upgrade the lighting: As office remodeling and furniture specialists, one of the first things we notice in an office is poor lighting. Lighting plays a huge role in the mood of a workspace and poor lighting leaves people feeling stressed, strained and unwell. It’s a source of migraines as well as creating a harsh or dingy environment, and it impacts your energy bill too! Replacing old bulbs with energy-saving LED bulbs with dimmers isn’t expensive and allows people light their space to suit their needs. A bigger project is to try bringing in more natural light by using solutions such as architectural office partitions made of glass.
  2. Add some nature: Plants literally add life to your office – and are cheap and easy to maintain. They also improve mental wellbeing, add interest and clean the air. Great plants for the office include snake plants, peace lilies, ficus, aloes, orchids and rubber tree plants. Check with your local nursery or office plant supply specialist to find out what plants are right for your office as they do have different light and water requirements.
  3. Mix in some sit stand desks: These are a popular option for many modern offices and are ideal for reducing excessive sitting time that increases health risks for office workers. Start by finding out how many people want to give them a try and add a few as hot-desks for everyone to get used to rather than replacing them all. There are also other ergonomic desks ideal for people who aren’t comfortable standing at work.
  4. Include some art: Art in the workplace should uplift and inspire, but to put it kindly, a lot of art in offices is so bland and boring that it might as well not exist. Instead, consider your brand and what it represents, and get inspired to add some personality to your space. If you love being part of your community, why not support a local artist and invest in paintings or sculpture? Retro movie posters are beautiful and affordable and great if you’re in the media industry, or trawl through vintage stores for some retro inspiration.

Make Your Workplace Inspiring and Functional with Modern, Exciting Corporate Office Furniture 

BE Furniture is a full-service corporate office furniture company offering a wide range of environmentally-sensitive and innovative products and services for commercial office interiors. In addition to design and fitment services, we also offer Earth-friendly recycling of old office interiors. For more modern office ideas and information on our contemporary office furniture, sit stand desks, architectural office partitions and more, please contact us today or visit our website at https://www.befurniture.com/

 

Green Buildings – More Beneficial than Simply Cutting Energy Costs

Going Green is a trend that’s set to continue push the boundaries for office design for decades into the future, and for many companies the primary driver for achieving environmentally-friendly goals is to reduce energy consumption. With office buildings accounting for 19% of all commercial energy consumption, with the typical office building using 1.4 billion British thermal units (Btu) per year according to the US Energy Information Administration, it’s not hard to see why businesses are driven to lower their utilities costs. However, a recent Harvard University study has shown that there are actually even far greater benefits to the green office building trend.

This study looked at a set of green-certified (LEED) buildings in 6 different countries (USA, India, China, Germany, Turkey and Brazil) over a period of 16 years with impressive results – they identified over $6 billion in combined health and climate benefits!

The findings showed that globally, these projects saved billions in energy costs while also avoiding the release of 33,000 kilotons of CO2 into the atmosphere – the same amount that would be produced by 7.1 million passenger cars on the road for one year. This translates into $4.4 billion in public health benefits, including fewer deaths, hospitalizations and reduced respiratory conditions like asthma. As part of the total figure, $1.4 billion in climate benefits was also calculated as a result of reduced CO2, methane and nitrous oxide – dangerous greenhouse gasses.

It’s important to remember that these benefits are in addition to the $7.5 billion these building saved in terms of energy costs. LEED buildings, like those that were studied, form just one-third of all green-certified buildings in the world and perform at one of the highest standard set for eco-friendly buildings. The impact of the buildings that formed part of the study also varied from country to county, with the buildings located in China and India topping the list by creating around $10 in health and climate benefits for each dollar of energy savings.

One of the greatest features of these buildings and this trend is that the technology and processes they use don’t just bring health, productivity and wellness benefits to those who work within them, but the country and world as a whole.

Design and Remodel Your Office Space with Architectural Glass Walls and NJ Specialists in Commercial Office Interiors 

At BE Furniture, we’re here to assist clients in creating commercial office interiors that reflect their brand’s values, increase productivity and achieve the benefits of going Green. In addition to our wide range of contemporary office furniture, architectural glass walls, architectural office partitions, movable walls and other interior design features, we can also assist you with workspace design and fitment. Our eco-friendly office furniture recycling program also ensures that your remodeling project is in line with your brand’s values. For more information on our services and products, please contact us today or visit our website at https://www.befurniture.com/

Spaces that Inspire Creativity and Innovation

Designing an office is about much more than making sure there’s enough seating and desk space for each employee, it’s about creating a space that embodies your brand, smooths out work processes and enhances productivity and creative thinking. Here are some of the leading sources of inspiration for workplaces that offer it all.

The Natural World: For too long, society has treated work as separate to nature – but where do we all go to relax, re-energize and find inspiration? Nature. Natural light, plant life and fresh air have a significant impact on our wellbeing, health and happiness, and using it in the workplace has the same powerful effect. When there’s a strong presence of nature, people experience less mental fatigue, stress and illness. All these positive effects impact directly on your company’s bottom line through increased productivity, better employee mental and physical health, and increased loyalty and job satisfaction.

Socialization: Human beings are social creatures and most people gain a lot from casual social interaction – even introverts. Parks, cafés and bars all have a social buzz that helps people form relationships, network and de-stress, as well as getting in touch with our more creative, spontaneous sides. In the workplace, this can mean having a social kitchen and dining area that’s casual, creative and inspired by café culture – a place where people can get together without disturbing other employees to eat, talk and brainstorm.

Getting active: There is overwhelming evidence that being physically active is essential to living a healthy, balanced and happy life. Physical activity gets your blood flowing and sending more oxygen to the brain as well as stimulating proteins that improve mental functions. Physical activity improves our health overall as well, boosting our immune systems and readying us to take on new challenges. Another interesting effect is that repetitive action – like jogging, cycling or walking – shifts the brain into a different state (like a mild daydream) known as Alpha state, the ideal brain state for lateral thinking and problem solving. Nike WHQ has a running track for just this reason, but smaller companies can help promote this by starting office clubs for running, walking or other physical fitness activities, or by incentivizing employees to join clubs and gyms outside of work.

Re-Imagine Your Office Space with Contemporary Office Furniture and Design for Increased Creativity and Productivity 

BE Furniture is a full-service specialist in contemporary office interiors, and our experienced team can assist you with everything from choosing modern office chairs, ergonomic solutions, sit stand desks and contemporary executive seating, to designing and fitting out your office remodel. For more information about our products and services and how we design and create contemporary office interiors, please contact us today or visit our website at https://www.befurniture.com/