Category Archives: Commercial Office Interiors

For Your Company’s Return to Work, its about Rework, not Replace

With so many companies planning their return to work, our phones are ringing off the hook with clients wondering whether their current office furniture, layout and workflow is able to be made into a more bio-safe and hygenic workspace for now and the foreseeable future. What we’re telling our clients is basically a version of “don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater.” Use the necessity of changing your office design to become both a safer, and a more attractive workplace. Office remodeling can change the personality of your office as well as motivate your employees, improve employ performance, and attract new clients, while better retaining employees. But in these times your remodel can also add design and furniture features that improve employee separation, facilitate social distancing yet allow for teaming, introduce bio-engineered worksurfaces, and make new cleaning and workflow protocols work better. To make your office remodeling work for everything you need, in 95% of cases you don’t have to throw everything out (unless you want to of course!) you just need to consider the modification and addition of a few elements.

Consider Movement In Your Office

Design and layout choices now are about limiting incidental interaction, while allowing efficient movement to important area’s. What was less important in a pre-covid world has now become a central fixture of office layout. The introduction of natural barriers full of plants or artwork, become both beautiful visual elements and practical barriers that direct employees where you want them to go and how you want them to get there.

Consider Bio-Toxic Worksurfaces

Several Manufacturers provide copper or copper infused chairs and work surfaces. For critical area’s such as conference rooms and touchdown stations, its worth considering an investment in work areas that will not harbor virus’ or bacteria for long. Even certain kinds of fabrics and backing materials are known to be less friendly to germs are can be easily cleaned with stronger cleansers without losing their beauty. It’s all about cleaning friendly materials now.

Partitions that Protect but Don’t Separate

Visible, view through partitions distributed through BE Furniture from several manufacturers, can be added to most work surfaces. Made of clear acrylic they fully protect workplace neighbors from the worst effects of errant sneezing and other contact, while allowing employees to see each other and remain in close proximity desking layouts.

Teaming Areas

The days of packing to standing room only into a tiny conference room are probably over for the foreseeable future. Conference rooms seating has to be pared back, worksurfaces cleaned after every meeting, and virtual meeting elements should be part of every teaming area now. Meeting in smaller groups will drive changes to workflow that may require the creation of more but smaller protected teaming areas. BE’s Movable Wall solutions have long been a cost-effective solution to the challenge and are more than ever relevant now. They even come with potential tax benefits for the business owner, check them out at our moveable glass walls page.

Keep the Air Clean

In an age of concern about airborne disease, paying attention to the quality of your office air is a pretty good idea. If you rent office space, ask your landlord to have the ductwork professionally cleaned. Better yet consider the installation of a UV Ductwork Sterilization System. But finally consider the installation of a local commercial air filtration system. One of the most advanced on the market is the Dyson Pure Cool, by Dyson for business. Using a combination of Hepa filtering and UV light, the Dyson Pure Cool can remove up to 99.97% of particulates from the air, and a single unit covers more than 400 square feet. Actually all Dyson products represent the leading edge of hygienic technology, you can see it all at BE’s Dyson Products for Business page

Design for the New Objectives of Workplace Safety

A few decades back, workplace safety meant not getting hit by falling boxes, run over by forklifts, or keeping your hands away from the printer head. But the concept of workplace safety post COVID has just been reinvented, my friends.

For those who are planning to remodel or start over with their office environment, you need to partner with a company that leverages a deep understanding of the new meanings of workplace safety. Please contact us at Business Environments, we want to help you with that.

How to Measure the ROI of an Office Remodel

If your organization wants to drive growth, edge out the competition, and support staff productivity, then it’s essential to realize the role your office design and environment play as a valuable point for engagement. Office design may seem a secondary part of your organizational strategy for success, but when you have a workplace that’s desirable to the workforce, you’re going to be positioned to attract the best team. Here’s some insight into the two main factors to consider when measuring ROI for investing in your office fit-out, from NJ specialists in commercial office interiors.

Optimization of Space Usage: 

With the right office remodel and fit-out, organizations can make significant savings by reducing wasted space and preventing the need for costly office relocation. Office space is one of the main expenses for businesses of every size and, therefore, the use of space needs to be tailored to each business in order to utilize it efficiently. In fact, some organizations who undertake a space utilization analysis may find that they have so much additional wasted space that they can meaningfully reduce the number of offices they use (thereby making savings over their lease period), expand their teams without moving offices or develop space that can be then leased to other businesses for additional income.

Disrupting Disengagement: 

The other factor to consider when determining the ROI of an office redesign is its impact on employee engagement. Great amenities, a stylish and welcoming design, and functionality are all fundamental to employee performance and engagement. By implementing a design that supports your employee’s work needs and wellness and that creates a positive impact on clients as well as staff, your office space can become a place where people want to work. This not only helps to support your current team and their ability to reach their goals, but also helps attract new talent to help grow your business and make it more competitive.

Optimize ROI with Commercial Office Interior Experts in New Jersey 

At BE Furniture, we’re here to assist our clients in creating commercial office interiors that reflect their brand’s values, increase productivity, and achieve sustainability goals – optimizing their ROI.

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/

A Great Office Design Always Includes Soundproofing

Planning a new office fit-out in 2020? With so many decisions to make about office cubicle systems, modern office workstations and desks, and interior office design, it’s easy to forget about one thing that’s essential to every successful office design: soundproofing.

Better Soundproofing Means Better Productivity

Have you ever been in an office or restaurant for a meeting where it was impossible to hear what was being said on the other side of the table? Or in a conference room where it’s impossible to hold a private meeting because anything anyone says bounces and echoes around the room? It’s frustrating and it’s bad for business! And, it shows just how important soundproofing really is if you want your office space and employees to be productive. 

As our offices have gotten busier and more open, noise levels have increased – a problem noted as early as 1972 in the Noise Control Act. According to health professionals and the act itself, noise doesn’t just mean an increase in distraction, as “Problems related to noise include stress-related illnesses, high blood pressure, speech interference, hearing loss, sleep disruption, and lost productivity.”

Modern offices thrive in downtown environments. But, these prime locations don’t necessarily support productivity and employee wellness as much as they should. This is where clever office design becomes essential, creating the quiet and relaxation so essential to de-stress the workplace so that your organization can get the best from both worlds.

Soundproofing and Your Office Fit-Out – Speak to Our NJ team about Office Cubicle Systems, Office Design, and More

A professional office fit-out service will look beyond color schemes and corporate office. It will address your office’s potential from the very foundations up. Existing buildings usually haven’t been designed with consideration to the noise and requirements of a modern office. However, an experienced team can deliver great results with the right approach to soundproofing in the form of sound reduction and sound absorption to create an ideal work environment.

BE Furniture in New Jersey can help you create a functional and appealing workspace that not only supports your brand, but also helps your employees optimize their productivity. In addition to our wide range of office furniture, including office cubicle systems, office cubicle walls, and modern office workstations and desks, our team can also assist you with workspace design and office furniture fit-outs

We also offer eco-friendly recycling and used furniture removal options for all your old office furniture and fittings. For more information on our services and products, including our range of contemporary office furniture, please contact us today or visit our website at https://www.befurniture.com/

 

Inside 5 of the World’s Top Tech Offices

In recent years, tech companies have been dominating the innovative office design industry, demonstrating how innovation and creativity can create a high-performance workplace. Here is some inspiration from some of the most noteworthy tech offices from around the world.

Airbnb USA Headquarters

Airbnb has transformed the short-term rental industry and how we see our homes. So, it should be no surprise that it’s changing how we see offices too. Their San Francisco office was designed by the company’s Environments Team and local architects to create a truly unique space. The revitalization of this building meant bringing in as much natural light as possible through the original glass structure, stripping the building down to its core. As a global company, the building has a global theme, with different spaces including cafes, building floors, and meeting rooms reflecting different cities and countries around the world.

Dropbox

The new Sydney offices for Dropbox is all about creating engagement and relationships between staff and the public. The vision encapsulates the home design trend in corporate design, creating a sleek and modern space that’s welcoming and warm. It’s an open but comfortable space that’s all about bringing different work styles together in the same space.

Squarespace

These New York City offices span three floors of the historic Maltz Building (a manufacturing hub for the Printing House District in the mid-20th century), with a sweeping rooftop deck and ground-floor lobby as well as an event space. This office space is all about coexistence. It creates an environment where individual and collaborative work modes can come together to support high-performance individuals and teams. Unlike many tech spaces, this design doesn’t use bold color. Instead, it relies on the texture and appeal of rich wood, glass, and polished concrete.

SKB Kontur

This Russian IT company develops software for a conservative sector, namely accounting and business management. But, there’s nothing that’s conservative about their office design. It is both bold and youthful, and it screams for your attention, from the robust colors that define the different zones of the organization to its dedication to being a self-supporting unit. Not only does it have the typical spaces of traditional workplaces, but it also has a conference hall, study rooms, libraries, a bar, canteens, and sports areas.

Uber

Few companies have disrupted an industry quite as quickly and powerfully as Uber. Their new Advanced Technology Group offices in Pittsburgh follow the same idea by transforming a warehouse into a cathedral, which accentuates functionality first as well as the values and vision of the company. A stark white glass and steel building, this office space is all about the development of ground-breaking autonomous car development. By creating 360-degree workspaces for each team member, complete with expansive desk space, room for prototypes and more, each person has their own, individual high-tech, fully-equipped workshop. In addition to collaborative spaces and workstations, the facility also has a fully-functioning machine shop where prototypes are built, engineered, and tested.

Modern Office Workstation Desks and Modular Office Workstation Furniture in New Jersey

If you want to make the most of your office design and space, our team is here to help. In addition to our wide range of modular office workstation furniture and corporate office furniture, we also offer creative, expertly-delivered workspace design and fitment services. For more information on services, please contact us today or visit our website at https://www.befurniture.com/

Open Ceilings Vs. Drop Ceilings in the Workplace

Open ceilings have become increasingly popular in office design over the past decade or so. The taste for deconstructed, industrial spaces doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, and open ceilings are an integral part of that aesthetic. However, before you decide on an open ceiling look for your office, you should consider its pros and cons versus those of drop ceilings. Take a look at these points as you weigh your options:

Cost

The general perception is that open ceilings must be cheaper, since they eliminate the need for any additional materials such as ceiling boards and joists, and the labor required to install them. This is only partially true. While it may be true that the initial cost of an open ceiling is somewhat cheaper – about 25 % – you may often find that, once you strip away the old ceiling boards or tiles, there is far more work and hidden problems underneath than you initially anticipated. One of the main features of open ceilings is the exposed ducts and wiring. If you are working with an existing building that has not been built with open ceilings in mind, you may very well find that the pipes and wiring are an absolute eyesore. You will then need to fix, replace and dress them up, doing a lot of work and construction to make your ceiling look casually deconstructed. That will cost more time and money.

Aesthetics

As mentioned above, the deconstructed look of an open ceiling is not always as simple as it appears. That ‘deconstructed’ look needs to be ‘constructed’. With a closed ceiling, at least you know what you’re getting: a neat grid of tiles which may look cold and clinical but, at least, they are presentable. 

If you are willing to take on the cost of open ceilings, then you need to consider whether it will really suit the culture and purpose of your business. You may find that a tidy drop ceiling suits you better. Don’t just follow the trends, go with what works for you.

Think carefully about the image you want to present to your external stakeholders too, especially in reception areas and meeting rooms. When planning a conference room with open ceilings, for example, consider your furniture options, and what would work best in that communal, often public-facing space.  

Sound

The tiles used in suspended ceilings are designed to absorb ambient sound and keep noise levels down in your office space. With an open ceiling, you lose that acoustic protection. Ambient noise comes through easily, which means that people then have to raise their voices to be heard. This could disrupt your work. It’s a problem that you can get around with adequate planning and a good structural designer. But, you need to take the higher costs into account.

We have all the great new office design ideas you need. Contact us for help in designing a beautiful and cost-effective office space.

Tips for Change Management When You’re Moving to a New Office Location

Moving your office to a new location involves a myriad of decisions. Not only do you need to ensure that the new office is on brand and offers employees and staff a great experience, but you also have to manage the change with existing employees.

Some of the questions that office managers and business owners ask during this time include:

  • Do I need to consult with my staff?
  • What is the impact of commuting versus relocation?
  • What do my employment contracts say?
  • What if someone won’t or can’t move?

Here are a few tips to help you with the office relocation:

Be Prepared

Prior to move day, make sure that everything that can fit into a crate or a box is packed away into a crate or a box. Desks, cupboards, and drawers need to be empty. IT equipment needs to be sealed in an IT bag. Personal items, valuables, and breakables should be placed in a specific area to be taken home.

Every Item Needs a Label

Everything that needs to be moved needs to have a label or else the movers won’t know where to put the boxes when they arrive at the new location.

Relook Your Office Furniture

Now is the perfect time to sell your old office furniture and upgrade to contemporary office furniture. Imagine how excited your staff will be to learn that you will have ergonomic furniture, flexible desks, sit stand desks or other great furniture options waiting for them at the new location. Visit BE Furniture to pick out the high-quality and affordable items you need for your new office.

Contact BE Furniture for more information on commercial office interiors today.