Category Archives: Contemporary Office Design

5 Tips for Creating a Sustainable Workplace

Sustainability is more than a trend in the business world. In fact, it’s becoming a staple that guides every aspect of the workplace, from building design and eco-friendly heating and cooling to partnering with green businesses for everything from office supplies to contemporary office furniture. Here are 5 great ideas for creating a sustainable workplace:

Help Your Cleaning Go Green:

It’s important to have a healthy, hygienic work environment, but that doesn’t mean you have to use harsh or harmful chemicals to reach that goal. Partner with a cleaning company that uses environmentally-friendly products and stock your kitchen and washrooms with Green cleaning products, soaps, and hand cream. It not only helps the planet, it’s a health benefit to employees who suffer from allergies and sensitivities to chemicals too.

Start a Green Transport Initiative:

If your employees are all driving their own cars to work, your company’s carbon footprint is going to be considerable. Start an initiative to make transport a little greener. Why not encourage carpooling and public transport, incentivize coming to work by bicycle or walking? This is a great opportunity to get employees involved and ask what support they’d need to achieve these goals – and rewards too!

Implement Green Energy Management Policies:

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), buildings in the USA account for a massive 40% of the country’s total energy use, predominantly for heating and cooling, lighting, and electronics. Implementing an energy management policy will help reduce your carbon footprint and save on monthly bills. Ideas for this include awareness stickers placed by office machinery and lights, as well as motion sensors and automated systems to control lighting, heating, and cooling. By zoning your building and customizing your energy use, you can prevent excessive heating and cooling or unnecessary lighting when no one is at work.

Local, Healthy Foods:

Sustainable dining is another great green trend for offices, where you stock vending machines and kitchens with healthy, locally-produced food and snacks. Use reusable dishes rather than Styrofoam or plastic, and ensure packaging is recyclable.

Green Purchasing:

Buy or hire equipment that is energy-efficient, refurbish your office by upcycling items and using eco-friendly paint, add plenty of plants for greenery and air quality benefits, and buy from suppliers that offer eco-friendly office supplies. If you are refitting your office, find a partner that not only offers the latest in modern office design ideas, but also offers an environmentally-friendly approach, including recycling your current furniture.

Need an Eco-Friendly Partner Who Can Create World-Class Contemporary Office Interiors?

BE Furniture is a full-service corporate office design and contemporary office furniture company, offering a wide range of environmentally-sensitive and innovative products and services for innovative boardrooms and contemporary office interiors. We also offer office furniture recycling services to ensure your old office furniture is disposed of in an environmentally-friendly manner. All of our contemporary office furniture is covered by a lifetime repair and maintenance program to ensure that you get the most out of your new investment.

For more information on our services for contemporary office interiors, please contact us today or visit our website at https://www.befurniture.com/

Your Checklist for Finding the Right Office Design and Fit-Out Partner

Before you can even think about investing in cubicle desk systems, modern office chairs or ergonomic desks, you will need to find the right office design and fit-out partner. This partner will be equipped to advise you in terms of what kind of office set-up will be best for your business and your company culture, from modern office cubicles, stunning conference and collaborative areas, to open-plan workplaces.

Here are our top tips for choosing the right office design company to assist you in this all-important journey:

Vision and Cultural Integration

Anybody can pick out ten cubicles for ten people and put them in a layout. But a serious office design partner won’t even start talking about furniture until they know the soul of your company, and what kind of culture you are trying to achieve. The discussion of company culture and values is the soul of good office design.

Experience

Most companies have good experience but what kind of experience is a better question. Do they simply make nice layouts of desks or do they partner with you for a soup to nuts solution to your company’s buildout? Do they understand how to choose design elements and use color to create unique and compelling workspaces? Experience is more than how long they’ve been in business, its how they’ve chosen to focus that time.

Facilities and Showroom

Visiting an office design company’s facility and/or showroom can provide you with greater insight into the type of work that they do, the quality of the manufacturers they represent, as well as whether it is in line with your company’s aesthetic vision..

Design Process

Design competence can be evaluated by looking at other company offices they have created and the discussion of how they will approach the unique build out of your new company culture. Consider the following:

  • Does the company have an in-house design team?
  • Do they offer concept visuals and unlimited layout revisions?
  • Do they have a dedicated in-house advisor that you can work with face-to-face on your project?

Comprehensive Project Management

Your little office furniture project will quickly become a monster, and seem like a second full time job if you partner with the wrong company. Who will track and manage furniture delivery? Who disposes of the old furniture? Will the office be properly prepped before arrival of new items? What do the employee’s do in the meantime? What about permits and inspections, who handles that? A proper office design partner will handle most of this for you if you want them to, right down to cleaning the office and immediately responding to requests for repair or adjustment of furniture.

BE Extraordinary, We Can Help

Whether your new office buildout is large or small, it is an exciting project for company that affect its employee’s a great deal and will for years to come. Your choice of an office design partner needs to be based on much more than the lowest bid. BE strives to represent that balance between value, and a truly collaborative, forward looking experience.

Give us a call today to discuss your office design needs or contact us.

An Agile Working Checklist for Your Office

Agile working spaces are becoming a common feature in the corporate world. No longer are workers content to stay tied to a single desk for eight hours a day. They demand working environments with greater flow and adaptability. What’s more, they tend to respond to these with increased productivity and decreased absenteeism. So, what do you need to create an agile workspace? Here’s a checklist to help you answer that question.

Get Rid of Unnecessary Office Furniture

Start by moving out your unnecessary, traditional office furniture. You’ll find that a good portion of it can go. You may even be able to downsize your floor space and save on rent.

Cloud Services and Completely Mobile IT:

Forget about desktops, base everything in the Cloud and issue laptops, tablets, and handsets to your staff. Since staff will be constantly on the move, fixed workstations will be redundant.

Video Communication Provisions:

Nothing makes your team less agile than fixed meeting locations and travel commitments. Set up screens for the use of Skype, FaceTime, and other apps. Your finance department will thank you in the long run.

Fast Connectivity:

Rapid, high-quality internet connection is no longer negotiable. It’s essential to your operations. Set up Ethernet if you have to. But, a better option is good WiFi, keeping in mind the mobility factor.

Demountable Pods:

Instead of fixed workstations, opt for demountable pods which can be set up and struck down and moved in a short time and still provide relative quiet and privacy when staff needs it.

Soft Seating:

Out with the old-fashioned office chairs! And in with the couches! There is nothing wrong with your staff being comfortable and relaxed while they work. In fact, they will reward you for providing that comfort.

Benches:

Teams will always need to come together to discuss and work collaboratively. Set up long benches in a relaxed, “desk-like” space to give them what they need.

Café Seating:

Provide a place for breaks and small meetings. Set it up in such a way that it doesn’t too closely resemble the formal break room of old.

Conference Furniture:

You need meeting areas that will impress clients and be welcoming to staff, while it still forms part of your overall agile and adaptable set-up.

We have all the great new office design ideas you need. Contact us for help in designing the perfect agile office space.

Office Redesigns and How They Can Increase Staff Loyalty and Attract New Hires

What would you think are the main factors that decide whether an employee stays at a particular job or leaves it? The obvious ones are work enjoyment and satisfaction, remuneration, and relationships with bosses and colleagues. However, there is another very important, though often unconscious factor – the work environment itself. Neither employers nor employees give it enough thought, but a worker’s level of satisfaction with his/her working environment has a powerful influence over whether he or she will stay or leave. It also affects the attractiveness of the company to prospective employees.

We are often so accustomed to thinking of our offices as purely functional spaces. We just have to go in, do our day’s work and then leave. This is hardly an attitude that is conducive to good work, however, and a drab or uncomfortable environment is not only going to make workers do the bare minimum, it will also encourage them to jump ship as soon as a nicer space becomes available.

What is more depressing than coming to a desk every day that faces a gray wall, is equipped with an uncomfortable chair that has your back throbbing by the end of the day, and keeps you isolated from your co-workers?

This is why any employer wanting to increase staff retention or attract good quality new recruits should consider refurbishing their offices. Not only would you benefit from creating a lighter, brighter, more collaborative space, but you would also do well to install new work stations that are ergonomically enhanced and built for comfort and safety.

We have all the great new office design ideas you need. Contact us for help in making your office a more pleasant and attractive space.

These Sustainable Design Features Improve Health, Productivity, and User Experience

 Until about the last two decades, employers were not aware of how their businesses’ working environments affected workers’ health, comfort, productivity, and diligence. It’s now well-known that both office health and safety, as well as the overall attractiveness of the working area, are key factors in employee satisfaction and output. As an employer or a building owner, you may be wondering how you can create an office that is optimum for health, productivity and user experience. Here, gathered from our expert office designers are the main features you need to consider.

Natural Light and Views

There are few things more likely to depress and demotivate office workers than an office environment that is lit only by artificial light sources and that has no windows or that has only limited views. It often doesn’t matter what the view is: nature is best, but even a cityscape or a carefully nurtured garden would be enough to keep people happy. Windows and skylights should be strategically positioned to allow the most natural light for as many hours in a day as possible. The arrangement of workstations must be planned accordingly too.

Good Quality and Quantity of Air

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is possibly the most important factor in the creation of a decent office space. Many offices are completely shut off from exterior air, except through air conditioning systems, which may carry high concentrations of dust, dirt, microbes, and other contaminants. New approaches to office design are changing that. The trend now is to increase the ventilation of exterior air. In addition to this, you should fill your office space with furniture and appliances created with materials that minimize toxic ingredients and off-gassing. Select your furniture, carpets, and mats with care, making sure that you use only high-quality non-toxic materials. The same goes for cleaning materials. At BE Furniture, we can put together the perfect, health-sustaining office space that completely excludes unhealthy elements.

Temperature Control

An office space that veers between temperature extremes, or is consistently too hot or too cold, can have a disastrous effect on employee motivation and productivity. Make sure that you have a temperature control system that maintains a constant, comfortable temperature that can be adjusted with the change in seasons.

Opt for Collaborative Furniture

The days of formal rows of box-shaped cubicles, which once made up the stereotypical view of office spaces, are gone. Employers are increasingly choosing to create collaborative workspaces that remove the air of formality, keep employees more relaxed and open to their colleagues and generally make them feel like they are working in a pleasant space for an appreciative company. This invariably results in a better flow of ideas and better output.

Contact us to discuss your office and how we can make it even better.

How to Support Your Untethered Employees

Organizations are looking for ways to become more flexible in terms of where and how their employees work. From more creative and dynamic office designs to work-from-home policies, they’re adding variety and agility to achieve meaningful gains. One challenge, however, is how to properly support flexible employees – here’s what our contemporary office design team has to say.

Invest in good communication tools and policies:

Working remotely doesn’t mean that communication should suffer – but it does mean that organizations need to invest in robust communication tools and policies. This allows face-to-face meetings to happen in real time, fostering collaboration and clear communication between team members.

Secure your tech:

It’s essential to develop policies and data security strategies for devices that remote workers will utilize, whether the devices are supplied by your organization or via a Bring Your Own Device policy. This ensures that employees have access to the correct software, apps and tech they need to do their job properly, without sacrificing data security.

Establish remote working protocols:

Organizations with untethered employees need to have clear protocols for remote work as well as their office environment. This means clear communication for use of hot desks and meeting/collaborative spaces, policies for reporting in to work or monitoring hours of work, and availability. All of these have to be clearly communicated and adhered to in order to prevent frustration, uncertainty or confusion.

Create flexible workspaces:

Workplace design is becoming more flexible and agile in order to accommodate flexible work hours, collaboration and team agility. While traditional approaches have employees working in an assigned desk in an assigned cubicle, your untethered employees need to be able to work anywhere according to the exact needs of the job at that moment. For example, they may work at home when they’re doing focused tasks, at a hot desk while they are waiting on a meeting, in a collaborative space for team meetings, or in a private communal space for informal meetings.

Contemporary Office Furniture to Support a Flexible Business Environment

BE Furniture helps clients create functional and appealing contemporary office interiors that support agile business culture. In addition to our wide range of contemporary office furniture, including architectural walls and office reception area furniture, we can also assist you with workspace design and fitment. For more information on our services, please contact us today and speak to our contemporary office design team or visit our website at https://www.befurniture.com/