Category Archives: Contemporary Office Design

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.

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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.

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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/

How Clean is Your Office?

Contemporary Office Interiors

There are a lot of factor that can be addressed if you want your staff to be more productive, from increasing natural light and investing in ergonomic contemporary office furniture to starting flextime and wellness programs. One area that often goes unnoticed, however, is the cleanliness of the office space. Here are some insights from our contemporary office design specialists.

Healthy Employees are More Productive Employees 

Illness and sick days cost the US economy more than half a trillion dollars each year, so it clearly pays to help support employee health! Colds and flu can spread through an office like lightening, with germs and viruses surviving for up to 18 hours on hard surfaces like keyboards and desks. This means that companies need to put more hours into cleaning their office space, especially wiping down and disinfecting office furniture and computers, as well as water coolers, photocopiers and communal equipment. Another area to regularly clean is the air conditioning and heating system, as this can quickly become home to bacteria if neglected.

Companies should also think about implementing clean office policies that help prevent the spread of germs and bacteria, including not eating at your work station (this can also attract pests), cleaning dishes and cups as they are used, and clearing out desk bins on a regular basis.

A Cleaner Office is a More Durable, More Productive Office 

Clutter has been proven to be bad for productivity, and desks that are cluttered with papers, stationery, plates and cups are a good example of this. In addition to stimulating productivity, a clutter-free, tidy desk is easier to keep clean and attracts far less dust, fewer pests and bacteria. This dust and debris are also hard on your furniture and electronics, reducing the lifespan of computers and office equipment as well as scratching up desks and chairs. Each employee should be encouraged to keep a clear, clean desk – to recycle papers, and wipe their station and computer down with disinfectant on a regular basis. The end result is a more professional, more productive and healthier office!

Contemporary Office Design and Interiors from Our Talented Team in NJ 

BE Furniture in New Jersey can help you create a functional and appealing workspace that supports your brand and helps your employees optimize their productivity. In addition to our wide range of contemporary office furniture, including reception desks, modern office cubicles and architectural walls, our team can also assist you with workspace design and fitment for contemporary office interiors. We also offer eco-friendly recycling 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.

 

Modern Office Design Ideas for Creating a Meeting Space

Meeting spaces are essential in the modern workplace, especially if you run a flexible office with hotdesking or a coworking space. A great meeting space is about much more than just having enough seating, however. Here are some modern office design ideas for designing and creating a functional space, from our contemporary office furniture team.

  • Get rid of the clutter – Meeting spaces need to be neat and tidy, so don’t let this space become a dumping ground for odds and ends from around the rest of the office. Neat office storage solutions can make the room multi-purpose without adding visual clutter.
  • Get comfortable – For a meeting to be productive, people need to be comfortable. Contemporary office furniture with ergonomic support is a must and choosing stylish pieces will give the space a sense of purpose and importance, helping people stay focused.
  • Choose the right size table – You need to be able to fit enough chairs around the table while giving everyone sufficient room to work comfortably. You’ll also need enough perimeter space around the outside of the table for people to move past without bumping into their neighbors. This is especially important if this space is going to be used for presentations, and it’s best to leave one side clear with a wide corridor to allow people to present in comfort and arrange necessary AV equipment/boards, etc.
  • Install good lighting – Poor quality lighting not only makes it difficult to read text, it can also lead to sleepiness, headaches and migraines. Natural lighting is best, and you can maximize this through the use of windows and glass walls. In addition, you should have LED lighting on a dimmer switch, as this allows people to adjust it for their own comfort, as well as for different needs like presentations.
  • Install sound proofing – Meeting rooms can quickly become loud when people are talking, and large meeting rooms are especially vulnerable to echoes and noise vibrations. To make sure everyone can hear comfortably, it’s best to install materials that absorb sound, like acoustic foam or acoustic boards. This also helps prevent noise from the meeting room disturbing people at work outside the space.

Bring Your Collaborative Meeting Space to Life – Speak to Our Contemporary Office Furniture Team 

Want to revitalize your space with the latest contemporary office furniture and create the ideal meeting space for your team to collaborate? BE Furniture is a New Jersey-located company and a leader in contemporary office interiors. Our dedicated, experienced team can assist you with everything from supplying contemporary office furniture and architectural walls for your office space to handling all your design, fitment and furniture recycling needs. For more information on our contemporary office furniture options and services, please contact us today or visit our website at https://www.befurniture.com/

Great Ideas for Celebrating Earth Day at your Office!

April 22nd is Earth Day, and businesses all around the world are joining in the fight to celebrate the earth and protect its resources. This year’s theme is “Protect Our Species”, focused on preventing the extinction of animals, plants and insects due to human activity. Here are some ideas for companies of every size who want to show that they care, from our specialists in modern office cubicles.

 

  • Plant a tree: As the saying goes, the best time to plant a tree is yesterday, the second-best time to do it is now! Get permission well in advance to plant a tree (or several) either in your office grounds or a local park. Choose trees that are indigenous to your area and are rare or under threat of extinction, so that they boost the local eco system. Have an hour or so set aside to pant the tree together and have a picnic!
  • Get competitive: A company-wide competition is a great way to get everyone actively involved in this great cause! You can split people into different teams by department or project and give them different targets for the competition. For example, you could challenge them to take certain actions that earn them points – recycling paper/plastic or minimizing paper use, coming up with a plan for their team to earn the biggest reductions in wastage or to introduce green initiatives in their designated workspace. Be sure to have a great prize as incentive!
  • Conserve power: Offices use a significant amount of power each day through lighting, computers and digital devices. Send around some tips with actions that every employee can take to reduce their energy consumption, from switching off lights when natural lighting is sufficient, replacing bulbs with LED lights or powering off computers at night. You can also increase natural lighting in your office space by installing glass walls, reducing the need for artificial lighting.
  • Volunteer: Make Earth Day a day off and volunteer for a pre-planned environmentally-friendly cause. For example, you could clean up a local river area, plant trees and flowers in a local park, or work with an organization that’s dedicated to assisting local wildlife. This is a great way to raise awareness about the local environment within your organization as well as a wonderful PR opportunity.

 

Redesign Your Office Space the Earth-Friendly Way with Modern Office Cubicles and More 

If you are redesigning or remodeling your office space, it’s important to have a partner who understands contemporary office interiors and the needs of your industry. BE Furniture is a New Jersey-located company that strives to meet all your commercial office furniture and office design needs. We can assist you with everything from modern office cubicles, cubicle desk system, modern office chairs and ergonomic desks to office design, fitment and furniture recycling. For more information or inspiring contemporary office furniture ideas, please contact us today or visit our website at https://www.befurniture.com/