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How to Recycle at Your Workplace

Caring for the environment isn’t just something to do at home – you can make a significant impact in the workplace as well! Businesses produce a lot of waste and much of it can be recycled if the right policies and procedures are put in place. Here are some tips from our corporate office furniture team in NJ.

  • Go paperless: Paper use costs companies a surprising amount of money – and when it’s single-use, it’s just not worth it to print it out. It’s expensive, causes wear-and-tear to printers, and is bad for the environment. Going paperless, even if you can’t manage to go completely paper-free, is a great cause that saves money. Any extra paper can go straight into on-site recycling bins.
  • Install on-site recycling bins: One of the best ways to encourage recycling in your workplace is to make it as easy as possible. With clearly labelled bins installed in convenient but visible spots, it will take no effort at all to contribute to the recycling program. You should have different bins for each material – paper, glass, plastic and electronics.
  • Support Green suppliers: Recycling isn’t just about the waste we create, but what we use as well. You can support recycling and eco-friendly initiatives by choosing Green partners for your business. You can find suppliers with environmentally ethical production methods who supply everything from stationery and accessories to décor and corporate office furniture.
  • Educate, raise awareness and reward: It’s easy to get people on board with your recycling initiative if they understand the importance of being eco-friendly. Try to make it a fun and positive experience and you’ll soon find other people to support your cause. Ask for suggestions about how your company can be more eco-friendly, get feedback on policies that are in place, and get your teams competing to win fun rewards for their Green initiatives.

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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 corporate office furniture, including reception desks, modern office cubicles and architectural glass walls, our team 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 and products, including our range of contemporary office furniture, please contact us today or visit our website at https://www.befurniture.com/

 

Old vs. New: How Corporate Office Furniture Has Changed

We live in an age where everything is changing and becoming more innovative and advanced every day, and corporate office furniture is no different. Here, our team takes a look at traditional and modern office furniture, and the pros and cons of each of them.

Traditional Office Furniture 

Traditional office furniture generally includes styles and materials from earlier in the 19th century. Typically, you’ll see a lot of dark wood furniture that has been polished, carved or embellished with leather, and it’s usually fairly big, heavy pieces.

The benefits of traditional office furniture include their durability, luxurious quality and association with wealth, success and history. If you source old traditional office furniture, you’re also upcycling, which is great for the environment.

It does have its cons though. Big, bulky items often don’t fit into our current office spaces and may look old-fashioned or intimidating to younger clients. It’s often also very costly, due to the high quality and rare materials they are often made of. With the help of an office designer however, you can strike the right balance for your brand, ensuring that you still come in on budget and create a warm and welcoming space with a few carefully chosen traditional pieces.

Modern or Contemporary Office Furniture 

Modern office furniture, also known as contemporary office furniture, is strikingly different. It’s all about crisp, clean lines, simple designs and man-made materials like PVC, composite wood and metal. Here, you’ll find lots of lighter natural tones as well as bold, bright colors, and the focus is on creating small, modular workstations.

The benefits of modern office furniture include that it fits well into contemporary office interiors, is easily assembled or moved around, it’s affordable, highly practical and allows you to make the best use of your space. It’s versatility also means that it can be designed to suit any brand, from law firms to tech startups and more.

There are a few drawbacks as well – you have to shop carefully to ensure that you’re getting good quality items for your money, and it can look quite cold and sterile if not incorporated properly into your design. An experienced office designer can help you narrow down your options properly and deliver a flexible and welcoming furniture installment that connects with your brand and clients.

Find the Perfect Furniture Fit for Commercial Office Interiors 

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 information on our contemporary office furniture, architectural office partitions, and modern office furniture services, please contact us today or visit our website at https://www.befurniture.com/

Office Lighting – The Essential Tips and Tricks

Good lighting is a critical component in workplace design, affecting the wellness and productivity of your employees and preventing headaches, eyestrain, fatigue and even depression. Here are some tips from our team on how to perfectly light your office.

  • Optimize your natural lighting: Sunlight is easy on our eyes, supports our natural rhythms, and it’s free, so it’s a great starting point for this component of your office remodel. See where you have the best natural light and how you can use it to its full benefit, creating an inviting reception area or positioning a high-density workstation in that area. You can also increase natural light penetration into your office space by installing architectural office walls made of glass.
  • Say goodbye to fluorescent lighting: These are the bane of many office spaces, and not just because of the harsh quality light they produce. Studies have linked fluorescent lighting to melatonin and cortisol suppression, as well as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), and the flicker they produce is a direct cause of stress, migraines, anxiety, eyestrain. Instead, choose LED lights. These bulbs don’t flicker, more closely mimic natural lighting and are more energy-efficient, saving you money in the long-term.
  • Balance task and ambient lighting: Ambient lighting is your general, overhead office lighting and should mimic natural lighting as closely as possible to create a comfortable, welcoming and productive space. Overhead lighting is best utilized by choosing lensed indirect lighting rather than direct parabolic lighting. Task lighting should be added in specific areas where brighter lighting is needed and should be switched on and off as required. Dimmer switches are a good idea too, allowing employees to better customize lighting, reduce glare, and create the right lighting for specific needs, like presentations.

Architectural Office Walls, Architectural Office Partitions and More from Office Furniture Specialists in NJ 

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/

 

 

Why are Offices Becoming More Casual?

Office dress codes have been slowly disappearing over the years, and the days of wearing suits and ties are over. These days, many businesses are opting for a more casual look and business-casual policies are common even in the financial services industry. This trend is about more than just clothes, however – companies are reducing their levels of hierarchy and bringing junior and senior staff closer together. Business communication is less formal and more straight to the point. Even office interiors are becoming more connected and more casual, with mahogany corner offices being transformed into collaborative shared spaces. So, why is this happening? Here are some insights from our corporate office furniture team.

  • Technology: Tech has made the workplace more connected and more interactive than ever before. Where communications used to have to go through secretarial pools and formal business processes, it’s now easier and faster for a supervisor or manager to simply email or text a person directly. Large chat groups are common for projects and workplace tools like Slack or Hangouts blur the line between formal and business communications, minimizing protocols if not doing away with them completely.
  • Flexible workplace design: Technology has also had a significant impact on workplace design. With mobile devices, there’s no need to stay in one place to get work done, leading to casual collaboration in conference rooms, multipurpose spaces and common areas. This has led to modern office design focusing on creating these spaces rather than the traditional separate offices of more formal designs. Cafes, gardens, and comfortable lounges are common in even Fortune 500 companies and less formal office clothing and communication styles simply suit this new environment better.
  • The rise of creative industries: The economy is constantly evolving, and more creative industries are taking over the spotlight from formal services and traditional industries. Everything from software design and social media to digital marketing is embracing more creative and out-of-the-box thinking, and that means re-imagining the workplace into a more inspiring and diverse space. Having a more creative and more casual workplace is also key to attracting top talent in these industries.

Design and Create a Productive Work Environment with Specialists in Commercial Office Interiors in NJ 

At BE Furniture in New Jersey, we’re here to assist clients in creating commercial office interiors that reflect their brand’s values, increase productivity and achieve their goals. In addition to our wide range of corporate office furniture, architectural glass walls, modern office cubicles, 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 relating to commercial office interiors and 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/