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How Millennials Are Changing The Workspace

It seems like every day we’re confronted with a new article about what Millennials are doing, thinking or ruining now, but the truth is that this generation is bringing some interesting changes to the workplace. Here’s some insight into the modern office design ideas that are changing the way we work.

Office design affects the way we work 

The Internet-first generation makes it easier than ever before to collect and analyze data from surveys and studies, and these have shown that there’s a clear link between an environment’s physical design and décor, and the state of mind of the people who work there. In fact, 77% of interviewed respondents on LinkedIn said that art in the workplace makes them feel happier, and that 27% said that good décor made them more productive.

It’s true that the workplace changes with each generation, and Millennials are bringing their own brand of flavor to the workplace, including:

  • Non-conventional workplaces: While Baby-Boomers were characterized in the workplace as placing a high priority on their own space and privacy – like having your own office – Millennials have shown a distinct favor for going against this tradition. This has led to the rise of collaborative workspaces, flexible furniture, and even flexible floorplans. Cubicles have fallen far out of favor, replaced with more casual, open environments that encourage an easy flow throughout the office.
  • Leaning into technology: Previous generations have demonstrated a resistance or even fear of technology – the idea that machines will come along and replace you. Millennials have turned this on its head by fully buying into the reality that tech is here to stay. Not only does this support a move towards non-conventional office design and working on-the-go, it’s also about creating a slick and in-touch image for your brand.
  • Design with purpose and pleasure: These days, many of us can and do work from anywhere. Even if people have an office, you’ll often see them getting work done wherever they are – coffee shops are a favorite, but so are co-working spaces and outdoor plazas. People are choosing spaces not only because they are conducive to different working styles, but because they take pleasure in their surroundings, and this is causing companies to take a look at their offices and move towards creating a similarly pleasurable and functional space. A big part of this trend is a move towards contemporary office furniture and decor that promote wellness and are environmentally sustainable, from ergonomic desks and chairs to recycled materials and Green policies.

Creating contemporary office interiors for every industry 

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

Boardroom Furniture – A Buyer’s Guide

Boardrooms are one of the most important areas of your office space, at the top of the office furniture hierarchy. This is because it holds important functions for both your executive team and employees, as well as clients, shareholders and committees. As such, it has to not only embody the focus and culture of your business, but also provide a high level of functionality – and achieving this means buying the right modern boardroom furniture. Here’s a quick, useful guide.

Function first through modern boardroom design 

While looks are important, they come second to functionality. Boardroom furniture has come a long way from simply being the biggest and most expensive desk in the office, and clever designs now incorporate a wide range of practical functionality into this important furniture. Desks are now available in a huge range of shapes and sizes to allow for more flexible seating and use. A Boardroom table can be a single table or a composite table that can be split up for everyday use. They can also come in a range of materials, from glossy solid walnut and oak to steel, glass and almost anything you can think of.

Here, it’s key to discuss how you want your boardroom to function before you look at tables. Factors to look at include:

  • If you’ll have a dedicated space that will only be used for high level meetings, and not on a daily basis.
  • If you are looking for a more flexible office design where boardrooms are used daily for additional office space, storage, private client calls and smaller meetings, as a casual meeting place or as an office lounge.
  • If you have a set, permanent space for your boardroom meetings, or if you instead want to be able to create a boardroom space using movable glass walls and a flexible office space design.
  • How many people you generally have attending boardroom meetings, if this number is regular or changes significantly.

This will help you decide on the shape of your table, the size and whether or not it makes sense to invest in more innovative or classic design options.

Comfortable contemporary office furniture 

While your boardroom table might be the star of the show, chairs are the supporting cast and need to be just as carefully selected. Again, the look of the chairs is up to your company’s personal style – but functionality is key. Comfort is a priority, and you can’t go wrong with an ergonomic design that allows each person to adjust the chair for their personal comfort, especially if you are likely to have long meetings.

A second and equally important factor when looking at boardroom chairs is how many will fit comfortably around your selected table. Bulky chairs are going to take up more space and be more difficult to move in and out, as well as being more difficult to store. Sleeker designs can be just as comfortable, and offer greater ease of use.

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

The top office design trends of the year

  • Flexible layouts:

This year has been all about having a workplace as adaptive and functional as possible, allowing it to change with the requirements of the company, team and individual. From modular furniture that can be easily moved and rearranged for different purposes to glass architectural walls that can be shifted to change layouts and create open and closed office spaces, flexibility is all about making space work for you and your company.

  • Mother nature:

Offices are increasingly integrating themselves with nature, whether they are utilizing recycled or environmentally friendly products and contemporary office furniture or creating open natural spaces like gardens and rooftop gardens for employees to enjoy.

  • Future-proofing:

Creating an office design that can adapt to meet new challenges is important, not only regarding your company’s agility but also in terms of adapting to and implementing new office technologies. Using soft wiring, for example, is a simple installation method for power and data that is safer, faster and allows for quick rewiring. Another good idea is re-usable leads and outlets.

  • Collaboration:

From hot-desking and collaborative furniture to software and technology that supports diverse inputs, the most cutting-edge offices of 2017 are emphasizing the ability of the environment to assist and encourage collaboration at every level.

  • Minimalist spaces:

Offices can quickly become cluttered. So, this year’s office designs are placing an emphasis on minimalism to help make them clean, clear and inspiring places to work. Tech-heavy spaces hide wiring and power points, lighting is less harsh and as natural as possible, storage is hidden and a good, open flow is kept through all spaces.

  • Natural lighting:

Natural lighting isn’t just aesthetically pleasing, it’s better for us as well. And it makes your office space look bigger. Harsh, fluorescent lighting is a strain on the eyes: it causes headaches and affects our natural rhythms. Sunlight is maximized in modern offices by filtering it through materials like glass. Glass office walls help ensure privacy for meetings while allowing light to filter deeper into the building. This approach is also more environmentally and budget-friendly, reducing energy costs.

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Natural light and easy office management with glass partition walls

In recent years, glass partition walls have grown in popularity as a high-end choice for offices of every size across the industry board. They are an excellent, high-quality option for creating private spaces within the office environment and offer several significant benefits.

  • High-end, elegant aesthetic: Glass partition wall systems make a great first impression on clients, not only because they give offices a contemporary, open feel, but because of the design quality and look of the product itself. If you want your offices to look sleek, modern and cutting-edge, this is the product for you.
  • Privacy without disrupting the open plan office: Open plan is still the most dominant office layout in many businesses, but there are times when a certain level of privacy is required. Glass partition walls can create private offices for executives, boardrooms and meeting rooms while still keeping a very open feel, perfectly complementing the rest of your office plan.
  • Natural light: One of the greatest benefits of glass office walls is that natural light can travel through the entire space of the office even with the addition of private rooms. This reduces your dependency on artificial lighting throughout the space. Sunlight isn’t just an energy-saving benefit either, it’s a proven mood-booster that has been shown to improve concentration and productivity, as well as reduce headaches and other issues that commonly result from artificial lighting.
  • Cost effective and durable: Glass partition systems are easily installed and custom built to fit your space. They can be easily assembled and there are even systems that can be maneuvered in place to change your office layout as you require it. They can also be moved to your new offices in the event of a relocation.

Contemporary, architectural glass partition wall systems for offices

BE Furniture is a full-service contemporary office furniture supplier, office design and fitment specialist dedicated to delivering a dynamic office space that suits your unique needs. In addition to designing and installing our architectural glass walls for offices, we also offer a wide range of office furniture solutions, from reception desks to ergonomic chairs and value-added environmentally-sensitive products that offer cost-effective and creative solutions.

For more information on our glass partition wall systems and services, please contact us today or visit our website at https://www.befurniture.com.

5 signs your office workstations and furniture need an upgrade

Your office space is home to your employees for 9 or more hours a day, it’s the first impression clients get of your company and it plays a key role in workflow and productivity. So, could your office benefit from remodeling? Here are some signs to look for.

  1. Your business has grown or changed: As your business changes to meet industry challenges or takes on new opportunities for growth, so your office needs to change to effectively meet these demands. You may need to hold meetings with clients where previously you could go to them or meet in another location. You may need more desks to handle the increase in employees and your space is getting cramped.
  2. Visible wear-and-tear: Your office space is part of your brand, and out-of-date, worn furniture simply makes your brand and company look shabby. While office furniture and fittings are built to be robust, they face very heavy use and traffic on a daily basis, and chairs, carpeting, desks and soft furnishings can start to show stains, dents, scratches and other damage over the years. Taking care of your office space and presenting a great first impression is about taking care of your brand, your employees and your clients.
  3. Outdated technology and fittings: Here, the fact that office fittings and tech are still working isn’t a good enough reason to keep them. Old air conditioning systems are far less effective and energy-efficient than what new systems can offer. Old fluorescent lighting is a source of eye-strain and should ideally be replaced with natural lighting where possible, and with bright but eye-sensitive recessed lighting where it is not.
  4. Non-ergonomic desks and chairs: It’s important that your office furniture takes into account the health and comfort of your employees, as this supports productivity, efficiency and wellness. Out-dated desks and chairs can cause chronic back and neck pain, while ergonomic options support employee productivity while demonstrating company commitment to their wellbeing.
  5. Lack of imagination: Many office spaces are bland to the point where they say nothing at all about the company that inhibits it. They are also so one-size-fits-all that employees are forced to make the space work for them rather than having a space designed to meet their needs. Practically speaking, modern office design ideas emphasize multi-use areas, private offices for meetings and client calls, creative spaces for brainstorming sessions and comfortable areas for breaks. These elements are designed according to your company needs and brand, becoming effective marketing for your business as well as boosting productivity, employee engagement, and collaboration.

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What kind of workspace works best

Workspaces aren’t just about having a room and furniture where you can sit down at a computer, they actively affect employee job satisfaction and productivity. This makes creating the right kind of modern office workspace vital to the success of your business. Here’s a useful breakdown of what the most popular options have to offer.

The open-plan office space

This is a very popular option for businesses because it works out to be very cost-effective. Organizations do report better communication, easier supervision and increased collaboration as a result, but in reality, the real gains are in the cheaper construction that requires fewer walls, can accommodate more people and require less servicing (including air conditioner venting etc.).

Generally, these office spaces work well when businesses are looking to enhance teamwork and a great option to incorporate collaborative office furniture.

Private office spaces

These offer the quiet and privacy that many people find optimal to their productivity, but keep in mind that they are very space-intensive to build. In most workplaces, these areas are reserved for upper management positions, but more and more offices are including shared private workspaces where numbers of employees are limited to a smaller number per office, or communal private offices that can be used as and when required by any employee who needs it on a temporary basis, like for a meeting or private client call.

Cubicle office spaces

Big in the 1960 and 70s, these office cubicle spaces are something halfway between an open-plan design and a private office. Unfortunately, noise is still a major concern here and mass cubicle workplaces can have negative psychological effects on employees that can lead to decreased engagement and lower productivity.

Hot desks

Hot-desking is the latest in contemporary office furniture ideas and modern office concepts. Essentially, it’s where employees don’t have a fixed desk from which they work. Rather, they are able to work in a range of workspaces on a first-come-first-served basis. Flexibility is key here, and employers focus on creating a smaller number of different workspaces (like shared desks, lounging areas and private offices) and combine this with remote working (working from home) and flexitime hours to encourage employees to work when and where they feel most productive. This approach creates significant savings for the company, has a positive effect on productivity and works for almost every industry or company size. Check out our adjustable height desks for some hot-desking inspiration.

Create the ideal contemporary office interior for your business today

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