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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/

What are the Benefits of Modular Office Design?

Flexible workplaces are a big trend at the moment, and it is easy to see why. They allow employees to collaborate and communicate with ease, choose a workstation or space most suited to their current needs, and even change the office layout as the company grows and develops.

One key component to successfully designing a flexible workspace is a modular design. This allows you to use the same space for multiple functions, from meetings and brainstorming sessions to casual client introductions and group projects. This space should incorporate different types of furniture that can be easily put together or moved apart to meet the needs of the different purposes. A modular design is also beneficial in other ways, as it:

  • Saves You Money:

Imagine kitting out several office spaces for your business – a boardroom for meetings, a private office space for client meetings, a workspace for your team, a casual area for brainstorming activities… it all adds up. With modular furniture, you are getting rid of single-use items and ensuring that both your space and your furniture is always in use while still meeting multiple, functional requirements.

  • Future Proofs Your Space:

Your company is going to change over the years and your space needs to be able to change with it. Modular office design gives you that flexibility to meet those needs by making better use of your space, so you do will not have to commit to a re-fitment or office move in the future.

  • Makes an Office Truly Collaborative:

Going open plan with your design is not going to automatically create a collaborative space – you need to bring people together and shift their mindset to one that is more interactive, innovative, and engaging. Modular furniture helps achieve this by letting groups of people choose their setting for working together easily and creatively.

  • Showcases Your Progressive Brand:

Your office design demonstrates your company culture, commitment to your employees and your success – and modular office designs are pivotal in showing that your brand is progressive, flexible and creative.

Create a Collaborative Space with Modern Office Cubicle Desk Systems

BE Furniture is a New Jersey-located company that strives to meet all your contemporary office furniture and office design needs. We can assist you with everything from furniture selection, architectural walls and contemporary office interiors to remodeling and furniture recycling. For more information on the latest office furniture designs, from modern office cubicles, cubicle desk systems and modern office chairs to ergonomic desks, please contact us today or visit our website at https://www.befurniture.com/

Tips for Your Office Acoustics

Most companies are continuing to move towards open plan workspaces as they save on office overheads and space while boosting productivity, communication and collaboration. However, if these spaces aren’t designed properly, you’ll get the opposite effect as noise and speech distractions make employees frustrated, less productive and unable to concentrate. Here are some tips for keeping your office acoustics down to a comfortable level, from our specialists in modern office cubicles and ergonomic desks.

  • Get the mix of settings right: Open plan design is not just about knocking down all the walls and expecting productivity to go up – it’s about creating a place that works with your employee needs. Recent studies show that workers spend on average just 30-50% of their day working at their desk – so where else are they working and what does that work require? Having a mix of settings to meet these needs – including private and meeting spaces – will prevent open plan spaces from becoming noisy and disruptive.
  • Zone your space for noise: Collaborative work activities are can be as noisy as they are essential, so plan your space out to meet your team’s acoustic needs. Quiet focus areas should be placed well away from areas designed for interaction with intermediate buffer zones between them so that workers are free to perform without infringing on others.
  • Invest in the ABCs: Here, “A” stands for absorptive materials, like ceiling and wall treatments that absorb rather than reflect sound, dampening noise. “B” refers to sound blocking between spaces to stop sound traveling through your building, and “C” refers to cover noise – the use of background noise and electronic sound masking to cover conversations.
  • Office noise policies: It’s also important to have clear office policies to help manage noise in the workplace, from rules like not using speakerphones in open spaces to rules about quiet focus areas and where meetings and collaborative efforts should take place.

Remodel Your Office for Effective Open-Plan Use 

If you want to redesign your office space, our team is here to help. In addition to our wide range of modern office cubicles and cubicle desk systems as well as modern office chairs and ergonomic desks, we can also assist you with workspace design and fitment. For more information on our services and contemporary office furniture ideas, please contact us today or visit our website at https://www.befurniture.com/