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Your Office Remodeling Checklist

The time has finally come for that major office remodel you’ve been considering for ages. As the time comes to get down to the actual work of redesigning your workspace, you may find yourself a little daunted by the process that’s ahead of you. Where do you start? In what order should everything be done? What do I do with my old furniture? Here is our handy office remodeling procedure checklist to help you organize everything into manageable steps and get the job done as quickly and efficiently possible:

  • Establish your office remodeling objectives and make sure the entire team is clear and agreed on them.

Why are you remodeling? Chances are it’s about more than just wanting a change. Do you need more space? Do you want to harness new office designs to make your team more comfortable and efficient? Are you unhappy with your current available meeting space? Does your office space reflect poorly on your company and your company culture? It could be one or all of these and more. Whatever is motivating you to get into this undertaking, get clear on it and communicate it clearly to your employees, as well as your office designer/ renovators. This clarity will really help you to make all the necessary decisions going forward. It will also ensure that you have your team’s buy-in and that you are creating a space that furthers your business and personal objectives.

  • What Do You Need? 

With your objectives in mind, it’s time to devise a strategy to carry out the remodel, while also making a complete list of everything you will need in the process. Building on your overall goals, you can set measurable strategies that can break everything up into more easily accomplished steps. If it’s more space you need, decide how you can best rearrange or refurnish your area to maximize the available room. What needs to move where? What furniture can stay and what needs to go? What arrangements need to be made for the removal of the old furniture? What new furniture do you actually need, and in what quantities? Can you manage the remodel on your own or will you need the services of a professional office designer?

  • Get Input from Employees

Nobody understands the needs of your office space better than those who occupy it and work in it every day. Your staff probably have very strong ideas about what would make their working experience better and more efficient but they may not voice their opinions because they don’t feel it’s their place to do so or they may think their opinions are not needed. Open up the discussion to them. Not everyone will have something useful to say, but those who do may be able to offer some valuable ideas.

  • Budget 

Now match your objectives and strategies to your available resources. Speak to the finance department and get a detailed and specific budget for the project. You may have to prioritize some aspects over others: perhaps a new conference room is more important than a revamp of the open-plan working area. Then again, your office designers could work with your budget to help you do both – or create a cutting-edge, ultra-modern space that combines both into a single space. Don’t let your budget be a hindrance; rather let it work in tandem with your tastes and requirements to build the best possible space with the money you have to hand.

  • Find Your Team

You could buy the furniture you need and carry out the remodel yourself but you surely have all kinds of other priorities in your business. That is why a true office design partner who actively manages all elements of your build is so important. Bring in some experts who partner with your team but dedicate themselves to the job while you get on with your actual billable work. For the most painless, professional office build-out you should consider a team like BE furniture who will handle all aspects from culture and brand discussions, to color and furniture selection, layout and design of all spaces, supervision of construction and scheduling, and finally removal and disposition of your old furniture, even office cleaning

  • Coordinate your team and space for the remodel

Once all the decisions have been made, you’ve devised your strategies, you have a redesign team in place and the furniture has been ordered, you now need to coordinate the process to ensure that the remodel happens as efficiently as possible with minimum effect on your productivity. Work out a plan that divides the project into logically sequenced, bite-sized chunks. You can minimize downtime by working on a department-by-department or room-by-room plan, and always having a temporary workspace that your staff can go to while their primary spaces are being worked on. Your project coordinator will work in line with your priorities and procedures to ensure the smoothest possible transition. 

Unlike most office furniture distributors, BE is a full-service office design firm. With a highly experienced staff of both creative professionals and project management professionals, we can design and coordinate your office remodeling project and oversee it through to completion. Whether your project is large or small, you will be glad you put BE furniture on the shortlist of modern office design consultants and distributors to contact.

Please contact our Office Buildout Consultants today!

How to Start a BYORB Project for Your Office – And Why You Should

Office managers are often torn between the portion of the workforce that values convenience and the people who are green-minded. As most people know, offices create a lot of waste in the form of everything from packaging and containers to coffee stirrers, paper, and garbage.

Changing employees’ perspective on waste reduction needs to start small. Implementing a Bring Your Own Reusable Bottle initiative is a great place to start if you want to combine modern office design ideas with actionable waste reduction strategies. Here is how to go about it:

Create a Sustainability Task Force

This is especially helpful in a large workforce where everybody doesn’t know each other’s name. Before you launch the Bring Your Own Reusable Bottle project, create a sustainability task force who is willing to start by bringing their own reusable bottles to work. Your waste reduction strategy is much more likely to stick if you have a group of people who are excited about the initiative.

Make the Transition Gradual

Sometimes, change can lead to anxiety. If you predict that it might be challenging to get everyone to switch to reusable bottles, leave a pack of plastic cups near the water cooler in plain sight for everyone to see. The chances are good that when the plastic cups are finished, people won’t know where to find more and it will simply seem like less effort to bring their own reusable bottles to work.

Get Your Own Made

If you have a budget for your Bring Your Own Reusable Bottle initiative, then this is a no-brainer. What better way to encourage employees to reduce waste than by giving them a personalized water bottle or a water bottle with the company logo on it? 

Give employees the impression that you are serious about their future and the future of the company’s sustainability program with contemporary office interiors and furniture. Contact BE Furniture for more information today.

Working from Home vs. Working from the Office

The modern workplace is changing, creating more flexible workday options that are very different from the traditional 9-5 workday at the office. This includes flexible working hours and, of course, the option to work from home. Here’s how this affects productivity.

In the USA, recent census reports showed that around 8 million Americans work from home for at least half their time during 2017, making up more than 5% of the working population. Regular telecommuting has grown by 115% since 2005 and the number of employers offering work from home has risen by 40%.

What are the Benefits? 

Although working from home is still in the minority, it’s growing in popularity – and it’s not difficult to see why companies would choose to offer this perk:

  • Reduced overhead – You don’t need to supply the equipment, office furniture, office space or utilities for work-from-home employees.
  • Increased job satisfaction – Employees are more likely to stay in a job that offers work-from-home, reducing staff turnover, increasing morale and helping you attract talented team members.
  • Increased productivity – Employees respond to greater autonomy and fewer distractions with better productivity and quality of work.
  • Reduced environmental impact and stress – Employees reduce time spent in traffic congestion, lower your organization’s carbon footprint, and are able to more effectively reduce stress levels and achieve a better work-life balance which reduces absenteeism.

What are the Drawbacks? 

Working from home does have its drawbacks for some organizations, including:

  • Not for everyone – While some roles work well from home, others simply don’t translate as well.
  • Development and monitoring of new policies – Many organizations express concern that employees won’t be as productive if they work from home. This means drawing up comprehensive policies to manage communication and expectations.
  • Lack of collaboration – Face-to-face communication is still essential for fostering engagement and collaboration, for sparking ideas and for encouraging innovation, and this means bringing people together.

Modern Office Workstation Desks, Modular Office Workstation Furniture – And More 

If you want to make the most of your office design and space, whether it’s as a collaborative space for a flexible office or a more traditional office design, our team is here to help. In addition to our wide range of modular and corporate office furniture, we also offer full workspace design and fitment services. For more information on services, please contact us today or visit our website at https://www.befurniture.com/

Inside the 50 Feet Design Concept

It’s a well-known fact that office design and layout have a measurable effect on productivity, and that it has to be customized to meet the requirements of organizations on an individual basis in order to be successful. What works for Google isn’t likely to work for a corporate law firm or a call center. However, there’s plenty of inspiration that can be taken from innovative office design concepts – like the 50 feet design concept.

Influencing Productivity Through a Single Concept 

This design concept is driven by a single notion – access to resources. The idea is that factors like wellness, efficiency, agility and collaboration can all be enhanced and prioritized by ensuring that all critical office resources (everything from the copier to team members) are located within 50 feet of the individuals who require them. A good way to visualize this is a honeycomb-shaped floorplan – self-sufficient clusters that, when brought together, form an entire community.

50 Feet – Proximity that Fosters Interaction and Engagement 

While it’s true that we have more ways to communicate than ever before and that technology like Slack makes workplace communication more streamlined and efficient, the reality is that face-to-face communication is still the most valuable tool in fostering loyalty, engagement, and a productive workplace culture.

The 50-foot design concept is about using spatial organization to encourage teams to engage and share ideas, making communication more effortless between team members. This is further enhanced through transition spaces between team groupings – spaces that are undesignated but designed for casual meetings and exchanges.

Your reception area is no exception to this design, as it forms a critical hub for everything from client and vendor interactions, deliveries, and administrative tasks. By placing creative, social, and physical work resources within an optimal proximity, flow is enhanced, inefficiencies and traffic are reduced, and stress is lowered.

Modern Reception Desks that Enhance Your Workspace 

At BE Furniture, we assist our clients in achieving an optimal workspace for their business. Whether you are looking to remodel your current reception area completely or replace your furniture with modern reception desks, our experienced team can handle it all.

For more information about our design services for office reception areas, which includes glass partition wall units, desks furniture and more, please contact us today or visit our website at https://www.befurniture.com/

Here are the Latest Must-Have Office Gadgets

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When it comes to making your office more fun, more productive and more interesting, tech gadgets are there to make it happen. Here are some of the most popular and interesting pieces of tech to add to your desk.

  • Lumo Lift posture monitor – We all know how important it is to have the correct posture when we’re sitting or standing at our desks. Poor posture is common in the workplace, and it leads to back pain, neck pain and low productivity. This little gadget has a sensor that alerts you when you start to slouch, and syncs to your smartphone to monitor your sitting habits, activity and calories burned.
  • Bose Quiet Comfort 35 II – Open plan offices are fantastic for collaboration, but some people enjoy complete peace and quiet to help them focus on their work. These noise-cancelling headphones can be used wired or wirelessly (20-hour battery) and are comfortable enough to use for hours, blocking out office chatter, traffic noise and more.
  • Kalavan charging station – Sometimes it seems that the more we go wireless, the more charging cables we need! This 7-port USB charging station allows you to neatly stack your devices and charge them simultaneously without cluttering up your desk, accommodating smartphones, tablets, smart watches and even cameras.
  • Ember Mug – Who doesn’t love their morning cup of coffee or herbal tea? Everyone – except when it’s gone cold. This temperature controlled ceramic mug keeps your beverage at the perfect temperature (it’s customizable) even through the longest meeting. The only downside is that it needs to be washed by hand.
  • Connected whiteboard – If your business is all about collaboration, this gadget is incredibly useful. It uses cloud-based technology and a high-tech massive whiteboard screen, allowing remote workers and office workers to run brainstorming sessions wherever they are in the world.

Modern Office Design Ideas to Inspire Your Office Remodel 

At BE Furniture, we assist our clients in achieving an optimal workspace for their business. Whether you are looking to remodel your current waiting area completely or replace your furniture with contemporary office furniture, our experienced team can handle it all.

For more information about our design services for contemporary office interiors and reception areas, which include corporate office furniture, movable walls, glass partition wall units, desks furniture and more, please contact us today or visit our website.

 

 

This is the Perfect Reception Area Layout

Your office reception area is the first impression that new employees, clients and vendors get of your brand, so it’s important to get the layout right. Here are some tips and modern office design ideas from our team.

  • Keep it simple: There’s nothing worse than walking into a reception area and not knowing exactly where you’re meant to go or who you’re supposed to approach. Reduce confusion by having a modern reception desk in clear line of sight from your front door – something bold and eye-catching. Situate chairs and couches near the reception desk so that visitors can easily interact with staff. If it is a large or shared reception area, wayfinding signs are a must-have.
  • Keep it open: A cluttered space causes confusion, especially in a reception area – one of the busiest spaces in your office filled with people who may not be familiar with your building, who are making deliveries, or arriving for meetings. This means that you need clear, wide paths for traffic through your reception area as well as space to take delivery orders without blocking essential pathways.
  • Give it character: A reception area should be minimalistic but that doesn’t mean that it should be bland! Don’t forget to include a few key statement pieces to create visual interest and give your space a welcoming feel. Artwork, plants, a boldly-painted wall or a sculpture are all good ideas. If your space is large enough, a refreshment station is another great feature, with coffee, tea and even snacks for waiting clients. Free WiFi will always be appreciated too!

To Make Your Office Reception Area Stand Out, Speak to Our Team in NJ

Inspired by the latest modern office design ideas and reception areas? BE Furniture is a New Jersey-located company that strives to meet all your corporate office furniture and office design needs. We can assist you with every aspect of your remodel from choosing the best modern office reception desks and furniture to glass partition walls, office design and fitment services, and furniture recycling. For more information, please contact us today or visit our website.