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Mobile Device Privacy and the Modern Workplace

Did you know that over 74% of organizations in the USA have a “bring your own device” policy in the workplace? As our personal lives – and devices – overlap so frequently with our professional lives, it becomes more and more important to focus on mobile device privacy issues. Here are just a few to consider from our contemporary office furniture team.

  • Pop-up notifications: These are often a useful feature and many apps offer push notifications as part of their service. However, these can be hugely problematic when in the workplace. Ensuring that your smartphone or device is turned to “do not disturb” mode whenever it is being used in a presentation or even charging in a visible spot is essential.
  • Overheard phone conversations: These have been a workplace issue ever since telephones became popular in professional spaces, but cellphones have dramatically impacted this issue. Thanks to mobile devices, we are expected to be available anytime, anywhere – at home or at work – for both professional and personal needs. While work-related calls are more common, it is accepted that personal calls will occasionally happen in the workplace as well, which can be a distraction for others as well as exposing your personal details. While you can leave the office, some workplaces have moved to install private call booths or sound-dampened call stations to help maintain your privacy in the event of a personal call.
  • Data: This is a serious issue for businesses as it can be easily for confidential or sensitive information on a personal device to become compromised. Similarly, you won’t want your private information on your personal device to somehow be accessed by the company you work for. To prevent this, always use secured and/or private data networks and ensure that your workplace has clear guidelines in place to prevent work and personal data issues. In addition, be sure to always lock your phone with a passcode and keep private information password protected.

Modern Office Design Ideas – From Contemporary Office Furniture to Office Design and Remodeling 

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How Tech Can Boost Workplace Engagement

Every forward-thinking company knows that employee engagement is key to the success of their business. After all, engaged employees are more satisfied with their jobs, less likely to leave the company and are more productive and effective in the workplace. While workplace relationships play a critical role in employee engagement, technology is also important to creating the right workplace culture and environment.

Technology has a significant impact on how and even where we work, whatever the industry we work in. Here are some new technologies on the horizon that could impact on how we engage in the workplace.

  • Artificial intelligence: AI is slowly becoming more prevalent in high-tech work environments and shows incredible promise for the not-so-distant future. With the right application of AI, buildings could self-regulate temperature, lighting and air quality. Work environments have even been designed using AI, like the headquarters of software giants AutoDesk in Toronto, to maximize workflow and productivity.
  • Sensors: High-tech sensors form a foundation for advanced tech in the workplace, including AI. These sensors can be designed to detect and record all kinds of workplace data, from motion, light and sound to temperature, proximity, pressure and air quality. Through these sensors, companies can draw on huge amounts of data about how employees interact with their environment – making it easier to manage the workplace environment more effectively. Better temperature management and noise masking, for example, would lead to reduced workplace conflicts and a more comfortable office space.
  • Production-specific tools: We’re already seeing a lot of these in the workplace and we can expect to see them continually refine their processes in the future. From file-sharing and project management interfaces to software that automates previously manual processes, these tools make jobs easier, more collaborative and more efficient. When employers invest in these technologies, they are demonstrating the value they put on their employees’ time and capabilities as well as their enjoyment of their jobs.

Modern Office Design Ideas to Create a More Engaged, Productive Workplace 

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Studies Show the Benefits of Flexible Working

A new study by the Flex+Strategy Group (FSG) has demonstrated the impressive effectiveness of flexible working for companies and employees. Flexible work hours, work locations and how people work actively leads to increased innovation, improved communication, quality creative thinking, improved engagement and increased productivity.

How Many Companies in the USA are Embracing a Flexible Work Culture? 

Studies like the one mentioned above have started making the move from “interesting” to “implementation”, with more than one-third of full-time employees in the USA fulfilling the majority of their work obligations from a remote location. Almost 98% of the surveyed employees reported that they had at least some form of flexible working arrangement.

What are Employees Reporting About Flexible Working? 

45% of flexible workers feel that a flexible work culture increases their ability to communicate with colleagues in a way that is effective and boosts innovation and creativity, while only 5% reported a decrease with the rest remaining constant. 60% felt that they were more engaged and productive, with just 4% saying they felt less engaged and productive.

Technology and Training to Support Workplace Flexibility 

Two of the most important aspects to take note of in the study are the roles of technology and training. 76% of the study’s group said workplace technology had made flexible working much easier to accomplish, especially in terms of communicating and collaborating with their team. One weak spot, however, is that 57% of the group had received no training or guidance on how to maintain and manage their work flexibility. This made a significant impact on the results, with the policies having a far greater impact on productivity and communication on those that did receive training than those who received no training in this area.

Modern Office Design Ideas to Create a Productive and Engaged Workplace 

Even in a flexible work environment, companies need an office space to form a foundation and base to their business – and that’s where our modern office ideas come in. BE Furniture is a New Jersey-located company that strives to meet all your contemporary office furniture and design needs. We can assist you with everything from designing and fitting out contemporary office interiors to supplying movable walls and classic corporate furniture. As a green company, we also offer furniture recycling. For more information on the latest modern office design ideas and corporate office furniture, please contact us today or visit our website at https://www.befurniture.com/

 

Is Remote Working the Future of your Business?

Often, the commute to and from the workplace is the most dreaded and unpleasant aspect of anyone’s workday – and with traffic, early mornings and the expense of fuel, it’s difficult to see the upside of the traditional commute. Many companies feel the same way and are starting to implement remote working as a solution.

What are the Benefits of Remote Working? 

While the absence of a daily commute is the one benefit everyone knows about, there are several other benefits to this policy. These include:

  • Increased productivity: Whether you’re at home in your pajama’s blasting your favorite music, at a coffee shop sipping your local brew or in a high-tech hot-desking spot, you’ve done one thing that’s been shown to directly boost productivity: creating the perfect work environment. In fact, a survey by TinyPulse revealed that 91% of remote workers said they were more productive than in the office.
  • Fewer distractions, better time management: The traditional mindset of a 9-5 office job lends itself to distractions and time wastage when compared to flexible remote working where employees are motivated to complete tasks quickly to have greater freedom in their day. Offices are also noisy places – phones are ringing, people are talking, employees get interrupted – this is all minimized with remote working.
  • Big savings: By allowing some or all of their employees to work remotely, businesses are experiencing significant savings. Smaller office spaces, reduced utilities costs, and reduced expenditure on office furniture and supplies.

Does Remote Working Mean the End of the Office? 

No – remote working should be a partnership between employees and the company, allowing staff the flexibility and support to achieve their full potential, whether they prefer the collaborative space of the office or the quiet and independence of remote working. It empowers employees to do their best work, makes them feel trusted to complete their tasks without being micromanaged, and rewarded with the freedom to achieve a better work-life balance. Even with a comprehensive remote working policy, companies still ensure that staff have regular meetings, sessions and more in the workplace – ensuring that networking and creativity flows freely.

Make Your Modern Office Design Ideas a Reality with Innovative Contemporary Office Furniture in NJ 

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Taking a Look Inside the New Bloomberg HQ

Bloomberg’s new HQ in London, designed by Norman Foster, was unveiled in October 2017 and is often touted as the world’s most sustainable office design. Located in the prestigious Square Mile, the building’s design and future mark a very real change in what commercial architecture means.

Awareness of its Place in London’s Flow, Society and History 

This project required two buildings to be removed from the site, namely Bucklersbury House and Temple Court. These buildings in many ways symbolized where commercial development used to be – from the shoddy removal of a Roman temple discovered on the building site to ignoring street patterns, breaking height restrictions and prioritizing parking space with little regard for pedestrians.

In contrast, the new buildings showcase the change in commercial architecture and design to something that fits comfortably into the city skyline while still fitting in an astonishing 1.1 million feet of workspace. It offers a restaurant-lined arcade for staff and the public, walkways that include a new square lined by sculpture and foliage by artist Cristina Iglesias. The Roman temple has been carefully moved back to its location as well, housed in a dedicated public museum in the double-height basement that is also home to over 14,000 items discovered during the build. Pedestrian traffic also has easy access to public transport, thanks to the new exit for the Bank Tube station.

The building is also renowned for its sustainability and energy efficiency, making use of several complex systems designed into the structure itself to maintain comfortable temperatures at minimal energy costs. It also harvests and utilizes rainfall, filtering it for building use in its own plumbing systems. The project increased its sustainability rating further by going local for much of its materials and systems, with almost 90% of the project’s cost being spent in the UK. Even the wall panels are woven with Yorkshire-sourced wool.

This building, from its foundations upwards, shows a new age of commercial architecture that is built on respect for the environment, for the people who work in it, the city it is located in and even the people who walk past it.

Modern Office Ideas Built the Workplaces of a Better Future 

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Quick and Easy Ways to Refresh Your Office Space

If your offices and office reception area is feeling a little tired and uninspiring, there’s a lot you can do to improve it – even if you don’t have the budget for a big remodel. Here are some easy, affordable modern office ideas to freshen up your space.

  • Add some green: Plants add life to an office, quite literally. They’re inexpensive and, if you choose the right plants, easy to maintain. They are also great for improving employee wellbeing by filtering air, reducing stress and boosting moods. Good plants for office spaces include snake plants, ficus, aloes (for sunny offices), orchids, and peace lilies. Be sure to check the plants light and water needs so you place them in the right areas of your office and, if you don’t want the hassle of caring for them yourself, there are companies who will supply and maintain office plants for you.
  • Upgrade your lighting: If the mood and productivity at your office is low, your lights may be to blame. Poor lighting can lead to eye strain, headaches and mood problems, while good lighting – especially natural light – improves wellness, productivity and energy levels. Increasing natural light in your office through architectural glass walls or replacing old light bulbs with energy-saving LED bulbs will refresh your office and save on energy costs.
  • Get personal: Letting your employees add personality to their workspace is one of the best ways of injecting new life into your workplace. Simply develop a few policies and basic guidelines outlining acceptable décor and other limitations and encourage your staff to exercise their creativity.
  • Add art: Art is an underutilized resource for adding color, character and creativity to the workplace. Try think beyond bland office art and connect with your brand if you want to really inspire and energize your staff. For example, if your company is focused on Green initiatives then professional scenic and wildlife photography is a great choice, or if your company works in the media space then classic movie posters will be perfect.

Make Your Modern Office Design Ideas a Reality – Affordably 

If you want to add character, style and ergonomic design your office space, our team is here to help. In addition to our wide range of modern reception desks, office chairs and glass partition wall systems, we can also assist you with workspace design and fitment. For more information on our services and modern office design ideas, please contact us today or visit our website at https://www.befurniture.com/