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Active Sitting – What’s It All About?

If you’ve been researching corporate office furniture or thinking about redesigning your office interior, you’ve likely come across the phrase “active sitting”. Here’s a quick guide to what it’s all about.

Active sitting is also known as dynamic sitting, and it is about keeping the body in motion while seated, rather than remaining in a static position. Products that promote this concept allow for the natural movements of the body, and include a wide range of seating options like balance balls, sit-to-stand desks, and height-adjustable wobbling stools.

While these ideas might sound a little strange, there’s a lot of research that supports this idea as a means to remove the health issues that static sitting contribute towards. The Mayo Clinic links long periods of sitting with increased blood pressure, risk of metabolic syndrome, high blood sugar, weight gain, abnormal cholesterol levels, and even increased risk of death from cancer and cardiovascular disease. This is not to mention the joint and limb pain/discomfort that can be caused by a non-ergonomic workstation.

Active sitting helps reduce these risks by ensuring that your body is constantly in natural motion through minor spine and hip alignment adjustments, gentle stimulation to the hip and back muscles, healthy joint movement, increased blood flow, and increased oxygen levels. This has the added benefit of increasing your energy, focus and concentration levels, which brings about a productivity boost. It’s also a great way to encourage good posture.

How to support active sitting and wellness in your workplace 

While investing in ergonomic desks or active sitting solutions is one part of supporting employee wellness, there are other policies you can include to help create a healthier, more productive and happier workplace. Some popular ideas for this include employee gym or fitness program initiatives, supporting employees in their goal to quit smoking, providing healthy food options in the workplace, having outdoor spaces for breaks, and encouraging cycle-to-work programs.

Partner with us for corporate office furniture and modern office workstation desks 

Creating a wellness culture in your workplace is a great challenge to take on, and part of that is designing an ergonomic environment. At BE Furniture, we offer a wide range of office products from modular office workstation furniture to corporate office furniture, and our team is dedicated to helping you achieve your office design goals.

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.

Create a cutting-edge, functional space with the leaders in contemporary office interiors

BE Furniture is a full-service contemporary office furniture supplier, office design and office fitout 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, contemporary office furniture, and services, please contact us today. To explore our contemporary office furniture ideas, visit our website at https://www.befurniture.com/

The flexible office plan vs. open-plan workspaces – How they measure up

Flexible office plans and open-plan office environments are two of the most common options for companies considering tactical ways to make their office space more conducive to productivity and easier to manage. But what do these two concepts offer in reality?

Open-plan offices promise collaboration but deliver noise

In the USA, the open-plan office concept was first popularized in Silicon Valley, where tech start-ups and moguls alike praised its ability to encourage collaboration and communication while keeping office space and infrastructure costs low. While initially, this sounds like a great win-win situation for employees and companies alike, this concept has faced increasing criticism for noisiness and increased distractions. Lack of privacy is an issue when confidential client meetings have to take place, and higher absenteeism is often reported due to the ability of these spaces to allow germs to spread.

Once seen as a one-size-fits-all solution for any business looking to grow and succeed, the open-plan space is now recognized as a highly-functional and rewarding only in specific applications, such as call centers, or in conjunction with other office layouts.

Flexible office plans – The new kid on the block

Also known as Activity-Based-Working (ABW), flexible office plans are the latest example of modern office design ideas. Essentially, these provide employees with a combination of open office design spaces and other task-orientated spaces, often with a non-assigned seating model where spaces are used according to who needs them, rather than belonging to a specific employee.

This allows employees to choose where they want to work each day, and when combined with flexible working hours and work-from-home options, allow companies to maximize space utilization, reduce their footprint and empower employees to take an active role in their workspace.

Private spaces are provided for making confidential client calls and holding meetings (which also ensures less noise and distraction for other employees), team brainstorming sessions can be held in more comfortable, creative surroundings far away from desks, and desk flexibility allows employees to pick the space that suits their needs and comfort levels.

Speak to the specialists about designing and building contemporary office interiors

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. We offer a wide range of office furniture solutions, from modern office reception desks to ergonomic chairs and value-added environmentally-sensitive products that offer cost-effective and creative solutions.

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

How to Ensure your Modern Office Workspace is a Cleaner Space

We may think that we are clean and tidy at work but even the most fastidious and obsessed people can have a dirty cubicle and desk. In fact, it is true that the desk that we work at could be one of the dirtiest, most unhygienic places we are exposed to. Recent studies have shown that the common modern office desk is dirtier than some toilet seats, sometimes containing up to 400 times more bacteria.

Unless an office desk is cleaned (preferably with a high quality disinfectant) on a daily basis, we are essentially inviting sickness and disease into our lives. The desk also has 100 times more bacteria than a kitchen table, and so therefore there is a serious issue here for us all to think about when we are sitting in our cubicles.

How to clean your modern office chair

There are a few steps to cleaning your modern office chair, but if you commit to doing it regularly and with the understanding that the chair is quite possibly one of the filthiest places on the planet, it all makes sense in the end.

For starters, you can make your own cleaning solution. It could easily be a high quality alternative to the commercial solutions on the market. Just mix up two teaspoons of washing liquid with one of water and then apply it to the chair. Be sure to wipe it down with a dry cloth beforehand to get rid of any dirt or dust, and then start cleaning. This stuff should do a great job.

If you want to do an even better job of getting rid of dust, vacuum the chair down beforehand.

A great tip in this regard is to choose automotive upholstery cleaner, the products they sell in car stores to clean the seats in your vehicle. This is excellent stuff, and should offer an even better result on your office chair. Don’t go crazy with it, but just dip your cloth and give the chair a good clean.

For the long run, if you spill anything, try and wipe it up immediately. This includes drinks like coffee. Don’t let them linger. And when it comes to crumbs, get rid of those as soon as possible. These not only become hard to find, but they will carry germs and get caught in the fabric.

How to clean a modern office desk

Clear the office desk first. Part of the problem here is that often your desk is cluttered. If you are looking at a desk that is full of ‘stuff’ then it is also full of dirt, dust and germs.

Once you have done this part, then grab a damp cloth and wipe it down. This way you are also preparing a surface that is not only dust free but also naturally cleaner. Choose a commercial cleaner that allows you to be certain that bacteria are removed. Some people recommend using kitchen cleaning solutions because these are designed to do just that. We agree. Clean thoroughly and ensure that every part of the desk has had the cleaning solution treatment.

Then polish the desk. This part is important because it makes you feel a whole lot better and it ensures that dust is kept at bay for that little while longer.

But let’s not beat around the bush here. The problem will always be clutter. Clutter houses dust and germs. So work on ensuring that your desk doesn’t have any stuff that shouldn’t be there, like yesterday’s sandwich for starters. But also folders and files that can be put somewhere else, or newspapers and magazines that really need to be thrown away. By having less clutter, you will invite less dust. And you’ll also give germs fewer hiding places.

To continue with the clutter-free approach, only have one thing on your desk at any one time in regards to current projects. Having numerous files there just means that things pile up. It is always important to have a focused approach to work anyway, but having one project there in the middle of the desk means that you have less to worry about, and less mess.

So there are some tips on generally rescuing your modern office space, and ensuring that you have a less cluttered, dust free working environment. It doesn’t take long to organize and should allow you to have a space that gets work done, without growing germs and making you miserable. Keep in mind, these are quick fix and daily maintenance tips/tricks only. The best way to ensure a healthy office environment with your office furniture is to have it properly cleaned 1-3x a year. Professional office furniture cleaning services like BE Furniture can provide the much needed deep clean the fabric on your office furniture needs.

It’s all about providing TLC to your office furniture investments that will give you the best ROI to a healthy office lifestyle!