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Do You Know What Your Office Furniture is Made of?

The average office worker in the USA spends up to 15 hours a day sitting in an office chair at a desk or cubicle, whether that office furniture is at home or in a workplace. And while the issue of how sitting affects our health is a very important one,  few people are aware of the health risks associated with what we’re sitting on. What are our chairs, desks and flooring made of? How are they fixed together? What chemicals have been used in their construction? And are they creating opportunities for COVID-19 and other viruses to live and transfer onto other individuals? What we’re really asking is, is our office furniture safe?

Why do Office Furniture Materials Matter?

When we’re looking at office furniture quality, it used to be that we’d look at construction quality, ergonomics, and cost. Now, those factors haven’t fallen by the wayside – they’re just as important as ever – but you need to add one more to the mix: materials.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted how easy it is to transfer bacteria and viruses to other people in our environment in a way that hasn’t really resonated with the public before. After all, we all read the report saying that our computer keyboards are covered with more bacteria than the average toilet seat, but exactly how many of us have really taken steps to properly clean and sanitize everyday office items? That’s what I thought.

COVID-19 is a completely different beast, one that has changed our lives in ways we could not imagine before, and that includes making our offices and workplaces exceptionally hygienic. Office furniture materials play a vital role in creating a safe and healthy workspace. This is because the virus can live on surfaces for a long time, with some materials like stainless steel and plastic preserving the virus for up to 72 hours, and cardboard and porous fabrics for up to 24 hours. 

And we’re just talking about one virus here. Substandard office furniture also carried other health risks, including toxic oil-based finishes, formaldehyde and lead paint. Chrome furniture can release chromium VI, a recognized carcinogen that impacted workers during the manufacturing process, also pollutes groundwater and contaminates soil. These chemicals and products may sound frightening, but the reality is that they are everywhere, especially in the particleboard, medium-density fiberboard, cheap dyes, paints and plastics in low-quality office furniture, dividing walls and ceilings.

Healthy Offices Need Quality Office Furniture and Regular Sanitization

The answer to a healthy office means bringing three elements together:

  • High-Quality Office Furniture – Choosing office furniture of high quality, specifically investing in non-toxic office furniture that meets ANSI and BIFMA standards, immediately eliminates certain toxic elements from your workspace.
  • Green Office Installation – Think past your office furniture to your walls, carpeting and ceilings. Choose low-VOC, eco-friendly paints, non-toxic wall systems, structural elements that can be thoroughly and easily sanitized, and air purification systems to help remove viruses, allergens and pollutants from the air.
  • Regular sanitization – It’s also best to consider items that are easy to clean and sanitize on a daily basis. Some items are already made from antibacterial materials to help support your clean, healthy environment. Everything in your workplace, from your walls and flooring to reception surfaces, desks, chairs and communal spaces, needs to be able to withstand regular sanitization – and still look great!

BE Furniture – Making Office Spaces Healthy and Productive

At BE, we’ve always been passionate about empowering our clients and helping them to make the best decisions for their office space and their budget. Our goal is to create a space that is as healthy and functional as it is productive, placing an emphasis on office furniture quality to ensure your furnishings are both safe and durable. Contact us today about our office furniture installation services, and find out how our team will go the extra mile to create a post-COVID workspace that helps your business grow and thrive. Don’t settle for less – we don’t!

To learn more about BE’s office furniture installation services in New Jersey , visit our website at: https://www.befurniture.com/services/office-furniture-installation/

 

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Old vs. New: How Corporate Office Furniture Has Changed

We live in an age where everything is changing and becoming more innovative and advanced every day, and corporate office furniture is no different. Here, our team takes a look at traditional and modern office furniture, and the pros and cons of each of them.

Traditional Office Furniture

Traditional office furniture generally includes styles and materials from earlier in the 19th century. Typically, you’ll see a lot of dark wood furniture that has been polished, carved or embellished with leather, and it’s usually fairly big, heavy pieces.

The benefits of traditional office furniture include their durability, luxurious quality and association with wealth, success and history. If you source old traditional office furniture, you’re also upcycling, which is great for the environment.

It does have its cons though. Big, bulky items often don’t fit into our current office spaces and may look old-fashioned or intimidating to younger clients. It’s often also very costly, due to the high quality and rare materials they are often made of. With the help of an office designer however, you can strike the right balance for your brand, ensuring that you still come in on budget and create a warm and welcoming space with a few carefully chosen traditional pieces.

Modern or Contemporary Office Furniture

Modern office furniture, also known as contemporary office furniture, is strikingly different. It’s all about crisp, clean lines, simple designs and man-made materials like PVC, composite wood and metal. Here, you’ll find lots of lighter natural tones as well as bold, bright colors, and the focus is on creating small, modular workstations.

The benefits of modern office furniture include that it fits well into contemporary office interiors, is easily assembled or moved around, it’s affordable, highly practical and allows you to make the best use of your space. It’s versatility also means that it can be designed to suit any brand, from law firms to tech startups and more.

There are a few drawbacks as well – you have to shop carefully to ensure that you’re getting good quality items for your money, and it can look quite cold and sterile if not incorporated properly into your design. An experienced office designer can help you narrow down your options properly and deliver a flexible and welcoming furniture installment that connects with your brand and clients.

Find the Perfect Furniture Fit for Commercial Office Interiors

BE Furniture is a full-service corporate office furniture company offering a wide range of environmentally-sensitive and innovative products and services for commercial office interiors. In addition to design and fitment services, we also offer Earth-friendly recycling of old office interiors. For more information on our contemporary office furniture, architectural office partitions, and modern office furniture services, please contact us today or visit our website at https://www.befurniture.com/

Why Workplace Wellbeing Is Important To Industry Leaders

For a long time, the phrase “work-life balance” has been a buzzword for businesses, but the reality is that, for many people, there is a distinct disconnect between the quality of like they experience at home and the one they get at work.

After all, most employees work 40-60 hours a day in the office, under fluorescent lighting, in range of unhealthy vending machine options, in front of a computer for hours at a time, and unaware of whether it’s day or night outside. After a day’s work, achieving that essential balance is almost impossible – finding the time or energy to exercise, shop for and prepare healthy foods, and spend quality time with our loved ones and hobbies. It’s this imbalance that makes achieving these goals almost impossible – and the distinction between home life and office life makes it exhausting to even think about!

The answer, according to specialists, is that workplaces need to catch up in terms of quality of life – and industry leaders who have committed to these changes and focused on wellbeing are reaping the rewards. Employees benefit from having a happier, healthier and more efficient workplace, while employers benefit from increased productivity, improved talent acquisition, employee loyalty, and reduced sick days.

So, what is wellness and how do I apply it in the workplace? 

This is the biggest challenge facing companies that want to move with the times, boost their competitiveness and attract the best people in the industry. The answer is that it’s a holistic approach that requires an investment of time, money and passion – it’s not just about putting a juicer in the break room. It’s about evaluating pain-points in the office and setting goals for overcoming them. Some great ideas include:

  • Updating office cubicle systems to include color, collaborative spaces and casual meeting areas. This makes it easy for employees to find a space that suits them, have upbeat surroundings in which to work, and network more easily.
  • Introduce options for adjustable and ergonomic desks and chairs, including standing desks. Again, a variety of options should be made available for your space to suit the needs of different employees. Hot-desking will ensure that no-one is restricted to a single option.
  • Introduce healthy food options. If you have a cafeteria or vending machines, ensure that they have plenty of affordable, healthy choices.
  • Start a fitness club where anyone can join. Once a week running and walking clubs are a great option that helps employees bond and encourages physical activity.
  • Introduce nature. Natural lighting, plants and outdoor spaces have an immediate, positive impact on mood, creativity and mental health. Revitalize your breakroom to incorporate the outdoors, hang a wall garden indoors, and opt for glass partition walls to let in daylight and a view.
  • Treat your employees to wellness options. Rather than a lunch or dinner out, why not opt for a wellness treat? Spa teams can come in and give employees head and neck massages, or a yoga instructor can come in for a fun introductory session.

Boost productivity with a wellness office design 

If you have a wellness vision for your business, our team is here to help. In addition to our wide range of office furniture, cubical systems and office cubicle walls, we can also assist you with workspace design and fitment. For more information on our services, please contact us today or visit our website at https://www.befurniture.com/

Office Design Trends That Are Taking Off In 2018!

The New Year is about fresh starts and embracing new innovations, and our workplaces are no exception! Here are some of the latest trends that are making splash in the world of office design this year.

  • Unconventional workspaces: There’s a strong global trend to think outside the rules and ideas of a traditional office and make spaces more creative, inspiring and functional. Casual meeting rooms, collaborative spaces and breakout areas are common, as are unique features like yoga spaces, wellness areas, outdoor spaces and snack bars.
  • Dynamic spaces: Office square footage is still at a premium in many parts of the country, so companies are increasingly thinking about how to use the space they have for multiple functions. With flexible furniture like sit stand desks, hot desking and movable walls, employees have a wider range of working options – and companies don’t have space sitting idle.
  • The home office space: This encapsulates two trends – firstly, where workplace flexibility is king and employees are encouraged to work from home or outside traditional working hours in accordance with what works best for them. The second part of this trend is making the office feel more like a home – a welcoming, comfortable space where employees feel relaxed as well as productive.
  • Cost-saving and smarter spending: Companies are placing an increasing emphasis not only on saving money, but on spending office budgets more efficiently. Why pay for space and transport for office workers who can work from home? Why pay for individual office cubicles if your employees are more productive in a collaborative space?
  • Wellness: There’s also an increasing trend of making office spaces and policies more conducive to employee health and wellness. This can be seen in the increasing demand for adjustable height desks, standing office desks and ergonomic chairs, as well as preference for natural lighting and policies that encourage healthy physical activity and food choices.

Have a fresh start in 2018 with sit stand desks and other ergonomic office furniture 

Interested in transforming your workplace? Inspired by the latest modern office design ideas? 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 everything from contemporary office furniture, architectural walls and interiors to office design, fitting and furniture recycling. For more information, please contact us today or visit our website at https://www.befurniture.com/

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/

What Does your Office Space say about your Business?

It’s no secret that first impressions count, and for your clients, your office design and interior has a lot to say. Just think about what Google’s new, innovative Mountain View office design says about their commitment to their employees, clients and community? Or what Apple’s space-age office space says about their commitment to cutting-edge technology and pushing the limits of what’s possible? Now look at your office space and think about what it says about your business.

The Office Culture and Perception of Success 

The culture of your company is simply the personality of your business – it’s character, values, traditions and behaviors. Essentially, your office space should say something about what your company values and what you do – collaboration and creativity, technical and individual work, private client work, etc. More creative businesses often reflect this in open, flexible workspaces with funky and unusual décor, while more corporate businesses – for example, legal offices – will have more small, private spaces.

Office spaces are also a lot like an outfit – they communicate power, success and ambition. Certain office spaces are deliberately designed to almost intimidate, using architecture, expensive art and fittings to demonstrate their ability to beat their competitors. Other office spaces offer a more relaxed space, and generally emphasize employee wellness and happiness along with a welcoming but competent atmosphere for clients.

The Management Style 

The closer a team works together with their manager, the more open and transparent your office space tends to be. This shows that your business emphasizes communication, open door policies and strong collaborative teamwork. In contrast, office spaces where management are located far away from other employees and are closed off in offices often indicates a more traditional workplace that emphasizes structure and hierarchical power over free-flowing, flexible structures.

If you want to increase employee performance and motivation, studies emphasize that creating open, relaxed spaces and bringing management and team members together can be highly rewarding. At the same time, having some quiet, private spaces for board meetings, client meetings or individual work, can help balance the increased noise and lack of privacy that open spaces involve.

Achieve the Right First Impression with Modern Office Design Ideas and Furniture 

BE Furniture is a full-service contemporary office furniture supplier, modern 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 products and services, or to explore our contemporary office furniture ideas, visit our website.