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Tips for Keeping Your Workstation Tidy

As the saying goes, an untidy desk is a sign of an untidy mind! While plenty of us may disagree, we have to admit that there are a lot of benefits from having a well-organized and clutter-free workstation. Here’s how to get on top of all that mess:

  • Take stock: It’s easy for our workstations and desks to get lost under both physical and digital clutter. The first step to organize your space is to take stock of what’s actually there. Sort your clutter into what’s essential and what’s not, recycle old documents you don’t need, throw out the trash and sort out your inbox. If you’re still swamped under piles of documents, now’s the time to add a filing cabinet to your workstation. Going forward, it may be a good idea to implement a paperless policy to stop the clutter from piling up – and its kind to the environment too!
  • Tackle those cables: Sometimes it seems like there isn’t a single space free of cables at a desk! Remove all cables that aren’t necessary and invest in some cable organizers. These clip your cables neatly out of the way and are pretty fun too – you can get Wonder Woman ones, bright colors, flowers or Star Wars memorabilia!
  • Take your lunch away: Eating at your desk is a serious source of mess, from dropped crumbs and grease to wrappers and stains. Instead, take your lunchbreak away from your desk, whether its outdoors at a café table or in the canteen. This is also a good way to ensure you take a break, blow off some steam, socialize and relax.
  • Make your workspace your own: There’s nothing more motivational than investing in yourself and the same goes for your workstation. A new, more functional desk could be just what you need to stay organized or an ergonomic chair that makes it more comfortable to work at your workstation. Even something as simple as adding a few plants, great notebooks, new stationery or even some of your favorite photos can make you feel more at home at your desk.

A Cleaner, More Organized Office Through Modern Office Workstation Desks 

BE Furniture in New Jersey can help you create a functional and appealing workspace that supports your brand. In addition to our wide range of office furniture, including modern office chairs and modular office workstation furniture, our contemporary office interiors team can also assist you with workspace design and fitment. We also offer eco-friendly recycling options for all your old office furniture and fittings. For more information on our services and products, including our range of corporate office furniture, please contact us today or visit our website at https://www.befurniture.com/

AI is Coming to your Office – Here are the Latest Insights

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is no longer limited to the realm of science fiction – it’s in our workplaces and is making a measurable impact on how we do business. Here are some insights from our corporate office furniture team.

Chatbots and Voice Assistants 

One of the most high-impact applications of AI is in the rise of chatbots and voice assistants. According to a tech report from Spiceworks, a survey of 500 IT professionals in both North America and Europe revealed that over 40% of large businesses are expecting to implement one or more AI chatbots on company-owned devices in the next year. 25% of mid-sized companies and 27% of small business are planning similar moves.

So, what platforms are making the biggest impact?

Microsoft Cortana is currently holding the position of most-used intelligent assistant in the workplace at 49% (thanks to its integration with Windows 10) This is followed by Apple’s Siri at 47%. Another 23% of organizations also use Google Assistant and 13% are using Amazon’s Alexa.

For chatbots, 14% of organizations are utilizing them when integrated into collaboration tools like Microsoft Teams and Slack, while an additional 10% of organizations are planning to develop their own AI chatbots for internal application.

Automate Mundane Tasks 

When it comes to how these AI tools are being utilized in the workplace, the focus is on automating mundane tasks that don’t require creativity, saving time and resources. This includes tasks like voice-to-text dictation, calendar management and even supporting customer service roles. Clearly, AI is here to make a lasting impact on the future of business.

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

If you want to make the most of your office design and space, 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/

 

Are Kid-Friendly Workplaces The Next Big Thing?

If there’s one aspect of life that puts the most pressure on company productivity as well as employees, it’s trying to balance families with the demands of the office. With the cost of childcare so high and people wanting to keep their careers on track while having kids, it’s no surprise that kid-friendly workplaces are starting to become a trend! This concept presents a unique way of bringing childcare and productivity together to help businesses and parents get ahead.

Is there really a demand for family-friendly workplaces? 

Yes! In fact, research by the US Department of Labor have shown that 62% of women who gave birth 12 months ago are working, and 90% of men said that paternity leave was a priority. Many additional studies have shown that workplaces that don’t offer paid parental leave suffer from lower employee retention, higher turnover costs and a lower ability to attract talent. Even more importantly, 30% of women with children who don’t work said that they would return to the workplace and their careers if they were provided with flexible options – putting considerable talent and experience back into businesses.

So, what makes a business family-friendly? 

This is an area where the sky is the limit, and companies can get creative with what policies and benefits they can offer working parents. Generally speaking, these policies focus on paid parental leave, flexible working hours, support for nursing mothers, family benefits for healthcare and insurance, and hosting family-friendly events.

Some companies are putting a lot of emphasis on attracting working parents because of the talent and experience they have to offer, including:

  • American Express – They have a 20-week paid parental leave policy for all parents, plus 6-8 weeks for birth mothers as medical recovery time.
  • Patagonia – This company offers a child care center that is fully paid for by the company. Kids can stay on-site while parents work, and older children can be lifted to and from schools in the area on free busses. They also help cover adoption fees for prospective parents!
  • Google – Google is known for its incredible employee perks, and parents are no exception. New moms get 18 weeks of paid leave, and parents playing an equal role in their child’s first year get 12 weeks and $500 for baby bonding. They also offer onsite childcare through their 4 centers.
  • Facebook – This company is taking on the rest to try become the most family-friendly business of them all, with free meals and free laundry services. New parents get $4,000 to help cover expenses, subsidized childcare and assistance with adoption fees. They also contribute towards employees who want to freeze their eggs, under a $20,000 benefit program for fertility treatments.

Re-imagine your business through wellness and family-friendly modern office design 

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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 

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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/