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

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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 us…

Is Remote Working the Future of your Business?

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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 it…

How to Design a Workspace for the Financial Services Industry

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Contemporary office interiors and design is not just about creating a pleasant work environment, it’s about adding functionality that’s specific to your company’s vision, operations and day-to-day needs. For the financial services industry, where attracting and keeping top industry talent is a must and tech is a driving force in the sector, office design can play a significant role in achieving broader company goals.

Collaboration, Concentration and Contemplation 

Rather than focusing on the needs of a single type of employee, office designs for the financial services industry need to create multiple spaces that meet many different needs. This means creating spaces where collaboration can take place (working on a new project, holding meetings or brainstorming sessions, etc.), quiet areas where employees can focus without interruption and contemplate on their work tasks, and areas that are designed around a single task, like a programming department.

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Tips for Future-Proofing Your Office Design

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Future-proofing is all about ensuring that your office design will be able to incorporate changes and upgrades easily as your company adapts over the years. While no one can predict the future completely, incorporating future-proofing into your design is the best way to avoid costly redesigns down the line and keep your space functioning smoothly as new technology and equipment is embraced. Here are some tips from our contemporary office design team to help your office fitment last for many years to come.

Future staffing needs: When deciding on your workplace layout, remember to incorporate space for staff who will join your company as it grows. Flexible layouts work well here, allowing people to hot-desk or work different tasks in different areas, so it’s easier to slot more people in than if you had a traditional cubicle or office system. Now is also the right time to think about implementing policies for flexible working conditions, so that you establish a functioning work culture …

Taking a Look Inside the New Bloomberg HQ

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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 sta…

Quick and Easy Ways to Refresh Your Office Space

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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, headach…

How to Plan an Office Relocation

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Moving offices happens for many reasons, whether your business is expanding, moving headquarters, merging with another company or remodeling. Whatever the reason for your move, it’s important to have a plan in place to manage your office relocation, ensure a smooth process and a productive start in your new workspace. Here are some tips from our commercial office furniture team.

It’s never too early to start planning: As soon as relocation is confirmed, it’s time to start planning. The trick is to manage it the way you’d manage any other complex project: note down specific requirements, determine your budget and develop a timeframe. It’s important to have all the details ready about your new place too, from ensuring new furniture and fittings are in place on time, planning out the flow and layout of your new offices, and identifying different spaces for different activities.Go solo or find a partner: While it is possible to carry out an office relocation yourself, many companies do sp…