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How Wiring can Impact on your Office Design

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In an age of wireless, digital technology, the designs of our workplaces are still held back by miles and miles of wiring and cables. In the conference room where virtual meetings, group calls and presentations are common, this issue is even more apparent.

Limiting Your Options – From Conference Tables to Flooring 

The conference table is the focal point of the room, a gathering space that represents your brand to your clients, partners and employees. For many companies, the look of this important piece of furniture is immediately affected by the need for connectivity boxes for connecting laptops and devices and handling every type of video output on the market, from HDMI to mini DisplayPort. This makes minimalist design challenging if not outright impossible.

Then, it’s about accommodating the wires that run from the table to the screen (or screens) under the carpeting or beneath the baseboards and through the walls. This fixes your layout in a permanent manner, making it impossible …

Mobile Device Privacy and the Modern Workplace

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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 profes…

How Tech Can Boost Workplace Engagement

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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…

4 Easy Ways to Refresh and Re-energize Your Workplace

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Is your office looking a little dull, a bit boring or lacking in character? Here are some tips from our team of corporate office furniture specialist in New Jersey on how to bring some new life and energy into your office in easy, affordable ways.

Upgrade the lighting: As office remodeling and furniture specialists, one of the first things we notice in an office is poor lighting. Lighting plays a huge role in the mood of a workspace and poor lighting leaves people feeling stressed, strained and unwell. It’s a source of migraines as well as creating a harsh or dingy environment, and it impacts your energy bill too! Replacing old bulbs with energy-saving LED bulbs with dimmers isn’t expensive and allows people light their space to suit their needs. A bigger project is to try bringing in more natural light by using solutions such as architectural office partitions made of glass.Add some nature: Plants literally add life to your office – and are cheap and easy to maintain. They also impro…

Green Buildings – More Beneficial than Simply Cutting Energy Costs

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Going Green is a trend that’s set to continue push the boundaries for office design for decades into the future, and for many companies the primary driver for achieving environmentally-friendly goals is to reduce energy consumption. With office buildings accounting for 19% of all commercial energy consumption, with the typical office building using 1.4 billion British thermal units (Btu) per year according to the US Energy Information Administration, it’s not hard to see why businesses are driven to lower their utilities costs. However, a recent Harvard University study has shown that there are actually even far greater benefits to the green office building trend.

This study looked at a set of green-certified (LEED) buildings in 6 different countries (USA, India, China, Germany, Turkey and Brazil) over a period of 16 years with impressive results – they identified over $6 billion in combined health and climate benefits!

The findings showed that globally, these projects saved billions…

Spaces that Inspire Creativity and Innovation

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Designing an office is about much more than making sure there’s enough seating and desk space for each employee, it’s about creating a space that embodies your brand, smooths out work processes and enhances productivity and creative thinking. Here are some of the leading sources of inspiration for workplaces that offer it all.

The Natural World: For too long, society has treated work as separate to nature – but where do we all go to relax, re-energize and find inspiration? Nature. Natural light, plant life and fresh air have a significant impact on our wellbeing, health and happiness, and using it in the workplace has the same powerful effect. When there’s a strong presence of nature, people experience less mental fatigue, stress and illness. All these positive effects impact directly on your company’s bottom line through increased productivity, better employee mental and physical health, and increased loyalty and job satisfaction.

Socialization: Human beings are social creatures and m…

Studies Show the Benefits of Flexible Working

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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…