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What Is Your Reception Area Saying About Your Brand?

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You walk through your office reception area every day and probably take very little notice of it – but what impression do first-time visitors, clients and prospective employees see when they walk in? Here are some insights from the specialists in modern reception desks and modern office design ideas.

The Professional Office Reception Area 
If you’re in the financial services, legal or medical industry, you want to give your visitors the impression that you’re successful, organized, authoritative and efficient. Your reception area can achieve this with the following look:

Uncluttered, clean and open spaceSubtle but clear brand presenceComfortable but robust/heavy furniture of a classic styleStatement artworkCoffee and tea serviceStylish but muted color scheme
The Creative Office Reception Area 
If you’re selling creative services like marketing, advertising or interior design, you want your reception area to make an impact with your creative touch. Here’s how your reception area can demo…

What Office Amenities Do Your Employees Really Want?

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One of the best tools a company has to attract and retain top talent is the amenities they can offer their employees, but what amenities are the most rewarding ones to invest in? Here are some ideas from our commercial office furniture team.

Personal project time: Strictly speaking, this is more of a perk than an amenity, but it’s a great idea anyway. Pioneered by 3M, the aim is to allow employees a certain amount of time and flexibility to work on their passion projects. Although this sounds counter-productive, the reality is that it improves overall engagement and productivity as well as energy levels. Even Google has a “20% Time” rule to allow for this, which produced Gmail!Concierge services: If you want your employees to stay busy, engaged and focused at work, the best thing to do is to take some of those distracting, everyday tasks off their hands. Concierge services can take care of your employee’s personal errands, like grocery shopping, ensuring that they have one thing less …

4 Sustainability Elements for Every Workplace

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Sustainability is a trend that just is not going to go away, bringing benefits to businesses in terms of cost-savings, good public relations and great style that builds their brand. So, what are the basic building blocks for creating a sustainable office? Here are the latest modern office design ideas:

Low-Carbon Transport:
Did you know that in the USA, transportation accounts for 30% of all emissions? Sitting in rush hour harms the environment, increases stress levels and impacts on productivity. Businesses can support healthier, earth-friendly commuter options like biking or walking to work by having secure bike storage and on-site shower/change rooms. Physical activity also boosts productivity, engagement, and job satisfaction, as well as actively fighting depression and anxiety.

Natural Lighting:
Sunlight is what sets our natural rhythms, telling us when to be awake and active and when to be asleep. It has such a powerful effect on us that studies have shown that workplaces that op…

Why are Offices Becoming More Casual?

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Office dress codes have been slowly disappearing over the years, and the days of wearing suits and ties are over. These days, many businesses are opting for a more casual look and business-casual policies are common even in the financial services industry. This trend is about more than just clothes, however – companies are reducing their levels of hierarchy and bringing junior and senior staff closer together. Business communication is less formal and more straight to the point.

Even office interiors are becoming more connected and more casual, with mahogany corner offices being transformed into collaborative shared spaces. So, why is this happening? Here are some insights from our corporate office furniture team.

Technology: Tech has made the workplace more connected and more interactive than ever before. Where communications used to have to go through secretarial pools and formal business processes, it’s now easier and faster for a supervisor or manager to simply email or text a per…

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…