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What To Keep In Mind When Designing Healthcare Spaces

Designing Healthcare Spaces
Healthcare Spaces were once morbid clinical spaces with harsh fluorescent lighting, cold tiled floors and the lingering scent of antiseptic spray. Many new facilities are built using an architectural, research-based model known as design thinking or evidence-based design. It’s a problem-solving approach that focuses on the human experience. Designers are recognising that the key to creating wholesome hospital environments is to design spaces with the end user in mind. Namely, the patients, visitors and healthcare practitioners who use these spaces every day. Now more and more healthcare facilities are adopting warm and welcoming environments that make patients feel at home and relaxed with the philosophy that a well-designed healthcare practice is a place that patients will want to come back to and a place for...

What You NEED To Know About Active Seating

Active Seating
Chances are if you work a desk job you already know how bad sitting down all day is for your health. A pretty important problem was brought up recently by the American Heart Association in the 2016 Circulation journal. Fourteen cardiovascular-health experts from around the country convened and reviewed all the relevant research about the health effects of physical activity. While the panel did support the recommendation of 150-minutes of physical activity per week, it made a more important point: it isn’t the time we spend exercising, but the time we spend not moving at all that’s the real problem. You can go for a thirty-minute run three times a week but your 40 hour a week sedentary desk job is still waiting for you...

What you NEED To Know about Workplace Health & Safety as a Business Owner

Workplace Health & Safety - What You Need to Know
Workplace Health & Safety (WHS) is no joke. You may have also heard it referred to as Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S). The WHS requirements and legislation you are required to meet as a business will depend on the state or territory you are in as well as your industry. So, make sure you find the WHS authority relevant to you. Why is it important to you as a business owner? According to the Australian Government, creating a safe work environment is a legal requirement and critical to the long-term success of your business. The Benefits of Workplace Health & Safety Include: • Maximised employee productivity • Minimised injury and illness in the workplace • Better staff retention • Ensures you meet your legal obligations...

6 Things You Should Be Doing Daily to Keep Your Workspace Organised

Organise Your Workspace
An organised workspace? That's the dream! It can be your reality. Right now, you're reality probably looks a little like this . . . . There are piles of paperwork spilling across your keyboard. You lost that really important sticky note and finding a single paper clip or binder is impossible. There are cables and power cords sticking out from everywhere. Forgotten mugs lay desolate in a corner (there's a dead fly in one), and you're pretty sure there's a pen or two underneath the raging pile that is your bills. In short, your workspace is an unorganised pit where your productivity goes to die. Too harsh? Maybe a little. Or then again, maybe not enough! If you are tired of encountering this exact warzone...

10 Standing Desk Benefits You Wish You Knew Earlier (2018)

Standing Desk Benefits
I have a confession to make. It’s a pretty big one. Here it goes…. I’m writing this article from my very own standing desk right now. I know, I know. You must think I’m one of those trend followers. The kind that just takes a leap of faith and throws money at the latest thing so I can keep up with the masses. So, I must be biased, right? Wrong! Before I got a standing desk or as some people know them, a sit-stand desk. I did some extensive research into the health benefits and let me tell you; I was shocked by how deep down the rabbit hole I fell. Did you know that according to the Australian Health Survey (2014–2015), only 55% of...

6 Ways To Create More Privacy In An Open Plan Office

In recent years we’ve seen a massive increase in open-plan offices coming into the corporate world. From multi-million dollar corporations to medium and even small businesses, open plan offices are popular for a variety of reasons. They’re cost-effective. They facilitate collaboration and the exchange of ideas. They break down barriers between co-workers, and they can even result in happier and more productive employees. That’s not to say that there aren’t some mixed responses. Open plan offices tend to get a bad rap usually when there isn't enough thought involved in the initial office design and layout. People complain that their new open office is too noisy, there’s not enough privacy, they’re distracted, feeling exposed and they can’t hear their co-workers properly when they actually need...

Why You Shouldn’t Buy Furniture Without Checking Its Certifications First

Product Testing
This is part 2 of our new Furniture Testing & Safety blog series. At BFX Furniture we are dedicated to product testing and ensuring we deliver the safest and most high quality furniture for the Australian education and commercial environment.   The Importance of Product Testing Product testing is extremely important for any business operating in the manufacturing or retail industry, whether it’s consumer goods, cosmetics, pharmaceutical drugs, cars, tools and machinery or furniture. Consumers have the right to know how safe what they’re buying really is. Furniture manufacturers and retailers need to be even more vigilant in their product testing. Especially, when according to the ACCC (Australian Competition & Consumer Commission), at least 14 children under nine years old died in Australia during 2000-2015 after...

How To Stay Active During Your Workday

How To Stay Active During Your Workday It can certainly be difficult to stay active during your workday when you work 9-5 Monday to Friday and have little opportunity to get moving. The day goes too quickly, or some days, too slowly, and the last thing on your mind is hitting the gym. Staying active during your workday doesn’t have to be painful, time consuming or even strenuous. The secret to staying active is all in how you manage your time. By the end of this post you will not only be more knowledgeable about Australia’s current health standards, but you will also leave with a few easy ideas to get some physical activity in your day. First, let’s have a look at the facts:...

How to Improve Workplace Collaboration

How To Improve Workplace Collaboration Effective collaboration is one of the most important part of business success. In fact, according to a handy infographic by Clinked, 96% of executives cite a lack of collaboration or ineffective communication as the reason for workplace failures. Today’s workforce is mobile, connected and places emphasis on collaborative work to get the job done. So how can you improve workplace collaboration? Build an Effective Team There’s always that one group of people in the office who are known as the ‘dream team’. They are highly organised. They hit their mark every time and seem to have fun doing it. So, how do they do it? It’s simple really . . . They have gotten to know each other as individuals...

7 Benefits of Activity Based Workplaces

7 Benefits of Activity Based Workplaces Global companies like Microsoft and Google have fitted out their workplaces with Activity Based Workstations years ago and have reaped the benefits since. It’s no secret that the headquarters of multi-million dollar companies are renowned for their modern hubs with state of the art technology. Even renowned banks like BankWest, Macquarie Bank, NAB and the Commonwealth Bank have forgone traditional cubicles in favour of turning their offices into Activity Based Workplaces (ABW). The end result being a workplace with surprising benefits for both the employee and company.   1. Increased Productivity ABW’s are all about you and your workplace . . . . . It’s about people, place and technology working together in a more productive and enjoyable  way. ABW’s...

Celebrating the Opening of Our New Manufacturing Facility

New Manufacturing Facility
On the 11th of August 2017, we hit a new business milestone. All staff and the media turned out to celebrate the opening of our new manufacturing facility. We were delighted to have Mayor Mark Jamieson officially open our brand new 7500sqm manufacturing facility in Yandina with a ceremonial ribbon cutting. The facility represents a $30 million investment in our future, as well as the future of manufacturing and economic growth on the Sunshine Coast. The event was attended by all staff at the Yandina facility and had ample media coverage from WIN News, 7 News, View News Sunshine Coast, The Sunshine Coast Council and The Sunshine Coast Daily. Which you can still catch the coverage on our and their respective Facebook pages. After 30...

4 Great Tips For A Green Office

If you want to know how to turn your office into green office then you’ve come to the right place. Sometimes it can be difficult to know where to start and there are often assumptions that you have to make some big changes to see big results. We’re here to tell you that’s not true. You can start making smaller changes to your office right now. After all, it’s the little things that add up. We hope you find these green tips helpful. We certainly did! In fact, we’re gearing up for the 2017 Keep Australia Beautiful Week from the 21-27th of August. How about you? To find out more about how you can get involved in Keep Australia Beautiful Week, visit their website. You...

6 Health Benefits of Standing Desks (2017)

Chances are the whole reason you’re here is because you're curious about the whole Standing Desk trend that’s ‘all the rage’ right now. Some people say, “Sitting is the new smoking” in terms of how bad it is for our overall health. Our society is becoming so health conscience that it’s hard to discern what is just a passing fad from what is really good for us. Let’s start with what we do know. Bottomless stores of research confirm that a sedentary lifestyle is detrimental to our long-term health. The Australian Health Survey 2014–2015 revealed that only 55% of Australian adults aged 18–64 years meet the level of physical activity recommended by current guidelines (150 minutes of moderate physical activity or 75 minutes of vigorous physical activity...

BFX Lends A Hand to Nundah Cottages

Nundah Cottages
BFX was proud to donate $11,000 worth of furniture including chairs, bean bags, storage trolleys and adjustable height tables to Queensland's Centre for Perinatal & Infant Mental Health. The Channel 9 Telethon was broadcast live on Saturday the 19th of November and raised $12.3 Million for the Children’s Hospital Foundation. Hundreds of Queensland children are helped by the Children’s Hospital Foundation every year through both their direct support for families during hospitals stays and also fundraising for world-class medical research and care. The mental health of children is vital to their recovery and post care. BFX Furniture is proud to have been involved in Triple M’s Marto and Ed’s biggest Lend-A-Hand yet! The radio hosts put a call out for volunteers to donate their time and effort to renovating Nundah Cottages, home to the...
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