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Friday, April 15, 2016

Office noise an issue for your staff? Consider a phone booth.

There is no doubt that the open-office concept has strong benefits for employees and companies alike. Open office concepts promote communication and idea sharing. They reduce overhead costs and help employees feel like more of a team. However, open offices can also decrease productivity and noise levels are a common complaint. Sometimes those noise distractions can increase stress, fatigue and negatively impact overall performance.

Improve office productivity and morale 

What if you could offer employees a fully enclosed, comfortable, work space that was sound proof and easily accessible from their desk whenever they needed it? Those employees could now alleviate the stresses of noise levels... take phone calls in peace... handle personal matters without taking too much time away from their jobs. Does that sound like something that would be of value in your office?

Enter: the Phone Booth by Framery. Yes, a phone booth. Trust us on this one - it's pretty amazing.

What is the Framery Phone Booth?

Dismiss any notions of phone booths that you have in mind. This phone booth is compact in size but roomy enough to be comfortable. It offers privacy and the opportunity for uninterrupted work. It comes ready to work with a table top, air ventilation system, electric socket and LED lighting. All this and the phone booth is an attractive, inviting piece of office furniture!

Since RJE installed one of these acoustic booths in our open office space, it’s been a magnet for visitors and staff alike. “It just looks so cool!” says Stacey Blanton, RJE’s Chief of Staff “You can’t help but want to try it out and when you do, you instantly realize that you now have an easily accessible quiet place when you need it.” 

Come see for yourself! We have a phone booth set up and ready for you to try out in our Cincinnati and Indianapolis offices. The booth will be making a guest appearance at our Ft. Wayne office April 10 - 15 before it returns to its standing engagement in the Indy showroom.

Why do you need a Phone Booth in your office? 

The value of a quiet space in today’s working world is a big one. Quiet space for in-depth work calls. Quiet space for personal calls. Quiet space to hammer out that last part of the project that has been nagging at your to-do list. Quiet space is valuable and desired and the O Phone Booth gives you quiet space.

Work calls: Have you ever been on a call with a client or prospective client and the background noise in your office makes it impossible to hear? Or you find it hard to concentrate on resolving a client’s issue because of the conversations your co-workers are having all around you? Instead of frantically waving your hand at people or throwing pens at them to keep it down (hey, it happens), move your call into the phone booth – a literal oasis of quiet in the middle of your office. Convenient and just what you need to get the job done.  
Personal calls: Life used to be all about the work/life balance but today we all know it’s really about work/life integration. The lines between home and office are blurred and sometimes you just have to make personal calls during the work day. A conference call with your child’s teacher. A medical call for you or your parents. Now you have a place where you can take those calls in private. Trust us, it’s far more comfortable than the hallway or your car.
Project work: Sometimes you need 30 minutes of quiet to bang out the last part of a proposal or pull together your thoughts for a new marketing plan. You might be able to use an empty office or conference room but even with the door closed, you’re likely to be interrupted by a knock or two. At first glance you might think the phone booth offers less privacy than an office with its clear glass door, however when people see that you are hard at work they are far less likely to knock and interrupt. The booth is just the right place to find your focus and finish the project. 
RJE Furniture prides itself on staying on top of the latest trends in office furniture. At last year’s Orgatec – the leading international trade fair for office and facility furniture – we first saw the acoustic phone booth and immediately realized its potential to make a simple yet powerful impact in today’s open space offices.

Framery’s Phone Booth brings the following benefits to your office:

  • Privacy: Great sound insulation so your calls are private and you can’t hear office noise
  • Great Acoustics: Echo-free acoustics inside the booth so your calls are effective and the person on the other end isn’t wondering if you’re calling from the parking garage
  • Comfortable: Well-ventilated space, because sitting in a hot, stuffy place would not help your productivity
  • Free Standing Product: Easy to move and reassemble
  • Compact Size: Easy to place – it comes with everything in one neat package
  • Equipment Included: Table top, air ventilation, electric socket and LED lighting
Download the product specifications (PDF)

In short, it’s not a phone booth so much as a private, flexible work space. The O Phone Booth gives you a flexible, stylish piece of furniture that offers an echo-free, pleasant working environment. We recommend placing one phone booth for every 15 employees in a loud office environment. If you have quiet office policy, one booth for every 25 employees will work well.

Want to learn more about getting a phone booth in your office? Let us help you look at your existing floor plan and determine the best number and placement for these phone booths.

Click here for more information.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Cincy is Moving...Into Our New Workstations!

Through the months of construction, the Cincinnati office is excited to announce that we have finally moved into our new showroom/GLC! We have made huge strides over the past few weeks and our team is now happily settled into their new workstations. We have a few teaks to button up, but everyone is super excited about our new space and the potential that it brings. Check out some sneak peeks at our new space!


Thursday, January 29, 2015

DIRTT GLC Progress

We have made some huge strides in the past few weeks with installing our new GLC. This is the first big project for the Cincy install team and how fitting that it would be in our own space! Our RJE DIRTT team has done such a great job, and we cannot wait for them to finish the space and show off our brand new GLC!
Bringing in the first wave of DIRTT product!

Setting the first wall

First DIRTT wall in Cincy!!!

More walls are going up

Moving right along with the progress

DIRTT millwork in our new Java Center

DIRTT millwork in our new Library space

Check out those Blue Jean inside of the frames

Sneak peak into our Healthcare room

Stay tuned for even more updates to our GLC. If you are interested in exploring more at the DIRTT solution contact our DIRTT Champion Stacy Jo Frank at 513.641.3700

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

We are in LOVE....with our new floors!

Our brand new flooring from Patcraft has been installed and we are over the moon with excitement! At NeoCon, Patcraft introduced a new line of mixed materials flooring that introduced carpet and resilient flooring that were the same height. With the different materials being the same height, it allows for the materials to be mixed together, to create fun, unique patterns that once were not able to be achieved. After seeing it in the Patcraft showroom in Chicago, we just had to have it in our new space! Check out what we did. We are especially excited about how we were able to bring in the Knoll red with the RJE orange into the space, thus creating a more branding space to showcase for our clients.
Let us know what you think of our new flooring look!


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

New Year Equals New Changes!

With every new year, comes new changes and we are making quite a few here in Cincy! Our new year has started with booms, bangs, and clangs. We have been making huge strides on our new showroom/GLC space. Because of the luxury apartments that are going seven floors above us and construction projects on the main building level that our showroom is located on, we have decided to go through a face lift ourselves!
Our new demising wall is finished, our kitchen has been gutted, and the dated carpet has been torn up. Check out some of our progress photos below from the past few weeks.
Stay tuned for even more updates as we progress through the process!
Getting ready for a brand new Java Center

Our new wall is finished!

Prepping the floors

We are a little jam packed in the back of the office with all of the construction going on

More floor prep

Packed, packed, packed office

It was like Christmas all over again, when our flooring boxes arrived!
Lighting changes are happening as well


Thursday, November 13, 2014

DIRTT trip to Calgary

Last week our DIRTT Champion Stacy Frank hosted architects and designers from GBBN on a factory tour of the DIRTT facilities in Calgary, Canada. The trip was spent seeing, exploring and learning about the DIRTT solution, sustainability, manufacturing, along with much, much more!
Some of the things the group learned included:
  • We are Doing It Right This Time, because last time with conventional construction, the computer power didn't exist to go from design, to real-time 3D, to specifications, to the production floor. Last time environmental sustainability wasn’t tied to the bottom line. Last time there was no such thing as being able to affordably manufacture individualized spaces. This time, DIRTT is giving clients and the interior construction industry a new way to Build better. This time we are doing it right.
  • DIRTT interiors are suitable for commercial offices, schools, hospitality, retail, and most areas of healthcare
  • Custom prefab means DIRTT clients can choose a new or existing space, large or small, in the best location for their own clients and employees – no matter the base building itself. DIRTT ensures the technology, aesthetics, agility, comfort and function of the 21st century is on the inside, where it counts.

If you are interested more in DIRTT and the numerous possibilities that it can offer, please contact Stacy Frank at sfrank@rjecincy.com or 513.641.3700

Monday, November 10, 2014

Cincy's First Truck Has Arrived!

It was a good Friday at the Cincinnati office. Our brand new 24' box truck got delivered and new signage and branding items were installed at our warehouse facility. We are super excited to be growing this part of our business and have more great things on the horizon as well. Be on the lookout for our shiny new truck rolling around the streets of Cincinnati!

If you have any project needs, furniture, moving or warehousing, please contact 513.641.3700 for more information