If your office is starting to look a little worn or is failing to keeping pace with your business demands then you may well need to invest in some new furniture. However, there are a few aspects which you should consider before making any concrete purchasing decisions.
Desks and chairs
Obviously, office desks and chairs need to be the primary considerations for your office as they are the key drivers of office productivity. Above all else, desks and chairs in office environments need to be comfortable and fit for purpose. Having your workers sitting at uncomfortable angles, straining to type or struggling to see their screens properly will inevitably lead to a number of short-term and long-term problems. Indeed, unsuitable office chairs and desks will not only have a negative impact on the productivity of your employees; they could eventually lead to your workers going off sick with aggravated muscular complaints. Over time, this could have a seriously adverse effect on your operations, especially if you run a relatively small business.
Of course, different types of desks and chairs work well in different office settings, ergo some desks and chairs that are appropriate for some companies will not be suitable for others. However, like most other UK workers, your staff members may well use computers every day and therefore the desks you purchase will need to address this. With this in mind, ergonomic, sleek designs in light woods are often good choices as they provide high degrees of functionality whilst lending themselves well to all types of office decor. Naturally, darker woods may be a better option if you run a ‘serious’ business such as an accountancy or firm of solicitors.
When it comes to office functionality, storage is imperative. Indeed, if your office uses a considerable amount of files or papers then having storage-friendly furniture options is vitally important. Certainly, having accommodating filing cabinets and cupboards will help to ensure your office remains organised and free of clutter. Without doubt, a disorganised office can be a major hindrance when it comes to productivity, so choosing the right office furniture will enable you to nip the problem in the bud before it becomes a serious issue.
Of course, style can have a huge impact on your offices. Using stylish furniture pieces will not only help you to bring out your company’s character and ethos; but also illustrate exactly what your company is about and look appealing to guests who come to visit you. In addition, having a stylish office will also make your workers feel more comfortable in their surroundings.
The type of furniture you choose for your office should complement the space which is available. By and large, open plan offices have overtaken cubicle-type designs and with good reason: open plan offices encourage workers to interact more and therefore engender greater communication levels. This in turn can lead to a more harmonious working atmosphere, greater motivation and ultimately, increased productivity.