There are so many options available for office and business furniture. So many, in fact, a Google search for “Buy Office Furniture” returns with almost seven million results. That number is dizzying and surely doesn’t help with the decision making behind selecting office furniture. Let’s address the biggest problems with buying furniture for the office, in a way that correlates to getting work done in a communal and efficient manner.
Creating Budgets Effectively
Probably the forefront of all furniture buying problems is creating and acting upon a budget within reasonable consideration to other factors within getting work done. Realistically, the first consideration which comes to mind with your first thought of buying furniture is “How much is the cost?”, but in working reality, this should never be your first question.
Before asking yourself about the cost, ask yourself, “How is this going to help my team get things done?”, thereafter consider cost and budget. Create the budget around important productivity boosting furniture items like desks, chairs, technology, and comfort for your team. Focus on the cost saving items for less important items like decor.
Little or Too Much Available Space
Do you have a large office space? This means you’ll more likely want to individualize each employee’s workspace with more extra space. Spreading out workspaces to fill the gaps while catering attention to closeness even with a large workspace is ideal. In this case, furniture like desks can be spaced out and fit one person each, however, if promoting community and open spaces choose larger tables that can fit two people. When your teams grow larger, you can then space these desks into more efficient co-working style desks.
Have a small office space? Choosing your office furniture wisely in comparison to your space can help here. Purchasing larger co-working tables that can fit the most amount of people in limited space is ideal. No matter how big or little your office space is, keep in mind the proven fact of closeness and communal co-working spaces can actually increase productivity and team building, instead of closed workspaces.
Catering to Comfort
Comfortable employees lead to many beneficial results, including increases in productivity, energy, as well as even healthfulness. Ergonomic chairs, desks, keyboards, are all mindful of the health and comfort of the average worker. Additionally, consider catering to specific members of your teams, and their likes and dislikes. Customized space conditions for team members like being comfortable in a more remote part of the desk areas.
Similarly, the lighting and basic decor of an office affect team member’s comfort, as well as their productivity. Focus your attention on providing light where it is most needed like desk areas in ways that are non-distracting yet still helpful while providing less light in little-used places like hallways or lounge areas. While it may difficult to cater to each one of your employee’s comforts or needs, it is an effective solution long term to keep productive, happy, and healthy members of your organization.