Furniture is often at the bottom of the list for a growing business. The types of desk and chairs that are bought are often the cheapest or most functional of items. Rarely do business managers take the time to research and find furniture.
This is unsurprising when one looks at the range of different furniture that is available on the internet. There is such a vast range of furniture available on the market that often bemused office managers will make a quick choice before considering the implications of buying the first thing that they see.
Furniture can do so much more for a company than simply provide somewhere to sit and work. Good furniture can increase the morale of your team, improve the comfort and productivity of your workers and furthermore improve the image of your company. With this in mind it is surprising that furniture is so frequently treated like an afterthought.
After all it supports the spine of your business. So whether you are looking for office chairs, desks, meeting room furniture, reception desks or partition screens be sure to make a decision based on the following guidelines.
Whatever the company or business a good image is the single most important aspect that will enable continued success. A good image is developed over time and results from a number of different factors.
One of the factors that may not immediately spring to mind is the furniture that the company uses. A company that values quality furniture will develop an image of a company that values quality in general. A great example of this is a solicitors office. It would reflect badly if you were presented with a cheap ikea chair to sit on or they rummaged through a flimsy filing cabinet. One would feel much more confident with a solicitor that could afford tasteful, solid, antique wooden furniture.
Furniture can also be a key component for companies in the IT industry. These fast paced business places need to provide support and comfort for their employees and at the same time they need present a fresh and vibrant image for their clients. Again, these issues can be addressed with the right choice of furniture.
Comfortable chairs for the workforce is a must and this type of business will often benefit from a less formal and more colourful style of furniture. For example the leading company in the IT industry, Google, invest a great deal of time and money onto their furniture as it helps provide a relaxed atmosphere that is conducive to hard work in what can be a stressful and fast paced type of business. The right furniture must be priority for any business to ensure that it gives out the right image for both its own employees and also its clients.
Once you have chosen furniture that delivers the right image for your company you need to ensure that it is functional and succeeds in fulfilling its expectations. There is no use purchasing furniture that looks great but is not comfortable or suitable to the work that needs to be completed.
Chairs are the most important type of furniture that needs to be comfortable. This is especially important for companies that work at a computer all day. If your staff sit down for the whole day it is imperative that they are comfortable. In this case function must come above image. Uncomfortable seats will reduce morale and productivity. So be sure to invest time and money into your office furniture. After all furniture is what supports the spine of your business.