Let us face it, we spend a good part of our waking lives in and out of work. Whether it is shift based, performance art, freelance or you’re working a good old 9-5, most of our time will be spent punching in and out, so why not make that time enjoyable? When working in an office, it can be easy to get caught up in the monotony of the everyday, but having an engaging and exciting environment around you can help create some liveliness in your professional life. Part of that is to do with the furniture in and around your office.
Office furniture is an essential part of the working day. Day by day we sit at our desks, swivelling around on our chairs, typing away at keyboards or scribbling on office provided notepad and pens. Having interesting and comfortable office furniture helps to make your working day that little bit more pleasant. So take a look at why you should look into choosing high-quality furniture for your office.
Health and Comfort
Making sure that employees stay comfortable and healthy are a top priority in business. If your employees are not comfortable, their health can suffer as a result. If you have them typing out letters 8 hours a day on chairs that are not designed to support their backs properly, over time this can cause some serious problems. Thinking of the long term health of your employees is important, as you don’t want to work them to death! Take into account any individual complaints and look into getting some more situation specific furniture supplies if your employees are experiencing pain while working.
If your employees are comfortable, they are more likely to remain productive in their work. It sounds odd, but it really does work! Treat your employees well and they will do the work and do it to a high standard. Colourful and comfortable furniture helps to inspire good productivity in workplaces, just like a freshly cleaned car turning up in a neighbourhood may prompt other drivers to start getting their hoses and sponges out.
As a race we are naturally competitive beings. So by being in a comfortable environment, we are inspired to better ourselves in order to aspire to meet the expectations set about by that environment.
A Colourful, Welcoming Environment
Have you ever had visitors to your office? Have they been loath to return? Creating a welcoming environment is especially important in a client facing businesses as you want your clients and visitors to feel at home when doing business with you. A good working environment helps to cultivate this relationship. After all, who are you more likely to warm to – he who offers you a warm drink in a bright and clean environment, or he who offers you plain water in a cold and dreary waiting room? It is pure carrot and stick psychology.
High-Quality = Built to Last
If you spend the money on good, high-quality furniture, you will be paying your way forward for potentially years to come. Unless you are constantly looking at upgrading your furniture to meet the fast-paced fashion of office furniture, settling on something both pretty and hardwearing is going to pay off in the long run. It is better for both your peace of mind and the funds of your business, that one high-quality office chair lasts for five years in comparison to a cheaper chair that needs replacing every six months.
Employees are also more likely to take better care of expensive equipment, as they will have some idea of the work and money that contributed to purchasing that equipment. If all you spend your office budget on is cheap tat, employees are likely to make less of an effort to keep the tat well maintained and clean and thus it will need replacing more quickly. Quality items beget quality care.
At the end of the day, you want to make sure that your employees are happy and comfortable. If they are having difficulties with how the office is set up, or the fact that there isn’t as much desk space as they are used to, it is your job to make them feel comfortable. That doesn’t mean giving in to any and all demands, sometimes you can reach a compromise. However, if your employees are having genuine difficulty with your office chairs and back pain has increased threefold since you initially purchased them, perhaps you might need to look into this.
Any good business is a combination of appealing to the comfort and needs of your employees and negotiating a compromise. Their health and wellbeing is important, but if you end up buying a bunch of blankets and USB hand warmers and no work is getting done as a result of it, you may need to re-think your strategy. Make sure your employees are comfortable, but not too comfortable! A happy balance is essential.
Article provided by Mike James, an independent content writer working together with Kent-based furniture specialist Whiteleys Office Furniture, who were consulted over the information in this post.