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Fitted Office Furniture: What it Says About Your Business
You want and need to create the right impression, not just to customers but to employees too. So how does fitted office furniture support your company’s ideals, culture and values?
Designs that fit with what you do
First and foremost, you need to ensure that any furniture, the layout, colours and accessory choices fit with what you do. For example, is your style traditional, such as a long-established firm of legal services, or does it need to be new age, a little like a web design company that constantly pushes the edge of technology for their clients?
But what messages do all the small details give off?
Want to be taken seriously? Consider darker colours and a more traditional format of wooden desks complete with black, swivel office chairs.
In some settings, however, this traditional approach can look too harsh and formal, giving off signals of being too formal and a little stuffy too.
Bright colours signal collaboration and creativity but again, use well as they can look childish or simple in some situations.
Do you want to encourage collaborative working between people or do your employees, in the main, work on their own? There is no right and wrong, but there is when it comes to YOUR business.
For work stations in which people will spend a lot of time, they need an ergonomic space with plenty of storage within easy reach.
For collaborative spaces, you need people to be able to work in different ways. This means space that can be used by small groups of people, or meeting spaces that encourage people to contribute. Again, bear in mind colours and the impact they have on people.
You may also need to consider access to power, as well as ethernet connection to the web. By placing these throughout the space, employees can freely access rather than trying to pigeon hold them into one space.
There are times when privacy is essential and thus, heavy, wooden doors are the doors of choice.
However, this may not need to be the case throughout the entire space. Sliding or glass doors send out a message that there is nothing to hide. But beware, as some people can initially feel uncomfortable, feeling ‘on show’.
What does the layout of the office say about your business? Is it a sea of cubicles, with people sitting in their boxes from 9 to 5?
Or do you want to create a more open but still productive space for your employees? Why not try grouping desks together, or encourage people not to stick to one desk but to move around, working at different work stations or in different ways? There is nothing wrong with comfy, informal seating either!
What would you change about your office interior?