Everyone’s heard the old adage that you should “dress for success,” but not everyone considers that in the context of their office space. How you furnish your office is the professional dress for your work environment, and guests and new employees can make a lot of preliminary judgments about your business by how well it looks.
Investing in your office equipment and furniture is vital. Having your own sense of décor can add a look that speaks to your professional business style and company culture. Do you prefer a more open and collaborative environment? Seek open tables and comfortable chairs with easy ways to connect laptops and portable equipment chargers. Are you a more regimented or business-first focused type of company? Look more toward traditional modular workstations with privacy and dividers to minimize distractions.
On top of defining your culture, having your own furniture allows you help provide a higher quality of experience for your employees, which in turn can help improve productivity. Studies have consistently shown that employees who are happy at work are more productive, so working to maintain a convenient workspace, with clean surfaces, ample storage and comfortable seating will pay dividends in employee satisfaction, retention and work output.
Another advantage of investing in your furniture is reducing any expenses you may be incurring currently from renting or leasing furnishings from a supplier. Just as with car leasing or apartment renting, when renting furnishings you receive the convenience of use but lack any tangible assets when your term ends. Many office furniture outlets buy and sell refurbished and refreshed office equipment, which can not only be a good option to purchase new office desks, tables and chairs at a discount, but also serve as an possible buyer of your equipment when you’re looking to expand, change or replace your furnishings.
Beyond your employees, your office furniture and equipment are your largest investment and largest asset. Don’t cut corners with either, and put your best foot forward for your employees and clients with quality office furnishings.