Most people think when it comes to buying stuff for their office or workspace, it can be as exciting as having a root canal. They might dread the experience and just buy any chair and or desk which will serve its purpose, not really thinking about the item’s cosmetic or “comfy quotient”. What they may not realize is designers, in general, have brought some serious swagger (back) into the office furniture industry.
Function meets Fashion
Gone are the days of buying outdated, cumbersome, and uncomfortable desks, chairs, and bookshelves without character. What your working environment appearance says to your clients, is what it will say about you. Customers want to feel invited into a cozy, professional, nicely decorated place, with clean lines and furniture which is practical and comfortable. There should also be ample room for those needing assistance to walk or use their mobility devices safely, like walkers and wheelchairs, without a problem. When entering your firm, one should get the idea you mean business, and you want your clients to stick around.
Multi-million Dollar Industry
If you’re still not convinced you should be putting too much thought into your company’s presence, just Google “office furniture” or “designer office items.” The results are staggering and should indicate one very important factor. The business of creating sexy, sturdy office environments has no sign of slowing down. Everyone from celebs to clothing designers, architects and the godfathers and mothers of construction, composition have put their name on and or crafted some piece of furnishing. From modern to art deco, Americana to Italian to minimalist there is a style of design for every taste, every budget, and profession.
Let’s Not Forget…Employees
Also, let’s not overlook the people who might work with you in that environment. Ergonomics, comfort, and accessibility are tops for workers, attributing to overall morale, production and employee satisfaction. Stick someone in a closet turned office, and it wouldn’t be too hard to understand if the employee felt “less-than”, de-valued and perhaps like Harry Potter did living under the stairs. Give them a nice working space which is fashioned with consideration to their needs and there may not be a dry eye in the place. Coupled with the fact most employees adorn their office areas with something from home which is personal to them, and you may never get them to leave, which during crunch-time may not be such a bad thing.