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In a nutshell, here’s the list:
A competitor is making a splash
You want to raise staff morale
New technology needs to be accommodated
Your workflows have changed
Your business has grown
But to answer this question more fully, it’s probably worth you asking yourself a different one first…
What does my office furniture say about my business?
We’d suggest it’s meant to say you care. You care about your staff. You care about the quality of your work. You care about your suppliers. And you care about your customers. It’s a subconscious message, to be sure, but it’s there. And there are some buzz phrases that go along with it:
You appreciate attention to detail
You look after your staff
You have a happy work environment
You’re in control
Your thinking is modern and up to date
So what are the five signs you need new office furniture?
New competition has arrived in town – They’ll be making a big noise, maxing out the PR, and creating quite a buzz. Your customers will be visiting them, having meetings… looking interested. It’s human nature. But it’s also a wakeup call for you to take a look around and reappraise your business image. Is it time to pep things up? Ditch the motley collection of office furniture you’ve cobbled together, and buy some new stuff. That matches. And reflects your business properly…
Raise staff morale – It’s easy to get so caught up in the everyday rigours of work that you don’t spot changes in staff morale immediately. Morale does ebb and flow, but there are things that you, as a business owner, can do to help keep things boosted when stress levels are high. An easy but very effective solution is to revamp the office. Rethinking the work flows, and thus changing the layouts of your desks, workstations, and office storage can have quite a subliminal effect. And you’ll quickly see how new office desks, ergonomically designed chairs, and practical storage solutions bring fresh smiles to your employees’ faces.
Technology needs to be accommodated – Your IT infrastructure is probably constantly changing. But if you’re using office furniture that was built last century, it’s likely that it doesn’t cater very well for technology now. Modern office desk design takes cabling and other IT paraphernalia aesthetically into account. Workstations are designed to hide all those wires, yet keep them accessible. If physically accommodating your IT is troubling you, it’s worth considering it as a sign that you need new office furniture.
Workflows have changed – Twenty years ago there was a lot more paper than there is today. If you cast your eye over your office and it snags on archived material that’s been sitting around for a while, odds on it’s time for an office furniture review. Office storage solutions aren’t just about shelves and filing cabinets anymore. So ask yourself what would help you clear this cluttered space…
Your business has grown – Interestingly, we find this seemingly obvious reason that new office furniture is required is often overlooked. As businesses grow organically, office furniture is often added piecemeal. It seems a cost effective way to do things, but actually over time the office begins to look like Steptoe and Son’s back yard. If you’ve taken on more staff since you last bought office furniture, review your layout today. New office furniture will probably improve your efficiency, as well as boost staff morale.