In this economy improving the look and function of your office can be a challenge. Times are tougher than ever before, and there may be times when changes are necessary to stay on top. Buy keeping the attitude positive, the company moral high, and the company image as a success story is not an area where you should be making those changes.
A comfortable well working office will have a positive affect on your employees moral and ultimately increases the overall productively levels. Today’s offices are using less people to do the same work load. By giving your employee a proper desk surface, adequate overhead storage and well planned furniture for the task, you are ensuring that your employees make the most of their working hours by staying focused on their job at hand.
The objective of any company is to maximize the opportunities for success. A prime example of potential opportunity lies within your employee’s hands. They are the front fighters that can make or break you. They can be positive, or they can be negative. A lot of their attitude comes from your attitude towards the company and how you regard their personal comfort while working for you. It makes logical sense to make sure they have all the tools they need help you build towards your success.
How to achieve a good work place environment:
Time: First and foremost find time to review how your offices works, who works with who, how many need privacy versus how many need open communication. How many files does each person really need at their desk? How many shared files do you need, and who used them? How many printers do you need, versus how many do you have? What can you get rid of and what needs to stay in the office? Take the time to talk to your employees and find out if they know of a better way for them to work. What do you envision for your office? What are your goals?
Budget: Secondly, look at the budget; how much can you spend and what costs are involved. Price out each workstation and private office as well as board rooms and seating costs. Always the more you buy, the less your overall price will be based on contract furnishing costs versus one of a kind. Remember to consider costs such as data/phone line changes. If you are doing this to improve your office work space and moral, don’t buy something because it is the cheapest product on the market, buy what you really need to take care of all aspects of the renovation. Although cost is important, it is not the only factor involved to do the job right.
Office Furniture Companies: Shop around and look for different office furniture providers / companies. Search for office furniture company’s online that do both design and furniture. You will have a one source purchase which mean better savings. Google Toronto Office furniture to see what comes up. Go onto each website and see which one has the style that seems right for your company’s image.
Showroom Visits: Furniture is not something that you would want to buy online by just looking at the picture. You should choose a furniture provider who can actually take you to their showroom to view some of their latest products. This way you can actually see the product first hand and decide on the color and finishes. I would also suggest requesting the furniture provider to take you on a tour of some their recently finished projects. This will give you an idea of their services and grasp the level of satisfaction and trust their current customers have.
Delivery: You should choose someone locally or within your area as this will cut down your delivery and installation costs. Make sure know what your lead times are so they coincide with any renovations you may be having prior to installing the furniture.
All in all I would suggest choosing a company and furniture that is straight forward with you in your dealings, and well established in the industry. A company that is solid and has a good sense and knowledge of the product and the business they are in. A team who could walk you through step by step with dedication, confidence and good advice in choosing the right furnishing, with the right budget for your next project.