Are you ready to buy office furniture, but not sure if you are making the right choice for all your workers? Last week, we explored a couple of common personality types and what kind of office furniture and layout they are most likely to enjoy. Featuring a design layout with a number of different work areas is one way to give most of the people what they want most of the time. For example, a versatile facility might feature a mix of:
- An area of open desks for collaboration and continuous communication
- Enclosed workspaces or “pods” for tasks that require high concentration
- Small meeting rooms or breakout areas for small teams
- A larger meeting room for group discussions or videoconferencing
- A work lounge for employees who prefer mobile technology
Let’s Get Granular: What Should Workstations Be Like?
The overall layout is the macro picture. At the micro level, employee workstations are often very standardized. Obviously, purchasing office furniture in bulk is the best way to get a good price. However, you can specify modern office furniture that it is highly customizable to meet a variety of needs and tastes. Regardless of personality or work style, employees do feel more engaged and valued when they have some control over their immediate work environment.
Consider selecting office furniture that allows employees to:
- Reconfigure the layout from time to time
- Add or remove features (tool rails work well for this)
- Raise or lower the worksurface height
- Use supplemental pieces like a rolling panel to create a cubicle door
- Increase or lower the height of privacy panels
- Adjust lighting at the desktop level
When you choose customizable, highly modular furniture, you can meet your objectives of:
- Purchasing in bulk for cost savings
- A uniform overall look and feel for branding
- Good ergonomics for health and productivity
- Promoting high levels of employee engagement
When you have the right starting place and some good advice, it’s a lot easier to buy office furniture that employees can tailor to their needs, their tasks, and their personality. At The Office Planning Group, we’re here to help you find furniture that can grow and change with your office. Contact us to schedule a space planning consultation today.