How Office Furniture Can Affect Productivity in the Workplace
There are many things that affect productivity in the workplace, from office culture and leadership styles to amenities, wellness programs and reward structures. Office furniture is often overlooked when it comes to creating a productive workplace, but it too has a significant impact. Just think about it – a cheap, uninteresting and bland space is an inferior quality space that isn’t welcoming or enjoyable to use, and people within it feel inferior and unappreciated as a result. Here are some modern office design ideas from our contemporary office interiors team on how the right contemporary office furniture can create an inspiring, engaged and ultimately productive team.
Organization and Storage
Some people feel more productive as soon as they walk into a store filled with organizing goodies like files, boxes, folders, colored post-its and dividers – and we don’t blame them! A well-organized office space with sufficient, clearly marked storage for each employee helps reduce clutter and frustration, as well as making it easy to find and store documents, reach deadlines, prepare for meetings and manage workflow effectively.
Although open plan, collaborative spaces are still a big trend (with COVID-19 social distancing and protection protocols, of course), it doesn’t mean that your workspace should be a free-for-all. A logical, clearly demarcated division of departments and duties will make it easier for people to work together on their specific tasks, whether it’s HR, payroll, reception or creative departments. The easiest way to create this division is to get the contemporary office furniture that’s best suited to each department’s tasks, as well as personal use furniture for brainstorming sessions, lunch and breaks. This creates a natural flow of work through the office, where no-one is in the way and where everyone has the best equipment for the job at hand.
Support Employee Wellness
It’s a well-known fact that office furniture needs to be comfortable and supportive because of the long hours that office workers spend utilizing it. Without the right support, employees can suffer serious health problems, including health complications from existing issues, back and neck pain, repetitive strain injuries and more. All of these issues significantly affect productivity, with unhealthy employees costing organizations $153 billion in absenteeism alone. By investing in contemporary office furniture that supports wellness in the workplace, you can make your office a healthier and therefore more productive space.
When employees feel valued by the organization they work for, they’re more productive, more engaged and more enthusiastic about going to work. Today, this means creating a space that is welcoming and comfortable, that supports wellness and provides social distancing protection and hygiene. Furniture is a fundamental part of this, whether it means investing in sit-stand desks to support health, comfortable seating to welcome clients, or protective desk barriers and Perspex desk shields to protect your employee’s health. By showing how you value your staff, you gain the loyal and motivated team you need to succeed.
Modern Office Design Ideas for a Safe, Hygienic and Productive Office Space
BE Furniture is a leading provider of contemporary office furniture and office design services in New Jersey. Our aim is to help you achieve a space that is aligned with the values your brand holds, as well as best practices for productivity, employee wellness and COVID-19 protection. In addition to office fit-outs, furniture and COVID-19 protective equipment, we also offer recycling for old office furniture and equipment that is no longer needed, making your project beneficial to the planet as well as your staff.
Contact us today to begin transforming your workspace into a powerful, productive and welcoming space.