It may seem like a small concern for businesses; however, the furniture you choose for your office space and the way in which you lay it out can have surprising effects on morale, wellbeing and efficiency. Here we explain why office furniture layout is so important to your staff and your business and how to get it right.
Getting the right staff in
A recent study featured in HR News found that more than one in two applicants would turn down a job if they did not like the look of the office space. In short, attractive offices attract talented applicants. Factors such as outdated decor, a lack of natural light and dirty or messy environments can go against a workplace.
Going open plan
Open plan offices are where it is at, especially ones that incorporate zones for working in different ways. Gone are the days of working alone in small cubicles; now, offices need relaxation space, informal meeting spaces, places to think and brainstorm, and places to be sociable. This encourages staff to communicate better; as they bounce ideas off each other, the quality and quantity of output rises.
Furniture that has been built with ergonomic considerations will improve the health and wellbeing of staff, while chairs and footstools that promote better posture will reduce back pain in employees.
Let the light in
Natural light is so important. Make sure that the desks, where employees probably spend most of the day, are located closest to natural light. Also ensure that windows can be safely opened so that offices do not become stuffy. If you need to change your furniture, consider bespoke commercial desks such as those created by http://simonkohnfurniture.co.uk/our-work/commercial/reception-areas-and-desks/. This will enable you to put the desks where they really need to be rather than being restricted by where there is space for them.
Out with the old
Replace broken or outdated furniture, getting it recycled where possible. Broken items look scruffy and lower morale. Staff will feel happier surrounded by quality, up-to-date furniture – and don’t forget to keep the decor up to date.
As you can see, it is really important to consider the quality of your furniture and the way you lay it out if you want to appoint and retain the best staff.