When designing an office space there are many important factors and additions which should not be overlooked, and must be properly budgeted for. However an office fit-out is rarely a straightforward project and it is all too easy for some smaller yet still important details to fall to the wayside as apparently greater issues take precedence.

One often-underappreciated aspect of office design that tends to receive little attention is the selection of chairs and other seating solutions. Not only will your workforce spend a significant amount of time sat at their desks, and so ensuring their comfort and wellbeing whilst doing so should be a priority, but your choice of chairs will also have a remarkable effect upon the aesthetics of the working environment and the perception of your company in the eyes of visitors. All-in-all there are plenty of reasons to give your choice of seating a little extra consideration, a few of which we will discuss below:

Ergonomics

Ergonomics, defined as ‘the scientific study of people and their working conditions, especially done in order to improve effectiveness and safety’, is highly important to consider when designing or re-fitting any office environment. Ergonomically-designed furniture will not only improve upon the comfort of your workforce, but also reduce the strain placed on joints and muscles throughout the day and thereby lessen the likelihood of developing musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) or other physical impairments. MSDs cost the economy billions in lost productivity each year, and account for a large portion of workplace injuries, and as such any measures that can be taken to reduce their rate of occurrence and/or severity can only be seen as a positive step.

Flexibility

Gone are the days of the traditional cubicle-based office; the modern workforce demands more freedom in order to achieve the best results, and this should be reflected in your choice of seating. Consider incorporating activity-based spaces and breakaway areas into your office design, giving employees the freedom to find the space in which they will perform best on any given task, communicating and collaborating freely with colleagues when required.

Quality/Durability

While there are many budget options available when it comes to office seating solutions, opting for an inferior product simply because of the price point could cost you dearly down the line. For one, these budget options tend to be cheap for a reason and will not provide the same quality and by extension comfort as that offered by higher-priced alternatives, which will negatively impact upon the productivity of your workforce. Also while the initial investment will of course be less if opting for a cheaper product, you will find yourself having to repair or replace these items more often and will often find that such actions have meant that the supposedly-cheaper option has actually cost you more in the long run.

Vendor Policies

When buying chairs for an office environment you will generally be ordering in fairly significant qualities, spending a hefty sum in the process. As such, it will benefit you to cast an eye over the policies of the furniture vendor with which you are working. Additional costs for services such as returns, shipping and maintenance can soon raise costs well above your initial budget if not properly accounted for. On top of this some vendors may ship their products still requiring assembly in the office, costing you valuable time and adding yet another task to the overall project. Finding a vendor with a solid track record in terms of customer services and offering flexibility in their policies may help to reduce stress over the course of the project and avoid any hidden fees/costs.

Aesthetics

How your office and by extension your company is perceived by your own workforce and any client/visitors to the premises can have a dramatic effect upon the performance of the company as a whole, both in terms of attracting and retaining clients and employees alike, and also in solidifying your brand and inspiring the best performance from your workforce, and as such it is wise to carefully consider the aesthetic appeal of your furniture choices. Pay attention to your brand and corporate culture, choosing options which best tie in with the image you are hoping to represent.


Sam Bonson

Sam is an aspiring novelist with a passion for fantasy and crime thrillers. He is currently working as a content writer, journalist & editor as he continues to expand his horizons.
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