A forward thinking business leader knows that the most important asset a company can have is its people. That said, how those people are motivated, developed and guided can make all the difference to the fortunes of an organisation. And so investing in them – both in the sense of money and time – is an ongoing strategy which can bring great rewards.
Training, staff outings, new technology and employee benefit schemes are all ways to invest, but what about something which employees will use on a daily basis, from morning until home time? We are talking, of course, about furniture. In this blog, we look at why contemporary office furniture can be one of the shrewdest investments you make in your work force.
These days, modern office furniture is essential not only in giving your work force somewhere to sit and work. It can also be important to health and wellbeing. That is because the newest furniture – from office chairs to desks and luxury furniture, is ergonomically designed with the comfort of the long term user in mind. With desk workers appearing to be at a higher risk of developing back problems – as confirmed by this British Chiropractic Association study – the latest office furniture is more attentive to features which promote healthy postures and do not aggravate back pain. These include ample lumbar support on chairs, and innovations such as standing desks.
The best new technology
Office furniture has become cleverer – and that’s not just executive desks. Just take the latest wave of office chairs on the market, for instance. You now have seats which can dynamically auto adjust their headrest and reclining function to the specific user. There are mesh backs which are ideal for air flow, adjustable arm rests which can ensure that you have the perfect typing position, and even built in heating pads which can be welcome on those cold winter mornings. It all goes towards investing in your employees and making them feel valued, which can only be a good thing.
Setting for socialising
It isn’t all about chairs and desks. Investing in furniture for relaxation areas, such as sofas and coffee tables, can encourage employees to switch off for a few minutes and socialise in an informal setting. By combining ‘production’ areas of the office, such as work benches and meeting pods, with parts of the office suitable for breaks, you really can give your employees the best of both worlds.
So with all the ‘ingredients’ which are represented by the benefits detailed above, what is the final result – i.e. the return on the investment that you have made in your employees? Well, a healthy, happy and motivated employee who feels valued has the ideal mindset to work harder and achieve more. You expect to see a work force which hits higher productivity levels, and you can rest assured that you are creating conditions which are ideal for getting jobs done.
Investment in contemporary office furniture might not seem like a significant business move, but it is surely one of the boxes which needs to be ticked if you wish to make the most of your human resources.