Considering people spend so much time using their executive desk, it’s remarkable how little time they spend thinking about which one is best for their needs.
Executives need a desk that fits both their personality and the work they do. They come in a variety of sizes and shapes and are produced in a wide range of materials and finishes, including wood, chrome, glass and leather. Most desks can be produced to the specifications of the buyer. Here are four questions everyone needs to ask before choosing an executive desk.
1. What sort of business will use the executive desk?
The type of business a company carries out is important when it comes to choosing a desk. It must ‘fit’ the industry the business operates in and the customers who use their products or services. For instance, a business that deals in finance or banking could choose a discreet, traditional-looking desk finished in wood to portray an image of professionalism.
2. Who is going to use the executive desk?
While an executive desk must always fit the image of a business, there should be some variations for each member of staff, depending on their position. An HR manager, for example, will sometimes need to listen to sensitive staff issues, so they could opt for a desk that gives a different image to a high-powered CEO.
3. What will the executive desk be used for?
Always consider what the desk will be used for. If it’s going to be used to spread out lots of documents, then make sure the space on the top is large enough for the job. How much will the computer be used and how much space will it need?
If the executive desk is going to frequently double up as a meeting table, for example, then it’ll need a communal work area, as well as somewhere where confidential documents can be kept away from inquisitive eyes. Always consider how much storage space is needed and whether the draws and cupboards need to be lockable.
4. How often will the executive desk be used?
Ensure that the staff who spend every minute of the working day using their desk have everything they need to do their job effectively. Their desk should be comfortable, as well as functional. This should be like a second home to them. But there are other staff who spend a lot of their time on the road or in meetings and only use their desk occasionally. For them, a smart, smaller desk could fit their needs.