Belfast Telegraph

Monday 1 September 2014

Improve your employees work with new furniture

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In business it’s all about productivity. You know that your business’s success largely depends on the performance of your employees.

Getting them to work at their prime is vital to the success of your company. Even the best teams have room to increase their work output. Great management and supportive co-workers play a huge role, but it may be surprising to discover that your office’s environment has a huge impact on an employee’s productivity.

The Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) National Barometer for 2012 shows that small manufacturers are forecasting growth in the coming months and looking to hire more employees. This encouraging report is a sign that small business’s confidence is returning after many years of economic struggles and decline.

In a time of tentative growth, it’s vital that business does all they can to ensure they succeed in this situation. Hiring the right employees is an integral step.

“It will be interesting to see if employers can find the skilled staff they require to fill the positions,” the MAS Area Director for North and West, Simon Griffiths said.

Alongside a hard-working attitude, a great deal of your employee’s performance is affected by the work environment you provide for them.

Quoted in the Telegraph, John Jenkins, chief executive of GE Capital UK said, “A drive to modernise and upgrade equipment should spark a corresponding increase in productivity.”

Surrounding your employees with a clean, fresh office environment is going to promote creativity and inspire efficiency. No one wants to work in a crammed, confined or dark space. Workers thrive in light, open spaces, and by upgrading your office furniture and layout you can create a positive working environment.

When it comes to furnishing your office, functionality is key. The space needs to be workable and accessible, allowing employees to easily work and wander through the office. And don’t forget areas like break rooms, storage areas and bathrooms, which employees frequently use. Here a few hints on the different types of furniture to consider.

Desks

Desk workstations come in a huge variety of designs and there is no singular style that is perfect for every office. It depends on your personal business. Buying a desk that combines storage space with a large desk surface is a way to economise on space and enable your employees to keep any documents or records on hand. Workstations can be attached to walls, freestanding in the centre of the office or connected in blocks depending on how you want your office to function. They form the basis for any office, so take time deciding on the colour and surface types.

Storage

Even in the digital working world, every office produces some kind of paperwork and a classic filing cabinet is the most convenient way to store this in an orderly and systematic manner. For strictly private material, a locked cabinet will guarantee your documents privatisation. Lining a wall with bookshelves is another way to provide extra storage or simply act as a feature in your office. If you maintain a similar style, including a number of bookshelves in all different heights and widths is a way to add a unique and quirky design to your office. For an interchangeable space, consider using filing pedestals with wheels. This way, filing space can be easily rotated depending on where you need it.

Chairs

Employees spend many hours sitting at their desks. To ensure they’re at their most productive, comfortable seating is a necessity. It’s also vital for their health, as incorrect desk-posture can cause numerous back and neck problems. To avoid this, ergonomic is the best way to go. A range of online retailers such as Viking Direct and Office Depot offer a huge selection of these styles which work to support good posture. For employees that spend less time at their desks, a classic computer chair will work perfectly. For business meetings or events, it’s smart to keep some stacking chairs on call, which can be neatly stored away when not in use.

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