Rushing into business decisions rarely ends in an ideal outcome. Buying office furniture is no exception. As with most situations, planning is the key to success.
Although furnishing an office may not seem detrimental to business operations, the task shouldn’t be approached casually. Design, price, function, quality and comfort are all factors that must be considered and planned for. Failing to do so will result in wasted resources and unhappy employees.
To avoid falling into the same trap, familiarize yourself with these five furniture-buying mistakes business owners commonly make:
Mistake #1: Ignoring the Expectations of the Modern Workforce
Just because people used to dream of a large, corner office with a view (and the salary that went with it), doesn’t mean this definition of success still applies to workers today. Sure, salary will always be important, but the modern workforce (generation X and Yers, who are filling vacant positions left by retiring baby boomers) has a different dream.
So before investing another dollar in conventional office furniture, understand what will help you attract and retain the most qualified employees.
A flexible workspace.
Employees now favor open-concept, collaborative, dynamic workspaces. In terms of furniture requirements, this means you should be looking for large, group tables, standing workspaces, moveable chairs, and functional storage.
Mistake #2: Viewing Employee Wellbeing as a Financial Burden Rather Than Benefit
Again, the emerging workforce brings with it evolving expectations. Companies that value and invest in their employee’s health and wellbeing will reap the rewards.
Most importantly, factor in comfort. Your employees spend the majority of their waking hours working. Try to make this time enjoyable, rather than a literal pain in the neck.
Second, think about function. What tasks do you expect your staff to complete throughout the day? Offering multiple workspaces helps keep employees energized – both mentally and physically. Furthermore, employees are not all created equal. Expecting everyone to work in the same style of chair at the same style of desk isn’t realistic or ideal.
Mistake #3: Not Focusing on the Future, Now
Sure, we should try to live in the moment - most of the time. There are, however, times when planning ahead is the smart thing to do. Buying furniture is one of those instances.
Unless you’re happy with the status quo, chances are your business will grow and change with time. It’s a major bonus if your furniture can adapt throughout different stages of growth. Pieces that support changing technologies, additional staff members, and evolving office layouts will a lot of money in the future.
Mistake #4: Sacrificing Service for Savings
Without a budget and the willpower to stick with it, a business can get itself in trouble. That being said, sometimes you have to spend money to save some. And when it comes to purchasing several pieces of furniture at a time, cutting corners will only cost you long term.
Align your business with a knowledgeable, trustworthy furniture dealer – the time and money saved will be worth it. A qualified furniture expert helps you select the right pieces for your business, while providing service and maintenance options down the road. They’ll even find a practical, environmentally friendly solution for disposing of or reselling used furniture.
Mistake #5: Choosing Cost Over Quality
As the saying goes: you get what you pay for. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t bargain shop or look for a great deal. However, make sure you research a product before you buy it, especially if the price seems too good to be true. While you’ll probably pay more up front, high quality products will last longer in the end.
The experts at CDI Spaces will help you avoid these common mistakes – along with several others. More than that, they’ll get to the root of your business needs so you end up with a work environment that supports your goals.
To discuss the future of your business, and receive a customized solution, contact CDI Spaces today for a consultation.
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