In an office environment, every item should support the goals being pursued by the people using it. That means truly functional furniture must do more than the bare minimum. They must also have the following characteristics as defined below.
Ergonomic – “designed for efficiency and comfort in the working environment.”
If you use something in a way that it wasn’t really made for, it won’t perform as well as it can. There’s even a chance that something will break in the process – either the tool itself or what it’s being used on. This holds true for the furniture you use. If it’s not suited for the person using it, it can lead to health problems down the line.
When it comes to the human body, each of us are different. Because of that, the furniture you use should be able to accommodate those differences to help you stay as comfortable as possible even after prolonged use. For example, ergonomic chairs with different points of adjustment allow it to fit different body types. They help promote proper posture, prevent neck and back problems, and improve concentration.
Convenient – “fitting in well with a person’s needs, activities, and plans.”
Offices today are used very differently compared to a few years ago. We use more technology than ever and have more freedom to work in a way that suits us the most. How can you make sure that your workplace can meet these diverse needs? One of the keys to doing so is having the right furniture.
Even with the growing importance of collaboration in the workplace, it’s just as necessary to be able to focus on individual tasks. Does your environment have room to do both? And since people often use multiple devices, are your desks designed with that in mind?
At the end of the day, furniture should support the different ways that people work. They’re meant to make life easier for whoever is using it.
Attractive – “pleasing or appealing to the senses.”
When you walk into your office, do you feel like you’re happy to be there? Even if it’s your dream job, an unattractive work environment can negatively impact your motivation and performance. And that’s just for the people working there. Imagine if you need to bring a client over. Will your workplace inspire their confidence?
Function isn’t just about an object’s utility. The aesthetics matter just as much, especially in a professional setting. An office that’s inviting and attractive increases morale and helps employees thrive. Its design says a lot about a company, including what it’s like to work for them and with them.
Productive – “achieving or producing a significant amount or result.”
In an age when it feels like you can work anywhere, why are offices still necessary? That’s because they provide a place where you can produce your best work. It’s an environment created for the purpose of getting the job done as effectively as possible.
Whether it’s by making the workplace more comfortable, more attractive or making everyday tasks just a little bit easier, office furniture should help the people using the place become more productive. When taken together, even minor improvements can have a big impact over time.
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