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How to Convince Your Office Manager It’s Time for a Furniture Upgrade

| Office Life


July 23 2018

If you think your office could use a furniture upgrade, chances are good that you're not the only one feeling that way. But how do you convince the people in charge that new furniture will be a good investment? Here are four valid points to bring up in your argument.


Good Office Design Has a Positive Effect on Employee Morale and Retainment

A 2017 study from IPSOS found that 70% of respondents who work in an office report wishing that their workplace would consider a design upgrade. Why? Old and outdated office furniture and décor can make a space feel deary, resulting in a negative effect on employee morale. Whether it’s the lack of meeting spaces hindering employee collaboration or wall-to-wall beige cubicles making employees feel tired, outdated design rarely does any good. Remind your office manager that modern innovations in office furniture are made to improve workplace communication and employee morale and include innovative designs such as touchdown meeting spaces, open concept workstations and beautiful breakroom getaways. The right design does so much more than making your office look good.


Up-To-Date Office Furniture and Décor Leaves a Positive First Impression on Clients & Guests

The same study showed that 76% of adults between the ages of 18 and 34 and 55% between the ages of 35 and 54 say that office design and aesthetics influence their overall impression of a company. What does that mean for the business? In short, first impressions matter. Broken or out-of-style seating in the waiting room and unattractive or chipped tables in your conference rooms will not leave new visitors with a positive impression of your business. Whether you're trying to hire in-demand new talent or you need to impress a visiting client, new furniture and décor in a clean, professional style will almost certainly help.


A Beautiful Office Isn’t Beyond Any Budget

The company you work for doesn't need to go over budget just to create an up-to-date office that everyone can enjoy. While you may draw inspiration for your office makeover from what we call "A-grade" furniture dealers, let your office manager know that similar styles of similar quality can be found from less expensive "mid-grade" dealers. Trends are always changing, and with new styles constantly being designed and redesigned, chances are pretty good that the way-too-expensive desk you've been eyeing up is available in a slightly different variant from a more cost-effective source.


Bringing New Furniture into the Space is an Easy Update

Whether you're looking to improve employee happiness or give guests a positive impression of your office, bringing new furniture and décor into the space is a relatively cost-effective way to give your office a boost in aesthetics. Moving to a new building or putting up new walls is not only costly, but it's also a large undertaking that will take some serious time and labor. Adding the right furniture is a great workaround when moving and rebuilding is out of the question. Need more conference rooms? Add touchdown seating to an open area of the office rather than building a new room. Need more privacy in your open concept workspace? Bring in mobile room dividers rather than completely changing your entire workstation setup. There are plenty of options available for achieving a look and feel that will work for your business and your employees' needs.


Whether your old office furniture is seriously lacking in modern functionality or could simply use a boost in style, there are plenty of good reasons for your business to update its furniture every so often. Keep the lines of communication open between employees and office managers to ensure everyone's voice is heard and the best furniture is selected for your needs.


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