Lifestyle 30 August 2020
Unlike in years back when office staff had to contend with tightly packed cubicles, today, you have a better office organization system that helps to provide employees with spacious working environments. Having an open space office floor plan will prove beneficial as it also helps to streamline your workforce and provides more room for personalization.
This means that you can fine-tune your workspace depending on the number of your employees and the office design of your liking. Speaking of your office design, investing in the right office furniture will help to compliment your office space interior decor while at the same time, allowing you to utilize your space economically. The thing is, you don't want your staff or clients to keep grumbling about the type of furnishings you invest in for your office space. To make it easier and help in narrowing down your search, here's how to choose furniture for an open space office.
1. Consider Collaborative Furniture Solutions
Investing in furniture that promotes collaboration in your workspace will help to make work easier and encourage the coworking spirit. This is among the many ways that will help to boost productivity and employee relations. Additionally, investing in the best collaborative workspace furniture for your open space office will also play a significant role in boosting engagement in your workplace and in making your office more functional. To achieve a more relaxed workspace environment, you'll need to invest in collaborative tables, shared desks, and comfortable seats that will make your lounge look more welcoming. You might also interest yourself to know how you can achieve a modular seating layout whether in your workspace leisure areas or work areas. Among the key factors to consider when investing in office furniture will be:
- The brand
- Flexibility and functionality
- Your office-specific needs
- Office layout and size
2. Comfort Over Quantity
When it comes to investing in the right furniture for your open space office, the first thing you'll have to do is avoid the temptation of choosing quantity over comfort. Go for seats with soft seating materials and if you can, there are still ergonomic seat options that will do wonders for your teams, healthwise. You'll also have social areas that require comfy seats and tables. This is a great way of promoting a healthy workplace but more so, boosting productivity.
3. Take Note of Your Storage Needs
An open floor plan is minimalistic in terms of the design and also, it will prove to be challenging as it might limit your overall interior investments. Not to worry though, because you have the option of investing in office furniture that can double up as your office storage. This includes double desks, under the desk storage compartments, and wall space shelf mountings to mention but a few.
4. Consider Acoustic Furniture Options
An open office floor plan will be noisy. This, depending on the wall partitions as well as whether you have soundproofed your workspace. But then again, you might not have a lot to invest in soundproofing your workspace, but enough to invest in acoustic furniture options. These will greatly help to dampen the noise in your workspace while at the same time, helping to improve concentration making communication easier and achievable. Ideally, consider furniture made of soft linings, porous materials, or any other acoustic insulators that will work towards absorbing sound in your open space office.
5. Space-Saving is Key!
You could pride yourself in having a large office space, but investing in the wrong furniture will eat up your space. To help you out, invest in furniture that won't cost you your valuable space while still ensuring that they'll be functional and comfortable. Among these include:
- Expandable and foldable chairs
- Multipurpose, all in one furniture
- Corner desks
- Compact desks
The right space saving office furniture for open office space will help you to conduct your daily chores efficiently and in an organized manner. These are the core aspects of a productive workspace environment. The above options will help to save you space but you must also ensure to prioritize your employee's comfort needs above everything else.
When investing in office furniture for an open floor plan, you'll be wise to consider options that make things easy when customizing your workspace. This will include furniture options that are portable, but better still, options that can be customized to your employees' specific needs. Today, you have the option of integrating flatscreens on foldable desk mountings making screen sharing in your workplace an easier task. Hey, this is also a great idea when saving on the much-needed space.
Now, as you can see, it doesn't take much when investing in the right office furniture for an open floor plan. But then again, you'll still need to consider all the pointers above if you want your investments to last longer and help to improve your productivity.
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Help! My Friend Is a No Show
Dear Armchair Psychologist,
I have a friend who doesn't reply to my messages about meeting for dinner, etc. Although, last week I ran into her at a local restaurant of mine, it has always been awkward to be friends with her. Should I continue our friendship or discontinue it? We've been friends for a total four years and nothing has changed. I don't feel as comfortable with her as my other close friends, and I don't think I'll ever be able to reach that comfort zone in pure friendship.
Dear Sadsies,I am sorry to hear you've been neglected by your friend. You may already have the answer to your question, since you're evaluating the non-existing bond between yourself and your friend. However, I'll gladly affirm to you that a friendship that isn't reciprocated is not a good friendship.
I have had a similar situation with a friend whom I'd grown up with but who was also consistently a very negative person, a true Debby Downer. One day, I just had enough of her criticism and vitriol. I stopped making excuses for her and dumped her. It was a great decision and I haven't looked back. With that in mind, it could be possible that something has changed in your friend's life, but it's insignificant if she isn't responding to you. It's time to dump her and spend your energy where it's appreciated. Don't dwell on this friend. History is not enough to create a lasting bond, it only means just that—you and your friend have history—so let her be history!
- The Armchair Psychologist