As often as we hear the phrase “Don’t judge a book by its cover” we all know that first impressions are critical. And sometimes our appearance is the only first impression we get to give to future clients. We take great care in the morning to dress appropriately; matching the shoes with the belt or picking out that “power tie”. We want our clothing to project our confidence and capabilities. But what does our office say about us? There are numerous reasons to upgrade our office, and buying new office furniture is one of the greatest ways to improve a business’s look.
The first reason to upgrade an office to to revamp a business’s image. Have you ever been to a dumpy restaurant and thought, “Yes, they have the best food in town, but I wish the place were a little nicer?” Have your clients ever thought the same about your office? Could an image upgrade help you gain more clients?
Have you considered ergonomics? Office injuries due to the poor quality of furniture are the second leading cause of employee sick absences, behind only the common cold. Ergonomic chairs use the natural curvature of the body to help relieve the stress placed on the bones and muscles while working in an office. Significantly reducing or eliminating the cost of workers’ comp claim fees due to poor office furniture is a great justification for new furniture.
A new office will boost company morale, lower work related stress, and increase productivity. Respondents to an American Society of Interior Designers survey identified four ways in which a new office look affects productivity: 1) it improves accessibility, 2) increases employee comfort, 3) increases privacy, including limiting noise and distractions, and 4) provides flexibility and customization.
Giving the office a face lift has many advantages; it can give the company a more professional look, increase clientele, ergonomics can reduce stress and work related injuries, boost morale, and increase productivity. Another advantage? It could cost much less than moving to a new location.