Moving to a new office space? Redecorating your current office? If you’re in either of these two situations, you will need to find the right office furniture.
Since we all know that the days when a simple chair and a desk were good enough are gone (thankfully!), you will need to put a bit more effort into furnishing your Glasgow office.
But don’t worry – you are not alone! Our experts are here to help you with practical tips on how to choose the perfect office furniture without spending a fortune on it.
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Let’s dig in, shall we?
We all know big desks show that their owners are powerful C-level execs and decision-makers. But you know what can ruin that image in a split second? Having a huge, gorgeous mahogany desk that barely fits the room it’s in.
Comfort and style are the primary considerations to keep in mind. However, in order to get them both, you need to know what you are working with.
Make sure you take the right measurements so you can fit in your new office furniture. Buy furniture items that are too big or too small for the space and your office will end up looking crammed or like a kindergarten.
Since I’m pretty sure you’re not too fond of either of these options, measure the space carefully before you decide on a single chair or decoration.
When you choose office furniture in Glasgow, remember its primary purpose: to support your employees when they are working on their tasks.
Look for ergonomic furniture that allows your staff to sit or stand comfortably. Chairs in weird shapes make look cool, but be sure they are also comfortable. You don’t want your staff to get back problems and hate your new office furniture.
Ideally, you should consult with them before making a decision. Ask if anyone suffers from chronic back pain. Ask if they prefer a standing or sitting desk. And, why not, ask them if they have favourite colours they would like to see in the office.
If you are not sure that you can choose comfortable and functional furniture on your own, without sacrificing aesthetics, you can always speak to an interior design consultant and ask for recommendations.
Colourful and uncommon office designs are all the rave now. But keep in mind the industry that you are in and the brand you represent. Thinking outside the box is great, but you don’t want your law firm’s office to look like something a 10-year old put together, do you?
Choosing vibrant colours doesn’t mean your office isn’t elegant. But you have to know how to combine them and how to balance them out with neutral tones.
For instance, you may think the Google offices are cool (who doesn’t?), but if your employees prefer having their own office to co-working, then that style is not right for you. You will just end up wasting space and paying a huge rent for an office that is too big for your needs.
Chairs are undoubtedly the most important furniture element in your office. You and your staff spend most of the day in them.
They have to be comfortable AND stylish. And, of course, match the style of the rest of your furniture and, if possible, complement your brand guidelines. Quite a tall order, right?
So take your time choosing the right office chairs in Glasgow. You don’t want to end up regretting this choice! It’s not cheap to throw them away and get new ones.
For example, at McKellar, we encourage all our clients who buy furniture for their Glasgow offices to test the chairs and desks first. You don’t have to get the whole staff to do this. One or two company employees can test a few chairs and see which of them feels better.
The best way to make sure that your investment in office furniture is future-proof is not to rush the decision. Explore your options carefully, even if you have to use rented furniture for a while.
Stylish office furniture doesn’t have to cost a fortune. You don’t need to use designer furniture throughout the office if you don’t have the budget for it.
A few key pieces that stand out will help you save a lot of money that you can invest in more affordable, but functional furniture.
Again, if you’re not sure on how to go about this, you will find that it’s both faster and cheaper to speak to a consultant. They can help you find key pieces and even save your budget. Most office designers have been working with selected furniture manufacturers for years, so they can easily get better prices than you could on your own.
Picking office furniture for your Glasgow office means more than comfy chairs and pretty desks. You also have to think about the less glamorous, but equally important items like storage furniture.
Filing cabinets, bookcases and closets are just a few of the options you have. Of course, your choice depends on your office’s needs.
In the cloud computing era, most of your data will be stored on hard drives. Still, every office has a few papers that need to be safely stored. Plus, adequate storage spaces help you keep your office clean and uncluttered.
Choosing furniture for your office space in Glasgow can be easier than you thought if you start with one thing first – your needs. Sure, design trends and appearances are important, but not as important as your staff’s comfort.
Creating ‘catalyst workplaces’ has been the objective of many a consultant in the last few years. But what is it and what do we have to do to create a truly catalytical environment.
A catalyst is a scientific term that I remember learning about in my GCSE’s. It’s a term that I would never have expected to think about ever again and I definitely would have never associated it with the workplace.
What is a catalyst?
A catalyst is a substance that is added to a chemical reaction to speed up or improve the end result. In other words, it acts as an accelerator. The opposite to a catalyst would obviously be a decelerator and that would be something that has a detrimental effect on the chemical reaction.
How is this translated into the workplace and the way we design and construct our environments?
It’s not an easy task creating a working environment let alone creating one that catalyses and empowers the work your employees are doing. There are a number of essential actions and steps that we must take in order to create such an environment.
It starts with what the space is looking like currently. What is happening in the space? Where are people working? What space is most popular? What are the typical roles staff are playing? What could change? In asking these questions you can get a clear picture of how space is used for that specific company.
These questions are difficult however, how can we get the accurate and relevant data to support our findings? It’s as we find the mix of collecting real time data, presenting it in a comprehensive but legible way and then having the expertise to interpret and make data proved decisions. That’s when we can truly design and create a powerful agile working environment that is truly aligned with the people!
No two companies are the same!
Every company works in a different way so naturally the answers to the questions above vary. This means that every company finishes up with their own unique environment. The mistake of the past has been to just blindly follow the design idea that some other organisation implemented and there could be countless factors that would act as blatant decelerators to the way your people work. The whole aim is to create a workplace that fits your specific and collective company culture.
For example, a Sales/Consultancy based firm would probably have a lot of collaboration spaces, crash out areas, booths and small meeting rooms alongside their workstations. On the other side of the scale if you take a more design/engineering-based firm then the focus would be on the workstations with each employee at their own desk and there would be maybe a few meeting rooms and a little collaborative space. This is because of the nature of the work these people are doing. The salesman is active and only needs his laptop and smartphone to function. The engineer has is workstation and needs a powerful PC to operate.
It’s when you look at the type of organisation and how they operate that you realise the importance of personalisation. Or as we call it at Amos Beech workplace consultants: creating a fingerprint environment. If you want to find out what environment your staff need then come to us and we’ll work it all out for you.
So, how do we make a catalyst workplacein Glasgow?
Figured out your transformational roadmap?
The questions are answered, and you have a clear vision on how your Glasgow workplace can be made to be more empowering and suited to your specific culture. You need to build on it more. Hone it down to the finest details! We have got to start aligning that workplace to the people that use it every day. As one of my contacts once told me – it’s even down to small things like what brand of tea is in the canteen cupboard. Get the tea right and you have happy employees in the morning working with a smile and sipping their fave tea!
It just highlights the point that as soon as friction develops with something in the workplace then the negativity can follow very quickly. Talking about friction in the office – you can probably guess what’s coming next…
How do we develop a seamless technology experience?
If technology doesn’t work, are you happy? Chances are the answer to that question is NO. In fact, at this point you are usually questioning the fact you even came into work that day.
The frustration is real, but it can change. It’s all about finding the perfect solutions. I am going to write briefly about some areas within workplace experience technologies like video conferencing/meeting rooms and employee apps.
Both are in high demand by most organisations. However, the market is saturated with products that only partly fulfil what the organisation requires. This leads to very ‘clunky’ user experiences which has a very negative effect on the drive towards a truly catalytical space.
My advice to you would be to look into the smaller and more innovative start-ups and companies and you will find these seamless and complete services that will actually work for you. Thanks to the experience of the founders of these start-ups, they have managed to develop solutions that bring complete answers to the problems faced by so many companies today!
At this point you may be asking what are the best VC systems and workplace apps in the market? I’ll tell you.
For the best video conferencing and meeting room solution? I wouldn’t be the first to say Starleaf are the market leaders in this! Use one tool for every single VC function and internal communication need.
For a workplace app that empowers your employees in the space? I would recommend iotspot. Providing an app-based tool that allows staff to book and reserve desks and meeting rooms, find colleagues, navigate the space, manage visitors, security access and even book room service. All on one app. I would say this is probably the most empowering tool for employees a firm could ever consider.
How do we get better employee engagement in our workplace?
This is one of the FAQ’s in the workplace consultancy world. The answer is simple. You need to empower them, don’t bring anything into your workplace if it could have a detrimental effect on the way your employees work. Bring in tools that are simple, empowering and have obvious benefits to the user and you will find that your employees will engage more with the space and the companies vision. This empowering could be through technology that works and a working environment that is task orientated and aligned with the employee’s culture.
It is probably important to mention that when designing a catalyst workplace – take into account the future when planning! What we don’t want is a decline in 2 years’ time. Make your environment as future-proof as possible.
Workplace settings that will have a positive effect in any firm.
A workplace setting is a type of working environment that is related to a specific type of task. The usual settings you hear about are collaborative areas, silence zones, team benches, workstations, pods, meeting rooms. All of these are relevant and can be found in most offices. If you find the correct balance of these then you can end up with an extremely powerful environment.
So how do you make your environment supersonic?
Bring in something which is known as Social Cohesion Zones. These areas aren’t seen as typical working areas but more like areas we have at home and in places where we socialise. A social cohesion area can have table tennis, a pool table, some biophilia and naturality or something interesting that attracts and brings people in.
What happens when people come together? The talk! They aren’t mute and don’t wonder about in silence!
A social cohesion zone isn’t seen at first-hand as something that brings in immediate work and productivity but more an area where a team can unite, come together and gain more human connection within the space.
Want to see how a social cohesion area can be created in the fabric of your office then get in touch.
Occupational and Environmental Psychology
Dima Najib an environmental psychologist at Morgan Lovell kindly contributed the below and stresses the importance of considering psychology when strategizing and designing our workplaces.
Environmental Psychology studies the transactions between people and places. As a Workplace Consultant with a design background, it is key to understand how individuals interact, connect and establish their identity within working environments. As design shifts from individually assigned work desks to technology driven collective ways of working, understanding individuals’ needs and building accordingly matters now more than ever. When designed strategically with data analysis and insights from psychology, our work environments can be a powerful tool.
On doing a little reading into creating a space that empowers people I came across an interesting study:
‘Leesmans Report – The next 250K’ states that 28% of workers reckon that their workplace has a negative effect on their productivity. A further 15% believe that the space has nothing to do with your productivity. The remaining 57% think that their workplace has a positive effect on their productivity and feel empowered when working.
These findings were collected from over 200,000 people from around 2000 individual organisations. 28% of 200,000 is a staggering 56,000 people. That’s 56,000 people who don’t think their space empowers them. Extrapolate that percentage to the whole world’s working population! What does it equate to?
The Point? If firms decided to go through a relevant and sufficient change management and transformation process, then this 28% could diminish to an insignificant number. The more catalyst workplaces we create – the smaller that percentage will get!
In writing this I don’t claim to have said anything new. I’ve only put a few thoughts in writing and plonked it here. This really only lays the foundation of a much more complex and wider process. This isn’t diminishing the point of writing this article though – Make people your priority and you will prove my point – catalyst workplaces are a powerful driver for better productivity, efficiency and happiness within your employees.