Thursday, April 18, 2013

Expanding businesses need new office furniture

As building permits have been on the rise over the last couple of years, office furniture sales are expected to follow this upward trend. When businesses begin expanding and hiring employees, more office space is generally needed, and employers seek ways to acquire affordable and comfortable business furniture.

According to The Miami Herald, the unemployment rate in South Florida recently dropped to 7.8 percent. This is the lowest the rate has been since November 2008 and lower than the national jobless rate of 7.9 percent. As a result, many South Floridians are scoping out new office space. Highlighted below are several tips that may help an expanding business select the right office furniture:

1. Evaluate the environment

Before selecting office furniture, a business owner may want to assess what type of work atmosphere is appropriate for the type of projects that will take place. Although open office spaces are popular for businesses that require a lot of collaborative efforts, they may not suit the needs of other businesses. A business owner may want to consider whether purchasing office cubicles or office furniture that will stay out in the open is more beneficial.

2. Consider the layout

Business furniture that properly coordinates with the office layout has a considerable impact on the overall effectiveness and appearance of the work space. For best results, a business owner may want to consult a professional office layout designer to evaluate the space.

3. Invest

Investing in the highest quality office furniture possible has positive effects on workers and the business. Using ergonomic furniture protects workers' health and safety, which may improve productivity and employee satisfaction. Office furniture that is built to last also make a positive impression on clients and guests. Having furniture that is falling apart may make it more difficult for visitors to take the business seriously. In addition, investing in better furniture decreases the likelihood that the owner will have to replace or repair the furniture often, which will save the business money in the long run. A business owner may want to visit an online warehouse to conveniently browse name-brand furniture at reasonable prices.

4. Bring everything together

Once the main components have been evaluated - the work environment, layout and quality - a business owner may want to consider accessories to make the office space more cohesive. A  few well-chosen task lights or other office supplies may improve the overall look of the office.

Want to create a comfortable, collaborative work environment? Visit the Office Furniture Warehouse website to complete your office landscape.

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