As a company, the last thing you want is for employees to be miserable in an uninspiring office. Having the right furniture in the office can make all the difference. By providing an ergonomic and aesthetically-pleasing work environment, employees will no doubt be happier, more productive and motivated to work.
Here, we’ve rounded up all of the essential furniture every office needs for 2022:
Desks are a vital piece of furniture for every office – even those who prefer a more relaxed and casual vibe with sofas and relaxed seating. Having enough desks for employees to work from, whether they’re used by everyone or not, means no one will end up worrying about where they can work comfortably. We’d also recommend investing in high-quality adjustable standing desks, to help improve and maintain employee health and wellbeing.
2. Ergonomic Chairs
To go with your desks, you’ll also need a good amount of chairs. While standard office chairs may be the more affordable option, as your employees spend the majority of their days sitting down, we believe they deserve the best with comfortable ergonomic chairs. Ergonomic chairs are designed to support the natural shape of the spine and help reduce stress on the body. Featuring adjustable seat heights, armrests, headrests, proper lumbar support and breathable fabric, these chairs can have a great positive impact on your employees’ overall health.
3. Cabinets and Storage
Files, paperwork, and office supplies, without the proper storage, can very quickly build up, resulting in a messy, disorganised office, which can cause unnecessary stress. Ensuring your office space includes cabinets and other clever storage ideas can help to keep the space tidy and allow employees to work more efficiently as they’ll know where everything is kept.
4. Printers and Photocopiers
Even in today’s digital world, every office needs a multi-functional printer. Whether you’re a startup or a larger company, printers and photocopiers are still essential pieces of office furniture. From printing marketing materials and letters to confidential documents and employee resources, a high-quality printer and photocopier will make everyone’s life easier.
5. Whiteboards or Smartboards
If your office is a collaborative space, then including a whiteboard or smartboards will be hugely beneficial. Ideal for gathering around to think of new, innovative ideas for companies or clients, project visualisations, tracking goals and progress, and presenting to the team, boards are must-have items for offices, conference rooms and meeting areas.
6. Office Partitions
While many office designs these days prefer an open-plan space in order to boost productivity and encourage more collaboration, sometimes you still need private areas of the office for quiet work, private employee meetings and meetings with clients too. Office partitions or dividers are ideal for creating private areas and will make the interior of your office more welcoming as they come in a wide range of styles, colours and sizes, so you can choose the perfect design to fit your office.
7. Lounge Seating
Everyone needs a break every now and then, and having a dedicated space in the office with comfortable lounge seating, cushions and even some throws, for people to sit back, relax, catch up and get away from their screens for a little while is a great way to boost employee wellbeing. A comfortable lounge area will also provide a relaxing environment for casual meetings between co-workers and a place for clients or other office visitors to wait.
8. Coffee Machines
An office without a coffee machine is everyone’s worst nightmare. Did you know that having 2-3 cups of coffee a day can help employees work more efficiently and improve both their performance and memory? It’s also a great way to take a break and socialise with co-workers who may not work together in the same team. From morning cups of coffee to an afternoon coffee break, it can be essential to our motivation and so having a state-of-the-art coffee machine is guaranteed to keep your employees happy.
At Officeology, we supply office furniture and fit-out solutions for all kinds of workplaces, no matter how big or small, from open-plan and activity-based offices to conference, training and meeting rooms. If you want to discuss your office furniture needs, contact our team today.