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High Quality Office Furniture Helps Enhance Employee Productivity

Posted by: Vaugh Cohen on November 11, 2014

Thanks mostly to tech companies like Google, Intel, and Cisco, the open floor plan became all the rage in office space planning. Also known as the “collaborative workspace”, the open office plan has done away with cubicles and partitions, arranging individual working stations close to each other, with a space intended for group activities set right in the middle. The purpose of such a plan is to encourage collaboration and communication among employees.

The open plan has come under attack more recently, however. As contributor Rita Pyrillis says in an article for online magazine Workforce:

High Quality Office Furniture Helps Enhance Employee Productivity

For many, however, open layouts and surroundings that resemble “Pee-wee’s Playhouse” are an increasing source of frustration as the lack of privacy, noise and other distractions are making it harder for workers to concentrate. More than 70 percent of American employees toil in these spaces, and most appear unhappy about it.

According to a 2013 survey by the global design firm Gensler, more than two-thirds of American employees are dissatisfied with noise levels at work, and 53 percent said other people disturb them when they try to focus, the survey showed.

In view of this, more and more employers are making the switch from a completely open plan, to one that combines the features of such a plan with more private spaces. In blending these concepts, employees are provided with enough individual space where they can have the quiet and isolation they need to complete a job, and an open area where group and collaborative projects may be carried out.

To achieve the objectives of any office space plan, however, the furniture has to be carefully selected. For example, modular office furniture may be used for the open, collaborative space; while elegant, executive office furniture would be appropriate in areas where employees can focus on getting work done without much distraction.

Office furniture can speak volumes about a business and the kind of image it wants to project to its market. Thus, a company that wants to stand out and be known for quality service and/or products must also make use of high quality office furniture, such as those from Pharaoh Manufacturing.

It is not only the customers that businesses should aim to impress with their furniture, but also the employees. Just as an office space plan has a great effect on employee productivity, so does the furniture. The ideal modern office furniture combines functionality and design to enhance morale, and in the process, improve effectiveness.

Investing in workspaces yields great value, as it helps not only in increasing employee productivity, but also in keeping valued manpower within the company’s roster.

(Source: Searching for Solace, Workforce, November 5, 2014)

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