Your office furniture always communicates information about your business to your customers, but the message may not come through any clearer than in the spaces and offices of the leadership or executive team. Whether you choose new or used office furniture, the pieces you select tell your employees and your customers a lot about you as a business leader. Here is how to make sure they get the right impression.
You Need Seating Options
It is not uncommon for office furniture to include a large desk and chair, with two additional chairs facing the desk. Although this set-up is practical, and even ideal in certain situations, it can also be intimidating. While you may wish to have that formal set-up for serious conversations, you should also have additional seating options in your office, such as a relaxed area with a couch or comfortable office chairs, in which you can encourage a less formal exchange of ideas. Employees will feel more comfortable brainstorming, collaborating, and otherwise contributing rather than feeling like they are sitting in front of the principal's desk.
Your Style Sets a Tone
The placement of your office furniture has more to do with the efficiency of your workspace than your style does, but style does tell a story about your business. Creative businesses may consider colorful or contemporary office furniture to show that they are tuned into trends, while legal practices may prefer traditional mahogany pieces to communicate reliability. Mismatching your style and your mission can send customers mixed signals, and as a leader, you set that tone.
Your Personal Needs Matter
Your furniture choices shouldn't just accommodate your customers and your employees. You also need a practical space in which to do your work. Consider things like ergonomic office chairs or industry-specific desks to ensure your office works for you.
At Office Furniture Expo, we can help you build a great office for your leadership position. Stop by our Showroom packed with new and used office furniture in Atlanta, and work with an office design professional to pull your office together. For more information, call us now at (770) 455-0440.