Office furniture buying guide: 4 things to consider

Are you in need of an office refresh? Selecting top-notch office furniture is essential in creating a positive work environment that enhances employee happiness and productivity. To help you set your organisation up for success, we spoke to Terry-Lee Smith, Category Manager for Furniture at Winc, to share her insights on four important factors to consider when buying office furniture.

Value for money

Choosing high-quality furniture can seem like a large expense, but it’s a long-term investment worth making. Terry-Lee recommends shopping around for products covered by a warranty. “The best value for your money involves a good warranty policy. A five to 10-year warranty period can provide businesses with peace of mind and ensure that any faults or defects can be repaired, replaced or refunded.”

Sustainable furniture options are also becoming increasingly popular as organisations assess their environmental footprint. “Consider the environmental impact of office furniture on your business. Can it be recycled? Is it easily disposable? Look for certifications such as Greenguard to guarantee that products and materials used have undergone strict testing to meet Australian sustainability standards,” says Terry-Lee.

Increase productivity

Research shows that 32% of workers are more productive when they can have flexibility and control over the design and layout of their workstations1. Therefore, personalisation is a key factor in influencing and improving productivity in the office.

“The challenge is to cater for each individual. Since the pandemic, many employees have become comfortable working remotely and many have set up their own space. To entice people to keep coming back to the office and work productively, it’s important to offer a set up that fits their requirements,” says Terry-Lee. This could mean offering a range of options for team members to choose from and setting up different spaces designed for collaboration or quiet deep work.

Another way to boost productivity is to ensure the space has great storage solutions that reduces clutter and provides easy access to workplace essentials.

Safety features

SafeWork NSW estimates that Australian workers spend approximately 76% of their time at work sitting, therefore comfortable furniture is vital2. “Support your team by selecting ergonomic furniture such as sit-stand desks and height-adjustable chairs to ensure they can work at their best,” suggests Terry-Lee.

Getting the most out of ergonomic furniture also comes down to education. “There are many instances where expensive chairs are purchased but improperly used,” Terry-Lee says, “so it’s important to use videos or guides to ensure that staff can set up their workstation and reduce the risk of workplace injury.”

Anti-microbial furniture offerings have also become hot-ticket items in recent times as they help prevent the spread of bacteria and germs. “Anti-bacterial fabrics like Buro SafeTex use materials that essentially make surfaces inhospitable to common germs,” says Terry-Lee. Furniture with anti-microbial properties works great in high-traffic or public areas and environments where furniture is shared.

Contemporary designs

Terry-Lee advises the need for Australian workplaces to incorporate modern and stylish designs that are future-focused. “We’re starting to see traditional corporate businesses incorporate more modern, residential-style furniture and finishes, so employees have that feeling of working in a comfortable home environment.”

Providing the right furniture for your office has a significant impact on employee happiness and engagement. Along with access to natural light and adequate air conditioning, modern designs can transform the working environment and boost morale.

Winc can equip your workplace with comfortable and productive furniture essentials, perfect for every type of workspace. Get in touch with one of our specialists to discover the right office solutions for your needs or browse our wide range of ergonomic solutions and other furniture offers here.

References

1Haiken, 2021, ‘How office furniture can improve productivity in the workplace’, <https://www.haiken.com/insights/how-office-furniture-can-improve-productivity-in-the-workplace>

2SafeWork NSW, 2020, ‘Sedentary work’, <https://www.safework.nsw.gov.au/hazards-a-z/sedentary-work>