What's the point in changing office furniture?

March 2019 | News

Society is changing at a dizzying pace. Services evolve, technologies change life habits, the labour market is becoming increasingly competitive. And people need to feel good in order to work efficiently. Companies that are not adapting to their worker's needs, that use inadequate furniture, which can be a cause of sick leave, that have noisy spaces, with bad lighting or which are badly organised, have their days numbered in this revolution

Motivating people to innovate, to change, to be creative and to be able to integrate that evolution in the work environment requires a comprehensive transformation whose most powerful tool is furniture. Furniture is used to change a space's design and, with it, the work routines that help a company to jump into the 21st century, promoting collaboration, communication and learning from furniture and how it is laid out.

Design and furniture must always be aimed at creating functional spaces. Spaces that allow each person to carry out their daily work in the most practical and comfortable way possible. But it is also crucial that jobs can be integrated into communication and collaboration spaces that encourage teamwork.

Furniture should be comfortable and ergonomically efficient: so that each person can adjust their workstation to their body and therefore prevent pain and injury. Other issues such as lighting, organisation, visual cleaning and storage spaces are key to achieving a quality space.

The Trim chair was designed precisely to take care of people and their well-being, with high-performance support that looks after the back and body comfort.

It should also be borne in mind that we do not perform the same tasks throughout the day. We go to meetings, make phone calls, read, write texts, etc... therefore it is important to study workflows and create spaces that make people feel better and be more productive. The furniture must respond to this diversity, combining spaces that enhance concentration with more open areas that promote exchanging ideas and teamwork.

In fact, the new trends of open and accessible offices need furniture to act as a tool that embellishes and designs the spaces. They divide departments, management areas and meeting and social spaces. And with this new role, people feel freer to carry out different actions in their day-to-day work.

The Twist tables, with their wide range of options, seek to respond to this diversity with models that allow the creation of individual operational positions, optimising wiring, connected tables and tables for video conferences that promote teamwork and screen display.

Furthermore, kitchens and dining rooms are becoming multi-purpose spaces in which, apart from being places to relax, can be turned into a multi-purpose training room. And that is achieved through versatile and functional furniture that allows to create varied solutions and take advantage of every square metre of the facilities.

The Talent tables which are easily stackable, foldable and height adjustable, are quick to set up, they adapt to different uses and take up little storage space. This functionality and ease of use enables the creation of training spaces in the workspace.

Along the same lines, the Wing meeting chair stands out due to its ergonomics, its design, awarded with Red Dot Design Award and IF Award, and its ability to be functional, whatever the environment. Created from propylene with fibreglass, it is 100% recyclable and extremely durable.

Furniture manages to integrate the collaborators. Companies increasingly rely on external people who contribute their knowledge in a wide variety of areas. It is essential to have work spaces for these collaborators, who will feel closer to the company and may be even more involved in the project.

Another one of the things that is changing is traditional leadership itself. The most modern human resources trends praise a paradigm that involves closeness between team members, commitment and integrity. Decision making is collective and not individual, and knowledge does not come from a single individual, but from a community. To do this, we must be close, communicate, discuss and share ideas that arise from a collective effort.

Finally, the added value of furniture and a well-designed space is a key tool in attracting talent. It is a context in which the salary is combined with many other decisive factors, as people look for other intangibles that make them feel good every day, and that's where furniture also has a lot to contribute.

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