Change – it’s not a question of if it will happen, but when. Just like we can count on the seasons altering from one year to the next, so can we count on the nature of our businesses evolving.
Try as we might, we can’t always anticipate exactly what we’ll need 5, 10 or 15 years down the line. The reality is, every business encounters unique opportunities, challenges and factors that will eventually necessitate the need for new office furnishings (an ambitious undertaking, to say the least). But how do you know when the time is right?
We’ve identified 3 situations that clearly indicate the time is ripe for updating your office interiors. Though these instances are by no means the only ones that necessitate change, they are certainly the most common:
1. You’ve Outgrown Your Old Space
If you’ve been at it for a while, there’s a high probability that the very things you once considered charming – or at the very least, adequate – are now seen as huge inconveniences. Whether it’s the shoddy furniture in the breakroom, the cramped collaborative work area or the storage closet that somehow simultaneously houses everything and nothing at the at all, you know when you’re literally in need of an upgrade. But what about the figurative outgrowing of a space?
As a business grows in stature, reputation and achievement, it’s only natural
that its brand will need to be updated to reflect its new image. In addition to
the revamping of your letterhead, you’ll want furniture that accurately
exemplifies the level, and type, of business you conduct. Not only are these
updates good for morale, they also send the congruent message to clients,
investors and employees alike that the business is in alignment with who it
claims to be.
2. You’ve Merged With Another Company
Companies are acquired for a number of reasons that typically have more to do with product synergy and profit margins than brand compatibility. The reality is no matter how much you think you know someone, you don’t really know them until you share a space with them. Just think back to your old college roommate: You each undoubtedly brought your own experiences, your own ways of doing things and your own belongings to one communal area. Combine this with a few personality differences and you have a potential recipe for disaster.
Mergers are no different. According
to Investopedia.com, roughly two thirds of big mergers will disappoint on
their own terms. The problem? Lack of attention to cultural differences.
Sweeping changes to seemingly small details like dress code, scheduling and
office furnishings can have a surprisingly profound affect on employee morale,
resulting in increased resentment and decreased productivity. Taking the
opportunity to configure an office environment everyone can be happy
with will be extremely advantageous in the long-run.
3. You’re Downsizing
Whether you’re a private medical practice who
wants to continue conducting business on its own terms or a modern business
switching to a more remote workforce, there are many reasons to downsize.
Furthermore, with today’s emphasis on team-building, many offices are moving
toward collaborative workspaces that simply require less space.
Since one of the primary motivations of downsizing is saving money, one aspect that is often overlooked is the need to refurnish. It’s unlikely that all of the pieces that accommodated your larger space will work just as well in your smaller space. You can maximize functionality, productivity and overall enjoyability by selling any traditional furnishings and upgrading to more modern, multi-purpose ones.
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