Are you planning a high end luxury office to impress clients? Read our advice on furnishing an executive office.
Luxurious surroundings can be inspirational. Comfort and pampering can make people feel good. But do they have a place in an office environment?
In most cases when we are happy we perform better. When we are miserable we are not at our best. When we think of office space we usually think – utilitarian, good value, saving money, functional. But what about if we changed that to – fun, comfortable, inspiring, luxurious? Google, for example are well known for injecting fun into the work space. Their offices are well designed and comfortable for the staff. They have fun cheeky touches like the slide in the picture above for example.
Of course costs are vital to keep in mind but there is a growing school of thought that is inclined to think that the better the work place environment the more enjoyment people get from coming to work. Stress is well known to contribute greatly to workplace absenteeism. Reducing stress means that attendance at work can be increased.
Things to think about when planning a high end office:
Comfortable office furniture
Is the furniture comfortable? Comfortable office chairs for example are important so that staff maintain good levels of skeletal health. Does it convey the correct level of luxury from your reception desk to your admin staff?
Is the office design attractive? Choosing attractive as well as comfortable office furniture is important. Having a pleasant colour scheme and the correct lighting can create a pleasing ambience. It is also possible to have high end executive office chairs and desks on a budget.
Google provide free food for their staff. Of course not many companies can afford to do this. But do you provide water for your staff, for example? What do you provide in terms of hot drinks? Do you have vending machines? Not all offices can cater for staff at lunchtime but do you have links with local businesses that can provide good meals or bring cold food into the office for your staff.
Do you give your staff the occasional treat? Some companies pay for staff to have a Christmas party, for example. Taking staff for ‘drinks’ or giving them unexpected seasonal gifts all indicate that they are valued by you.