Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Work Flow In The Modern Office

When thinking about your business operations, and how do make them smoother with more efficiency, you will likely find that how your office furniture is laid out will have a lot to do with it.

This is where it is good to look at different types of office furniture and see their recommended applications.

Office furniture vendors spend millions in research utilizing the latest technologies to design all types of collections that will suit the needs of the consumer.

A few examples:

Teaming stations-
When you have several people in the same space that have jobs that require constant interaction, these types of setups can be quite handy. Furnishings like adjoining desks, transaction counters, and mobile tables & file cabinets are just a few of the many options that will make for more seamless operations. These vary from cubes in that they are not necessarily walled, but rather customized and modular to fit your space best and the needs of your staff. Some are reconfigurable or can be added onto later which will aid in your growth plans.

Small Conference/Work areas-
For teams that meet regularly with each other or have frequent and interactive visits from clients, vendors etc there are many options and exciting new products to make these spaces a cinch to use, and in most cases you can also reconfigure them.
Items like mobile screens, mobile tables, flip top tables that can be stowed out of the way easily when not in use, grouping or nesting tables that adjust to the size of your team, and much more. This enables the same space to be used in multiple ways and saves time and money in many cases, because you may not need multiple rooms, just reconfigurable furniture within the same space(s)

Organizational options-
Many lines of furniture are broadening their reach with innovative ways to store paper, supplies, binders and other items used in the typical work day. Look for collections that have a variety of storage options and think about what you and your employees will need to work better. Accessories like collators, hutches with doors, cubbyhole storage, combination drawers, etc will help you customize your workspaces to maximize each office. Also, look for items like desk mounted holders for binders, monitor arms for one or multiple computer screens, mobile or attaching CPU storage, etc.

Visit with local Tulsa office furniture dealers to see some of these suggested workstations on display and how they function. If you have multiple offices to update or furnish, Set up an appointment with a sales consultant at your business so they can help assess your needs and better quote for your needs.

Make your workflow better with some aids and you will have happier, more productive employees. A true win-win for everybody.

11 comments:

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    Daisy McCarty
    San Diego Office Furniture

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