How Can Your Office Furniture Impact Corporate Culture?
The look of your office space should have less to do with personal style and more to do with how that space reflects your corporate culture; which is the collective of the values that guide a company’s decisions and operations on a day-to-day basis.
An attractive employment package or salary can only get the employee to join the company. But what will get them to STAY? Employees care about more than just a salary or a position (though both are clearly important). A company’s identity—the principles that drive the organization—are just as crucial. If your company’s beliefs don’t align with those of your employees, it creates frustration and mismatch in the synergy. Which will, eventually, lead to your employee leaving the company.
A great place to start reflecting your corporate culture is your office space.
So, how can furniture affect the working environment?
Let’s say open collaboration and well-being are ideas that you and your team value highly and have identified as central to your identity and infrastructure. Traditional office layouts tend to promote a hierarchical environment. Those higher up might have their own private offices, while others are relegated to cubicles.
This kind of pecking order in the office can cause unrest within your company. No one is going to give their best if they feel unappreciated or overlooked. And invisible walls built with status symbols (or lack thereof) work against the goals of open collaboration and well-being, which were defined as central to your corporate identity and values.
However, if you’re serious about creating a space that fosters a more collaborative relationship between all team members, regardless of position, you can start by ditching the doors, cubicles and office chairs and instead go for a more responsive and inviting office layout.
We encourage you to take a look at our Collaborative Collection and start there!