Have you ever wondered what it would be like to sit on a throne?
Today’s modern information workers don’t sit on gilded chairs. They spend hours, days, and weeks of their lives in office chairs — you know, common adjustable-height chairs with wheels.
Three years ago, I decided I wanted a top-of-the-line chair. A throne. At the time, I frequently worked from home. My thinking went, if I was going to be doing 7 or 8 hours in front of a computer on a regular basis, I could at least be comfortable.
So after digging into my savings, waiting for a good sale, and with a lot of trepidation, I bought Herman Miller’s Embody chair. It's the most expensive office chair Herman Miller makes.
This chair has named designers and a philosophy. Herman Miller's website says that the Embody was designed to solve “the lack of physical harmony between people and their technology.”
It also currently costs $1,429 on Amazon right now and $1,230 on Herman Miller's site — and that’s before shipping and assembly.
So if I had to do it again, would I buy the Embody? Read on …
A skim through workplace features in the media and you’d be forgiven for thinking that the traditional office is no longer with us. According to the narrative, we’re all now 20-somethings, working in open-plan warehouses, with table football, bean bags and comfy sofas to lounge on, while drinking our custom-made soya lattes. When in actual fact, while more relaxed, fun and funky offices tend to make the headlines, the majority of people still work in a relatively traditional way, with their PC or laptop, a desk and an ergonomic task chair. What’s more, with an ageing workforce, we certainly aren’t all 20-somethings, with DWP (Department of Work and Pensions) figures revealing that the employment rate for people aged 50 to 64 has risen by 14 per cent in the last 30 years, and doubled for over 65s. So designing with just the youngsters in mind simply doesn’t add up. Recent research by the Senator Group, backs up this view.
Design a super cool office increases productivity, employee satisfaction, and your bottom line.
As an entrepreneur, there are so many aspects to the success of your company that you must consider if you want to compete with the top performers. At the end of the day, when all the emails are sent, the meetings are closed, the bids are in, and the lights are out, you probably aren't thinking about which color paint might look best in your new digs. But you should. The success of your company and the productivity of your employees are directly tied to the design of your workspace. So I sat down with Kenneth Baker, of Gensler, a design firm that really gets the connection, to find out the nitty-gritty details on what office design has to do with the bottom line.
If you own or run a business, you know about daily costs and how they can eat into your profits. Of course, some costs are absolutely critical—employee payroll, utilities, supplies—and can’t be avoided. Often, business owners and managers try to offset these obligatory costs by cutting corners elsewhere—office décor and furniture, for example.
While this may seem like a good idea on the surface, having outdated office furniture can actually be a big liability for your business. Waiting until your current items start falling apart before replacing your furniture is a bad move. Here are four very good reasons why you should visit an office furniture store to update your office furnishings before they start to show significant wear and tear.