We are having an office chair sale!
These used blue high back office chairs are currently $25.00 each. They are in good condition (may need a little cleaning.)
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We are having an office chair sale!
These used blue high back office chairs are currently $25.00 each. They are in good condition (may need a little cleaning.)
Call for an appointment!
Office design trends, and office furniture, have vastly evolved over the years. Their evolution delves well beyond personal taste or style, and manifested into a realm of catering to functionality and productivity. Who do design experts credit this evolution to? Millennials!
As bad of a rap as our poor millennials have acquired for being self-absorbed and lazy, changes in the work environment, at least as far as design goes, suggest otherwise. So why does it seem millennials are changing atmosphere and design in the workplace? They want more, but in a good way. Previous generations have been heavily focused on their paycheck as what was most important to them to get from their work. While millennials do want to be paid, they are putting importance on things like flex hours, paternal leave, and inviting work spaces ( to include office furniture).
Interestingly, millennials are the ones who want to feel like they work in a community environment, and are interested in collaborative spaces. This is on the opposite end of the spectrum from the baby boomers, who seem to prefer larger, private office spaces. While there are still plenty of large, private office spaces to be found, many companies are transitioning to more of the millennial style. This evolution in office space and office furniture makes sense. As boomers are beginning to retire, and more millennials are coming into the workforce, we should expect to see a large increase in millennials in managerial positions over the next 5 years.
How do businesses start out? Well, most start with an idea one person has that they act on. It starts with them working at their own desk or dining room table, then they bring on a couple other people, and they’re all around that dining room table, or utilizing a card table in a garage. Ya know, whatever works. It’s not grand or glamorous, but that’s the reality of where even the biggest of companies start from. And what comes along with that small group of people gathered around the dining room table? Collaboration, ideas-they feed off each other’s energy, and low and behold…PRODUCTIVITY! As humans we innately feed off other people’s energy.
Then what’s next? The company grows, they quickly move into an office space where everyone has their own dedicated, private workspace, and continue on. But what disappeared? Many times the energy disappeared. That good, raw energy that radiated so freely around that dining room table is now amiss!
How does all this collaborative, inviting office space translate into actual office setup and office furniture? Well, if you want to integrate some of the trending office designs, you don’t have to implement an office slide like Google…really, it’s been a thing at Google for a few years now. What you need are brighter colors, some open conference (or collaborative) areas, and small group work spaces. You can also get creative with some traditional office furniture, to deliver the open, collaborative, energy-infused office space you’re looking for.
First thing is to start to cut back on your traditional closed-off offices…the fewer walls the better. Instead you can use something like dual workstations in a large room, and put several of them in there. This eliminates closed off office spaces, and still allows for personal workspace. Another economical option to create these small work groups, would be to create work quads with more traditional desks, like our used 30×60 Steelcase desks at Better Office Furniture in St. Charles.
You may be thinking, “Well, if I go ahead and put in these work quads, where will they store files and supplies that don’t go in their desks?! We have a solution for that too. If you put together these quads towards the center of the room, you could then add credenzas up against the wall, that could house extra necessary supplies. If you prefer, you could also go with file cabinets. The important thing is to make sure whatever storage style you choose flows with the seated workspace.
Actually, I’m going to go off in a mini-tangent here! We’re having a HUGE, I mean enormous Labor Day sale this weekend. Those used Steelcase desks mentioned above, yeah, you can get your hands on those puppies for $99! I’m going to drop a quick image below with sale prices for you. That way I can carry on with the rest of this millennial office design you’re dying to know about.
Okay, so we nailed down some workspace furniture. As far as the design for that area, we recommend bright, and natural colors. Adding some artwork is a phenomenal idea, too. In fact, an article on Forbes cited that 77% of professionals on LinkedIn who were surveyed said artwork makes them feel happier; 74% said it inspired them and 27% said it improves their productivity. I don’t know about you, but I want my employees happy, inspired, and productive!
Opening up offices and creating a more inviting atmosphere is a fantastic first step. If you really want to create that millennial-loved comfy,inviting atmosphere, we recommend you create a couple small, less formal collaboration stations. This is pretty easy to accomplish. Often a reception style seating space, like the one below, will be enough area for a few team members to sit and brainstorm, or bounce ideas off each other. Plus, it has a fresh, clean style with a white color or lighter color that will brighten up the area.
Technology falls into the office trends category. If technology is an area you’re perusing to upgrade, think mobile: laptops opposed to desktops, tablets, headsets, and wireless mice. Millennials becoming a larger part of the work force, and largely taking their everyday work environment into account when job-hunting, means providing the tools they are used to utilizing. And least be honest, most of these are a heck of a lot more time efficient (millennials for the win again)!
Good news for you if you’re dragging your feet into the 21st century, but truly want to add something that starts to transition you to the open and collaborative office realm. Something I didn’t put in the “technology” list, but is loved: a white board! That’s right, no fanciness here. Just a big, simple white board. They key is to have a large meeting style table, get some nice looking white office chairs, and stick a white board at the front of the table! This creates an amazing space for large team collaboration, and can also double as a conference area.
Have more questions about open and collaborative spaces? We’re only an email away.
You can also call us at 314-266-9083. Better yet, stop by our Labor Day Sale at Better Office Furniture in St. Charles this weekend!
Have you ever seen those tiny house shows on HGTV? You know the ones where they inexplicably are able to convert like 400 sq. feet, or less, into some sort of mini luxury bungalow. It’s quite fascinating really. Do you feel like you operate out of an office version of a tiny house, but without the cool storage space, and thoughtfully planned layout?
Papers overfloweth,lack of storage is a gigantic problem, and you can’t seem to find a solution that offers professionalism, but doesn’t resemble your great-grandpa’s office furniture and design? Well then keep reading for, “9 Ways to Make Your Tiny Office Space Seem Larger”.
Sure, if you’re operating as a small business it may make more sense to operate out of a small office space. Especially if you only have a few staff members, or if you are a solopreneur. So here are some ways to make your office space seem bigger.
1-Use lighter colors on the walls- This one may seem evident, but if you’re in a small space you want to make things seem brighter. Using warm, dark colors will make your space seem way too “cozy”…aka, like the walls are coming in on you. This advice doesn’t just stop at the walls though. You also want to keep it light with the flooring. This can seem counterintuitive because most people opt for darker hues to keep the floor from appearing dirty. However, regular cleaning can keep the lighter hues looking fresh and new. If you’re overly concerned about the lighter floors though, you could opt for a light colored tile. Tile makes for easy clean-up and maintenance.
2-Keep furniture away from the wall-By keeping your office furniture such as desks, cubicles, sofas, etc., up against the walls you make the entire office space seem congested and cramped. By merely pulling those office furniture pieces out just a few inches you create an illusion of more space.
3-Ditch the curtains-Curtains are phenomenal in rooms where you want to add texture and softness; like in a bedroom or living room. When working with a smaller office space the key is to keep everything clean and airy feeling. As an alternative you can find some lighter-hued window shades to open up and brighten your office space.
4-Using matching office furniture-If you’re working with a small office space, keeping things matching makes the room visually easy on the eyes. Also, use high-functioning furniture such as Tayco’s new Switch Cubicle Solutions which are EXACTLY what you have been scouring the office furniture world for! They offer a slim design and powerful performance.
Switch boasts a modern cubicle style layout that optimizes on space with numerous storage options, and also adjustable height desks and panels. The acrylic and tempered glass on top of the panels assures both privacy, and a continued flow of natural light to keep your small office space light and airy feeling.
5-Keep patterns simple-Sometimes we want to add crazy pops of pattern to “liven” up a space. When it’s a small office space though simpler is better. Much like with matching office furniture, it is easy on the eyes and eliminates “visual chaos”. Try to keep to one bold piece/pattern in a smaller office space.
6-Kick the clutter-It’s easy to get rolling throughout the day and slowly accumulate more papers and piles across your desk. Eliminate this as much as possible by having, “a place for everything, and everything in its place.”
Again the Tayco Switch line offers promising options to keep you organized and clutter free on your desktop.
7-Optical Illusion- Using mirrors in a small space helps the rooms feel as though it has more depth than it actually does. It also helps reflect light to make the room feel brighter.
8-Add shelving, and add it high up-Adding shelves helps to keep things from being stored on the floor area. Storing things on the floor makes the office seem more cramped and cluttered.
Adding the shelving up higher to the ceiling, draws people’s eyes up, and makes the room seem taller.
9-Stay away from bulky desk chairs-We’re not saying you need to give up comfort, or even ergonomics, but you may not want that over-sized, plush desk chair if you’re operating in a tiny office. Instead consider using the Express 8920B Task Chair (with mesh back and custom color seat options); which will pair nicely with Switch cubicle line from Tayco.
Implement these 9 tips for tiny offices, and your space will seem like it grew over night! Even just lightening up some walls, getting your desks organized, and getting furniture that fits your space well, will pack a powerful punch in opening up your office.
Interested in checking out how the Switch office solutions may work for your office space? Contact us for more information! Know that you need a better office solution, but not sure what? Take advantage of our Free Space Planning. We’ll use over 20 years of experience to get you the best layout possible!
Thinking about remodeling your business’ office space? Lucky for you, Better Office Furniture in St. Charles has a surplus of stationary desk chairs and office couches that are guaranteed to create the perfect setting.
As your local office furniture experts, we know that your office design says a lot about you as a leader and greatly influences the environment that your employees work in, and the space your clients visit. Studies over the years have shown that employees with comfortable and ergonomic desk chairs tend to be more productive and businesses have higher retention rates. Meanwhile, investing in an office couch provides an open environment for your employees to take a break during the day, rejuvenate and feel a greater creative balance in their work. In addition, good stationary desk chairs and office couches can be the perfect touch to your office space for your clientele, as it invites them to be an integral part of your office family by offering a sense of being at home. This is, in part, because the atmosphere of your office setting directly impacts the mood, tone, body language, and energy experienced in daily business life.
Better Office Furniture believes that an office chair should be both built to last and comfortable, without sacrificing your entire budget. It is one of the first investments that need to be made for you employees and executives, so you want to be sure to invest in high-quality office chairs, rather than buying a cheap box store chair that is bound to break in less than a year.
While we have previously discussed why ergonomic chairs are better for your employees, particularly rolling desk chairs, having beautifully crafted stationary desk chairs can really tie a room together for your customers. After all, you want your clients to feel welcomed when they walk in the door and be comfortable when sitting down in regular meetings or waiting in your reception area.
When choosing the right stationary chair, it is important to remember that there are a wide variety of body types, each of which require different forms of accommodation to find the optimum comfort for their shape and size. While your clients or employees are unlikely to spend a long amount of time in a stationary chair, and thus do not need the same ergonomic support as previously discussed, it is vital that they fit comfortably, have proper arm support, and have a comfortable cushion to sit on. Check out some of Better Office Furniture’s favorite stationary chairs currently in stock:
This Cherry Wood Guest Chair will provide a classy element to your office setting and are a perfect fit for your clients to sit across from your desk or in the reception area. Not a fan of Cherry? We also have wood stains available in Espresso or Modern Walnut!
The Black Captain’s Guest Chair is great for more traditional office settings. It features an individual brass nail head trim, traditional Mahogany wood finish, a sturdy hardwood frame, and a sag-resistant spring seat. This guest chair is also available in Burgundy vinyl.
The Big Man Guest Chair is ideal for employees and clients who are up to 350 pounds. They are beautifully upholstered with our ultra-soft and durable CaressoftPlus™ upholstery and feature a black steel sled base, much like our Black SledBase Guest Chair.
Do you own a café or restaurant? These heavy-duty stackable café height chairs are very sturdy, holding up to 400 pounds, and easy to clean. Plus, ask about our quantity discounts available!
Looking for a guest chair that is sturdy and stylish, while also comfortable and fits your budget? The Sturdy Armless Sled Base Guest Chair is perfect to customize your business setting or fit your current décor with custom fabrics in a variety of colors. Looking for a similar chair with arm support? Check out this same style of chair with arms!
While you might not realize it at first, an office couch can make all the difference for your employees and clients; whether in the reception area, set up as a relaxed meeting area, or in your executive office space.
Why, you ask?
When set up as a meeting area or in the reception space, it ensures that your entire office space functions at its highest capacity. Clients and customers will feel more relaxed when they enter your business, which can lead to more stimulating and effective interactions and potential sales. While your employees will have the ability to have a more relaxed meeting space to brainstorm and collaborate, or have the freedom to take a power nap at work. The latter can be particularly helpful in an office setting, because businesses are more likely to suffer and be less productive if their employees are sleep deprived, which can lead to health issues like depression, attention and memory problems, and even cancer. In fact, studies in the last five-years have shown that even a ten-minute nap can help improve a person’s immunity, sustained energy, emotional stability, and cognitive functioning.
Furthermore, as a leader, having a couch in your office can be an essential component to demonstrating true, authentic and open leadership; allowing your employees to feel more relaxed during difficult discussions, like reviews and discussing their role, and ensuring your clients feel comfortable when having annual consultations. In other words, it allows all who enter to feel an additional element of transparency in the workplace and see the workplace culture as being more encouraging and open-minded.
Interested in learning more about our available stationary desks and office couches? Give us a call today at 314-266-9083. Also ask about our furniture shipping and delivery options nationwide!
So, you want to find some office furniture to update your office or a single piece that will better fit your needs, but should you purchase something used or new? Which is better? While Better Office Furniture of Saint Charles, Missouri sells both pre-owned and brand new office chairs, office cubicles, office desks, cabinets and storage, and other quality office furniture; we believe that you should choose items that both fit your ideal needs and your budget. Check out the pros and cons of both used and new office furniture below, to see which is the better investment for you.
While Better Office Furniture believes that buying cheap furniture (in both quality and price) is never the way to go, because we believe in investing your money, energy, and time into something that will last longer than a year, we also believe that reasonably priced, used office furniture can be just as good as new. The key is quality, since you will be using your office desk and office chair every day and for many hours, indefinitely. This is especially true if you are purchasing office furniture for a larger business or multiple employees, where the cost of new furniture – even at moderate prices – can break the bank or hit your maximum spending limit. That is why buying quality, used office furniture can be a life-saver, because you can spend half as much and not sacrifice quality for savings.
Take the Steelcase 9000 panels we currently have in stock, for instance. Not only does the Steelcase 9000 series work fluently with hundreds of other Steelcase products, Steelcase panels allow you to easily adjust your office space for both team usage and private space needs. While Steelcase 9000 products are a great investment for your office needs, purchasing used Steelcase 9000 panels can be a better investment for you. Why? Steelcase 9000 panels, like other Steelcase products, have a long life-span and can withstand consistent use within an average office setting, with little maintenance required to keep them working like new. So why not spend less on a quality, used product that provides you with the same comfort, efficiency, and productivity as the same item right off the manufacturing floor?
In addition, not only will you or your business save money and not sacrifice quality, buying used furniture can help you be environmentally friendly by reducing the number of resources and embodied energy used, eliminate additional pollutants (i.e. toxic chemicals, carbon emissions and pesticides) being added to the environment, reduce the costs of additional labor and shipping from overseas, and eliminate the need for packaging materials. Purchasing used office furniture also helps the local economy, by ensuring that small businesses – like Better Office Furniture – can provide consumers with high-quality products at a fraction of the cost. It also allows you to utilize funds that would otherwise go towards new products into other business needs and resources. This includes small businesses having the means to place some of their resources towards local causes they support, and maintain environmental integrity knowing that they are not supporting materials being sent to landfills.
At Better Office Furniture of St. Charles, we only sell high-quality, pre-owned office furniture, but sometimes new is simply better. Is it just that glossy shine and new furniture smell? Maybe. It could also be that you know that buying new items won’t affect your bottom line and you want to provide yourself or your employees with the best workstations possible.
Whether price is not an issue for you or you have spoken with our owner and founder, Salena Mikos, about working on the price so you can still enjoy the pleasures of having furniture that is truly best for you, having new office furniture can provide your office setting with some great benefits. For instance, one of the downsides of used furniture is that you cannot guarantee that it will fit all your needs. Having new office furniture available to you allows you to choose from a larger selection of items, along with catering the finishes and colors to perfectly fit your office setting. Having these options allows you to freshen up an otherwise outdated office to have a more contemporary feel; which will also leave your employees feeling more energized and enthusiastic about coming to work. Your business will also work more effectively with growing technological needs, such as charging stations or cabling that is built-in, while also allowing for more effective organizational space.
On a broader scale, having new office furniture ensures that you have better office furniture for your employees, which has been proven to increase overall productivity. This is in part because new office furniture tends to be more ergonomically friendly, which not only boosts office morale but also can prevent the “Sitting Disease.” Not only will your employees not have to worry about over-used office furniture that is squeaky, unsteady, or doesn’t provide the correct support; they will be thankful that you are thinking about their short-term comfort and long-term health by investing in high-quality office furniture.
It also can provide some reassurance for your clients and staff that you are envisioning future growth, and have enough confidence in your business to lay down such an investment. An additional plus-side is that new office items have the advantage of a warranty that will allow you to have broken parts and pieces easily repaired by the manufacturer for free, while also being tax deductible with other office expenses in the first year or depreciated.
Still unsure about whether new or used office furniture is a better investment for you? Better Office Furniture of St. Charles not only offers furniture that will last, we are also here to provide amazing customer service by providing free space planning and direct consultation with every client to ensure that you will find precisely what you need for your office. You can also fill out our Free Space Planning online form to help you find exactly what you are looking for.
In business, putting your best foot forward often begins with the reception area of your office. When a client is coming for a big meeting, their introduction to the tone of your company happens the moment they set foot in the door. It is important to make a good first impression by having a reception area which emphasizes what is most important to your business. While the client’s first impression is paramount, the atmosphere sets the tone for employees as well. If the moment you step into the office feels right, every day will begin with a smile.
It is important for your reception area to match your brand and to be angled towards your target audience. For example, if you work with children, consider having a section of your desk at a lower height to cater to the needs of young ones. Small things such as this can go a long way to make your customers feel welcome and cared for. However if you are a high power law firm, consider dark leather to emphasize professionalism and expertise. Here at Better Office Furniture in St. Charles, Missouri we are here to help you have the reception space of your dreams.
While the reception area is only one room in your office, it is arguably the most important. There is more to this space than meets the eye, and looking at a variety of areas will go a long way to creating the mood you want to craft. Whether you are going for a calming space or an environment which exudes power, there are many ways to set your reception area to have the best first impression possible!
The first thing people see when they step into your reception area is the reception desk. Reception desks must be both functional, as well as beautiful. There are a variety of types of desks one can choose from which serve not only the practical purpose of a desk, but are easy on the eyes. Having a clear uncluttered space will speak volumes about your brand. There is no better way to give a great first impression than with a great reception desk. We love the Express EL Cherry Reception U Station for its tremendous functionality. Not only is this desk beautiful, it does its job well, with space to work in and areas to put things away when it’s time!
The artwork you choose to hang in your office also sets the mood. Whether you choose bright and modern impressionist works or keep things simple with minimalist art, you can showcase your style. A well lit reception area with carefully chosen prints can put clients in the right mood for your office, which can lead to more productive meetings and even more sales!
If you don’t have much wall space, or art is just not your thing, consider having a few potted plants in your reception area! Plants also lend a lot to a reception area, not only do they add brightness, but they also help purify the air and have been proven to help reduce stress! While they do require some maintenance, there are many plants which are perfectly suited for an office environment and require minimal care.
The seating in your reception area also emphasizes the tone of your company. The style of your seating helps to set the mood of your reception area and emphasizes the personality of your company. Looking for a more modern feel? Try our Contemporary Black Reception Couch for a classy yet modern vibe. This high quality piece accentuates professionalism with a hip touch.
If you want to exude power and class, try our Classic Traditional Button Tufted Chair. The dark leather and dark wood exudes power and confidence, creating a space which says you mean business. No matter what look you’re going for, Better Office Furniture has a seating option for you!
Having music in your reception area not only fills the quiet, it helps set the mood you are intending. A soundtrack quietly playing in the background can help make wait times seem shorter, which is a win for everyone involved! Try peppy music if you want to give off an energetic vibe and something calming to help keep everyone in a good mood! The music you play goes a long way to set the mood and create a great atmosphere which emphasizes the culture of your brand.
Nothing is more enticing than the smell of freshly brewed coffee! Show some hospitality with a pot of coffee and a fridge stocked with water or other beverages for your clients. Having some small snacks available also emphasizes that you care about your customer and want to put them first!
We all know reception areas need reading materials, however up your game by having branded information on your company as well as industry specific titles available to put clients in the mood for meetings! Placing these materials
on our Laminate End Table which comes in cherry, espresso and mahogany, will put your best foot forward for everyone who enters.
There are many different ways to make your reception area great, take a few of these tips and see how you can elevate your reception area for your clients as well as your employees! We at Better Office Furniture in St. Charles, Missouri want to help you create an on-brand reception area which inspires everyone who walks through the doors!
While we technically still have a bit until spring, if you live in the St. Louis area, you have experienced the unusually warmer weather and even budding trees (minus the last week or so). Spring weather brings about lots of changes in our environment, and often the urge to clean house (or office), redecorate, and get organized!
Let’s be honest. How many of you have papers peppered across your desk? Or maybe that’s a gigantic understatement and they are more like stacked and falling off your desk. Either way, no worries! Better Office Furniture in St. Charles has got you. Is your “to be filed stack” becoming more ominous, but your current filing system is so stuffed it doesn’t close? It may be time to upgrade your filing system, or get a filing system started depending on your situation, and get organized.
While it may not be true for all people,the typical person functions at a higher level and is more productive when working in a clean organized space. Our brains correlate chaos in our workspace, to chaos in our work days. If we’re being upfront, there is evidence that suggests that a messy workspace can be beneficial for creative types, at least in the beginning phases of a project; not as much so at the end of the project. Entrepreneur Magazine’s article, Six Tactics to Increase Productivity by Organizing Your Workspace talks about this. The theory is that a messy workspace can open up creativity and allow ideas to flow.
On the other hand, a clean and organized workspace encourages people to do what is expected of them (i.e., meet deadlines, make those phone calls, be on time for meetings). So if you’re coming up with decorating or organizing ideas for employee workspaces, we might recommend getting some good filing systems to keep your employees desks clean and clear!
If you’re a creative at an ad agency, maybe the messy workspace works for you, and that’s okay if you’re not the one meeting with clients. Or at least not meeting with them in your office. However, if you’re salesperson, a CEO, an attorney, or someone else who has the regular need to entertain clients in your workspace, a messy desk gives the wrong impression.
Can you imagine going into a law firm and the lawyer you meet up with has case files stacked up on her desk? What would that convey to you? Perhaps…Too busy to do a good job on my case, too unorganized, disheveled and unprofessional? These are definitely not things an attorney, or anyone else would want their clients thinking about them. So get those papers off your desk and filed away!
This one is simple: If you have to spend time everyday shuffling through papers on your desk, you’re not anywhere near as efficient as you could be.
Okay, so there are a bazillion reasons why you should get organized, but having awesome aesthetics and decor in your workspace be recognizable is the most fun reason! If you spend time and money on decorating to make your space your own, those decor additions become underwhelming when you get a bunch of mess and clutter in the mix. Who can pay attention to those phenomenal throw pillows on the chaise lounge, or the beautiful mahogany desk, when you have papers and files ready to avalanche?!
Alas, we at Better Office Furniture are here to help you transition your workspace into an organized haven for productivity and efficiency.
Better Office Furniture can get you organized with filing cabinets, no matter your style or budget. Vertical filing cabinets are great for when you need to economize on space but still need a decent amount of filing space, and trying to find a way to stay organized without utilizing too much floor space. If you prefer a traditional or industrial look for your file cabinet system, consider our 5 Drawer Locking Filing Cabinet System. This system is available in 9 different colors so it will blend with whatever spring redecorating you may be doing in your office!
If you went a little overboard on the budget with the rest of your reorganizing for the spring, we also have Preowned Vertical Filing Cabinets available.
Anyone who has a home office fully understands that working from home doesn’t minimize the amount of papers that accumulate on your desk. Whether you work from home full-time, or on a part-time basis, there still seems to be an excessive amount of papers that start to resemble the Leaning Tower of Pisa on the edge of your desk. If your office is visible to guests this adds another element to the need to be organized. While we all want to operate at the most productive level possible, and that’s reason enough to become organized with a filing cabinet system, getting organized also makes your office more presentable for clients and guests.
If you’re looking for filing solutions for a home office, or prefer a filing system that has a more decorative appeal, check out our 36” 2 Drawer Lateral File. These are shorter and lateral, so they fit in nicely as another piece of furniture without the traditional look of a filing cabinet.
If space and safety of the documents you will be filing are of concern, you have to check out our Fireproof 2 Drawer Office Fire File 6000 Cabinet. This filing system will keep your files neat, organized, and safe in case of an expected disaster. I’d say this would be an essential for any law or accounting firm!
Now you hopefully have all the motivation and reasons you needed to get yourself organized, and you definitely have the resources to make that happen when you call Better Office Furniture in St. Charles!
There are hundreds of different work-environment characteristics that contribute to office morale: Some can be easily measured and quantified — examples being the amount of office space available and the color of the walls. And some are more qualitative — such as general feelings of malaise or enthusiasm that may be rippling through employees.
Like any entrepreneur, you want the “best” environment. One that will allow your team members to operate at their most productive level and remain satisfied with their jobs for years to come. Unfortunately, there’s no single “best” work environment. Any one workplace can have characteristics of multiple environments, and how you string them all together depends on your brand, culture, and the attitudes of those you work with. Let Better Office Furniture in St. Louis Missouri point you in the right direction.
Workspace affects coworker interactions
Working in a clean and attractive office can have tremendous effects on the interactions between co-workers and managers. Even if the sun can’t shine into your workplace, make an effort to provide a relaxing atmosphere with comfy furniture. Better Office Furniture offers an assortment of office furniture leaving it difficult to not find the perfect piece for your company. We are a St. Louis, Missouri based company, but we ship nationwide! It may not seem cost-effective at first, but the change in attitude is visceral among staff members. When they know you care enough about them they will work hard and care about you, and your company.
There are many ways to keep your office morale up, things as simple as just getting new office furniture. One way to keep a great office space and work morale, staying organized. Whether it’s business plans or business cards, conference binders or marketing copy, entrepreneurs have a lot of information to track. In your case a desk with a lot of storage and organization would be best for you. Try the Better Office Furniture’s Express U-Station Desk with a Cockpit P-Top, Glass-Door Hutch and Extra Storage. The Beautiful U-Station gives you plenty of workspace and enough storage to keep your desk organized and your morale high!
Personalized office space
Another way to keep your office morale high and your employees and business working in a steady flow, is encourage your employees to personalize their office space. Whether you are an office that needs cubicles or you have individual offices, Better Office Furniture has the best options for you and your staffs needs.
If you are more of a cubical office space, try Better Office Furniture’s Desk Dividers. EL Divider Panels are a beautiful, simple and inexpensive way to divide space…without expensive panel systems or fabric partitions. They’re available in heights of 12″ and 18″ in Tempered Frosted Glass and White Laminate. These are the Tempered Frosted Glass. They will mount to the top of any desk or table.
If your office is more executive with personal offices, allow your employee to choose the own style of their desk.
Having their own personal desk allows them to feel confident while sitting at the desk they chose to personalize them. The Better Office Furniture’s 30×60″ Cherry Desk with 2 Full Pedestals is a versatile choice. This desk is available in Cherry, Mahogany and Espresso.Perfect for the small office, this desk fits your small office or home office needs without taking up a lot of your floor space. This is a new desk, so we can outfit your office whether you need one or one thousand.
Whether your office is cabins, cubicles or open-concept, be sure to have a space that employees can collaborate in. This will spark team creativity and camaraderie and indirectly encourage people to be more invest in their work and colleagues. Try investing in a conference table, the High Performance Cherry Laminate Table is the only conference table you’ll ever need .Built for your busy work needs, the top has a durable finish with a clean and polished look. It withstands moisture (so your iced tea or soda condensation rings won’t damage it), doesn’t need special protection and will bring your team and clients together with ease. It’s available in a number of sizes, so if you need a bigger table, those are also available. A nice conference table will give your team the ability to collaborate, engage, and encourage one another to be more open, accountable, and share ideas more freely.
Targets and feedback
Giving feedback can improve performance demands a leadership style of continuous guidance and coaching. Give them feedback on specific tasks as soon as possible. Don’t rely on annual reviews to correct performance. Use periodic and annual reviews to evaluate performance and discuss specific improvements needed. Reviews are great opportunities to evaluate growth. Set your teams up for success through a process of continuous feedback.
Employers often set targets and feel their job is done. Every target or milestone set needs to be followed up on. It sends a sense of personalization, and noticing their work. That gives the employee a boost in morale to know that they are noticed and not just their to complete a task. Staying engaged with your employees also show a sense of awareness.
Offer courses or improvement opportunities
Employees are delighted when they can enhance their skills and get additional learning opportunities sponsored by the employer. This helps them learn, feel indebted for the money being spent on them, which also adds to their resume, and are obliged to perform better by applying all the knowledge gained in these courses.
Ensure efficient tools are at hand
Finally, the workplace must have the best machinery, devices and equipment that yield error free results in the minimum possible time. Efficient electronic equipment with no connectivity issues and breakdowns, will help to save precious time. They should take the place of paperwork, and yield fast results. The idea is to have devices that enhance efficiency and subsequently productivity at the workplace. The devices help to reduce the response time, improve customer service, and cutting costs; all imperative for workplace productivity.
End result…greater satisfaction!
Applying these methods can help your business financially and functionally. Additionally, high morale means greater satisfaction in the workplace, working relationships and the position itself. Employees generally prefer an organization that enhances feelings of esteem and provides a meaningful, satisfactory work experience.
Let Better Office Furniture help by enhancing your office functionality with quality office furniture. Offer all your furnishing needs with our variety of styles and assortment of woods. Starting with a functional office and quality furniture, set a great first impression of your company. The appearance of your office reflects the representation of you and your company. So start 2017 off right at Better Office Furniture and set a high morale for you, your office, and your staff.
How would you like to feel less stressed, less stiff, and ready to take on the rest of your day after you leave your 9-to-5 work day? What if I said that investing in ergonomic chairs could vastly improve your health and the productivity you maintain in your workspace?
While it is no longer a little-known secret, there are still many questions that people just like you have about the benefits of ergonomic chairs. So, Better Office Furniture of St. Louis, MO is here to answer all your common questions about ergonomic chairs and how they can improve your life in the office or at home.
Unlike your run of the mill office chair, an ergonomic chair has some additional features that place specific focus on key parts of your body that experience the most tension, including the neck, arms, back and knees. Ergonomic chairs can benefit a wide-range of individuals, yet each person should take into consideration their specific height and weight, their type of desk, and what type of tasks they are regularly required to perform in their home or office setting.
Specifically, ergonomic seating often includes a cushion that allows you to sit comfortably for hours at a time, armrests that allow your shoulders to remain relaxed and have your elbows sit at a 90-degree angle; and a seat that is height adjustable to allow your feet to remain flat, your thighs to be parallel to the floor, and your arms to rest at the height of the desk. In addition, the backrests of ergonomic chairs usually can adjust up, down, and at an angle to preserve your posture; while also including low back support. Lastly, ergonomic chairs may swivel and have wheels for easier movability, to reduce the need to reach for objects and focus on different office items (e.g. telephone, printed materials, keyboard and mouse, monitor, stapler, etc.) without the need to turn your head constantly.
The United States has continuously spent more on healthcare than any other country for quite some time, particularly to address common safety and health problems associated with poor business environments for employees. This includes American employees spending more time sitting at work, in part due to shorter and fewer breaks, and less time exerting any physical effort throughout their overall lifestyle.
While some of us feel it more than others at the end of each work day, consistently sitting at a desk every day places extreme pressure on specific and vital areas of our bodies. When you are improperly seated for an extended period, such will inevitably lead to health problems like lower back, knee, wrist, and neck pain due to inadequate support.
Thus, ergonomic chairs are important because they encourage less of a sedentary lifestyle and ensuring that your body is properly supported no matter what.
One of the most sought after questions is, “Do ergonomic chairs really work?” The answer is yes, assuming you have picked out the right ergonomic chair to fit your needs. If your chair is well-designed, like those throughout the Better Office Furniture selection, it will allow you to sit in a more fixed and balanced position. And while an ergonomic chair provides you with more balanced support, it is still important for you to be aware of how you are sitting and that you refrain from slouching.
If your chair and the rest of your workstation fits your working needs, then you are likely to see a gradual number of health benefits. Unlike a traditional chair, an ergonomic chair reduces the amount of stress placed on your main body structures. The cushion, headrest, and backrest provides lumbar support that encourages you to correct your posture, while height adjustable features allow your feet to remain flat on the floor, your knees at a 90-degree angle, and your hips parallel to the floor. These will not only reduce stiffness and back pain, due to the support of your spine’s natural curve, but you will also experience long-term benefits for yourself and your company.
Studies have shown that when employees experience less pain, stiffness, and fatigue in the office setting, they can have improved productivity due to being more present and focused on the various tasks of the day. In addition, reducing or eliminating these distractions encourages employees to interact with co-workers and clients more easily, while also providing more energy towards creating more effective projects and solving office issues more readily.
All of this can lead to employees missing fewer days at work, increasing the quality of work being performed, reducing employee absenteeism and retention rates. It also increases job satisfaction and assurance overall. Lastly, businesses are more likely to adhere to OSHA requirements due to fewer workplace injuries and illnesses, and ultimately will save the company tons of money that can then be put back towards employees and improving the office environment even further.
While this can depend on the initial price and quality of the chair purchased, and if you have selected an ergonomic chair that directly fits your needs, the average office chair should last anywhere from five to ten years. The lifespan of your ergonomic chair will also depend on the environment in which your chair resides, including the temperature, how often it is used and how the chair is treated overall.
While Better Office Furniture of St. Louis does have several beautifully crafted guest chairs with and without rollers, we also offer a great selection of different ergonomic chairs to suit your needs.
If you are looking for something more modest in price and yet high in features, we have some used Steelcase Criterion or Drive Task Chairs and Haworth Improve Chairs that are just under a $100 (these have sold out since this blog was originally posted, but contact us for other options!). If you are looking for an ergonomic chair with more cushion and expanded features, our Mid Back Cushioned Chair, Task Chairs, Express KB Series, and High Back Executive Chairs are all under $300 and will provide you with the best arm and back support. If you’re able to spend a bit more to get the ultimate support from head to toe, check out our Express ON Series or Drafting Chairs, Task Chair, Plush Big Mans, or the incredibly comfortable Global 2526 Robust Two Tone 500 Capacity Office Chair that are guaranteed to make you look forward to your everyday workday.
Have any questions about Better Office Furniture’s wide selection of ergonomic chairs or other ergonomic office furniture? Want to know which chair will best suit your needs? Give our founder and owner, Salena Mikos, a direct call at (314) 266-9083 or email us so we can help you find the best chair to fit you and your office space!
Address: 202 Rock Industrial Park Drive, Bridgeton, MO 63044
Our showroom hours are by appointment only. We are not open 9-5 because many of our clients need us on-site, measuring, designing and installing their office furniture.
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Oh my God where do I start!
I contacted Salena with an unusual problem, I am a Police Officer who is also very large in stature. My office chair at my workspace was too small and would not allow me to sit comfortably. It was so bad at the end of the day I would be hurting so bad I would literally limp to my car!
Salena recommended and arranged shipment of the Global “Robust”, and when this thing arrived….IT WAS A BEAST!!! The most comfortable chair I have ever sat in!!
She worked with me on the price, because as listed, I would have NEVER been able to afford it.
Salena is a true professional, and I will never go anywhere else for my office furniture needs!!
Thanks for the help Salena, you literally made my life better!!!!!