Today’s office no longer remains confined to an office. Many of us now work from home, on the road and from just about anywhere you can get a half-decent WiFi connection. You may have even worked while sitting atop a mountain or lounging beside a pool in a foreign holiday resort (you party animal you!).
Your work can fit in a mobile device, but chances are, your comfort and productivity will not compare to that of your office workspace. No matter how mobile your work becomes, you will always need good office furniture, such as office desks, office tables and pedestals for all your files. You want this office furniture to be the best quality it can be, for your own comfort when you return from the mobile working environment to the comfort of your office, wherever it is.
Our top 3 office furniture picks that you simply can’t be without, regardless of your profession.
The basis of any office is the reliable office desk. It’s where you sit to gather your thoughts, formulate your strategies and set your goals. Office desks say a lot about the person who sits behind them. Sleek glass and chrome desks probably belong to the business person who values new innovations and is the first to adopt the latest technology. A slim, tidy wooden desk might be home to someone who values order and simplicity. Large, executive desks belong to those in charge (or at least those who think they are!).
What’s an office without a few tables? Coffee tables, board room tables, folding tables, stacking tables are all staples of any office space. The office table is one of the most versatile pieces of office furniture because it is useful in so many capacities. You can use it as a desk, organisational platform, eating surface or meeting location. Even if you’re on the road a lot or work out of the office most of the time, you will need tables to hold your materials and to confer with clients.
Perhaps the most important piece of office furniture anyone could ever have is the pedestal. Even if you go without a desk or table, you can’t be without a sturdy pedestal to keep your important files and documents. Pedestals ensure that your office space stays organised, removes clutter from desks and tables and stores all of your accessories so they are within close reach. Despite what the experts will have you believe, there is simply no ‘paperless’ office. Plus, your pedestal can double as a desk or a table — even a bed stand — in a pinch.
No matter how much or how little time you spend in a physical office space, you need high quality office furniture to form the foundation of your workspace. Let Loco Office Supplies be your one-stop shop for all office furniture needs.
As you’d expect from an office supplies company, here at Loco (http://www.Loco.ie) we’ve always been proponents of clean, de-cluttered office desks and workstations. After all, we stock thousands upon thousands of office products which are designed to organise your desktop stationery and paper supplies so you can work more effectively. However, new research indicates that messy office desks could in fact help employees to think more clearly!
Scientists from the University of Groningen in Germany found that people who worked on messy office desks (as well as from messy shop fronts), thought more clearly than those with organised, mess-free work areas. It is thought that working among chaos makes the brain seek order and therefore organise thoughts in a clear and concise way.
The researchers behind the study say, “Messy desks may not be as detrimental as they appear to be, as the problem-solving approaches they seem to cause can boost work efficiency or enhance employees’ creativity in problem solving. Business and government managers often promote ‘clean desk’ policies to avoid disorganised offices and messy desks, for the purpose of boosting work efficiency and productivity. This practice is based on the conventional wisdom that a disorganised and messy environment can clutter one’s mind and complicate one’s judgements. However, not all evidence supports this conventional link between a messy environment and a messy mind.”
Those who still believe that tidy office desks lead to tidy minds can take comfort in the fact that the study revealed that not all people found their mind was ordered if their desks were not, however. Strangely, while conservatives among the study group did think more clearly when using messy office desks, political liberals weren’t particularly concerned about the state of their desk to begin with and so it had little effect on their thinking or productivity.
So why not use this new research to explain to your boss why your desk is piled high with files, old, opened envelopes and various office products – you’re not being messy, you’re being productive!
For those of you who can’t stand the thought of working in chaos, however, take a look through all of our office products which will help you de-clutter your desk at http://www.Loco.ie