Many of us frequently welcome clients and colleagues into the office so it’s important to present a professional image. The following simple tips will help ensure you always make a great impression.
You wouldn’t accept just any old furniture in your home, regardless of appearance, quality or comfort, so why would you furnish your office with second-rate items? Comfortable, smart office furniture presents a professional image to visitors to your workspace.
Is your office furniture looking a little tired? Do you find yourself becoming uncomfortable after a few hours at your desk? If so, it could be time for an office overhaul. It’s worth bearing in mind you sit at your desk every day so it makes sense to pay up for quality. Your desk and chair are probably the most important elements in your office so don’t scrimp. Take the opportunity to think about what you really want from your office and ways in which you can improve your working environment.
What do you want your office to say about you?
It’s worth taking the time to think about the image you want to send out to clients, visitors and colleagues. Your office represents you as a professional, as well as playing a part in selling your services to clients and contacts, so it’s worth putting a bit of thought into how you want to be seen. Combining executive office furniture with a few personal touches creates a welcoming atmosphere. A little of your own personality here and there goes a long way to adding warmth to a generic office and helps visitors feel more comfortable.
Your ideal office will probably depend somewhat on your profession. If you work in a creative industry, such as marketing or advertising, you may want a contemporary office and may choose to play around a bit more with designer furniture and modern decor. Accountants and investment managers may prefer a more traditional approach to decor and decide to opt for a welcoming but professional look with top quality furniture and accessories.
Buying your furniture
From solid oak desks to shiny chrome stools, office furniture comes in a wide array of styles and materials to suit all tastes and budgets. Once you’ve decided what style you want, it’s time to think about how you need it to function.
If you conduct meetings in your office, ensure seats for visitors are comfortable and adjustable. Expecting prospective clients to sit in an uncomfortable, sagging chair does not present a professional image and may rub them up the wrong way.
Now that you’ve got all your furniture in place, you just need to add a few little touches to bring some individuality into your workspace. Professional certificates, diplomas and awards can be framed and mounted on walls, desks can hold family photographs and effects and dark corners can be brightened up by a lamp and an easy-to-care-for plant.
Following all these tips will help you create a professional working environment. Your surroundings will ensure your professionalism is conveyed to visitors and co-workers alike.
Emma Leigh is a freelance writer who writes for a wide range of interior design websites and blogs. She advises consumers on how to use executive office furniture to present a professional image.