There are many options for creating effective work environments, and the design of your space will greatly depend on the type of work you do, the level of privacy your employees need and how much collaboration takes place. If you’re a start-up, should you blow a limited budget on a particular furniture look or style, without regard to functionality, or would it be wiser to consider used office cubicles?
The economic downturn of the past few years, coupled with technology and the way it has changed how people work, has caused businesses small and large to rethink the way they furnish their office space. Your employees need room to work, but do you really know exactly what they need? And, even if you do, can you afford it?
Office cubicles are great for maximizing the use of your floor space while giving it an inviting look and, if designed properly, improving worker comfort and productivity. And pre-owned office cubicles are a great alternative to buying new. Here are a few recommendations for integrating used or refurbished cubicles into your space solution.
Assess Your Needs
Before you invest in any type of new or used office furniture, you need to know how much space you have to work with and how much money you have to spend. Will your office space be used only by employees, or will you have client meetings there as well?
What are your business goals and growth projections over the next 3, 5 or 10 years? Do you need to build some flexibility into the design for future expansion? Will your employees get more work accomplished with more privacy, or less?
Open plan office designs can provide a casual, collaborative atmosphere where employees freely share ideas. But they can also be loud, distracting, and offer little privacy if confidentiality is a necessity in your business. These are all good reasons to consider starting off with pre-owned office cubicles until you have a chance to assess exactly what works for your business.
Try Before You Buy
Today, there are hundreds of options for used and refurbished office furniture. You will want to be sure that the used cubicles you intend to buy are not dented or scratched. Even if you have done some preliminary shopping online, you may change your mind when you see the size, scale and condition of the products in person. Some premier office systems, such as Herman Miller Ethospace, allow for better flexibility and reconfiguration and are made from more durable, higher quality materials.
Their used cubicles provide spectacular value and savings. To fully appreciate your options, visit the dealer’s showroom where knowledgeable experts can demonstrate the products so that you will be comfortable with your purchase.
Be Green Minded
Selecting pre-owned cubicle systems gives your business the opportunity to help protect and preserve the earth’s resources, all while cutting costs. The manufacture of new office furniture takes a lot of energy, labor and raw materials.
Recycled products are an ideal choice for companies that are serious about green initiatives, are seeking lower operating costs, or are pursuing the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED certification. Buying a used or refurbished product can save 30-70% of the cost of new office cubicles.
EthoSource provides Furniture Management Services for companies across the United States, taking office furniture that is no longer working for a company and finding it a new home elsewhere. If you are looking for new, refurbished or used office cubicles, we recommend that you check out their online catalog at www.EthoSource.com.