From meeting your love interest’s parents for the first time to networking with an important contact at a business conference, the expression, “You never have a second chance to make a first impression,” holds true. In fact, this sentiment is applicable to many situations, and not just to people, but to places and things, too. Which is why selecting the right office chairs is more than a convenience: it’s a smart business strategy.
Madonna once said, “We are living in a material world.” As much as what’s on the inside counts, appearances count too — particularly when you have only a few minutes — or sometimes seconds in this fast-paced world! — to make a good impression.
If your office chairs are shabby, outdated or in a state of disrepair, you’re communicating a very clear message to your visitors. From lack of attention to detail to lack of funds, the takeaways of ugly or broken office furniture are anything but positive. Attractive, elegant chairs, meanwhile, demonstrate an appealing commitment to quality.
Aesthetics matter, so take time to select chairs which match the office culture you hope to convey. Is your business stately and formal or hip and contemporary. Your choice of chair style, color and fabric can immediately give visitors a sense of what to expect in an upcoming meeting or interview. This benefits you both: the more you understand each other, the better and more communicative your interactions will be.
But unless your office is a museum, the most beautiful chair in the world is worthless if it’s uncomfortable. It’s a fact: comfortable people are happier people. The best office chairs offer back support, padded seating, armrests and a stable base. They should also be substantial enough to accommodate people of all shapes and sizes.
Think of how many people pass through your office lobby every day: from job candidates to salespeople to longtime clients, your reception area is an endless parade of business associates. And while they may have little else in common, they do share at least one common attribute: they all sit sitting down, and no one likes to sit in a hard, awkward or poorly constructed chair.
After all, what’s the quickest way to get a meeting off to a bad start? Ask your visitor to wait in a cramped, painful or ill-fitting chair.
No, lime green lobby chairs may not be the way to go. These days, it’s all about embracing a different kind of green. Yes, making eco-friendly choices when selecting your office furniture may making you feel good, but embracing the environment is much more than that.
Research from Ipsos Open Thinking Exchange indicates that more than half of consumers value a brand’s efforts on behalf of the environment. By going green in your lobby, you immediately demonstrate a commitment to desirable eco-friendly practices and sustainability. This conveys a message of trust to clients and potential employees alike.
No one likes to wait, but waiting in a beautiful and comfortable chair is much more pleasurable than an ill-fitting and ugly one. In fact, mindful lobby chair planning can help transform the usual bland and unwelcoming waiting room into a soothing experience. And remember: by the time you shake your client’s hand, he/she will already have formulated an opinion about you and your business. Make sure it’s the right one by choosing the perfect lobby chairs. Contact us today.
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