Here are some ways that hybrid working can be supported with your office furniture choices:
1. Consider ergonomics
When employees are splitting their time between the office and home, it’s important to consider ergonomics. After all, they’ll need to be comfortable whether they’re sitting at a desk or working at a kitchen table. Look for furniture that is adjustable so that employees can find the perfect position for their bodies regardless of where they’re working. For example, adjustable-height desks are a great option because they can be used as both sit-down desks and standing desks.
2. Get creative with storage solutions
If you’ve ever worked from home, you know that one of the challenges is finding a place for all your stuff. When you’re only in the office part-time, you can’t just leave everything out on your desk—you need to be able to pack it up and take it with you when you head home for the day. That’s why it’s important to get creative with storage solutions when furnishing a hybrid workplace. For example, you could get mobile storage cabinets that fit under your desk so that you can easily access your files whether you’re in the office or at home. Or if you don’t need physical files, consider getting each employee a laptop safe or locker where they can store their laptop and belongings when they’re not in use.
3. Flexible seating
Another important consideration when furnishing a hybrid workplace is seating. Keep in mind that not everyone will want to sit at a desk all day—some people may prefer to work from couches or chairs instead. So make sure there is plenty of varied seating in your office so that everyone can find a spot that suits their needs. And if possible, try to get furniture that is portable so that employees can move it around as needed throughout the day. For example, beanbag chairs or ottomans are a great option because they can be easily moved and reconfigured as needed. Or if people don’t want to sit at all, consider height-adjustable desks which are small enough to fit in home offices.
4. Acoustics for focused work
Soundbox silence booths are a versatile solution to offer quiet spaces within busy open-plan offices. They provide sound insulation for privacy and meetings, and also offer alternative workspaces for focused tasks, without the need for additional meeting rooms.
Another option is acoustic screens, which are spatial and acoustic partitions that fall elegantly from the ceiling to the floor. Lightweight yet sturdy, acoustic screens are semi-permanent by nature; easy to install, uninstall, and move around your space as require plus add colour that can perfectly harmonize with your brand.
The benefits of hybrid working are numerous—for both employees and employers alike—which is why more and more organisations are considering implementing this type of work model moving forward. If you're thinking of doing so in your own organisation, there are some things you'll need to take into account—namely how you're going to furnish your office space to support this type of work model.
By considering ergonomics, getting creative with storage solutions, and ensuring there's enough seating (just to name a few), you can set your team up for success in their new hybrid workplace! Ask the team at Modern Office how to get started in your organisation today.
Therese / Eftpos Now
"I wanted to say a huge thank you to Juliet for making our office fitout process so smooth. Juliet always found answers for us, provided an amazing design and made the whole process easy. Thanks team - we love our new furniture!"
Bethlehem Baptist Church / Staff
"Bethlehem Baptist staff have been very pleased with the furniture we have purchased through Modern Office. In particular we have found the office furniture of a high quality. As a company they have been very easy to work with."
Bruce Thompson / Vulcan Steel Tauranga
"Juliet and the team did a great job. We can’t fault the service or the resulting fitout. Very pleased to have been able to do business with you again and it is always good to support local business.”
Matt Stevenson / CEO / HSM Group
"HSM are delighted with the service received from Modern Office in undertaking the office furniture project for its new premises. The furniture suggested looks amazing and provides the right levels of space and storage as well as looking great. Their delivery and setup, as well as the communication with them and the prompt response has been fantastic and we would highly recommend them."
Kevin Marsh / Interior fit-out Project Manager / Property and Project Consulting Ltd
“Modern Office provided a range of height-adjustable desking, storage, and meeting room furniture for our WRC project. We found the team to be cooperative and flexible, and the risk management they applied during the Covid-19 lockdown meant we were kept informed of progress. A feature of the service provided was the support they provided during the installation phase, their on-site crew was outstanding and delivery and installation of furniture was achieved on time, every time.”
Kate / Chow Hill Architects Ltd
"The service I received as an interior designer is of a very high standard with extremely competitive pricing and a large and impressive range of furniture. I use Modern Office for the majority of my projects."
Annmarie Lee / General Manager Growers / Seeka
"Working with Modern Office was a really good experience. We required a complete fit out of new furniture for our new premises and I would go as far as to say they were the best contractor we used in the whole build. The service was outstanding – very professional and approachable. We are very happy with the products and the advice provided, and the staff feedback has been positive. I have already recommended Modern Office to others."
Melissa McBride / Office Manager / Hawkins
"We were extremely happy with everything. Very efficient and hassle free. Thanks heaps to you and your team for all your help."
Kieron Wain / National Projects Manager / SSA New Zealand
"Please pass on my thanks to your team…they did a great job! They removed every bit of wrapping…I couldn’t tell they had been there it was that tidy. They asked for guidance where the desks needed to be placed and went about their business until the job was completed…very professional. Thanks for your support."