Planning an Office that Adapts to the Differing Needs of Employees

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Your company may have one clear mission and vision statement, but your team is a mix of personalities, body types, schedules, and commutes.  Creating an office space and adapting to employees needs is critical for a successful working environment.

In this age of hybrid schedules and remote working you may have an office space in downtown LA near LA Live and have some employees who live in the Arts District. Others may drive in once or twice a week from the High Desert or Palm Springs.

Some like to stand. Some like to sit—anywhere in the office.

You may have a conference room, but you can also benefit from lounge furniture that can be arranged and re-arranged as needed. It’s an age of multi-use furnishings that serve the dynamics of your office environment.

Let’s see how to design for a range of personalities.

Adapting to Employees’ Physical and Emotional Needs

You can customize your office in many different ways, like equipping for people who have different physical needs and those who have different working habits and styles.

Say you have a finance department where one person likes to sit and another needs to stand for brief periods of time. Height-adjustable desks can be the solutions you need.

Adapting to Employees DeskMakers Ascend Workstation
Photo: Deskmakers Ascend Height Adjustable Workstation

The look and feel of a height-adjustable desk can vary dramatically from one model to another. The DeskMakers Ascend Height Adjustable Desk has a minimalistic appearance. It adjusts easily from one position to another within seconds and comes with many different finishes.

Adapting to Employees Drug Artemis Desk
Photo: Krug Artemis Height Adjustable Desk

For an executive vibe, check the Krug Artemis Height Adjustable Desk.

Get input from your employees so they have buy-in. Ask about their preferences and how they’d like to be accommodated.

Adapting to Employees’ In-Office Working Habits

Not everyone likes to sit at a workstation all day. A change of scenery can help some people be more creative while others prefer stretch breaks and working at different locations throughout the day.

How do you handle the preferences?

HON Abound Workstation
Photo: HON Abound Height Adjustable Workstation

For those who prefer one place to sit and work, equip them with plenty of surface area and set aside boundaries for personal space. The HON Abound Height Adjustable Workstation is a high-tech solution that has numerous configurations. It comes with a wide range of finish options.

Adapting to Employees DARRAN Honey Workspace
Photo: Darran Honey Workspace

A unique solution that’s available is the DARRAN Honey Workspace.

Different styles of cubicles or desks with privacy screens can define personal workspaces and help provide focus.

The Loftwell Split Space Divider can easily fit in new or existing floor plans and it’s also an option for home offices that need separation between personal and professional spaces.


Photo: DeskMakers Synapse Workstations

Does someone need to get away inside the office?

Set aside a lounge area where people can go to answer phones or take their laptops and work. Here are ideas for furnishing the space.

Allermuir Famiglia Chairs
Photo: Allermuir Famiglia Chairs

Use a combination of seating that allows for semi-private conversations and impromptu or planned small-group meetings. A modular seating area that can be arranged and used at the last minute has a distinct advantage over a more formal conference room. It doesn’t have to be reserved and it’s easy to arrange for a small group and then rearrange for the next use.

Look into the ERG International Brighton Modular Lounge Seating, a daring modernization of gathering and meeting spaces.

Adapting to Hybrid and Remote Employees

In many companies, full-time workers may be in the corporate office full-time while others either work remotely or work a hybrid schedule.

Equipping the office to adapt to these schedules includes having flexible office spaces where hybrid and remote workers can settle when they come into the office for meetings. This space can also be used as an area with video conferencing tools for virtual meetings.

What’s a flexible office space?

It could be similar to the lounge area with tables that can easily be set up and taken down when not in use.

It could also be a workstation that’s kept available and is reserved for those who come in for two or three days out of the week.

Adapting to Employees Nevins Volo Media Table
Photo: Nevins Volo Media Table

Install the video conferencing space and tools that are right for you, like the OFS Obeya Architectural Structures or a media table like the Nevins Volow Media Table that fits in any size office space.

You may have a range of people to work with and a variety of expectations to meet, so choose the furnishings that let you adapt to the various needs and create a unified team.

Trust Experience

The team at 2010 Office Furniture has more than a combined 50 years of experience designing offices and adapting to employees needs.  Trust our experts who’s worked in creating modern office spaces and furnishing clients who are among Southern California’s most successful corporations, universities, and small businesses.

Contact 2010 Office Furniture for input on getting as much value as possible from your office environment.

Read Also: Your Guide to the Best Training Furniture for the Office
Main Photo: Deskmakers Synapse Workstation
Resources & Special Thanks to Respective Product Manufacturers: Allermuir, DARRAN, Deskmakers, HON, Krug, Nevins

Choosing the SitOnIt Chair That’s Best for Your Office Needs

Looking for the perfect seating to furnish your office space? A SitOnIt chair just may be what you need!

Office chairs deserve attention and you need to choose one that works best in your office. These commonplace pieces of furniture are unsung heroes in the corporate environment and also for remote workers at home.  

Chairs have different functions and provide varying levels of comfort and support.

As one of the leading manufacturer of office chairs, SitOnIt Seating provides an entire line of chairs to fit every office need and support employees of every body type.

Choosing the SitOnIt Chair That’s Best ReAlign Chair
Photo: SitOnIt Seating ReAlign Chairs

Get input on how you can choose whats right for you, by understanding why choosing the right chair is important for your personal well-being.

Sitting is Physically Demanding

Sitting looks like a passive activity, but its not. Pressure builds on your spine and lower back while extra stress is placed on your joints. Sitting for long periods of time without taking a stretch break or moving around wears you down.

Research highlighted by the Mayo Clinic, What Are the Risks of Sitting Too Much?, shows that sitting for eight hours a day with no physical activity poses the same health risks as smoking and obesity.

Think of an RV sitting in a driveway for months and months. Do you know what happens if its not placed on blocks or driven?

Air in the tires doesnt circulate and the wheels eventually go flat.

Think of a patient in the hospital. What happens if they only lie in one position and arent turned? They develop bed sores.

The same phenomenon happens with chairs, especially ones that dont align with your body weight.

Now use this to choose the right chairs for the right tasks—and physical shapes.

SitOnIt Chairs For Full-Time In-House Workers

Start with versatility.

Choosing the SitOnIt Chair That’s Best Sona Chair
Photo: SitOnIt Seating Sona Conference Chairs

A smart selection is a chair that adapts to different tasks and a users weight and movements. The SitOnIt Seating Sona Chair can be customized for executive desks or for use around conference tables. Choose from different designs for armrests, back support, and knit material finishes.

Choose for dedicated tasks.

Choosing the SitOnIt Chair That’s Best Torsa Chair
Photo: SitOnIt Seating Torsa Chairs

Someone whos focused at a workstation or executive desk and is working full-time at the same desk can benefit from the SitOnIt Seating Torsa Chair, a fully adjustable chair with excellent lumbar support.

Choosing the SitOnIt Chair That’s Best Glove Chair
Photo: SitOnIt Seating Glove Chairs

Executives who need to recline and think in between office emails and strategic planning sessions will find comfort in the SitOnItSeating Glove Chair.

Select a SitOnIt Chair for Up-and-Down Moments

Put thought into chairs needed for training sessions, temporary workers, and guests needing accommodations for brief periods of time.

You want durability and comfort so people can think clearly.

Got a temporary worker stopping in for a few days or longer? The SitOnIt Seating Freelance Chair is welcoming and professional while lightweight and easy to stack.

Heres another stackable option: the SitOnIt Seating InFlex chair. Its stylish and fits well in either conference-type settings or breakrooms.

Choosing the SitOnIt Chair That’s Best Focus Chair and Stool
Photo: SitOnIt Seating Focus Side Chairs and Stools

How about a chair that works well for an impromptu meeting alongside a cubicle workstation or in the breakroom? Try the SitOnIt Seating Focus Side Chair and Stool.

Now You See Them—Until They’re Put Away

Choosing the SitOnIt Chair That’s Best Relay Chair
Photo: SitOnIt Seating Relay Nesting Chairs

Need to pull chairs from storage for a specific event and then put them away? You can browse the stackable options above along with the SitOnIt Seating Nesting Chairs. Its a clever way to store chairs. Check the SitOnIt product line on 2010officefurniture.com for the availability of used chairs with special pricing.

Another Way to Select Chairs is to Select Your Desks

The types of workstation or desk you use can determine the best SitOnIt chair for your situation. Will the chair fit well with a height-adjustable desk or within a cubicle?

Just dont take your chair for granted. Its an invaluable piece of equipment to support every part of your body. And when your body is comfortable, your blood is circulating well and plenty of oxygen is flowing to the brain.

Your chair should be strategic.

Ask 2010 Office Furniture for the Right SitOnIt Chair

If you need advice with planning your office space and furnishing it well, the team at 2010 Office Furniture can help based on a combined 50 years of experience.

2010 Office has worked with clients who are among Southern Californias most distinguished corporations, nonprofits, and small businesses.

Contact them with your office furnishing and space planning needs.

Read Also: Choosing the Best Office Dividers and Filing System
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Resources & Special Thanks to Respective Product Manufacturers: SitOnIt Seating