Top 7 Office Essentials Your Employees Need To Run Your Business Effectively

 

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Whether you have a startup or a long-established business, there are certain things that you need within your office premises in order for your employees to work effectively. Making the environment welcoming and comfortable, they are more likely to be productive and motivated.

 

Similarly, to run a successful business, you need the resources in place to make the working day that bit simpler. Yes, you could have the desired personality traits. But it’s also about what you physically have to work with.

 

In the modern-day, your business needs to be up to date with the latest technology and office equipment to stay competitive within your industry. If you don’t, you’ll find that others will rapidly take you over. So to decrease the possibility of this happening, ensure that you have the following with your office:

 

 

  • Sturdy Desks 

 

 

You and your employees are going to be at your desks for a large portion of your day. So it’s vital that they are spacious, well-built and usable. If you currently have desks that need a little TLC, now is the time to make the change. 

 

Many businesses are now also opting for stand-up desks. This gives your employees the freedom to stand up and work throughout the day – alleviating any aches and pains they might have. The modern and ergonomic desks are ideal no matter what your business specialises in – whether you operate a call centre or a digital marketing agency.

 

  • Comfortable Chairs 

 

 

Following on from the above, to make your office space feel comfortable for you and your employees, consider opting for high-quality computer chairs. Poorly designed or cheap chairs will not only break more quickly but can cause back problems. To prevent this from happening, consider budgeting for chairs from a reputable supplier.

 

As well as computer chairs for their desks, consider purchasing sofas and other chairs that you can put around the office – such as in the kitchen or if you have a lounge area. Making it feel more at home to them, they will like spending their time there socialising and working – rather than just a dull, unwelcoming office that’s designed solely for work. 

 

  • Reliable Computers

 

 

Now comes one of the key office essentials for every business, no matter what industry they are in needs – reliable computers. Nowadays, almost everyone around the world uses a computer to operate a business. From taking online orders, to filling out online forms, merchandising, etc. they are important to any business.

 

If your computers seem outdated, consider upgrading them to newer models. This will make it far easier for your employees to work and could make the processes a lot faster each day. Make sure that you have a reliable backup solution for them installed too, in case anything happens over their lifetime. 

 

  • Work Phones

 

The good old fashioned work telephone is still an essential for many businesses. A way of internally communicating as well as communicating with clients and customers, it’s a crucial piece of equipment that shouldn’t be forgotten about. 

 

If you’re a startup business, consider what type of phone system you need before taking the leap – as chances are, you won’t need a complex one with all the bells and whistles. The type of phone system you choose will very much depend on your business’ individual needs.

 

As well as a phone system within your office, consider opting for mobile phones for both you as the business owner, and other senior staff. Today, almost every business will require certain team members to have mobile phones with them, so that they can take work calls when they are on the go. With so many benefits that come with Keeping Your Business Mobile, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t invest in them.

 

  • Power Backup 

 

As a business, you want to ensure that your office facilities never run out of power. With interrupted electricity, you’ll find that you will face downtimes – losing out on potential sales. To make sure this doesn’t happen, you should invest in a 24/7 power supply and back up. 

 

Giving you the peace of mind that your office is always operational and saving you money down the line, it’s something that every business should investigate.

 

  • Good Lighting 

 

 

Although this might sound like an obvious one, it’s still worth a mention. Your office should be equipped with the best lighting equipment. Without good lighting, your employees will find it incredibly difficult to work and stay focused. To do this effectively, consider hiring a lighting professional to advise you on the correct positions of the lights, so that there aren’t any shadows or hindrances. 

 

You want the office to be a good place to work, not somewhere with too bright and artificial lighting. So consider the quality of the lighting too. Although it might be a little more expensive initially, better quality lighting is very beneficial to have – not only as it will be easier on the eyes, but it will also be longer-lasting. 

 

  • A High-Quality Internet Connection 

 

 

Every business should now have a reliable and high-quality internet connection. Without this, you’ll find that you’re missing out on valuable business opportunities. Not only do your employees require a fast internet connection in order to communicate with clients and customers, but to also email their fellow employees when an issue arises. 

 

Without this, you’ll also find that both you and your employees will grow increasingly frustrated when trying to work. This negative energy could make the office environment tense, resulting in little work being done and your employees considering leaving your business to go to one that’s invested in high-quality equipment.

Final Thoughts

So, there you go! Those are 7 top things that every business needs within their office. What you choose to invest in, of course, is up to you and what your business requires. But whatever you do, you’ll want to ensure that you have the right equipment for your employees to perform their roles efficiently and effectively.

Lisa
Lisa Besserman, Founder and CEO of Startup Buenos Aires, has been named as Business Insider’s “Top 100 Most Influential Women in Tech”, and the 2014 “Business Innovator of Latin America” by the Council of the Americas.
Lisa moved to Buenos Aires from New York City to create Startup Buenos Aires, the organization that represents the startup, tech and entrepreneurial community of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Startup Buenos Aires has been one of the main catalysts for strengthening the tech ecosystem in Latin America, by bringing global startup initiatives, development projects and investment opportunities to the region.
Under Lisa’s leadership Startup Buenos Aires has been credited as “Top 3 Growing Startup Cities” by CNBC and “5 Emerging Global Tech Hubs” by Entrepreneur Magazine.

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