There are many types of office equipment that are required to run a successful and productive office. Depending on your office’s environment and culture, you may be used to more formal, old-school business furniture and equipment or you may prefer the trendy style office furniture that many young, tech companies are incorporating into their office environment. Here are a few of the main necessities when it comes to office equipment:
Desks and Chairs
Office desks and chairs come in just about every size and shape you can imagine. Their prices vary just as much. Depending on how your office is set up, you may have built in desks that can be adjusted, added to or have pieces removed. These types of desks typically allow for a lot of customization and maximize limited office space.
More traditional, free-standing desks are available at many office supply or furniture stores. Desks comes in a variety of materials and could costs anywhere from $100 up to thousands of dollars each.
Office chairs are very important to today’s employees. Since most office workers spend 90% of their time at the computer, they need a comfortable and supportive chair to avoid back injuries. Nicely built chairs can get quite expensive but for $100, you can typically find an ergonomic chair that will provide your employees with the right level of comfort. Be wary of cheap office chairs. You spend 8 hours a day in your chair, it’s worth investing some money.
Whiteboards and Chalkboards
A quick and easy way to demonstrate your points or take notes in meetings or brainstorming sessions is to mark it up on a whiteboard or chalkboard. Chalkboards are becoming much less common but whiteboards are showing up everywhere. When purchasing a whiteboard, make sure to remember the required accessories like erasers and markers.
You can purchase whiteboards that are wall mounted or whiteboards that come with stands and wheels. The type of whiteboard that you’ll need depends on your office and resources. If you’re unable to hang a whiteboard yourself or don’t have people on your company that can, a mobile, wheeled whiteboard is a great option.
Shredders are a necessity for personal and professional use. With identify theft on the rise, it’s critical to shred sensitive documents. Shredders also come in a large variety. If you have the funds to invest, it’s important to get a shredder that can handle multiple pieces of paper at a time and plastic. Shredding expired credit cards will prevent someone from stealing your credit card number and verification ID’s.
When shopping for office supplies, be sure to check out your local office supply stores and compare them with online sources. Finding a good deal is a requirement!