Creating a Company Culture: Standards
Whether your company resides in one small office, a large corporate headquarters, or multiple offices across the country, developing a program of standard materials, finishes, and products sets the tone for your desired company culture. Creating standard office and workstation sizes for specific job roles, identifying appropriate adjacencies, and establishing a plan for purchasing new product are just a few ways a standards program can create a positive work environment that is financially responsible.
There are many challenges facing businesses today:
- Economic turbulence
- Fast paced expansion
- Purchase/lease of multiple buildings in varying geographic locations
- Maximizing real estate investments
- Attracting and retaining employees
- Diverse product inventory
- Limited budget for new product
When it comes to Corporate Business Strategies, implementing interior furniture and finish standards can save a business time and money.
The key elements to a successful standards program
- Meet with key executives to understand the company goals and strategic plan.
- Work with the executive team to determine how the physical work environment will impact the goals/strategic plan.
- Complete a thorough programming analysis to understand departmental and individual needs as well as to encourage buy-in from managers and employees.
- Evaluate the existing floor plan or the possible real estate options being considered by the company.
- Assess and record current product inventory.
- Based on budget allowances address the ability to re-use existing product, refurbish existing product, or the purchase of new product.
- Establish a furniture layout that meets the functional and aesthetic needs of the company based on the overall company goals and strategic plan.
- Finds ways to allow for personalization in individual workspaces within the overall plan.
Services and products that support a successful standards program
- Find resources that can address space planning, existing product inventory, and the selection of new products.
- Consider a resource that can provide asset management, installation, and move coordination services as well as the capabilities to refurbish or clean existing product.
- Look at the big picture with your resource so they can negotiate more aggressive discounting with the manufacturer when new product is needed.
- When selecting a manufacturer look for product that has a lifetime warranty and integrated design capabilities. For example: Teknion offers a variety of products that suit the needs of corporate spaces from the boardroom to the break room. The finishes for these products provide consistency throughout a facility. In addition, they guarantee non-obsolescence. As the manufacturer creates new product and addresses new work trends, they guarantee to have the old product available or that the new product will be compatible with the older product.
- Work with a resource that will develop a buying program to support your standards program after the initial project. This may include a binder with photos, specifications, and product costs. This helps to streamline the purchasing process in the future.