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
  • Downsizing
  • 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.