What is the most important investment you can make in your company? It’s not a new marketing campaign or an expensive piece of equipment. The answer is probably one that many people will not expect: Furniture.
Yet, it makes perfect sense when you think about it! When your employees are more comfortable they will be more productive and will get more work done during their shift, with fewer turnovers for your business to contend with.
This blog post discusses the technical furniture solutions, the industries that can use them and the key factors for the best technical furniture design.
What Industries Use Technical Furniture?
Control room consoles and office workstations are types of technical furniture that provide a comfortable place to sit while still providing all the necessary tools to perform job tasks effectively. They are used in a multitude of industries and can be designed to suit any one of them.
Employees that use them include Wall Street trading groups, 911 dispatch operators at call centers, day traders in New York City, and other business people, such as CEOs and other managers.
These workstations must be uniquely designed to support and suit their needs because functions vary and depend on who will be using them the most.
10 Key Factors to Consider with Technical Furniture Design
Several variables must converge when designing and implementing technical furniture for control centers and office environments.
The selection of the consoles and work desks where the people will develop and perform their daily tasks is an important decision, so we’ve listed 10 fundamental factors for your consideration:
- Specific workflows: To choose the right furniture for a given environment, it’s essential that you first understand how workflows are set up and what each person does. This step will help you determine which types of office desks or consoles can be used without compromising workflow processes.
- Nature of the task: The next thing to consider is what type of tasks your employees will do. With the correct setup, you get a baseline to control and manage the process, continuously improving aspects such as communication, ergonomics, efficiency, and speed.
- Quantity of workstations: The total number of workstations needed is contingent upon staff size as well as the size and layout of each environment. The design team has to look at the nature of the equipment used, how many people will share desk space, and what types of furniture are required for particular tasks such as teleconferencing or collaboration efforts.
For instance, software development firms with numerous teams working on the same project might benefit from several communally-joined sit/stand desks. Allowing an open floorplan to easily communicate with each other while still taking individual ergonomic needs into consideration.
- Quantity of equipment: The kind of technical equipment needed for the industry will determine the quantity of equipment housed at each station for the operator to use. The need to centrally integrate a large amount of equipment locally in the furniture can make it necessary to choose a solution with the number of cabinets, cable raceways and spaces.
- Model required: The kind of technical equipment needed also determines the model of technical furniture required. For example, certain types of equipment have peripherals such as keypads for analog management, large monitors and other pieces of equipment that need turrets to accommodate them. Therefore, any technical furniture model used here must have the flexibility to configure its design to these elements, along with their connections and wiring.
- Demands on workers: Another factor that determines the type of technical furniture used is contingent upon what workers are expected to do. For example, if a worker must work in an environment where he or she needs to have access to multiple screens simultaneously, then it makes sense for him or her to have space on the tabletop area so they can place their keyboards and monitors at different angles and positions.
- Ergonomic workstation set up: Technical furniture must be designed ergonomically, as the right design provides people with a comfortable place to sit while still providing all the necessary tools to perform job tasks effectively. From heavy-duty security room consoles to sit/stand desks used for home offices and more, furniture can be designed to suit any one of them.
- Branding: Control room organizations often showcase their technological prowess by presenting their information and results on their technical furniture. The need for the inclusion of the corporate graphics (logo, font, etc.) of their clients in this way is very important for their current high-level projects, follow on contracts and new business.
- Functionality: While designing these workstations, it becomes critical to consider what the specific needs of the end user. For different types of organizations, different job functions may require a custom-made product design or configuration.
- Industry: Technical furniture works well in various industries, including government and military applications and commercial operations such as trading rooms or control centers.
Saraval Industries for Your Control Room & Home Office Furniture Solutions
Saraval Industries is a full-service technical furniture dealer in West Nyack, New York. We have been offering our clients multiple vendor options in the technical furniture niche for 25 years. Saraval Industries will work with our vendors to provide you technologically advanced and aesthetically pleasing control room workstations that best fit your organization.
In addition, we offer a wide range of new and pre-owned products and solutions. Our combination of design excellence and expertise ensures that we will always be partners in your success. To find out more about our live inventory of technical workstations and what we can do to elevate your business, please call us at (516)-768-9033 to speak with a member of our technical furniture sales team.