It is very easy to fall into the cheapest is the most cost-effective trap. Of course, sometimes you can get very good quality office furniture at rock bottom prices, but ordinarily, the cheap Chinese imports prove to be less than reliable and the one year guarantee is an air raid siren hint that you ignore at your peril.
The better quality office chairs are offered with 5-year warranties or 2 years for heavy-duty 24-hour control room chairs.
Lead times can pre-determine which supplier you opt for but more importantly, it can drive the buyer down a precarious office furniture selection route, where availability outweighs all other factors.
You have a new employee starting on Monday and you need an office chair, a desk, and a computer.
Think about this for just a moment. Which of those three items will the buyer spend most time over selecting?
Which of the three items will the buyer be given specifically more advice on which model to purchase?
Which item is more important to suit the tasks that the new employee will have to undertake?
Okay, we all know the answer; the computer. But which of the three original items will still be in that office in 5 years’ time? Now that is an entirely different matter.
We all know that selecting the right computer and software and giving your employee the right tools for the job is paramount for your business plan. A corporate buyer wouldn’t bat an eyelid at buying a desktop PC, with software and network installed by a professional IT engineer for around £1000-£1500. Now in most corporate offices, computers are regularly upgraded and/or replaced say every two years as a matter of course. But how many buyers would consider upgrading their office furniture every two years? If the same care and selection thought processes are not applied to buying an office chair and a computer desk – to suit the new employee, then the company could well end up with an office chair that lasts barely a year and an office desk that is unsuitable and the employee can’t even get his or her legs under because the drawer pedestal is on the wrong side.