There’s nothing new about acknowledging progress! But, those many challenges (that progress presents) can seriously affect your bottom line and severely impact who wants to work for you or where customers and clients choose to bring their business!
Your very serious considerations -- as a business owner, employer, professional services provider or public services agency – involve the necessity of contemporizing. Addressing contemporization (as anyone in business surely knows) can be quite costly, disruptive and otherwise challenging. The “catch 22” is simply that, to a large degree, change can be literally imperative in terms of competition and efficiency.
A typical example from the recent past involved the public/social awareness concerning the connection between workplace “disability” issues and poor seating. The advent of remedial “ergonomic” seating validated the matter as a serious health issue. That, obviously, became a serious workplace issue and employer expense. Health professionals basically drove the workplace awareness of the situation from acknowledgement into remedies.
(Another interesting innovation is the availability of desktop components that adjust to allow a person to sit or stand, intermittently, while working on computer tasks.)
The furniture design industry responded with various solutions, and those solutions, in turn, led to the connections between seating and our keyboard orientation. (Kind of like that funny old song about the neck bone’s connected to the shoulder bone, etc!) Together, those connections became new acknowledgements linking health, cost, efficiency and bottom line. You know that one! Bite the bullet, make the investment and get the reward down the line!
Old paradigms concerning employee incentives, work satisfaction, workplace environment expectations, benefits, and investments vs profit margins have been (thankfully) re-visited and re-drawn! Addressing those realizations is a major issue – especially to the small business market.
Your community Interior design professionals -- in all aspects of the industry – can offer important insights, analyses and remedies concerning where your operation stands in the above cited considerations. Where health and enterprise converge, there are many workable solutions that can safeguard you, your enterprise, your employees and your market share. (Many Interior design professionals offer insights and recommendations concerning these important connections, at no initial cost.)
It’s important to learn the realities and the connections between your successful and profitable business operation and the implied risk of obsolete Interior configurations and components.
Robert Boccabella, B.F.A., Certified Interior Designer
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Collaboration & Writing: Ms. Zoe Tummillo