According to HBS, Office and property furnishers finished 2015 with a 12 per cent rise in sales from the previous year showing medium-sized business are recognising that attractive workplaces are a great recruiting tool.
The office furnishing branch is continuing to grow strongly in 2016 with cumulative sales for office furnishers up by 16 per cent on the same period in the previous year.
Strong growth is primarily due to the fact that companies are adjusting to the changing requirements of the working world. While two or three years ago, almost exclusively only large companies were doing so, medium-sized companies are now also redesigning their workplaces with an aim to increasing employer attractiveness.
The trend towards the home office continues uninterrupted. The focus is now on the linking of mobile work with the office workspace. Planning and mobilisation will have to adjust to the fact that different generations and cultures will increasingly work together in the framework of projects for a limited period of time, in home offices, at the classic office workplace or underway. This calls for versatile and flexible office furniture and office landscapes. In order to address these diverse needs, the office furniture commerce branch is increasingly expanding on its consultation quality.
Another big theme of concern is acoustics at the workplace. Noise in any case, but also quieter auxiliary noises at the workplace considerably impair concentration, so that work results suffer as a consequence. Here the industry offers assistance in the form of complex consultation and planning tools, with noise-absorption surfaces and furniture.
The commercial association for the office economy (HBS) is the co-issuer of the Quality Office mark, which was initiated for office, seating and property furniture (bso). This seal has already guaranteed a high level of quality for office furniture since 2006. HBS will be at the ORGATEC trade fair from 25th to 29th October.