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Why a $75 Task Chair is the Most Expensive Chair You Can Buy

With a simple google search, you can find a decent looking task chair for your office for as little as $75. While on the surface this sounds like a great deal and in most cases, the chairs look attractive and well made, the truth is these imported chairs might just be the most expensive chairs you can buy.

This is true because of the cost of ownership. Even for a small company, no one buys a chair or any other product for that matter, hoping that it will last for a year or less. But, that is the case for a $75 task chair. The typical failure rate for a well-made, mid to upper end task chair should be 1 – 2 percent within the first 5 years. The vast majority of those failures will be the pneumatic cylinder that makes the chair go up and down. Those cylinders are a quick and inexpensive repair and almost always fully covered under the chair warranty.

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The same isn’t true with the imported $75 task chair. In many cases, these chair parts are not even replaceable. Here’s a list of reasons why a $75 task chair is the most expensive task chair you can buy:

 

  • You get what you pay for. A $75 task chair is worth $75. The cost of manufacturing that chair was likely around $25. How long would you expect a $25 chair to last?
  • We’re all different shapes and sizes. Just like a car seat, we need our office chairs to adjust to our bodies, not the other way around. A $75 chair does not adjust.
  • The foam used in these chairs is the cheapest available. It’s a single layer, low density foam that will “bottom out” in about a year of constant use. That means you’ll be sitting on plywood in about a year.
  • According to the Workers Compensation Research Institute, the average cost of a worker’s compensation claim in 2017 was almost $30,000. People in task intensive jobs need a chair built to support the user throughout the 40 hour work week. This is when a $75 task chair can get mighty expensive. 
  • $75 task chairs will break and when they do, you’ll pay at least $75 for a service call just to have the technician look at the chair. This is particularly problematic if you’re shipping these chairs to out-of-state offices. Don’t forget to factor in the time spent coordinating the service calls and tracking them to make sure the chairs are fixed properly. This combined cost far exceeds the original cost of the chair.
  • When the chair does break, you may just throw it away and buy another. That is both bad for the environment and expensive. Plus, it costs time and money to cut another purchase order, expedite it and coordinate delivery. 
  • Most $75 task chairs come in black. If you have a lot of employees, all that black can make for a pretty drab looking office. 
  • Employee attraction and retention are major issues for many companies. A $75 task chair isn’t exactly a recruiting tool. 

While inexpensive task chairs may seem like a good idea on the surface, they are easily the most expensive chair you can buy. The cost of ownership alone will end up costing you more money than you wanted to spend for a chair in the first place. When you factor in worker comfort, health and safety, a $75 task chair might also be a dangerous choice.

At Team Office, we sell high-quality, good-looking task chairs that are built to last. Our task chairs start at $175 and when you sit in one, you’ll feel the difference. Contact us today and we’ll send you a chair to try for yourself.

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Organizational Success Starts in the Mirror

At Team Office, we believe “great teams deserve great workplaces.” It takes a number of factors to build a great team, but at the very core of great players and great teams is how they see themselves.

If leaders don’t believe in themselves and the team’s ability to accomplish their mission, success will be impossible. People and teams can never outperform their self-image. The market doesn’t determine your value or your price. You determine your value and if you’re in a leadership position, you also determine the value and ultimately the success or failure of your team.

We started Team Office in 1999 and we believed we could bring great value to office furniture buyers. We believed in sharing our knowledge, experience and resources to help our clients make decisions that were best for their business. We also believed we could save them time and money when they purchased furniture.

As we built our team, we shared that belief with our people and they shared it with their clients. In the beginning, it was a difficult thing to get people with no industry experience to believe in their own ability to learn new skills and reach their goals. We often believed in our team more than they believed in themselves.

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Over time, our team started to believe and in some cases, they started to believe in themselves even more than we did!

A positive self-image comes easier for some than others, but it is absolutely essential to your success and the success of those around you.

Here are 3 ways to improve your self-image.

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Sustainable Relationships

Nobody likes to be “sold” anything. You might be surprised when I tell you that we really don’t want to “sell” you office furniture or “sell” you on how great Team Office is. We don’t want anyone to choose Team Office for their office furniture just because we persuaded them. We want people to choose Team Office because they felt we were the best choice for their needs and they were comfortable making that decision.

Since 1999, Team Office has been saving people a lot of money and time when they buy office furniture and service. We’re pretty good at it and I’m glad we were able to provide so much value to so many people. We take the time to listen to our clients and understand what they want. We provide them with everything they need to furnish their space in a way that they can feel proud every time they walk into their new office. Throughout each project, we work to eliminate problems before they happen and finish on time and under budget.

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All of these things are important and necessary but they aren’t the driving factor or the best thing that we will build with our clients. When a project is complete and we’ve given everything the client expected and more, we’ll both walk away with something money can’t buy. We’ll walk away with a relationship that we can count on and enjoy for many years to come.

Selling office furniture and service is transactional and short-term. When the transaction is complete, the relationship is over. Sustainable relationships start before the transaction takes place and continue on indefinitely. Sustainable relationships bring meaning to our work and the more meaning we have in our work, the more fulfilling it will be. Studies show, people are more productive when they find their work meaningful. Transactions are focused on an exchange of something for money. Sustainable relationships are focused on people.

Transactions (Selling)

  • Are short-term
  • Often shallow
  • Impersonal
  • Meaningless (nothing beyond the purchase)
  • Often lead to buyer’s remorse
  • Provide no value to either party after the transaction
  • Not fun
  • Only provide what you’ve paid for and nothing more

Sustainable Relationships

  • Have no time frame
  • Are reliable and will be there when times are tough (when you aren’t buying anything)
  • Focus on the other person and what’s important to them
  • Based on trust
  • So much fun you’d do it for free
  • Often get you even better service and pricing because the other person cares about you

Focusing on building sustainable relationships instead of conducting transactions will not only put more meaning in our work, but will lead to greater productivity and better quality as well.

I hope you are enjoying a sustainable and rewarding relationship with your furniture and service provider. If you’re not, I’d love to hear from you.

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Put Color to Work in Your Office

A fresh coat of paint is a relatively easy way to give your office a fresh look. From the conference room to the cubicle, you can use color to enhance the productivity of your office.

If you are responsible for selecting the new paint color for your office, you should be aware of the effect color can have on people’s behavior. Which colors sharpen focus and increase productivity? There’s a psychology to color and understanding that psychology will help you pick the right colors for your new office.

This is an excellent video about choosing the right colors for your office.

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Colors are divided into two groups – warm and cool. Colors in the red spectrum are warm. Warm colors have more energy and encourage social interaction. If you want more communication in your office, go with warm colors. However, warm colors increase alertness and in some cases, can be overwhelming. Studies show people tend to spend less time in rooms painted red than rooms painted blue. The color red can increase the heart rate and cause faster breathing and some people may find it too intense to get work done. Designers recommend using red only as an accent color. Warm colors are typically used in common areas like corridors, entrances and break areas.

Colors on the blue side of the spectrum are considered cool and include blue, purple and green. They are soothing and calm colors and can encourage concentration. Designers prefer cool colors for production and task oriented areas. People tend to stay longer and feel more comfortable in rooms painted with cool colors.

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People are more productive in blue rooms. Blue can stimulate people to better performance. Take a look at Twitter’s new office. It’s no coincidence blue clothing is the recommended color for job interviews.

Green

Green symbolizes nature and helps create a relaxed mood. The rooms backstage where actors wait to appear on television are painted green because it calms the nerves and helps people relax.

White

For the last 3 years, white has been a very popular choice for office interiors. It’s light, neutral and matches with everything. White makes rooms seem more spacious. White is also the symbol of cleanliness and used throughout hospitals and medical facilities.

Red

The most emotionally intense color. Recommended as an accent color, red is the perfect choice for furniture and art.

Yellow

Considered the most optimistic color, yellow also enhances concentration. However, brighter yellows can be overpowering in task oriented areas. Soft yellows and butterscotch are better choices for the office.

Culture also plays a role in choosing the right colors for your office. Red might be a great choice for a high energy advertising and marketing office but overwhelming in a medical facility. Don’t forget to consider your unique workplace culture when choosing new paint colors.

If you’d like to learn more about putting color to work in your office, call or email Melanie Gross, our director of design services today.

816-777-1453 or mgross@teamoffice.us

 

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Office Furniture Service You Can Count On

At Team Office, our goal is to help you create a workplace environment that will help your business prosper and grow. We accomplish this goal by not only providing you with products that represent the best value in the office furnishings industry, but also by providing you with service so good that we solve problems before they happen.

Our workplace consultants, designers, technicians and installers have been a part of our Team Office family for many years. They’re not only good at specifying, designing and installing office furniture, they also understand how to treat people. They’ve built great relationships with their teammates as well as with our clients. They’ve taken the time to get to know our clients and how they like things done. This makes buying office furniture a painless and even pleasant experience.

We also take great pride in helping people maximize the furniture they already own. We’ve met with many clients over the years and helped them discover they can accomplish their workplace goals by reconfiguring the furniture they already have. Buying new furniture is not the answer to every workplace challenge. Sometimes, all it takes is someone that’s willing to look at what you already own and listen to what you’re trying to accomplish.

It might help to think of it this way. Working with Team Office is a little like spending time with a group of old friends. There’s a feeling of understanding and trust. That not only makes things a lot more fun, but it also means no misunderstandings, reliable delivery and confidence that you’ll get even more than you paid for.

If you need help with your office furniture, call Team Office – the office furniture service Team you can count on.

Call or email Team Office today for your FREE OFFICE FURNITURE CONSULTATION.

 

 

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The Impact of Excess Office Furniture

If you’ve ever had to move or clear out an office space, you already know how difficult it can be to get rid of excess office furniture in a timely and responsible way. The office furniture and design business does a great job helping organizations create beautiful and productive office interiors, but provides very few resources to address the issue of excess office furniture.

A great article by Nicholas Buccheri, The Tremendous Economic Loss in Old Office Furniture covers the economic, social and environmental impact of office furniture waste. With some planning and creative thinking (along with a little help from Team Office), organizations can recover measurable value from furniture that is no longer needed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Need help with your excess office furniture?

Team Office has been helping Kansas City area businesses with their excess furniture since 1999. Our solutions are economically and environmentally responsible. Call 816-221-9155 or send us an email today to learn more.

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15 Great Questions To Ask Your Team Before Planning Your Next Office Space

Team Office now offers you the Workplace Survey, an office design and information gathering tool that is based on our experience and knowledge of the workplace. This web-based tool is easy to use and will help you gain a deeper understanding of how your people work and what they need to be even more productive.

The workplace survey includes 15 short, topic-specific questions that will help you design a more productive and happier workplace.

Benefits of the Workplace Survey:

– Web-based and takes less than 15 minutes to complete.

– We’ll organize the results and make them easy to interpret.

– An easy way to engage your people in the process of change.

– Get specifics about the real needs in your office space.

Whether you decide to have everyone on your team take the survey or just a sample, you’ll get the information you need to design the best office space for your unique organization.

Contact a Team Office workplace consultant for more information.

 

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