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Can an office carpet really improve your company’s productivity?
Take a walk around the offices of London, and you’ll notice that many prestigious companies have equally prestigious looking carpets.
However there are still those that resist carpet tiles, instead thinking that a hard floor is more hygenic and easier to clean.
However, I want to change your mind!
1) Carpets are attractive
From modern to vintage to classic, today’s carpets offer a wide range of colours and patterns from which to choose. Compared with the bland look of other floor coverings, they can provide just the right appearance for a company.
They also offer an important first look at a company for visitors. That first impression can be among the most important images that a company presents to the outside world. Carpets enable a firm to show off its best as soon as a person enters the door.
2) Carpets are safer than other floor coverings
Some floors can become slippery, particularly when they are wet. By contrast, carpets are safer, providing a stronger grip. Even in the unlikely event that someone should fall, a carpet will cushion it and reduce the impact on the body and therefore the possibility of injury.
3) Carpets absorb noise
The ability of carpet tiles to absorb noise is well known.
This reduction in noise can be a major contributor toward a more efficient workplace, particularly one in which workers sit in close proximity to each other.
Telephones constantly ringing and workers discussing aspects of their work with one another can be a cause of irritation. So much so that severe distractions can cause workers to lose many hours of productive work, causing them to have to redo tasks and forcing them to retrace ground they have already covered. But the dampening effect of carpeting means that workers will be less affected by distracting conversations or discussions around them, enabling them to concentrate more intently on their work.
Carpet can even help in dampening noise between floors so that those working on floors below or above are less subject to sounds from a noisy office. Carpeting on stairs also can help in reducing the noise created by people constantly using them.
4) Carpets can reflect a company’s culture
The wide variety of choices available today in carpets, in colour, design and in texture, enable them to blend in with the overall office theme in a way that other floor coverings cannot.
Carefully chosen carpet colours and patterns, particularly in the use of carpet tiles, can reflect the firm’s culture and reinforce its identity.
Insurance and financial investment companies, for example, might look for carpet colours and patterns that reflect stability, reliability and solidity. Entertainment companies might select colourful carpets with dramatic designs that send a message of fun, exuberance and extravaganza. Health care organizations might look for calming colours in their carpets.
Some companies might choose their carpets to reflect their brand by incorporating in the carpets the company’s colours and even designs as depicted in their logos.
5) Carpets are environmentally friendly
Contrary to popular opinion, carpets do not affect allergy sufferers. The reason is that carpets tend to absorb any offending pet dander, dust, pollens or other allergens that fall on their surface. Whereas allergens will fall on other floor coverings and remain there until they are removed, those on carpets will keep them from entering the air in the office and can later be cleared through vacuuming or other cleaning.
The volatile organic compounds emitted by carpets reach low levels a week after installation and no formaldehyde is used in carpets any longer.
6) Carpets withstand and dampen heavy foot traffic
Today’s carpets hold up well when subject to many people walking on them all day.
They hold their shape and remain flat and do not show wear and tear.
A major benefit, too, is that carpets do not reflect the sound of heavy shoes or high heels in the way that other floor coverings do. In some cases on other floors, a person’s distinctive walk means that they can be heard walking a long time before they reach their destination point. Carpeting dampens any such noise and walking is not easily reflected onto the surroundings.
Such dampening of heavy foot traffic is another factor in enabling workers to concentrate more fully on their work without distractions.
7) Carpets require little maintenance
Most stains and spots can be easily removed from today’s carpets.
Should carpet tiles become damaged, they can easily be replaced. Instead of having to replace a large area of carpet or other floor covering because of a relatively small area of damage, only a few carpet tiles need to be removed and replaced to return the carpet to looking like new.
A major benefit, too, is that carpets require fewer chemicals to clean, lessening the chance that some employees might suffer from the effects of such cleaners.
8) Carpets offer value for money
When carpets are cleaned regularly, their life can be extended, making them a most cost effective solution.
If they are cleaned in the right way using the correct materials, carpets will continue to maintain their great appearance for many years. The need to replace them will be reduced.
Not all areas need to be regularly cleaned every month. Those that receive less heavy foot traffic might need to be cleaned less often, resulting in even more savings on labour and supplies for cleaning.
Carpet also keeps warmer longer, meaning that in colder areas it helps to reduce energy. Other floor surfaces can become cold, making it more costly to heat the offices in which they are installed.
It all adds up to far less cost than is involved in the maintenance of other floor surfaces.
9) Carpets provide that warm homely feeling
On those colder days, carpets can be more comforting to employees than other floor coverings. They have that psychological benefit of making workers feel at home. It feels softer and warmer on the feet. As a result, they feel more relaxed and less stressed. Those feelings, in turn, can lead them to be more productive.
10) Carpets offer design flexibility
Most floor coverings, with the exception of carpeting, come in monotonous and boring colours. It is difficult to find ways in which they can be brightened and they can often clash with the surrounding colours and themes.
Yet with carpeting a wide variety of colours, patterns and textures provide the flexibility in design that transforms an office from a bland workspace into one that is vibrant and exciting.
Now’s the time to carpet