I have two experiences with office furniture. The first was setting up a not-for profit children’s organization that required only 2 work stations, and a few odds and ends. The second was establishing the new Chicago satellite office as a senior partner in a well established corporate law firm. This occupied two floors in a downtown city tower.
Each had its challenges. As the CFO of the not-for- profit, I determined that my family and friends should help. I went to Home Depot with my son, my daughter and arranged to meet my wife at the office. I looked forward to a creative weekend with my family, assembling office furniture, saving money and having the opportunity to bond.
I was sadly mistaken. I am an excellent lawyer and brilliant with numbers. However, assembly instructions on paper and an impatient family who had never used power drills, hammers, screw drivers or any other building implement were beyond my ability to cope. I will never do that again.
When it came time to order the furniture for the new office, I contacted the in-house designer of the best known office furniture manufacturer in Chicago and hired their crew to do everything. I wrote the check. My staff were humming, I have lifetime warranties on the furniture and a new corporate client. I will do that again.