Why Some Organizations Don’t Invest in Office Décor

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There are several major reasons as to why some organizations don’t invest in office décor. We are coming from a background where anybody who is a keen observer of these things is likely to notice huge differences in terms of how various organizations seem to view the whole office decoration thing. There are some organizations which, seemingly, take it very seriously and commit considerable sums of money to the purchase of office decorations. Then there are other organizations which either seem to be incapable of spending money on office decorations, or organizations to which office decoration is simply not a priority. Simply put, there are some organizations which don’t invest in office décor. We are interested in knowing why that is the case. And is where we come to learn that some of the major reasons s to why some organizations don’t invest in office décor include:

The inability to afford office décor. There are some organizations whose leaders would love to decorate, but whose financial reality is such that they can’t afford decent office decorations. So they opt not to decorate, rather than decorating with cheap décor items (which may backfire and make them look worse). While decent office decorations are expensive, they can’t be termed as very cheap either. An organization which is struggling financially is likely to have other priorities, and things like office decorations are usually only thought about once the more immediate issues are dealt with.

The nature of some organizations’ operations. There are, for instance, some organizations whose operations are such that their investment in costly office decorations would be frowned upon. An apt example here is that of charity-funded organizations. The nature of operations run by such organizations is such that, if they spend much money on things like office décor, their sponsors may end up feeling that their monies are being misused, and thus withdraw support. The people leading these organizations may desire the best décor, but knowing the sanctions they are likely to suffer if they buy seemingly extravagant items with their donors’ money, they opt not to buy the décor items in question.

There are also other organizations whose operations are such that each and every purchase has to be very carefully deliberated upon, and approved by a long chain of bureaucrats. Government agencies are in this category. The people leading such agencies find that if they were to buy office décor, they’d need to justify the expenditure to too many people (and it may be hard, if not impossible, to justify this expenditure to some folks anyway). So they opt not to recommend purchase of office décor items like an office chair mat, which may end up making them look ‘petty’ to higher bureaucrats, who may not even understand the importance of such office decoration items in the first place.

The lack of knowledge on the benefits of proper office décor. Simply put, if the people occupying the top echelons of an organization lack keen understanding of the benefits associated with office decorations, they are unlikely to approve expenditure of money on office décor items.


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