One purpose and mission of the FEMB is to be a forum where knowledge about the future of work and innovations on the workplace can be explored, and where to find valuable information on the most effective office settings. Thus, we want to present a series of insights into the work of various national federations, which altogether form the FEMB.
Quality Office is the first project we want to present. It has been initiated by German Federation IBA (Industrieverband Büro und Arbeitswelt), formerly known as bso (Büro-, Sitz- und Objektmöbel).
Quality Office is a signpost for all who want to create perfect office workplaces. In planning and equipping offices, not only are functionality and safety important, but also the motivation and health of all office users.
Quality Office is a qualification system based on the guideline “Quality Criteria for Office Workplaces L-Q 2010”. Six well-known institutions from the world of office planning and occupational health and safety are joint editors who set the benchmark for Quality Office certification.
The system is based on three pillars – Products, Dealers and Consultants.
Office furniture products can be certified and thus guarantee product features in the fields of safety, ergonomics, durability and sustainability. A tremendous help for customers to find orientation in the jungle of products offered on the market.
Not only products may get the official quality office label, dealers also can apply for a certification. With the Quality Office Label, they show that they provide a competent consulting service by well-educated and well-trained personnel.
The third pillar is the individual certification of consultants. They are individually trained and must pass professional exams to get the Quality Office certification. Customers thus receive competent and individual consultancy with the highest consideration of their own ideas. Consultants are qualified in all current concepts for flexible and strategic workplace planning and have the skills to implement them. All plans are developed on basis of the current legal framework and technical developments.
Qualified consultants can anticipate additional problems, such as with acoustics or lighting that are already in the planning stage and can offer solutions from their own teams, or take advantage of their extensive network of specialists when necessary.
Quality Office is the only certification mark in Germany that combines all criteria for high-quality products, competent consulting and a tailor-made service. The results can lead to a highly effective and efficient office environment, and only certified products, consultants and dealers are allowed to bear the Quality Office mark.
The Quality Mark is for one purpose – to Make the office work!
> Full details are available at: quality-office.org/en/