Suzanne Bentley, President + Co-Owner
Suzanne loves people - as President and Co-Owner, she also describes herself as a "Champion for Office Happiness". She also oversees our Human Resources department, the perfect place for someone who is as heavily invested in a team as Suzanne. An integral part of the Business Furniture machine, she works to make the employee experience the best it can be. When it comes to the future of workspaces, Suzanne hears firsthand from the workforce what type of environments people want and thrive in. So, we had to ask Suzanne, What's Your Hybrid?
“Creating a real and meaningful community is a feeling of commonality, of shared experience, and achieving this in a post pandemic world can be confusing, but it is being proven that it can be successfully done.”Suzanne Bentley, President + Co-Owner
Q: Suzanne, how long have you worked at Business Furniture + Co?
A: Business Furniture has been a big part of my life since my dad bought the company in 1987. My current tenure is 8 years, even though it feels much longer!
Q: Do you have a designated home office space?
A: Yes, I do. I am always working on it, too, like adding fresh touches and personal items. I like to have my home office inspire me, similar to how our office and showroom inspire me when I am there.
Q: How many days, on average, are you in-person at the office?
A: I am typically in the office 4 days each week. My three dogs can be the reason I typically do like to work from home one day, but sometimes they are the reason I need to go into the office too!
Q: What does your typical work week look like?
A: I do a lot of laptops and solo work, so hunkering down in the Orangebox, which is right in the middle of our office, is where you can usually find me. I need a place where I can focus and be easily accessible to our team.
Q: What is your DISC style?
A: I am a “Di” People with the Di (Driver) personality type are typically assertive, capable of putting themselves forward boldly, and resistant to influence from others. Convincing others to work toward their goals may be seen as decisive, forceful, and persuasive when convincing others to work toward their goals.
Q: What does “community” mean to you?
A: Creating a real and meaningful community is a feeling of commonality of shared experience, and achieving this in a post-pandemic world can be confusing, but it is being proven that it can be successfully done.
Q: Outside of work, how do you find community?
A: I have always seen the importance of finding community and joining groups and organizations where I can meet and learn from new people. St. Luke Church and the work I do with Central Indiana Women’s Business Center are my current communities, each serving a different purpose.
Q: Where do YOU do your best work?
A: I do my best work when the team is near me, specifically in the OrangeBox pod; two sides are completely glass so that you can see in and out easily, but you can also close the door for privacy. I am excited that our new hybrid showroom will still have this spot and others like it!
Q: Do you consider yourself more of an introvert or extrovert?
A: I am more of an introvert, but that doesn’t mean I don’t value the meaningful and deep connections I get to make in my position.