Growing up, we are taught not to judge a book by its cover, when in fact, the opposite is true when it comes to business etiquette. First impressions are everything, which is why we wine and dine potential clients, dress to impress for interviews, and expect the same from others. In that regard, the first impression that your establishment – traditional office building, restaurant, retail store, athletic facility, etc. – gives off to visitors is one of the most important, and easiest, things you can do to ensure success.
There are too many uncertain and uncontrollable factors that can affect the success of your company, but upgrading the way your place looks is one of the few things you can control. Take advantage of that and make sure that proper attention is given to the appearance of your office building, both inside and out. They say that we eat with our eyes first, so it can be implied that the same goes for business transactions.
Whether you are building your business dwelling from the ground up, relocating to a different building, or just need to remodel your current location, the physical features within and surrounding the area affect a variety of people. Consider the following benefits of physically giving your small biz a facelift:
Please Your People – Every employee wants to work in an environment that is lively and comfortable. Painting your workplace with bright colors is an excellent way to exemplify a cheerful and positive attitude all day long. If the building is a place that employees feel appreciated in, they are more likely to enjoy coming to work, and will actually care about the future success of the company. On top of that, they won’t think twice about pitching it to help maintain the pristine condition of the establishment. It’s simple – a pretty and pleasant place equals improved productivity.
Ready to Recruit – The employees are the backbone of a successful business but finding the right ones to join your team can be a daunting task. When you do find that ideal candidate with the all-star resume, what will they think when they show up for an interview? If the attractiveness of your establishment is unfortunate, old, dirty, or depressing, there is a chance that your potential hire will pass on the job opportunity. In order to make sure that the “Top Gun” candidates choose your company, let your business sell itself. The way the building looks and the vibe given off by fellow employees will certainly be observed and duly noted by potentials.
Get More Clients – Even if you are stacked with an elite sales team, obtaining new clients or customers is always a priority for any business at any size. Potential clients and customers should not be turned off when the pull up to your building or walk through the door for the first time. Even when current clientele visit, you want them to see that your establishment is consistently clean, professional, efficient, and attractive.
It’s Makeover Time
Once you decide that your building needs a facelift, the remodeling process can be stressful, messy, and yes, expensive. The finished product is worth it though. Not all handymen provide commercial remodeling services so it important that you choose a handyman company that will get the job done, prioritize your satisfaction, and most importantly – won’t disrupt the workplace too severely. When remodeling and renovating a business, there are a variety of things you can do to upgrade the current structure, such as:
- Gutting the current layout to allow for a more functional space
- Building an employee gym
- Demolishing the cubicles and putting in more attractive desks
- Bringing in bright colors with freshly painted walls and new furniture
- Updating the break room with comfortable dining tables and functional kitchen features
- Installing new flooring, whether it be carpet, wood, or tile
- Planting flowers and other lovely foliage outside
- Getting rid of fluorescent lighting and installing new sources of light