A company’s office or headquarters should be considered their pride and joy; somewhere where their employees enjoy going in to work everyday and where current and potential clients can be impressed with a great work environment and efficient operations. However, this is not always the case. Many offices become neglected over time as businesses find they would rather spend on other things than freshening up their work environment. It has been found that not only does a well planned and organized office benefit your workforce, but as a first impression to potential clients and employees, it can drastically improve their perception of the company. Here are a few ways by which you can make a great first impression with your office.
Make sure it’s clean
This is such a simple thing to do (and hopefully it’s done regularly), but ensuring that the office is free from dust and dirt, as well as clutter, will go a long way to making a good first impression. From the moment visitors sit down in the reception and have a chance to look closely and analyse their surroundings, it is important that they only get a positive impression from what they see. Hire a cleaner to maintain the office as regularly as needed and you will be creating a positive first impression.
Implement great, but useful, technology
It is not about splurging on the most up-to-date technology to make your office look good, it really is more about what works best for you. You should always be on the lookout for tech that will help improve your operations and efficiency, and do your due diligence before implementing it. Think about offices you have been to and what impressed you the most about them. Those with visitor management software implemented seem to operate the smoothest, and give a great visitor experience, especially for first time visitors. Even before guest arrives, they will have already all the meeting information on their Outlook calendar, so upon arrival there will be little or no confusion as to the details of the meeting.
Go for an open plan office
Now for some work environments, especially those dealing with very confidential information, this may not be the ideal option, but generally open plan offices give the impression that the space is bigger than it is. Also, while it may also improve productivity (you can’t hide and watch Youtube videos all day), it will also subconsciously push employees to keep their workstations clean and tidy. For potential clients, being able to see the workforce in action is easier in an open plan office, and it helps them better visualise the workers working for them.
Maximise natural light
First of all maximising the amount of natural light will reduce your reliance on artificial light, and therefore your electric bill be benefit from this. Also, humans are known to work better in natural light as it improves our mood, and a workforce is good spirits is immediately noticeable to outsiders!