With the development of the art of designing workplaces, people have come to believe that it is impossible to improve the outlook of workspaces without professional help. Although this opinion might hold weight in some cases, I won’t say it is completely accurate. There are several tips that you can use to make your work appear more professional the moment a client enters your office, and these tips do not include hiring a professional interior designer either. So get your tools ready, because we’re about to embark on a journey of restoring your workplace.
- The Reception Desk
The most crucial element of an office is its reception desk. You know, they say the first impression is the last. While that may not be entirely true, but I must say it does hold some value. You should focus more on the management of the reception desk. Hire a good receptionist for the desk and make sure she has a list of all the expected appointments over the course of the day. If clients are warmly greeted at the reception and acknowledged, they will perceive the workplace as a more professional place.
- Make the Environment-Friendly
When you make appointments with your clients, situations could arise that would force you to have the clients wait. If you accept walk-in clients, then you are definitely going to need a space that is cozy and comfy. I can give you a couple of ideas on how to build a waiting area that will keep your waiting clients happy. If you can afford, you should buy a coffee machine so that clients can serve themselves to a cup of coffee; an attendant can also do the job. You should also have a nice coffee table or a height adjustable table and some magazines or good books stacked; it is going to help your client wait without getting bored.
- Maintain Order
I am an advocate for work styles that are flexible and fun. But you have to determine how flexible it has to be; in other words, it is going to be you who draw a line beyond which no one should be given a relaxation. You cannot allow your employees to gossip their hours away while you pay them to work; especially it is going to affect your client’s perception of your work negatively. It is your responsibility to maintain order and routine in your office.
- Keep Your Workplace Tidy
This is probably the most important thing that you can do to keep your workspace from appearing as a shabby, old and unregulated office. You might not have the most luxe furniture and décor at your workplace, but keeping it neat and tidy can go a long way. Make sure the space smells nice and clean at all times, and the furniture doesn’t have specks of dirt on it. You should also take care of the bathroom to make sure the urinal partitions and dividers are in good order.
Invest in the right kind of furniture. I do admit that more modern designs can have brighter colors; however, if you become too funky and go overboard with the colors and style, then we might have a problem at hand because not everyone is going to consider it very “special.” So, you should select the furniture with great care and if you don’t know what you should select, then go for basic designs or monochromatic layouts.
It’s one of the most important tips, keep your place up-to-date, and instead of splurging at the interior décor you should buy some nice gadgets, for example, you can buy monitor mounts for the employees who work at desktop computers all day long.
I hope you enjoyed reading these tips, do try them because I would love to hear from you about this.
Hannah is an interior designer by profession, and she knows all the ins and outs of using the right quality of the furniture and accessories for home décor and workplace. She is also a blogger who loves to write about the home and office maintenance tips and tricks. Check her website.