A commercial building must be immaculate in presentation. It’s more than just a place of work – it’s also a characterful reflection of the business. With more people using adjectives like ‘horrible’ to describe offices recently, sprucing up your own commercial building could be in your best interests.
After all, if everything looks dirty and unkempt, then what does that say about your firm’s attention to detail? What might it suggest about things like your values and pride?
Below, you’ll find some ideas to guide you below.
Check the outside of your building
Whilst it’s important to provide a great working environment for your employees inside your building, the first impressions start outside!
Take a walk around your building and note anything that doesn’t look perfect or could do with an upgrade. Simple things, like freshening up the exterior wall paint, adding new containers with flowers or small shrubs and making good any paths leading to your building will make a big difference.
Displaying your company or national flags in front of your commercial building will make your visitors feel welcome. Flagpoles also need regular maintenance, so make sure that you have a basic flagpole repair kit with spare parts and specialist cleaner spray to keep your company flagpole in perfect condition.
Flag Basic Maintenance
While you may not be responsible for maintaining all aspects of your commercial property, you can at least flag issues you find to the landlord or landlady.
You can’t spruce up your commercial property if bits of it are falling off left, right, and centre. Faulty lights, chipped paintwork, and torn up carpets can all be expected with wear and tear, and they won’t disappear from your strength of will alone.
Make sure there’s an open policy with all employees on flagging issues, because only then can they be feasibly resolved. Clients won’t think very much of your business if it’s breaking down around them, nor will potential employees when they come to interview.
Fix what faults you can wherever you can, and liaison with the landlord if professional input from plumbers or electricians is needed.
Add Quality Decking
Some high-end decking arrangements can really sell the elegance and sophistication of a firm.
Workers can congregate outdoors during lunch or other scheduled breaks, building a report in an area that has been optimised for their rest and comfort. There’s no need for a workplace to be a soulless series of offices. Only good rest breeds great productivity, and a delightful decking area plants those seeds.
This is where companies like UK Ecoscape can help. Browse this fine example of a finished Ecoscape project in Birmingham, and you’ll see a contemporary communal rooftop area with a New Zealand Green artificial turf range and composite screening.
The work in the linked example was given finesse through a graphite colour scheme, while additions such as picnic benches, lush foliage, and larger than life chessboards round out the dynamic offerings of the area. If you can incorporate a similar multifaceted area into your business, worker wellbeing stands to increase a great deal.
Decorate with Company Pride
The worst thing about many commercial buildings is their generic ambiguity.
If this is your workplace, then own it. After all, ‘cool’ offices have provable results in boosting productivity, so some company character and pride can go a long way. Plaster the reception areas with all your logos, fonts, and brand designs, and make sure your walls make mention of milestone moment and awards won. The idea is to make an impact as soon as someone walks through the door.
Trophy cases, pictures of important handshakes, and memorable quotes from company leaders or inspirational figures can all fill empty walls.
Even a leaflet stand filled with information on your company’s mission could be a good idea in waiting areas.
When people navigate the building, they should be able to enjoy looking at something other than grey walls and fire safety notices, so really double down on your company pride.
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