Tips to make your place of business give off the right impression
The first impressions you give a customer or client will set the tone for your future business, and once a first impression is made it becomes very hard to change. For new customers, the most common first impression comes from either your web presence or your place of business. For this article, we’ll look at the more traditional side of first impressions in your office, storefront or place of business.
Appearance is king
They say to ‘never judge a book by its cover’ but much like showing up to a meeting properly groomed shows respect for your peers and your business; having a clean, organized and inviting environment shows your customers and your employees you respect them and organize your business in a professional manner. Follow these tips to make sure your business is as inviting to potential customers as possible.
Make Cleanliness a priority
Dirty windows, stained carpets or dusty surfaces all speak to a level of care that’s simply not there. If your business is sending a message to your customers that you don’t care enough about your environment, why would you care about their needs? Many businesses make sure they have a regular window cleaning, floor maintenance, and janitorial services to ensure the all the little details are being taken care of.
Nothing reflects the cleanliness of a building like your windows. Come spring time, windows show the hard residue left behind from fall and winter weather. Let our professional window washers clean your building’s windows and give you a clear view from the inside and the outside. Whether ground level, skylights, low or high rise, our window washers have experience cleaning by squeegee, tucker pole or bosun chair.
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1. Keep Your Distance
Sounds pretty basic, right? Stay away from sick people. Before paranoia sets in and you stop shaking everyone’s hands, though, keep in mind that a recent study revealed that those “silent spreaders,” or infected people who are not yet showing symptoms, are unlikely to make you sick. It’s the co-workers who are already coughing and sneezing that you’ll want to avoid.
Consider the heavily touched items in your office: fax machines, coffee pots, elevator buttons. Many bacteria and viruses can live on surfaces for hours—if not longer—so try to avoid contact with these hot spots. Grab the coffee pot with a tissue or hit the elevator button with your elbow. And if that’s not possible (or you just don’t want to make a scene while waiting on the 11th floor with your boss), just avoid touching your face afterward and wash your hands as soon as possible.
An entrance mat is the first line of defense in keeping dirt out of a facility. Additionally, it helps to reduce potential slip hazards in wet conditions. Ideally, matting should start outside of entrance doors and continue inside, allowing visitors to step three times with each foot on the mat. Get a mat that does not crush, that can store dirt and water for future removal, and that reduces the possibility of dirt being tracked into your facility. Remember that 80 percent of all dirt in a facility enters from people’s feet, and the cost of removing a pound of dirt once it is in a facility is between $500 and $700. The best way to reduce cleaning costs is to prevent dirt from entering a facility
In companies with a high standard of interior design, productivity can increase”
We’re all attracted to light, and there isn’t any other medium that has as big an influence on our bodies and minds as light. Both daylight and artificial light play a key role in our health and wellbeing. Increasingly, companies face the question of how they can improve staff wellbeing and create a dynamic, creative and motivating environment. The design of the office space plays a vital role, as evidenced by a study from Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering. The research shows that in companies with a high standard of interior design, productivity can increase by up to 36 per cent. Who wouldn’t like to see their efficiency skyrocket? Additionally, comprehensive research from the Light Right Consortium, came to the conclusion that light increases productivity.
On average, North Americans sit about 8-9 hours a day, compare that to how much you sleep at night. Then calculate all the hours only to find a very unhealthy balance of physical activities. Try trading the traditional office chair for a standing desk. If you're not ready to stand for that long, try an ergonomic chair that requires you to sit with good posture.
Dry the liquid excess using an absorbent cloth or tissue. Make a solution of one tablespoon white vinegar, one tablespoon liquid hand dishwashing detergent and two cups (473 milliliters) of warm water. Sponge any remaining stain alternately with a little rubbing alcohol and small amounts of warm water. Blot it dry after each time you wet it. Moisten the stained areas with three percent hydrogen peroxide. Let the hydrogen peroxide stand for about an hour. Blot and repeat as necessary. Pile a bunch of paper towels over the area when the stain is finally gone. Weigh down the paper towels with something heavy, like a stack of books. This will absorb all the moisture in about an hour.
Executive Building Maintenance is based on ethical practices and customer-focused solutions. The very nature of our business allows us to impact our stakeholders in a positive way through our environmental commitment. It is no longer sufficient for Executive Building Maintenance to simply comply with environmental laws and standards. As an ethical organization, we are proactive in our commitment to the environment through our choice of suppliers and through our self-imposed, continuous pursuit of practices that eliminate or reduce the use (and disposal) of hazardous materials. We take steps to minimize our own waste production.
Physical clutter turns into mental clutter. When your environment is littered with paperwork, photos, tchotchkes, and other things that distract you from the task at hand, your brain’s ability to process information is blocked, causing your focus to waver and your energy to decline. All this clutter weighs down on your mental resources throughout the day, much like having a screaming toddler standing next to you while you try to get work done.
Clutter can also take a toll on your emotional state. Saruwatari used to hang onto old contracts and paystubs from her time as an actress, a reminder of the success she once had. She realized all of those items, in addition to taking up space in her home, were weighing her down emotionally. For Saruwatari, decluttering isn’t simply about getting your desk in order, it’s about relieving you of the baggage we hang onto from the past – past careers, relationships and incomplete projects.
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