The saying: “you have to spend money to make money” may be a cliche, but it is often true. When running your own business, it may be tempting to get the cheapest option available on every product and service but investing in quality could help improve your productivity. What you are prepared to invest in also reveals a lot about your priorities as an employer and a business.
So let’s see what kind of impression you are giving your potential clients and customers by analysing some of your outgoing costs.
Tea, coffee, drinking water and even the odd biscuit are essential to an office. Though it may not seem like much, small things such as average refreshments for your staff and clients really do make a big difference.
Looking after your staff in the form of refreshments can also have a positive impact on productivity. Happy staff work harder and having decent quality tea and coffee available in the office will also keep staff from running out to the nearest coffee shop to get their caffeine fix!
A decent stock of refreshments is also essential for your clients. You don’t need to spend thousands of dollars on exclusive brands but having nice refreshments will show clients and visitors that you not only value their business but also care about your staff.
Decent quality refreshments should be available at all times in your office but a splurge once in a while on a luxury treat will also have a positive impact on morale and productivity. Offering healthy alternatives such as fresh fruit is also hugely appreciated by clients and staff alike. Don’t be afraid to go that little extra mile every now and again to show that you care.
Practically everything is done online these days. You don’t just need internet for e-mail communication and online browsing but also for connecting to printers, phone lines and all sorts of other office essentials.
Having a fast business fibre internet is, therefore, key to your business’ productivity. Having an internet connection that can keep up with all of your daily tasks and functions is absolutely essential.
Not having the right internet connection will not only affect your productivity but will also create a negative impression of your company for staff, clients and visitors. Not investing in high-quality connection will make you seem stingy and incompetent which is not how you want to be perceived by clients or customers.
Office furniture not only creates the overall look of your office but it is also a reflection on how much you value your staff. Making sure all your staff have comfortable, ergonomic chairs creatures the impression that you care about their health and wellbeing. Cheap and uncomfortable furniture will have the opposite effect. This will not only affect your staff’s morale and productivity but will also create a negative impression for visitors and clients.
Investing in decent quality furniture will also work out more cost effective for you in the long run. Despite costing more up front, they will last longer and will keep your staff productive.
You don’t need to have the flashiest new furniture on the market, but having good quality furniture will create a fantastic first impression for visitors. Broken or cheap furniture will again make you look stingy, give off the impression that you are not successful and will make it seem as though you don’t care about the comfort and wellbeing of your staff or your clients.
When trying to win over new clients or recruit an awesome new staff member, your office bathroom might be the last place you think of. But, making sure your bathroom is clean, hygienic and smells good is key to making a good impression.
An ordinary bathroom experience may not make much of an impression but an unpleasant one will stay in the minds of your visitors and could potentially deter them from doing business with you in future.
Ensuring you have high-quality sanitary products in your bathroom is key to keeping it clean and pleasant. Investing in sanitary spray dispenser and air fresheners will help keep maintenance effort down whilst maintaining a high level of cleanliness. Again, you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars on the latest Japanese talking toilet, but making sure all cleaning products are of good quality is essential.
Going the extra mile can also make a big difference when it comes to bathroom consumables. Whilst ordinary soap dispensers are adequate and perfectly acceptable, offering high-end soap accompanied by a moisturiser could make all the difference. Offering that extra little bit of luxury won’t cost you much but that little extra detail will leave your staff, clients and customers feeling satisfied and looked after.
The money you spend on making your office environment safe, comfortable and pleasant makes all the difference. From keeping your staff happy with comfortable furniture and adequate refreshments to making your systems run smoothly with high-speed internet, investing in high-quality products and services is key to making a good impression on the staff, clients and visitors. Don’t underestimate the power of a good reputation!