If you’re happy with the interior design of your current business but you’re interested in taking it to the next level in 2020, now is the ideal time to consider doing a renovation!
That the average person spends one-third of their life at their workplace. It’s a significant amount of time when you stop and think about it. Having an engaging and up-to-date workplace may impact whether you attract and keep new employees down the road.
Renovation doesn’t have to mean excessive spending, and in fact, sometimes the payoff is well worth the investment if it means more customers and happy employees! When it comes down to it, a good renovation will add more appeal to your workplace and maximize the space you have as efficiently as possible.
Whether your office could use a fresh coat of paint, new flooring, soundproofing, a “green” space, a quiet area, or – on the opposite end – a games/entertainment room, the list is endless and what you do will depend on several factors: the size and location of your business, your overall goals, and, of course, your budget. Simple to complex renovations are all possibilities and should be well thought out and planned prior to beginning the project.
Even brightening up your office with vibrant colours or lighting can have a profound impact on the moods of your employees. When planning out the specifics of your renovation, make sure you think about where your employees spend most of their time. Do you have a break room or lunchroom that could use some TLC? Perhaps a shuffleboard table, pool table, or dart board could be a fun addition to the space.
Alternatively, if your office consists of multiple levels with tall ceilings and wide open space you’re itching to fill with something eye catching and unique, an office slide, large TV, or beautiful green wall will not only “wow” new customers visiting your office, making an immediate and lasting impression, but your employees are sure to love the improvement, too.
Boosts Creativity and Productivity
By reminding your staff that it’s ok to let loose, relax, and have fun at work occasionally, you may witness an increase in overall productivity and creativity levels.
When staff are in good spirits, it can assist in retention, skill building, and general branding. Some business owners have already seen the advantages of this, and have been redesigning their spaces to include features to encourage social interaction, physical movement, and some good old’ laughs as well.
Of course, it isn’t necessary to incorporate a fun and playful environment into your office; in some cases, depending on your industry and office size, it is not feasible. For especially large companies, it may be a consideration worth looking into. Today more than ever, companies are seeing the benefits of a more laid back and comfortable office environment. Managers are realizing that they don’t have to take themselves so seriously and instead can add a little enjoyment and creativity to their management style.
Back to general renovations. Aside from adding some entertainment to your workplace, there are plenty of benefits to upgrading or improving your office. Let’s take a look at the most common:
Improve Energy Efficiency Levels
Finding ways to make your office more energy efficient is one of the most important considerations to make. After all, what business owner wouldn’t want to cut back on energy costs? Energy costs typically consist of over half of a company’s total expenditures in any given month.
Achieving a more environmentally friendly office may require you to do some “green” upgrades. Small changes such as installing a programmable thermostat, switching out your windows for double pane windows, and using automatic bathroom faucets can limit annual energy costs substantially.
Attract Additional Customers
Apart from excellent customer service, another way to draw more customers is by having a contemporary, inviting office space. Renovated space piques the interest of local people. That new, eye-catching look is your ticket to more clients. You also get to impress your existing clientele who will recommend you to other possible new clients. Plus, it provides an additional promotional opportunity because having renovated space to talk about provides a basis for a new advertising platform.
Increase Employee Performance
Your employees are just as important as your business. They push the business up through their performance, and better performance yields better income for your business. A renovation is successful when it makes work easier and more enjoyable. Color and design inspire new ideas and increase enthusiasm. Work areas are designed to increase the functionality of space while break or meal spaces should allow employees to relax and rejuvenate, returning afterwards for a more productive afternoon. A break room with a few interesting games might just be what your employees need to relax.
Establish Better Use of Space
Did you know that a clean, modern, and attractive work environment can reduce turnover and increase hiring rates? Nobody wants to work in an office that is falling apart or has visible safety concerns because it hasn’t been updated in years. A well put-together office is sure to draw interest from potential new employees who visit for an interview.
Renovations can also open up smaller spaces so that they feel less cramped; decluttering and adding mirrors or windows can make a small area feel suddenly airier and roomier. Lastly, your office layout should factor in the ability for your employees to easily interact and work with one another, maximizing productivity.
Government Assisted Financing May be Available
Your business may be eligible for government funding if your renovation(s) contribute to an increase in revenue up to a certain level. This is an opportunity through the Canada small business financing program in collaboration with the Canadian government.
This New Year, do something your business is sure to benefit from! Go ahead and take on those renovations you’ve been thinking about. Smart investments lead to positive outcomes, and we can’t think of a better way to get 2020 started off on the right foot!
If the thought of an office slide makes you smile, reach out to SPI Plastics for information on how we can make this a reality for your workplace. We’ve installed many of all shapes and sizes, and one thing is for sure: it is bound to offer endless fun for the whole company.
Call us today at 519-935-2211 to learn more.