If you own your own business, then thinking about your office décor is probably not your top priority as you will be more concerned with the company’s bottom line. But neglecting your working environment can cost you staff, clients and money in the long run.
Thames Contracts have been carrying out all types of office refurbishment in North London for many years. Here we identify five warning signs which should tell you that your office is in need of a refit.
If your office colour scheme hasn’t been updated for several years, or the office carpets are worn or frayed, this may be a sign that you haven’t been paying enough attention to the working environment. Your premises may have been fashionable once, but tastes and colours will change over time.
Lack of Space
This is often a happy problem to have because it usually means that you have taken on more staff and your company is expanding. However, it can also mean you haven’t got enough storage space. Problems can also be caused by not having enough meeting rooms or break-out areas. Calling in design experts will make sure you make the best possible use of the available space.
An uninspiring working environment can result in uninspired staff. You wouldn’t be happy sitting at a cramped desk on a worn chair – so why should they be? This in turn is likely to have a detrimental effect on their productivity. Improving the office design, lighting and furniture will help improve morale. Equally, you’ll find it easier to recruit high-quality candidates if you can interview them in a modern, well-designed office.
Remember it’s not just your staff who benefit from a refurbished office space. Existing and potential new clients won’t be impressed if your premises are showing signs of wear and tear, particularly in the reception area which will be your visitors’ first point of contact. You could be hit hard financially if customers decide to go elsewhere.
Exposed Wires and Cables
Business owners have a duty of care to their staff under Health and Safety legislation. Exposed wiring and cables, damaged desks and unsafe seats are a sure sign that employees are being put at risk. This can result in a hefty fine if it is reported to the authorities.
The Government is constantly updating the legislation in this area, so a state-of-the-art office refurbishment will make sure you comply with existing regulations and are well placed to meet any future changes. Remember the regulations apply to areas such as energy performance and carbon reduction, so a refit can underline your company’s commitment to green issues.
Accommodating New Technology
Typewriters have been replaced by ever smaller high-tech solutions, from PCs to tablets and notebooks. So now the emphasis is on making the office more technologically efficient – you could find you don’t have enough internet connections or iPad charging points, for instance.
At Thames Contracts we can make the provision of power and networking one of the top priorities in any office refit or refurbishment.
Office Refurbishment in North London From Thames Contracts
At Thames Contracts we specialise in office refurbishments and refits in North London and Hertfordshire, including Hitchin, Edgware, St Albans and Watford. We offer professional, experienced advice on how to make the most of your office space.
We offer fitouts and refurbishments for new offices and for premises which have been used by another business and need stripping out. We provide a 3D computer-generated design so you have a clear idea of what your new workplace will look like, and agree a programme of work with specialist contractors such as electricians and plumbers to minimise the disruption to your business.
If you would like to know more about our services, follow this link and fill in the online form, or call us on 020 8368 0045.