Running a business is always a challenge in even the best of times. In the modern world, we face increasing pressure from global competitors and economic downturns, which further increases the pressure on our bottom line. As every business owner knows, it is vital to be on top of your game when it comes to ensuring success. Any complacency is soon detected by customers and your competitors who will not hesitate to capitalize on the opportunity, should it ever present itself.

One of the most important things that you can do to increase your chances of success is to keep your business running as efficiently as possible. There are a few modern techniques that big corporations use (Six Sigma, Kaizen, etc.) which might be too much for a smaller business, but that does not mean you can use some of the ideas to increase your efficiency. Looking at your workflows, processes, and identifying potential pitfalls and improvements can help your business to be more efficient and run more smoothly.

Another important aspect of this is the interior layout of your office. You want a space which is productive and efficient for your workers, and if you have premises that are open to the public, you also want it to be welcoming and looking professional.

In this article, we will talk about the benefits of keeping your business looking good as well as provide ideas for improvements to the look of your business.

Interior Design for Improved Business

In this part of the piece, I will highlight the two most important elements of your business that you can improve through interior design: the office space and your customer-facing area (shop floor, restaurant, etc.).

Office Space

The drawbacks to a poorly designed office are well known to workers across the globe. We have spoken about it briefly before, but we will go into more depth about it here.

One of the main reasons poor office design is bad for your business is due to the impact on the health of your employees, resulting in numerous problems which are detrimental to your business, but perhaps the most concerning is the effect it can have on the health of your employees. A bad open office design can lead to increased sick leave among your workforce, which has links to decreased positivity.

The consequential effects of increased sick leave are also important to consider. With more workers off sick, the workload on those left behind increases, which means higher levels of stress, which itself can lead to increased risk of health issues.

A proper interior design that focuses on creating a pleasant and welcoming atmosphere that is comfortable for you employees not only decreases sick leave but also has a positive effect on motivation and stress. This extra positivity means that the benefits of good office design are twofold, and you position yourself to make significant potential productivity gains through implementing good office design.

Shop Floor Space

It is no secret that customers can be fussy, and there aren’t many parts of your business where that is more evident than its overall look.

To use an example to illustrate this better; if you own a restaurant that is slightly run down or perhaps lacking a bit of attention over the years, customers can falsely equate the lack of attention to a lack of attention in the kitchen, even if this assumption is well wide of the mark.

By renovating your shop floor space, you remove the possibility of this happening and allow customers to concentrate only on your excellent service. Also, a welcoming atmosphere is a sure fire way to entice customers back to your business and ensure repeat custom.

A consequential benefit of this is that your staff will feel more motivated working in a space which is brighter and welcoming, which will lead to increased customer service and customer satisfaction.

Final Thoughts

There are many ways in which you can improve your business, and we have only just scratched the surface with this article. If you are looking for more ideas, there is a wealth of knowledge to be found by browsing the many categories on this site or by utilizing the experience of office design companies for a professional touch.

By Eddy

Eddy is the editorial columnist in Business Fundas, and oversees partner relationships. He posts articles of partners on various topics related to strategy, marketing, supply chain, technology management, social media, e-business, finance, economics and operations management. The articles posted are copyrighted under a Creative Commons unported license 4.0. To contact him, please direct your emails to [email protected].

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