We’re all prone to occasionally judging a book by its cover.
Whether that’s avoiding a restaurant based on its slapdash website or mentally scalding a job applicant due to their questionable choice of interview tie, these negative snap judgements are typically formed in the blink of an eye.
In fact, it takes just SEVEN seconds for our brains to decide whether someone or something is trustworthy, competent, likeable or approachable – a scenario that can give business owners a real headache when trying to attract and retain customers.
Consequently, it’s vital your firm’s control centre is up to scratch.
After all, customers confronted with premises resembling a decrepit shanty in the middle of no man’s land are unlikely to part with their hard-earned cash, no matter how good your products or services may be.
Whilst the thought of turning a business from shabby to chic is enough to induce a mild panic attack among grimy entrepreneurs, the upshot of leaving your property to fester will inevitably involve a miserable trip to the job centre.
With that in mind, here are three more reasons to make your business sparkle …
1. Boost Your Professional Image
If your property has been blighted by graffiti or left in a mess after the builders have been in, dealing with the aftermath can be a logistical nightmare for the busy business owner – but there’s an easy solution for those who are keen to keep their professional image intact.
More and more, specialist cleaning companies are on hand to provide a comprehensive range of industrial cleaning solutions, helping businesses attain and maintain a hygienic and clean environment to keep a smile on customers’ faces.
2. Improve Employee Productivity
Trying to meet deadlines or chat to your colleagues is made more challenging when there’s a half eaten kebab at your elbow and 75 counterfeit VHS copies of Prisoner Cell Block H stashed under your already pregnant desk.
Therefore, try to make sure all employee spaces are free from clutter, as it has been found to affect our ability to focus and process information, which can lead to rising stress levels and the inevitable argument about who finished the milk in the staff canteen.
3. Enjoy a Calmer Environment
If employees are turning up to work in a building that looks like something out of Saving Private Ryan, there’s every chance they’re silently seething at your incompetence or overtly taking their frustrations out on your unsuspecting customers.
As a result, a business that takes pride in its appearance will instil a certain level of calm in its workforce, promoting more serene interactions among co-workers and a more unruffled approach to customer service.
What do you think?
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