Commercial flooring is a detail that’s often overlooked, but there is an opportunity to make a statement with flooring – it might mean more for your business than you think. Is your office floor giving off the right vibes, or is it time for a refresh?
An old adage states that first impressions mean everything, and that’s as true today as when it was first uttered. Whether you’re on a date, at a job interview or looking around an apartment, you tend to come to a decision incredibly quickly.
In fact, research has shown that within one-tenth of a second, most of us will have decided whether a person or business is trustworthy. That doesn’t leave a lot of room for error, and so when it comes to making your business appear dependable and professional, you need to do all you can to get people on your side from the outset.
Every company worth its salt has a personality, a unique approach and a desired set of customers. Without having these three things embedded within the business’ structure, it will be almost impossible to differentiate yourself, and you will subsequently struggle to stand out when being compared to your competitors.
With that in mind, you need to ensure that everything about your business is in keeping with how you want it to operate, yet simultaneously showcases the very best of what you can offer. That means a classy website, reliable employees, great products, and an office space that will not only appeal to customers but will make valuable members of staff want to stay for the long term.
So, what does your current office flooring say about your business? Is it time for a rethink?
Scuffed and stains
How long has it been since the floor-covering was replaced? Was quality flooring installed with a minimum of a 10 year guarantee for heavy commercial use? Was the choice of floor covering the right one? Is it too late to introduce a proper cleaning and maintenance regime? If the answers are all in the negative, consider the benefits of a refresh on productivity, staff engagement and that all important first impressions. We can advise you on how to resolve the questions raised.
If your company is ambitious in its wider goals and aspirations, this message should be conveyed across everything that you do, and that includes interior design. If your office space looks dull and boring, it will not showcase the dynamic environment you want to present. Studies have shown that using certain colours – predominantly blues and greens – can massively enhance levels of employee concentration and can also decrease levels of eye fatigue. Such benefits are not immediately obvious, nor are they something that many people will actually be aware of on a daily basis, but it will make a significant difference to long-term productivity.
Type of business
Are you the type of business that will see a lot of labourers come through the door each day? If so, you will need an appropriate type of commercial flooring – entrance matting and barrier tiles, for example – that ensures mud and dirt doesn’t get trampled through the entire building. The importance of keep entrances fresh and clean can’t be emphasised enough – think one-tenth of a second!