No matter how small your office space is, you have to keep it looking professional and worth doing business in. Clients will not necessarily judge you on the size of your space, but they will definitely judge you on the appearance. Deals can go flying out the window if the client is not impressed, because like any human interaction, they will judge the worth of your company or institution by its first appearance, which is the office. So here are some tips to keeping your office looking professional.
Avoid Bright, Eye-Gouging Colours
Unless you are a pre-school, there is no excuse for you to have bright coloured walls and seats that have clients reaching for their sunglasses. Granted, red may be your company’s official colour, but if so, do not pair it with something equally bright such as green or blue. Corporate colours are always soft and muted, such as ivory, beige, and grey. Darker colours such as black, charcoal and brown can also be used but only as far as it enhances the appearance of the offices. Painting companies in Dubai usually know exactly which colours are better suited to a company office so listen to their opinion too. If you absolutely have to use greens, yellows or oranges, minimize and dilute its use with a light colour such as white or beige and make everything look more formal.
Cleanliness is Paramount
Most companies use office cleaning services because cleanliness is paramount to winning the confidence of potential clients. You do not want embarrassing stains on your work desks or chairs. Nor should there be dust anywhere or litter on the carpets. If possible have the cleaners do over the office every day, and have a thorough cleanup every week. That includes turning chairs over to dust underneath, cleaning curtains and mopping tiles floors, and brushing the dust off of the light fixtures. If you are a small office and cannot afford to hire a cleaning staff, do the cleaning yourself; clients will not appreciate a cluttered office that reeks of misuse and neglect.
Limit the Personal Memorabilia
Everyone likes to personalize their workspace with memorabilia and tokens of various affiliations. This is productive only up to a point. As long as there are a few tokens to indicate your preferences and they do not clutter your desk or distract a client from their requests, it is alright. But when the client can only see personal memorabilia all over your workspace, it becomes an extension of your bedroom not the office. Avoid any personal touches in meeting rooms, conference rooms and also in customer service areas. Personal work cubicles may be decorated in any way you wish but always be mindful that someone might pay a visit and that they should see an organized workspace.