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Making Your Office Environment Unique

When you start a business, often it is from home where you can dedicate as much time as possible to the cause. But, as your business progresses, you get to the stage where you can start to think about moving on into a new office environment, or a business premises that will help transform the way you do business. Howerever, not everyone wants a clinical environment that has no personality, and depending on what your business is, you may want to inject a little bit of uniqueness into the area. With that in mind, here are some of the things that you can do. 

Get clever with upholdersty

One of the first things that you can do is get clever with upholstery. Many offices will have some form of break out room, for any employees you have or just as an area for waiting customers and clients. Seats need to be comfortable and look the part in keeping with your brand, so if what is there doesn’t work then get creative. You can use an upholstery spray glue to give the furniture a bit of a lift. If the seats are fine, then why not get creative with cushions and soft furnishings. You want the space to be inviting and comfortable, and not resemble a doctors surgery waiting room. 

 

Add some greenery

The next thing you want to think about is the things that you have around the environment, and adding some greenery like plants and flowers is an excellent way to give a dull space a bit of a lift. There are plenty that require very minimal maintenance if you feel the commitment is too much. Plants that require next to no watering or even adding a few fake ones just to liven up the place. 

 

Motivational quotes and prints

The working environment is supposed to be a motivational place, and so you may want to take the time to think about adding some quotes or prints on to the walls. This can be favourite quotes to help inspire, or just generally things that you think will be nice to look at. We all need a reminder of these things every now and again. 

 

Don’t be afraid of colour 

Colour is something that you should consider adding to your office space. If anything to be in keeping with your brand. You could look at things such as a feature wall with your logo, or just implement the branding colours in cushions or upholstery if you don’t want it all over the walls Plus colour can make people smile. 

 

Keep it clean and tidy 

Finally, keep the area clean and tidy. You want to ensure that you do all that you can to make the environment a nice place to be. Dust piling up on furniture, rubbish strewn around the place, and stains on desks just won’t cut it. We know how it feels to be in a tidy home, and the same mentality should be applied to an office space. It can help you to be far more productive. 

Let’s hope these tips help you when it comes to making your office environment unique. 

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Top Tips For Employee Satisfaction & Ultimate Productivity

Keeping your staff happy in their various roles is often overlooked, and there’s little evidence of any attempt to improve the quality of life for employees in many businesses. The way that your staff view you and your company will have such a huge impact on how they carry out their work, as a bitter or unhappy employee will complete tasks to a bad standard with little care or passion. Luckily, it’s a very simple process to turn your whole ethos around and create a positive working environment in which every employee is motivated and appreciated. By doing following the steps below you can make sure that each member of your staff arrives at their workstation every morning with a smile on their face and the right attitude to get the work done in a productive and timely manor and be a valued addition to your business. 

Offer Room To Grow

In order to properly encourage your staff to perform to the best of their ability, you have to offer them the prospect of growing and advancing onto a more senior position. The best leaders are the ones who once followed, as they can relate to every level of employee and should in theory have the necessary experience and knowledge to require less training on your company specifics. In order to allow internal staff to progress to more official roles with a greater responsibility, you may need to put them through some kind of extra education to adequately improve upon their technical knowledge and help them gain the necessary skills and experience to make the leap from their previous role. If you opt for something like an apprenticeship you can still keep your employees at work for most of the time they spend completing the course, but you will need to search for the relevant endpoint assessment organisations to test their knowledge and allow them to gain that all important qualification. By offering room to grow, your employees will have a constant motivation to work that little bit harder in order to prove themselves to you, in an attempt to gain a better role that offers more pay and privileges. 

 

Promote Good Health

Ensuring good health among all of your employees will actually benefit your business a lot more than you might think. If you totalled all of the days off that your staff have taken due to illness, you will likely see a greater number than you had originally expected. However, if you constantly promote your staff to follow a healthy lifestyle, and provide them with the means to do this in the workplace too, you will see that number begin to fall. Many workers will bring in their own lunch from home, which could be full of bad sugars and fats that will disrupt their energy levels and possibly have an impact on the quality of their work and their potential productivity. By offering some nutritious options on site, you can help to increase your staffs focus and vigour to return from lunch satisfied and ready to complete their remaining tasks for the day. You will also be showing them that you care about their wellbeing, which will make them feel more valued and respected in the workplace. To better their productivity even further, encourage your workforce to take breaks frequently if they stay seated throughout their usual working day, as getting up from your desk for a short walk around will encourage their blood flow and help them to stay aware and alert instead of slumped in their chair. 

 

Reward Quality Work

One of the best ways to motivate your staff and positively impact upon both their satisfaction and productivity is by rewarding them for any quality work they produce. Even by passing on some kind words of praise or congratulations when they have done well, you will be able to make your staff members feel appreciated and help them to strive towards completing all of their work to the same great quality. Offering a monetary incentive such as an end of year bonus for those who particularly excel, such as surpassing a certain number of sales or showing an excess of commitment and dedication, can usually persuade employees more than anything else to put in a bit more effort in their day to day tasks. Those who receive the benefits will be more than satisfied with what they have achieved, and will want to have the same feeling again the following year. You will also have a much better relationship with your workforce, as they will respect you and want to gain your respect in return. 

 

Efficient Communication

Being able to communicate with every member of your workforce in an efficient way is key to both productivity and job satisfaction. If you fail to make things known or disclose the relevant information, results can be catastrophic and subsequently respect and motivation can be lost entirely. There is really no such thing as too much communication, and it’s really important that you can create an open and honest environment inside which your staff can share their thoughts and understand everything they need to know about their job role and what you expect from them. Set an example by always being sincere but direct during every conversation and meeting, as you as owner of the business are the front face of everything and they will look up to for inspiration on how everything should be done and handled. They can then implement these practices during their own tasks, and greatly improve the standard of their performance during group work and boost their productivity and efficiency.

 

These tips should help you to see how easy it can be to keep your employees satisfied in their role and encourage them to be as productive as possible during every shift they attend. Show them you care about their wellbeing and help them to acknowledge the rewards they can achieve by putting in a little more effort and dedication to the tasks they complete. 

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Website Wonder

How many websites do you visit each day, tens, hundreds? However many you browse through, chances are you’re able to make a snap judgement on the kinds of websites that work and those that are very much going nowhere.

When you’re working on your own site, you’re looking to fulfill three or four golden rules to ensure that your lucky hits become return hits. Your website is your shop front so make sure you’re not missing any key components. In this blog we take you through some of the basics and some of the more sophisticated elements of developing your own website.

Landing Page

If your website is your shopfront, then your landing page is the display window. It should be less about you and more about the products you offer. When writing content for your site, think about how you can demonstrate to your customers the benefits of exploring your products or services.

If you’re unsure on how to write web content, don’t scrimp on this element and have a content developer write your website for you.

Create a menu bar that is clear and logical, with the same applying to any sub-menus. Make your landing page the first step of a logical progression around your site, funnelling as many visitors as possible to your products and ultimately to your checkout services, if applicable.

Media

Wall-to-wall text is a big no. Think about breaking up that text over several pages and concentrate on creating a strong visual theme for your site. If you’re using images such as photos, make sure that you’re sourcing them from a high quality site.

Make sure that the images are also royalty free, which means you have permission to use them on your site and they’re not subject to copyright issues. When using video, make sure that the imbedded media is formatted correctly and plays as soon as your website is opened. Your website will need to be able to support rich media formats. Your customers will not wait around to see the content of your video load, so it needs to load first time, every time.

 

Customer Extras

Communication and accessibility are key components that your customer will expect to find on your site. If you’re selling products or services, then your customers may have questions. Alongside your email, telephone number and queries form you should also consider creating a customer services bot.

Not sure of the benefits of a bot then visit a bot building resource page to discover how this element will make your website a one-stop for your customer.

You should also include customer testimonials on your site. These one or two paragraphs go a long way in giving your customer some reassurance that they’re dealing with experienced professionals.

Have your existing customers write a few lines for you and make sure they are properly credited to a real person in that company.

Finally, consider how your website loads on mobile devices. More than ever, we access websites on the go, walking down the street, sitting on the train. We are mobile people who need to do our banking while out and about. Your customer will expect your website to load properly, to look just as good on a mobile or tablet as it does on a laptop.

When you’re setting up your website or thinking about giving it a makeover, you need to find a combination of text, images and customer extras that mean your site rises head and shoulders above the competition.

You want your site to be found easily so think about how your content might be maximised for Search Engine Optimisation (SEO). You’ll need to consider your key words, you’ll need to think about how people are going to find you and know your site exists. There’s little point having a great site if it languishes in a forgotten element of the internet.

If you’re able to, look at what your analytics are telling you. Which pages are getting the most hits and which are underperforming? Your site can and should be a constantly evolving site and one that you adapt and fine tune until it’s functioning to its maximum capacity.

Get your website running well and you’ll have access to the best resource in your business and a direct line to your customers. This is your shopfront and the gateway to your business so make sure it’s attractive, make sure it’s clean and well-designed and make sure it’s easy to navigate. Get it right and send your business soaring.