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How to create the right impression in your new office

Office Design & Layout Tips to Create the Right Impression

Creating the right impression is vital to any organisation. The impression you give is not just about the work you produce, but also about the environment from which the work is produced. It's true what they say: "You never get a second chance to make a first impression" - but just how do you go about creating that all-important first impression with your office?

We've thought about some of the simple and most effective ways to make sure your office premises says the right statement about your business:

There's nothing worse than a cramped and disorganised space layout. Visitors can see instantly whether your staff looked crammed in, or comfortable and happy in their environment. If you feel like you've outgrown your existing office, perhaps it's time to consider an office move. Use this Office Space Calculator to see how much space your business needs based on your company's headcount.

Light & Air
A light and airy space is vital to any productive environment. Not only does a light and airy office work best for staff, it also helps create a positive feeling for visitors too. For the best impression, your office needs to be at a comfortable temperature and be free of clutter.

Representing the colours of your brand is a great way to make an impression in your customer’s minds and shows that you've given your office design a little bit of thought. You don't have to paint the whole office in the colour of your brand, a featured wall as you walk into the building is enough for the visitor to make the right correlation between your office and your brand.

Visitors need to be able to clearly find you so make sure your office is clearly signposted. If you're on a business park, make sure there is signage at the entrance as well as on your outside of the building. Signage needs to be clearly visible and not covered by trees or shrubbery. If visitors find it hard to locate you for a meeting, they can arrive in a bad mood before they've even stepped foot in your office!

Reception & Meeting Rooms
Visitors are likely to spend most of their time either in your reception area or in a meeting room, so pay close attention to the finishing touches in these areas. Flowers and comfortable seating in the reception area, and a tidy meeting room with office art or company awards displayed on the walls can make all the difference.

An unplanned design with mismatched elements can appear disorganised and looks as though you haven't thought this important element of your brand and business. Make sure you always consult with an Office Fit-Out Company when moving into a new space to ensure that you create the right first impression for visitors.

Don't forget to use this handy office design checklist when planning your space layout and design.


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