Should You Add Commercial Renovations to Your 2014 Business Plan?
2013 is finally coming to a close, and a new year is starting. 2014 represents a time of potential growth and success. Most industries have been struggling for the last few years as a result of the Great Recession. This tough time seems to have finally come to an end. The economy is on the mend, and the numbers for employment and profit are going up. For the first time in years, many business owners are looking forward to a bright future. Combine economic success with the start of a new year, and it’s no surprise that you could be tempted to make ambitious resolutions for your company. Perhaps you’ll expand your staff so you can take more time off. Maybe you’ll stay open extra hours, or offer new products. This could be the year that you beat all of your previous sales records! While these are all great goals, it is impossible to achieve them all without the right business space. A cramped work environment, a building with safety issues, or a crowded storefront can all work to hinder your growth. If you want 2014 to be the best year ever for your business, it’s time to turn a critical eye to your surrounding environment. What needs to change to make your goals possible? Is it worth investing in repairs and renovations for the possible gains down the road? We explain why you should dispel these doubts and pencil commercial renovations down as the first point on your business plan for the new year.
Are Any Safety Issues Sticking Around Your Business Space?
The wear and tear of daily use on a building can lead to small safety issues cropping up. None of these are enormous problems that require your store to be shut down for repairs; they are minor malfunctions that can be swept under the rug. A pipe might be prone to leaking, a hallway might be a touch too narrow, or a set of stairs could be too steep. A building’s inner wiring is often a source of these small complications: Problems with electricity, an over reliance on power strips and extension cords, and a faulty fuse are all examples of small troubles that add up to a large impact on your business. Many employers put ‘band-aid’ solutions into place over these issues and procrastinate on a finding a permanent solution. Commercial renovations are the perfect time to put these problems to rest once and for all. Experienced professionals have seen these particular predicaments many times before and can provide long term fixes. Your business space will be vastly improved by the effort, and you can rest easy at night knowing you don’t have to worry about someone slipping on a stair or burning the building down. With those minor frustrations sorted, you can focus on what’s important: helping your business grow.
Improve Work Flow by Removing Obstacles and Opening Up New Paths
Have you ever seen the staff of a kitchen at work during the busiest time of the day? Their routine is mesmerizing to watch. Bussers return used plates to the dishwasher, who makes sure they sparkle again. The line cooks work away at deboning fish and chopping vegetables. As they move from duty to duty, they call out to one another: “Carrying a knife!” “Hot water behind you!” “I’m at your six!” This sort of environment is high pressure and requires a great deal of trust and coordination. Not everyone is cut out for such a profession. It’s also not reasonable to expect every work space to maintain this level of planning and synergy. However, when your work space is cramped and there are obstacles for your employees to overcome, they end up having to adopt similar methods to those of a sous chef at rush hour. Crowded, rushed employees who have to dodge obstacles and work in small spaces become stressed and anxious. Our brains are hardwired to cause discomfort and anxiety when we are up close and personal with those who aren’t close friends or family. Commercial renovations allows employers to create a spacious area for employees to take care of their duties. Having a workspace that grants employees a “personal bubble” of space means they are more relaxed, and their efficiency spikes as a result.
Customer Satisfaction: Why You Need to Give Consumers Breathing Room
Your employees aren’t the only ones who hate a crowded environment. When you go shopping and you notice a store full to the brim, you often assume that’s a sign of success. However, statistics show that 90% of customers in a jam packed store are there for the first time. These new customers aren’t likely to return; less than 10% will come back in the next 45 days. Loyal customers who have supported the business through thick and thin have no patience for dealing with this new group of customers. Your regulars will head home and wait for a quiet time to return. If the store is always uncomfortably full, they will just find a new place to shop. Having enough room in both the front and the back is of paramount importance for a business.
2014 is full of potential, but before you charge ahead, stop and consider your plans. Are commercial renovations sitting at the top of your “to do” list? If not, you might want to re-consider your plan of action. Renovations bring immense benefits to your business: Increasing customer satisfaction, making life easier for your employees, a chance to resolve safety issues, and the ability to hold more stock and host more regulars. For more information on commercial renovations, call McKee-Horrigan Inc. today at 1-888-244-4171. We’d be happy to lend our decades of expertise to your business.