Common office mishaps and how you can avoid them

By Henry Brown

When your small business gets to a stage where you can finally have your own business location and office, it can be a very overwhelming and exciting prospect to go through. However, when you have that office space and you are working with employees and greeting new customers and clients, there are things that can commonly go wrong and cause you issues. Here are some of them highlighted and how you can overcome them.

Losing all important calls, emails and connectivity to the internet

Is there anything worse than being on the phone about to conduct the deal of your working life and all of a sudden the signal runs low? Or perhaps being about to hit the “send” button on an important email to a prospective business associate only for your internet to go down? These things can be frustrating in your office but are much more common than you think. Let’s be honest, when running a business, you need the internet these days. Having unreliable internet service can be quite impossible, especially as so many internet businesses are created and need the internet to function. So when choosing your office space, looking at relocating, or even just finding things difficult with your current provider, make sure you check the speeds of access to the internet for the area.

Setting the right example in the office

Sometimes it is the smaller things that can make the biggest difference to your office environment, and this is where some business professionals can run a little short in what they do and what they enforce. For example, a business may have a lot of rubbish to contend with so enforcing the correct recycling structure could be an issue you don’t want to face. You also need to be thoughtful about health and safety policies, and this goes not just with the general practice in your business location, but also things like tank level sensors and health and safety policies that you have in place to keep people protected, be that staff or customers or clients.

Is your office easily accessible?

For some people, an office is just there to serve a purpose. It is your base where you can store things, work from, and conduct your business in the right manner. But, some people use their business location and office to actually meet with prospective customers and clients, showcase some of the products and provide examples of some of the services your business may provide, so do you have the right location for this and the right amount of space? While location may be an obvious point, one thing that isn’t would be the accessibility. If you are not fortunate enough to have a premises on a busy main street where parking and access are easy, can customers and clients still find you? Can they park their vehicles and easily access your business location? Can it be accessed by public transport? What you don’t want to do is alienate people. While considering office locations a little further afield can be better on the business purse strings, is it better for you in terms of productivity and accessibility? Striking the right balance between the two is key.

Let’s hope highlighting some of these things will help you avoid common office mishaps in the future.

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Henry Brown is an online marketing executive. When he isn’t talking shop, he’s roaming the streets of London, uncovering the extra-ordinary in the ordinary.

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