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Have you been trying to think of a lobby aesthetic that is pleasing for guests? You’re not alone, as the lobby is a place where you have the chance to make the first impression to anyone who walks through the door. The entrance mat can do the greeting for you, but you need to be able to entice people to stay.
Fast Company Design reports the way people rely on their cell phones is playing a role in how lobbies are designed going forward. They need soft lighting, can be multifunctional, allowing for people to get work done or simply relax for a bit while they wait. The news provider reports that many lobbies are finding themselves being split between creating space to relax and also setting aside an area for work.
This is a trend that has really taken off in the hotel industry. According to the Washington Post, hotels have been redesigning their lobbies so guests will feel comfortable working there and not being cooped up in their rooms. This is particularly helpful when a room isn’t ready or a guest needed to check out before their flight. They can sit and relax or choose to catch up on work in their downtime.
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When you think about your business, how much attention do you pay to the tone you would like to set? It’s important to think of colors that directly reflect your operations, as they can help evoke feelings from your customers and also drum up brand loyalty. You’ll want to think about colors that can be on everything from your products, to your decor and entrance mats.
The Huffington Post reports you’ll want to come up with a color strategy for your business, both in terms of an office setting and any products or collateral you may offer. You need to think about the kind of mood you’re trying to set with your colors. The news provider reports something like a red could be energetic while blue is calming. It’s good to also have consistency and trying to stay on-brand with your colors. Take a look at your logo and go from there.
Small Business Trends reports that not only can colors benefit your customers, but your employees as well. The news provider suggests thinking about each space of the office and trying to determine what feelings you want to evoke for workers who are in those areas. For example, a break room could be a relaxing color.
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When you think about your business, how much attention do you pay to the tone you would like to set? It’s important to think of colors that directly reflect your operations, as they can help evoke feelings from your customers and also drum up brand loyalty. You’ll want to think about colors that can be on everything from your products, to your decor and entrance mats.
The Huffington Post reports you’ll want to come up with a color strategy for your business, both in terms of an office setting and any products or collateral you may offer. You need to think about the kind of mood you’re trying to set with your colors. The news provider reports something like a red could be energetic while blue is calming. It’s good to also have consistency and trying to stay on-brand with your colors. Take a look at your logo and go from there.
Small Business Trends reports that not only can colors benefit your customers, but your employees as well. The news provider suggests thinking about each space of the office and trying to determine what feelings you want to evoke for workers who are in those areas. For example, a break room could be a relaxing color.
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Small businesses need to think about a logo that will get them noticed by potential customers. Before you put your brand on everything from entrance mats to outdoor signage, you need to make sure you have a recognizable logo that will last for years.
However, some small businesses might struggle when trying to showcase their brand. According to Newsday, small businesses may want to consider using a name in their logo so it’s more recognizable. The news provider also suggests keeping it simple, and noted that an analysis of more than 2,000 logos had a 94 percent rate of being minimalistic, instead letting the brand speak for itself rather than over-the-top design.
The news provider reports that logos should reflect the brand in an honest way, and there’s where the name can come into play. Especially for a small business, you may not be able to get the same recognition with just a design.
Forbes reports you’ll also want to think about your font when choosing a logo, since typography can really affect how a design looks. The news provider suggests looking at fonts that you think would best reflect your company’s personality, particularly if you’re keeping your logo simple like the organization’s name.
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The workplace lobby can be a place to not only greet your fellow employees and potential business partners, but also serve as a way to turn visitors into customers. In addition to the welcoming entrance mat with your logo prominently displayed, you want to think about whether or not your lobby encourages visitors to take an action.
The Investor reports that many companies are turning lobbies into a place for transactions, whether it’s selling some products, offering a cafe for visitors to relax in or even making it a workspace for employees and visitors alike. Think about the decor you want to feature, if you’re aiming for a workspace or a cafe, you may want to make sure you offer a relaxing atmosphere.
Don’t just think about the furniture, the walls matter too. Rosen Institute reports that carefully choosing artwork can leave a great impression. The source suggests that choosing local artists and showcasing their work can also help connect your business with your local community. You may also want to think of colors with cooler colors, since they’ve been shown to relax people. Choosing warm paintings could give off the feelings of excitement and urgency, which could be against the theme you’re going for.
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You want to make a good first impression when someone enters your building, and the first way to do that is with your entryway. Buying premiere entrance mats that are not only eye-catching, but also prevent dirt and grime from being tracked in to scuff up the floors are a great starting point.
The Free-Lance Star reports that indoor mats are a great way to make a good first impression as someone enters your building. The source says that while outdoor mats are important, the inside is just as critical, and it can help stop dirt in its tracks. Keeping your floors clean is another great way to make a first impression, and will help you save on cleaning crew costs.
The Huffington Post reports the first way to ensure a great first impression is a clean lobby. Having extra mats can help ensure it stays that way, but you may also want to monitor the entryway throughout the day to make sure no spills or dirt pile up. This could ultimately affect how a potential client, business partner or guest views your establishment. A little extra care goes a long way in building relationships with anyone who comes through the door.
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When you’re at work, it can be common to all of a sudden succumb to aches and pains that linger even after you’re off the job. Particularly if you work in a physical capacity, being on your feet all day can take its toll. While anti-fatigue mats can help provide relief thanks to their soft rubber support, it’s important for employees to be checked into their own wellness.
The Huffington Post reports employees should be aware of the signs of physical burnout so they know how to combat it. The source suggests thinking about all the processes you have to go through in a day and try to optimize them as much as possible – such as using a piece of material handling equipment to take more inventory at a time, rather than doing separate trips. The source also suggests taking the time to go for a walk. Even if you’re on your feet all day, using different muscles and shifting your weight can help.
If you are experiencing pain due to long hours, Prevention suggests taking slow, deep breaths, similar to what you would do in a yoga class. The news provider reports that people who slowed their breathing rate by half experienced less discomfort.
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Falling at work can be common, particularly during a busy period where one may not be taking the time to survey their surroundings as they rush. It’s up to managers to make the workplace as safe as possible, by putting signs up, using anti-fatigue mats to provide some extra traction and by keeping buildings well-lit.
According to EHS Today, there are some common misconceptions with personal safety in the workplace. For example, that awareness of one’s surroundings is the primary reason for an accident. However, the news provider points out that people may not realize certain things around them could be hazards. It’s up to managers to have proper signage warning of potential dangers. If an accident hasn’t yet occurred, that doesn’t mean there is not still a chance, and employees should be aware of any potential issues.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration suggests anything that’s considered dangerous should be labeled in red, so employees pay closer attention and know to proceed with caution. If someone should just be cautious of their surroundings, the agency recommends marking it with yellow. This approach is similar to roadside signs, letting people know when to stop or avoid and proceed with caution.
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The amount of people who are taking restaurant jobs dipped slightly this past month, meaning there may be less talent on the anti-fatigue mats of the kitchen as hiring slows down.
However, Nation’s Restaurant News reports that this could just be a random lag, because July saw the highest hiring record for the industry in the past three years. Once restaurants brought on the talent they needed, it makes sense that a slowdown would occur, giving managers the opportunity to focus on their current staff dynamics. Restaurant managers have also been striving to retain top talent by offering training and career paths so they’ll have more incentive to stay around.
According to the National Restaurant Association, many restaurant workers feel if they have a place where they can really grow their careers, they’re more likely to stay. Management should also be transparent, discussing whether or not there is a potential path and also be upfront about expectations for growth and desired skillset. The news provider reports if you want to drive employee loyalty further, consider having an incentive program for when they complete specific tasks. This can also help encourage employees to go the extra mile in service.
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When you’re a manager, it’s critical that you communicate all safety hazards to your employees. Having rubber anti-fatigue mats around can help reduce a person’s chance of falling while on the job, and setting up the workplace to take a more proactive approach to safety can go a long way, but you still need to make sure you’re communicating hazards.
According to Safety and Health Magazine, more workplaces are taking a proactive approach to the workplace safety culture by educating employees about the various hazards that could put them at risk for harm. The news provider argues that many companies will focus on a hazard once someone is injured on the job, but it’s important to record near accidents as well so you can have a clear picture of the potential hazards that may be in the workspace.
EHS Today reports that leadership should be in the know whenever implementing a new safety plan. Any potential hazards need to be properly communicated to managers, so they can come up with an appropriate strategy and communication plan. The news provider also reports that management can appoint a point-person for each team to be the go-to should any employees have questions or safety concerns.
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