If you’ve got a business on your hands, then you’ve got an office in some kind of shape or form. Maybe it’s a converted living room at your own house, maybe it’s a cubicle you’ve rented in the city, maybe it’s a block you’re renting out or have managed to full out buy based on your resources. Whatever the space you’re using to operate the nerve center of your business, there’s going to be some internal (and external) threats prowling around it.
Of course, missed investment opportunities, a dip in the stock market, and rival businesses are going to be your main threats, but there’s a physical side to this idea too. You need to be sure you don’t have any mishaps in your office, to make sure you’re always operating at maximum effectiveness, and are never missing out on a chance to make a profit.
So let’s go through the most common, and biggest, of these physical threats below. Be sure to be on the lookout for them within your own office.
Not Using the Correct Equipment
This is a big health and safety issue, but often enough, it’s simply because we pay no mind to the very real threat of trips and falls that could happen to us throughout daily work life. Sure, you may think standing up on your desk chair to reach a top shelf will only take a moment, and is easier than going all the way to the store room to fetch the step ladder, but it could end up with you flat on your face and an injury or two. And if anyone else is standing nearby, and you end up falling on them, you could have a lawsuit on your hands!
It’s a simple case of negligence we’re all guilty of, but it’s one we can put a quick end to. After all, if you do get injured from a topple like this, you could end up out of commission for a few weeks, losing money every single day you’re away from your desk. Of course, you should always take time to recover, but this kind of accident could have been easily avoided. And if any of your employees get similarly injured in similar accidents, that’s a huge loss of manpower, and a lack of customer service on hand at the least.
So always be sure you get the right equipment out to use in the office. If you need to ascend to reach something, use that ladder. If there are wires all over the floor around the desks, get your employees to store them neatly in the provided wire receptacles or plug boxes. Make sure the fire exits are always clear and never blocked up by excess inventory or employee belongings, etc.
A Pest Infestation
Pests are a big concern if you work in a city centre. New York City alone has a huge problem with pest infestations, and there’s a whole website dedicated to the insects dwelling in and out of these boroughs. Seeing as these populous areas have hundreds of company buildings operating in them, and there’s little room left for even the commuters to try and get through, then it’s only a matter of time before the bugs and the rodents start moving in too.
Pests can eat through all your important equipment faster than you ever thought possible, so even a potential infestation is a big problem. As soon as you notice signs of little critters coming to join you in your working environment, then it’s time to get your cleaning staff on the phone and ask them to do a double shift for today or for the next week. Make sure your staff are aware of the potential problem at hand as well, as the bugs could be going home with them on their clothes and belongings.
It’d be a good idea to have a commercial pest control company number on hand. Seeing as they’re the professionals with the big roast blasting or termite terminating guns, they’re going to be the people to rely on in a case of emergency. You never know when you’re going to walk into the break room to find a whole hoard of ants feeding on a sandwich that’s been left in the communal fridge for a couple of weeks, and that means you always need to be prepared for infestations to occur.
There’s a lot of threats to your office interior, but keep an eye out for these ones particularly.