In business, every little detail counts. And this applies to all businesses regardless of size or reach. Details like what your official header looks like, the location of your business, and even the expiration date you put on products like shampoos or powders can affect your image, branding, and sales. So, it’s important to pay attention to every detail of your business – or at least hire the right people to take care of it for you.
But did you know that even the staircase you have has an effect on your business? Here are the ways stair designs can have a significant effect on your business operations, sales, and aesthetics.
Stairs Can Be a Workplace Hazard
Stairs that choose style over function may be the cause of many workplace hazards. Slips, trips, and falls are the cause of thousands of work injuries and almost 400 deaths between 2003 and 2015, according to Safe Work Australia. While most of these cases involved minor musculoskeletal injuries, 23% of them led to serious claims because of the severity of their injuries. And one of the reasons listed for this is poorly designed and maintained staircases with bad lighting.
This is why Safe Work Australia recommends reconsidering the design of your staircase to ensure its safety. Not only is it a liability if your employees get hurt, but it can also impact your business operations. Injured employees will need to take time off to recover, which can reduce your manpower depending on how crucial their job role is. In turn, your business’ profits could be at a loss.
Your Business Could Be Turning Off Customers
Your business may provide quality products and services, but if your interior design is off-putting (including your stairs), you might be turning them away or dissuading them from wanting to do business with you. After all, if you don’t want to invest in the quality of your office for your customers, how can they expect you to invest in providing quality products and services?
Store design can affect foot traffic and sales, which is why having stairs that look unappealing can turn away customers who wouldn’t want to make the effort to use it. For example, if you own a two-storey boutique and have stairs look very steep to climb, customers are less likely to climb your stairs to see the rest of the items you have to offer.
Affect Your Employees’ Productivity
Interior design can also have an effect on your employees’ productivity. Specifically, their ability to focus, stay focused, and stay productive because of the way their physical environment motivates them. In fact, studies show that even though an office with good interior design can increase productivity by 20 percent, almost half of employers don’t see the importance of investing in workplace design.
While interior office design can comprise of many factors, you should consider your stairs to be one of them. The stairs in the middle of your business can tie your workplace design together or be an eyesore that affects employee productivity.
Staircases are just one part of office operations, and they’re likely not even the main part of your business. But it’s important to pay attention to its function, safety, and style if you want it to help your business thrive rather than be a problem on its own.