[This article was written by Anita Ginsburg.]
If your non-essential business is experiencing a slow-down or respite from regular productivity, you may be tempted to put the company completely on hold and attend to other areas of your life. However, it is important to maintain your office so that you will be ready to resume productivity when people are no longer required to stay at home. Here are some key aspects of your company that may need monitoring or service.
Check your facility operations periodically to ensure everything is working as it should. Security systems, records storage, and other elements of routine operations should be maintained in good order to keep your facility up and running. Restrooms, meeting areas, office space, windows, and entrances should remain functional and ready to use when normal activities pick up.
Don’t be tempted to postpone work on a leaky faucet or a suspicious water stain on the floor or wall. A small problem can turn into a major one if left untreated. Have an expert assess your plumbing system, including septic and well if you have those functions. If the building’s water supply isn’t heating as it should, contact a commercial water heater repair expert with questions or to schedule an evaluation. You don’t want to have to deal with major plumbing issues when the company gets busy again.
Make sure the heating, ventilation, and air conditioner are working properly. Don’t wait until summer to find out your air conditioning system is faulty. Take care of any problems now before the busy season so you won’t have to wait a long time for an appointment if needed. Remember to change your furnace filter every six months or so to maintain clean air circulating throughout the office.
While business is slow, this is a good time to update your office electrical outlets if needed. Depending on which appliances or equipment are used, you may want to have additional electrical lines installed to service all your business needs, especially if electric service has been spotty. Security upgrades and other elements of your company that use electric can be done during a slow time as well.
Take advantage of the company’s down time to get software updates, install new programs, and provide computer training to employees who may need it. Replace aging equipment with newer printers or copiers that may be faster or more convenient.
Never let a downturn go to waste. Put the extra time to good use by ensuring your business facility is well-equipped and ready to support an upsurge of activity when regular commerce returns.
Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO. She studied at Colorado State University, and now writes articles about health, business, family and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family whenever she isn’t writing. You can follow her on Twitter @anitaginsburg.