Your Reception Desk Is Telling First-Time Visitors These 3 Things

First impressions are everything when it comes to doing business. While it’s possible to come back from a negative first meeting, it’s hard to make a client’s skepticism or suspicions go away without a lot of work. So make sure you set the stage for first meetings well.


Here are three things your receptionist’s desk could be telling people whether you want it to or not:

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Reception Desks: Always on the Front Line

While first impressions are critical in the world of business, the question that is often not asked is “What is the first impression we want our vendors, customers, and visitors want to experience?”  Of course the natural answer is “professionalism” but there are other factors that can help distinguish your organization from the competition which could be the tipping point that closes the sale.  The right reception desk that matches your organization’s unique corporate culture and ambiance is what will leave a positive and lasting first impression to everyone that walks through your doors.

Here are several ideas that can help you determine which reception desk is right for your organization:

Unique Reception Desk for a Unique Layout

Is your business or non-profit in a location such as the corner suite of a corporate building with a unique office layout?  Then an L-Shaped Desk might be just your cup of tea.  L-shaped desks are designed to maximize space by granting the employee two work area spaces with ample room for storage.  The Pronto L-Shaped Desk by Marvel is perfect for offices that have the main entrance located on the side and gives the receptionist space for storing and paperwork, office supplies, and other critical day-to-day business operations-related materials.

Pronto L-Shaped Desk by Marvel

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Choosing the Right School Reception Desk

Choosing new administration furniture for a school district can be a daunting task, especially while juggling the hectic preparation of back to school season.  Regardless of whether your organization is a private school, charter school, or even the school district’s administration building, having the right front office furniture goes a long way.  Reception Desks illustrate professionalism, organization, and provides a welcoming ambiance for prospective students & parents, visitors, and guests.  Here are three things to help guide you in choosing a reception desk that makes a great first impression:

Professionalism & Elegance are Paramount

Reception desks are often the first thing people see when they enter a school which sets the building’s look and feel.  A clean finish without signs of damage or wear makes a solid first impression so it’s important to find a reception desk that can stand the test of time while maintaining a professional appearance.  The Marque Reception Station by OFM is one option that can accommodate countless front desk environments.

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Making Good Impressions With The Right Reception Desk

Reception desks are the first pieces of furniture a client will see when he or she enters your office. It also sets the tone for your employees when they come to work. Then there are the purely functional purposes of the reception desk that are crucial for running an office smoothly. This piece of furniture is a watch tower from which your receptionist directs the flow of work and defends your business from time wasters. This means that picking the right reception desk for your business will take serious consideration.

The first point you must consider is the type of work that will be done at the reception desk. Will the desk’s occupant be screening phone calls? Screening emails? Will he or she make appointments, complete invoices, or accept payments? All these different tasks require different tools and you must make sure the reception desk is big enough to accommodate those tools, while being small enough to properly fit your office.

It is very handy to have a reception desk that has its own outlets and storage space for all the necessary tools of the trade. Definitely check to see if the desk will hold a computer, phone and files comfortably. A desk that is properly equipped will make the receptionist’s job much easier and will maximize productivity.

Be sure to think about the general tone each potential desk is setting to see if it parallels the flow of the office and matches your business environment. Do you want to impress clients with how serious and solid your company is? Is your workplace supposed to be fun and casual? Pick the one that best matches the tone of the business. A more casual company may opt for a fun shape or unusual color while a formal company may want a more conventional-looking desk.

Perhaps you want to emphasize your forward thinking and give your office a more modern feel. In that case, you might prefer the PLB144 Reception Desk Suite by NDI. On the other hand, a warm wooden desk with ornate moldings will typically convey a more traditional sense, such as the Prestige Veneer Desk by Regency.

Whatever tone or decorating scheme your business holds, Worthington Direct has a receptionist desk that will meet your needs. Feel free to contact us and view your options today.