Small change: Huge impact
A small change that has huge results is to update your reception desk, says veterinary architect Heather Lewis, AIA, NCARB. It's the first interaction clients have with your practice, but the desk gets old and wears out. Over time it doesn't reflect the statement you want to make anymore.
You can get a desk relaminated or replace the countertops, or buy a new desk entirely. The best ones are completely new, Lewis says.
When choosing a new desk think about what kind of relationship you want your client service representatives to have with your clients:
> Do you want CSRs to be eye level? Seated?
> Do you want the desk to be less of a wall-like barrier?
Think about the materials of the desk and how to upgrade them to be more modern and durable. The desk takes a lot of abuse over time and you want something that will stand up to that, Lewis recommends.
In addition to the desk itself, you can update or change the lighting above the desk to give the reception area a new feeling. There are a lot of different pendant lighting options, Lewis says.
Another thing to consider is your receptionist's comfort. Get them new chairs that are comfortable to spend long periods of time sitting in. Receptionists often get cold sitting right by the door that's always opening. Some practices combat this by installing radiant heating in the floor so receptionists won't have to plug in space heaters, Lewis notes.
One final point is to think about your computer and the paper storage that the desk will need. Cutting down clutter is a good idea because it gives the desk clean, client-pleasing appearance. Plan to have space for prescription pick up, will you have drawers or cubbies in your desk? Some hospitals utilize hanging pharmacy bags to save space.