Your office space is more than just a place to show up and grind out the 9-5. It is the heart of your business, representing who you are and how you work. Unless you’re a fully remote workforce, you’re going to need a place for your business to call home.
A good working environment can help to create a happy, productive workforce which in turn will contribute to the success of your company.
When choosing office space, it’s important not to rush things, and take the time to consider what you really need, both now and in the future.
Location, location, location
Where you base your office is very important. Clients and customers need to be able to find you easily, so choosing somewhere that is accessible by major transport links is a good idea.
The location also plays a part in recruitment too. An out of the way office, that is not easy to commute to, can severely limit the talent pool that you can recruit from. You need to be able to compete for the best talent, but if you’re too much of a hassle to get to and from, they’ll likely look elsewhere first.
Decide how much control you want to have
Do you want to buy commercial space or lease it? It’s never been easier to lease high-quality space that takes a lot of the admin out of running a business. If you choose a serviced office, then the building owner will be responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the space and in some cases will provide other utilities and reception services.
There are quite a few limitations to leasing space. You won’t have a lot of autonomy to configure the space or make any meaningful changes to the decoration and facilities.
Buying your own space will give you total control, allowing you to shape the property to suit the personality of your business. You will be responsible for the repairs and maintenance including the roofing for your commercial property and all of the utilities.
Look to the future
When deciding on office space, think about how your company is going to look in a few years. Is the plan to expand and add to your employee numbers or are you looking to move towards a flexible working pattern that would see fewer people in the office at any one time?
Make sure your office is big enough to accommodate your future needs. You don’t want to end up in a cramped space or face the costly prospect of having to move locations again.
Think about your employee’s wellbeing
A good working environment is essential to a happy workforce. When picking and designing yours put some thought into things like the supply of fresh air and natural light, will there be space for employees to relax and take a break? Poorly designed offices can even lead to ‘sick building syndrome’ where employees can become ill and emotionally distressed.
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