Business growth is something every business desires, but when your business starts to grow you have to be ready to accommodate your staff and equipment. You may already be in an office but if you have expansion in mind you have many areas to consider. Whether it is location for your business needs or the staff commute, an office move should not be taken lightly. Below we will look at some of the areas to consider so that your move goes smoothly.
With any expansion project it is worth making sure you have a well laid out plan of what you require form your move. It is very easy to get carried away with having larger premises, but it worth remembering that larger premises will require more furniture that will have cost implications.
Planning Your Move
Make sure that you allow enough time for this aspect, as moving from a smaller place to a larger space is more difficult than you might envision. Try to avoid having open spaces filled with stationery paraphernalia as now is the perfect time to declutter and organise your office accordingly.
Drawing out a plan of your new office is a great way to see how things may look and what space you have available. When planning, try to remember not to cause too much upheaval for existing members of staff as this can often unsettle a smooth-running workforce. Finally, if your office move requires you to make some internal changes bear in mind that it may be necessary to hire carpenters, electricians, joiners etc. before you move to ensure that little disruption as possible is caused.
Health and Safety
Health and safety is a must in all workplaces. Most of us grumble when we hear about health and safety and often see some of the rules and regulations as unnecessary, but having a good health and safety structure in place will help prevent future problems from occurring. It is worth seeking advice from a workplace health and safety executive to ensure that you have met the right regulations.
Office Interior Design
A well-designed office interior in Auckland or any big city, needs to be bright and airy. Modern offices are often open plan and all levels of staff tend to be on one floor, in one area with no boss’s office, so that all member so staff are able to communicate freely.
Colour schemes are now often lighter with pastel and neutral colours taking over. Office furniture is also more lightweight and the designs tend to be simple. Here are five tips for you to take into consideration when considering your office’s interior design:
- Create break out spaces – break out spaces are not just a place for staff to eat, they are designed so that your employees have somewhere to get away from their desk. These are great for breaking down barriers in the office and creating spontaneity in the office situation i.e. for taking a quick break.
- Branding your workplace – your office brand is more than just your website or the logo outside the front to door, it should go further than this. Branded stationery, letterheads and office equipment should infuse your workplace so that your employees are absorbed in your company’s ethos.
- Invest in furniture – invest money in furniture and try not to buy cheap or budget furniture as in the long run this will end up costing you more. For example, a cheap chair could cause back pain which could be complained about and causes another area of concern that needs to be dealt with aside of replacing the chair.
- Keeping things tidy – whether your office is small or large keeping it tidy is important. Something as simple as eating food at your desk can turn a neat and tidy office into a messy disorganised space. Therefore, carefully positioned bins rather than bins positioned at a workstation can be a good way of centralising mess. Having enough storage for staff to store away work-related paraphernalia is also another aspect that needs to be considered.
- You never have too much light – lighting is important in an office because when you consider that the average person working in an office spends about 90% of their time in the office. Natural light is far better than artificial lighting, but if artificial lighting is your only option then make sure it is bright and there is plenty of it. Natural light does reduce fatigue and complaints about headaches, so always consider this option when you have the chance to move.
- Space- in an office, you can never have too much space, it is not just the size of someone’s desk that is important, it’s also about how much circulatory space they have and how easy staff can move around. One way in which this can be achieved is by using glass wall screens if private offices are needed.
Remember that hiring office design consultants in Auckland, for example, can be a really good idea to
help you envision what will work best with your space and your team.
Chat to Your Team
Try keeping your team fully informed of the move as good communication will help them feel involved and more willing to help. For example, assigning a task to your employees can help them to feel very much a part of the move. They may even offer an opinion that you may not have considered which will help with the coordination of the move. It may also be worth having a brainstorming session around the issues faced with the old space so that these issues do not get transferred to the new place.
A Final Thought
As with any move it can be stressful so taking the above advice into consideration will help reduce any unnecessary stress and ensure that your move is an enjoyable and successful step for your growing business.