One of the things that attract so many to world of business ownership is the sense of uncertainty associated with it. Uncertainty is the seed to possibilities and excitement, so the expansion of your business should always be front and center. No one starts a business with hopes of it failing. Growth going to happen and if you are unprepared for it, you can find yourself scrambling to keep up. It could be accommodating employees, additional technology and or capital.
The potential for rapid growth should be an integral part of designing your new office space. It’s critical to envision how you would like the space to work for you in the future. Can it be expanded for additional space? Reconfigured to accommodate new needs? Is there room for additional employees?
In this post, we’ll outline a few ways to design an office that accommodate your growth.
Having an office with a sense of flexibility will make adjusting and reworking your space that much easier. Try thinking of the office layout in terms of departments, each may need different levels of privacy or the ability to communicate freely.
As your business expands, the office needs to embrace new ways of working and space sharing without having to lose a day dismantling workstations. Keep the words “adjustable” and “portable” in mind when making selections.
When planning your layouts, always consider a plan B. This can be incorporating an open concept space with partitions that can be moved or added to offer some level of privacy. This setup can be essential if you need to host large meetings or accommodate clients. Consider a number of layout options when you move into your new office so you have a plan in place when the business starts to expand.
Quality Over Quantity
Some business owners think that acquiring a larger space is the answer to their problems. More Space equals more opportunity to change and reconfigure in the future. While this is partially true, it makes very little sense to secure an office space that you can’t use yet, it will just lead to money being wasted on lease or rent. The alternative is to think smart and consider the quality of the space not just the quantity.
Another approach to integrate office layout and furniture is to consider neighbourhoods to the office design. Office neighbourhoods are becoming a popular choice for startups and businesses by creating smaller spaces where small groups can work collaboratively, maintain a sense of privacy, and build community within a workspace. These spaces are multi-use, and are designed to support collaboration and productivity.
Furniture is really critical for your business. The selection you make will add or shape the identity of your business and will impact employee productivity. When purchasing your office furniture consider items that are going to last, not just the latest trend.
When designing your space and purchasing furniture it's important to consider ergonomics. Ergonomics is the science behind fitting a workstation to a worker allowing for maximum comfort, productivity, and efficiency. There are increasing stories of neck and back pain due to neglecting office furniture ergonomics. When investing in office furniture, purchase quality pieces that keep your employee's health at the forefront.
When it comes to technology, the newest items are going to help your office feel up-to-date and employees may feel tech-savvy pride, but will it improve productivity or efficiency?
Instead of spending the bulk of your businesses expansion budget into the newest smartphone and computer technology, investing in tools for idea sharing, and implementing change is much better way to spend your money. Upgrade your office space to allow for big changes and big ideas, not the latest gadget.