Once you’ve decided to move your business to a new office space, it’s time start the planning process and reassess the needs of your company.
How fast do you expect to grow? What kinds of accommodations will your team require? The answers to these questions will help you determine the type of space you need.
Depending on your line of work, your individual team members could benefit from dedicated workspaces or a more open floor plan. Think about the space needs of the group, and consider this when you’re hunting for the ideal new office.
If you get better results from a collaborative environment where people constantly interact, an open floor plan might be best for your office.
If your team needs a more focused, productivity-driven environment, perhaps cubicles would better suit their needs.
If it’s a mixture of both, perhaps a hybrid of open spaces and cubicles would be the best option. Talk with a professional space planner for ideas on creating different zones around the office for private work and open space.
What kinds of rooms will you need, and what will be their function? Every room should serve a purpose, and there should be sufficient space for meetings, breaks, and hosting visitors, depending on the day-to-day activities of your company.
Preparing for growth is another big concern. If your business is growing, think about how quickly and prepare for the new team members that will be on board in the future.
When you negotiate your lease, ask about expansion options. We recommend taking a headcount now, then comparing that to your future growth projections by department.
If you can predict what that headcount will look like in three to five years, you’ll be better prepared for your office’s future occupancy.
Michael Staskiewicz, CCIM, Managing Principal of Effective Realty Advisors and a team of strategic partners, help financial decision makers of mid-size companies perfectly align their real estate with their business needs, so that they increase profits and improve operational and financial performance.
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