In this space, we talk a lot about the big decisions you need to make when you’re planning the office space for your business.
Considerations like lease structure, floor plan, and technology are obviously critical concerns. With factors like these weighing on you, it can be easy to overlook smaller amenities. Don’t fall into this trap. If you move in without taking the details into account, you’ll be scrambling for the supplies you need to make your business run.
Even as we do more and more of our work digitally, an office without a printer simply does not function. Now, the printer most suited for your company will depend on your size and needs, but there is no question that you will need one. Once you decide on the machine that’s right for your business, make sure to have plenty of paper on hand to stock it. It would be pretty embarrassing to hold your first meeting in your shiny new office and realize you can’t print any notes.
Stocking cleaning supplies is a must unless you want your staff to turn the break room into a pigsty. Even if you hire an outside cleaning company, you’ll want to keep basics like a broom, vacuum, garbage bags, paper towels, and disinfectant wipes on hand. Safety equipment, like fire extinguishers and first-aid kits, is a legal requirement. You might also want to stock some ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and cold medicine.
Basically, this category includes everything you’d buy if you took a thorough lap through an office supply store: pens, staplers, tape dispensers, and the like. You’re not running a school, and you shouldn’t expect your employees to show up with their own supplies. Keep extras of everything on hand, and create a system for staff to request supplies as needed.
Of course, you can delegate the acquisition and maintenance of these needs to an office manager, but one way or another, all of these items must be at your workplace.
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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