Growing your business can be exciting, and rewarding, yet also challenging. If the growth of your business means you need to increase your workforce, you’ll also need to consider whether you have a suitable office environment.
With many businesses offering flexible or hybrid working following the pandemic, you might think office space is of little importance anymore. But if you’re offering a base to work from, you’ll want to make sure it’s big enough to accommodate your staff and provides a comfortable environment for employees to carry out their tasks, regardless of how often they’re in the office.
Reasons to expand your workspace
Developing your business usually means taking on more employees. Logistically, this is a good reason to ramp up your office space. Cramped working environments won’t lend themselves well to good productivity and employees are less likely to want to spend time there. An overcrowded workspace also won’t provide the best impression for any potential new recruits visiting for interviews or assessment days.
Perhaps you’ve increased your profits and are looking to create a more spacious, welcoming environment for your existing staff? Investing in your office space can result in a boost to staff morale and a modern, carefully designed space will reflect well on your brand too. This will also help attract new clients and build a good reputation with any visitors to your workplace.
Having separate areas for multiple purposes, including individual work pods, meeting rooms and relaxing areas, can make for an employee-friendly, well-equipped office. Workstations should also be suitably kitted out with the correct equipment, such as computers, monitors, chairs, and desk space.
How to prepare
If possible, it’s a good idea to plan. If you know you’ll be increasing your business or client portfolio within the next few months or year, start looking into office expansion ahead of time so you’re well prepared.
If employees can work from home whilst the renovation is taking place, this will make any building work and disruption easier to manage. Alternatively, finding a temporary area to house staff will be more suitable than working in conditions unsuited to productivity.
Provide the means to store items safely during the expansion, especially if personal or confidential data files are involved. Choose reputable builders and vet your contractors and staff for the correct, up-to-date construction insurance, to make sure the process runs smoothly. Make sure any risk assessments are carried out if you still have staff on-site whilst the building work is taking place.
Although expanding an office environment and having renovation work carried out is bound to cause some level of disruption, it can be easily minimized by following these tips. You and your staff can be back to a brand-new, inviting space in no time!
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