As businesses grow, they move. It’s a fact of life.
Unfortunately, this moving process is most definitely easier said than done. Even if you’re moving to the shiniest new office block on the square, doing it with little disruption is a huge challenge in itself.
Today we’re going to talk about the process of choosing new office space, and exactly what you have to take into account. We’re not going to look at the nitty gritty with how many desks and space you’ll need – hopefully that’s all covered. Instead, we’re going to explore some less obvious topics, which you might not have thought about.
Whether or not they will avoid every single disruption is another matter. Most companies, particularly in the capital, will turn towards Safe Storage in London just so that they can get the premises in order before moving all of their belongings. However, the following will at least minimize disruption, and help you on your way.
What’s the deal with maintenance?
Unless you have big budgets to play with, let’s assume you’re moving into a building that you will be sharing with other businesses. This is something that most companies have to get used to – but also a situation that brings plenty of maintenance headaches.
Who actually performs the maintenance? If a socket stops working, who calls the electrician? Sure, it might sound ideal having a management company do all this for you, but will they really be pushing the boat out to complete the jobs sharpish?
It’s a terrible cliché, but time is money. Particularly if your business is tech-heavy, knowing that you can quickly resolve any maintenance problems is essential and can be a deal-breaker.
What AREN’T you allowed to do?
Technically, this can affect every business. However, if you are a company that regularly invites clients, the last thing you want to show them is a wall that’s half-decorated. Of course, the list doesn’t stop there. What we’re trying to say is that this is your business and you need complete control to make changes. While some companies might be able to slot into premises, most need to stamp their own brand onto them and this needs to be considered.
Is there a kitchen?
Perhaps one of the easiest questions we’ll ask – what happens in relation to preparing food and drink? Are you sharing with other companies? Does yours have sufficient facilities? This is something that can really impact your workforce so while it might be a simple question, give it some sincere thought.
What’s the temperature in there?
This final question might be bordering on random, but give us time. If you look at an office in the spring, it will be optimum temperature. What about if you were to view it in winter or summer? Freezing or boiling conditions can be one of the biggest pet peeves for workers and particularly if you don’t have much control over the building you are moving into, this can be of huge annoyance to your workforce and blight their productivity.