It is vital for people who work in an office that they have a comfortable and work-friendly environment in which to spend their days. Failing to do so can lead to a loss in productivity and a high rate of staff churn.
However, choosing an office can be a laborious and time-consuming process, which often results in the wrong type of office being selected, merely to get something quickly. To help you when choosing your next office space, here are some common mistakes to avoid when selecting an office.
Not Considering Future Expansion
Expansion might be the last thing on your mind when you are going through the stresses of office-hunting. However, failing to consider your future expansion plans can leave you with tricky exit negotiations down the line. If you have any goals or aspirations to expand, you should consider the length of the lease you take on and make sure it fits your needs.
Committing To An Inflexible Contract
This mistake is linked to the previous point, in that you do not want to have a lease that offers you no flexibility. You do not know what situations are around the corner, and your lease needs to reflect the flexibility you need in business to deal with upturns and down-sides.
Committing To A Lease Totally Based On The Price
Price is an important aspect of your office lease, however, it is not the only factor. Committing to a lease solely based on the price can leave you stuck in an inappropriate office space that leads to a drop in productivity and an increase in staff churn.
Considering Only Workstations or Desk Spaces
Having an office where every employee has their own desk might be great for the individual employee, but it is in no way cost-effective for your business. There will be very few days of the week when every member of staff will need a desk.
You may have a flexible working policy whereby staff can work from home on certain days or spend some days on the road. Selecting an office space so that every person has their own desk is not practical and will very quickly hurt your pocket.
Failing To Check The Office Condition
A quick walk through a potential office taking a few snaps to show your colleagues and staff is not sufficient. You need to do your due diligence when you are checking the state of the new office space. Signing a lease without doing so could leave you open to all sorts of costs. Check on the condition of appliances and facilities, and make sure that you have sufficient to meet your needs - electric points, heating, A/C, etc.
Failure To Consider Design
Even an office that is the right size has sufficient working facilities, a reasonable price, and a flexible lease; it might not be suitable. It simply might be a little bit drab and dingy. Do not underestimate a well-designed office space. Having a pleasant working environment will reflect on your employees, so consider the office design.
Hopefully, considering these common mistakes will help you avoid making them when you select your next office space.