Renting office space is an exciting step for any business. It is a symbol that you, personally, have formed something that warrants work to be done. It is the ultimate entrepreneurs’ goal, so well done for getting to this stage.
Now, your next challenge is to find the perfect space to inspire you and your team to keep on reaching for your goals. It’s important to choose the right kind of property for commercial use that sparks creativeness, inspires originality and motivates you for the day ahead.
You don’t need to have extravagant buildings with marble floors and stone pillars to create an artistic working space. Re-vamping any office space can ensure you get the best productivity out of your employees and they get the best out of their office space.
The first step is choosing a space that you can use as a blank canvas. Go for something with plain walls and lots of open space. If this isn’t possible, make the space into a blank canvas. Before choosing any décor or colour, paint the walls white and clear the space so that you can see what you have to work with.
Natural light has been proven to help employees sleep better at night time. A well-rested employee is a more productive employee. So go for lots of windows and a space that requires minimal artificial light.
If you already have a team of workers that have helped you get your business to the stage of renting office space, it’s essential you choose a location that can accommodate to them. Make sure the office is located in an area they are happy to commute to.
If you don’t have a team yet, choose a location that is close to a populated area. An office in the middle of nowhere with an hour drive from any town or city is not going to appeal to many people. The less commute your employees have, the reduced chance there is of them being late, stressed out from road-rage and it encourages them to stay with you long term.
Also, consider what is situated around the location of your office space. Your employees will probably want somewhere close by to get food for their lunch. Getting out of the office during lunch time also helps to clear their head and make the afternoon a much more productive one.
It’s important to make your office your own, so first make sure that you’re familiar with what you are and are not allowed to do. You don’t necessarily need to knock down walls or build pillars and marble floors, and most landlords probably wouldn’t allow this anyway.
Customising simple things like the colours of the walls can make a huge difference to the atmosphere of the office. Specific colours have different effects on the mood of employees, so depending on your business; you should choose a colour that sparks the right kind of efficiency. The layout of your office is also a huge factor, if you have a smaller office to work with be sure to maximise the space you have with the correct design, fixtures and furniture. You also need to make space for storage because a cluttered office creates messy employees.
If you have customers that will be often visiting the office, you should create a welcoming lobby type space for them to walk into and feel comfortable. You should also decide if you want to create a communal open plan type office to allow your employees to communicate and share ideas. If your business requires closed off individual spaces for private phone conversations, make sure your layout supports this.
Be sure to enjoy this exciting turning point in your business journey. At times it will feel stressful, but work through it and watch your company thrive from a space that supports you, your team and your visions. Make your office the type of place you want to get out of bed and go to every morning. This way you can be sure of a more enjoyable and productive working life.