Setting up a new office space for your business and making it work better for you can really improve the flow of work through the business. The new office might be larger and more open, or it could have better lighting. But more than any of that, if it allows you to get more done, it will improve the efficiency of the work and, hopefully, improve the working conditions for you and your employees.
Laying Out The Space
One of the best places to start is with the layout of the space. Deciding where things will go can make a big difference. Shared equipment like printers or copiers should be in a central area that is easy for everyone that uses them to get to. If your office has cubicles for your employees to work in, you may need to play with the layout to get the number you need in the space you have to work with. Look at all your layout options, and put them on paper first, before you start moving furniture and equipment around the space. Planning the moves before you make them will save you a lot of time and energy.
Leasing Or Buying Equipment
If you are setting up a new office, you might need to get some equipment that you do not already have. Whether you choose to lease or buy the things you need, you should try and get all the bases covered before you start working out of the new space. If you need a copier, for instance, buying one that will handle all your print and copy needs is important. You might need a printer, phone systems, computers, and the list goes on. Take the time to decide what you need and where you need to get it from. There are office supply companies that can set your office up with everything needed, and copier sales are very common, but shop around because they may not all offer a price you can afford.
Letting Your Employees Customize Their Space
Once you have the office set up, you need to decide just how far you are willing to let employees go to customize their individual space. For a business that never has clients in the area where employees are working, letting them decorate the space to make it more "them" might be a good idea. If you have clients coming in and meeting with employees daily, on the other hand, you might have to set some boundaries for employees to stay within. Making the space comfortable is important, but not to the extent that it becomes distracting to the employee or their coworkers.Share