(This is a contributed post)
If you are moving into a new office, whether it is a room in your home, a new build office or an existing office building, you need to make sure that you are preparing the space properly. After all, if it is not set up correctly, you may well find that it impacts on your business operations and ends up costing you in terms of profit.
In this post, we are going to take a look at just a few of the things you will need to do in order to make sure your office is space is ready to go.
Check the utilities
You cannot function without a gas, electricity and water supply so this is of paramount importance. Make sure it is all hooked up, that you know how to operate the central heating, boiler, air conditioning, etc., and that you know where the fuse box and what to do if your electricity supply trips. All of your utilities must be connected by suitably qualified people so that they are safe.
Consider how you will get rid of waste.
Whatever business you are in, and however ‘green’ your credentials are, you will produce waste of some description, so you need to have a plan in place for getting rid of it. Find out about the waste management services available to you and remember to recycle as much as possible.
Arrange a deep clean
This is of particular importance if you are moving into premises that has been left empty for a while or had previous people working in. It makes it feel fresh and clean ready for you and your team of employees to make a mark on. You can hire professional cleaners to do this, who can get the place spick and span in no time, or you can roll your sleeves up and do it yourself. Once you are settled into your new premises, arrange to do this every couple of months or so, on top of your day to day cleaning routine.
Space it out
How you use the space in your office is really important. Think carefully about the layout – don’t have the water cooler and the printer at the opposite end of the office as continually having to traipse to the other end of the room to get a print out fifteen times a day is not productive for your employees! Make sure you have a dedicated and comfortable space for breaks and relaxing, and if at all possible, an outdoor space for your staff to get a breath of fresh air during their break time.
Put your stamp on it
Offices can often be pretty soulless places, so don’t be afraid to put your own stamp on it. Cool art work for the walls or a brightly coloured couch in the staffroom can turn it from somewhere dull to somewhere with a bit of life and personality – and that can make all the difference to your morale and productivity levels!