In business, having the perfect place to maximize the potential of your operation is essential. Whether that place is a back bedroom or an open space at an office block, it must be one where you can feel comfortable and safe to concentrate on business. There are a number of considerations to take into account when choosing and creating an office and from the location to the office supplies each element is important for a happy workplace and integral to the success of a company.
The location of your office is the obvious place to start. First of all you will need to consider your type of business, for instance, a hospitality business may like to close to customers. Being in close proximity for staff will also be a concern, should you be located near to public transport or within walking distance of your workforce?
Businesses selling products may look for a suitable location close to distribution centers and warehouses. You may also look to be in the centre of town to promote your product, although an “off the beaten track” location can work with a clever marketing strategy.
The general considerations for size will be related to space for office supplies, staff, storage, visitors and meetings. Each of these elements should be housed in enough space so as not to prove cramped for the workforce. Also take into account toilets for staff and visitors as-well as a kitchen and seating area.
This is a key element for any company. Wasting money is just not an option in business and office space rental will need to be budgeted accordingly. Of course, if you are a sole trader, the option of working from home is likely to be the most appealing and will save a fortune; however, it is not the ideal location for a number of staff to work comfortably with all the extra office supplies, furniture and computers to squeeze in. Office space is now cheaper than ever and may prove a better option if you expect your company to grow in size over a period of time.
An ideal working environment encompasses a number of things: heating, lighting, layout and design will all be major considerations. Staffs conditions will be the most important, ensuring workers are warm in the winter and cool in the summer as well as having a well-lit workplace.
In terms of layout, do you want an intense target-focused workplace where privacy is at a premium or larger more private individual areas for less distraction?
Furniture and office stationary supplies will also have an impact on the workforce. Modern or traditional desks and chairs will be considerations, the addition of bright stationary can affectively freshen-up an office along with plants and flowers. Screens can be purchased to section of meeting areas without giving a closed in feel and make a less formal environment.
An office should also be in a secure location with working fire alarms, protection and emergency exits. This will be needed for protection of staff as-well as being a legal requirement.
Cass is a writer who works for Office Shopping, the UK’s leading online office stationery supplier with over 20,000 office stationery essentials to homes and businesses across the UK.
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