We would all like our offices to have the latest and greatest in furniture and design, but of course, this is not always possible.
Office redesigns can be disruptive to the workplace and not to mention, they can be costly. But when does an office design become necessary?
It is easy to think that your office can get by looking the way it does year after year, but the truth is that eventually a poor office design can impact on productivity and can leave your employees feeling uninspired. Customers and clients are also likely to be affected, and may feel “put off” by old, outdated office spaces.
Eventually, over time your poor office design can cost you your business, which is why it’s so important to pay attention to these warning signs and to take action-
4 Warning Signs Your Business Needs an Update
1.) Your Office Space Looks Out of Date
If your office has drab walls and desks or furniture that is more than 5-10 years old, it could be seriously harming your business. When your office looks out of date, it sends the message to your clients and employees that your business is behind the times and not up to date on the latest in the industry.
The good news is that updating your office doesn’t have to be complicated. A few coats of paint, a bold accent wall and some updated desks and chairs can make a world of difference to your space.
2.) There is a lot of “Stuff” Everywhere
Over the years your office can collect a lot of stuff that becomes redundant, such as mismatched stationary, old printers and so on. This can not only create a cluttered workspace and hamper productivity, but it can also make your office feel smaller and less open.
To counteract this, every year plan a big clean out of your office space where you remove things that are no longer in use. This helps your office to stay clean and can also free up more space. Offices that regularly clear away stuff that is no longer needed also look more inviting.
3.) Your Office is Too Crowded
In Australia, it is recommended that an office environment should offer each person 6-10 square meters of space. However, this number may be more depending on the type of work that your company does. If your office space is offering less than this, it is a clear sign that it is time to upgrade to a new and bigger location.
4.) Having Unused Space
Having unused space in your office is also a clear sign that you need to work out a better flow or order of events in your environment. Unused space is a waste and may mean that other areas of your office are cluttered or being overused.
While every office environment will be different, work out how you can turn your unused space into something practical and useful. This in turn, will help to improve productivity and will also give your clients and employees more space to get things done.