No matter what kind of business you’ve just started, creating the perfect office will help all your new staff members to settle in and get on with their work undisturbed. That said; there’s certainly a lot to think about, which is precisely why I’ve decided to spend an hour or so writing this short article today. I’ve worked in so many offices over the years that I’ve learned a thing or about what makes the space functional and inviting. So, if you want to ensure your workspace is set up in the best way possible for your staff without breaking the bank, you should definitely read on…
Obviously, you’re going to have to invest in furniture and the like, but so long as you contact second hand office stores this shouldn’t cost the Earth. Remember, it’s all about being resourceful and making the most of what you have, which is a skill we should all work on from time to time. Your business is still young, and so although you might want to build something as stunning as Google’s European HQ, that’s probably best left for another time.
Think About Layout
Depending on the nature of your business, you should tailor the layout of your office accordingly. In some circumstances, it may be useful for staff members to face each other to allow ease of communication. At other times, they may need to be as separated as possible to allow privacy when taking important calls from clients. Just assess the situation you face and determine which style of layout would be most suitable.
You’ll never have the perfect startup office if your workers don’t have all the equipment they need to get the job done properly. While you might think one printer would be enough for twenty people, if your team are constantly making hard copies of documents, you’re probably going to need numerous printers. Likewise, if you fail to purchase enough computer equipment, you might as well send some of your team home – that’s how important these devices are to the smooth running of any company based in an office.
Although I’m sure you’d prefer your staff to work solidly from the moment they arrive, there are laws in place with regards to breaks, and so you’ll need to provide them with somewhere to relax and eat their lunch. While some business owners allow this to happen at their individual employee’s desks, I’d advise against this as it offers too many risks. If a worker spills coffee over
one of your machines, it should be covered by your insurance, but dealing with that and making a claim will cost you time and money you simply don’t have at the moment.
It might be sensible to build some kind of break-room with tables for eating and perhaps a pool table to help your team relax and recharge. In my own experience, whenever I’ve worked in an office that provided some fun means of recreation, the vast majority of people working there were more involved with their work in the afternoons.
Well, now you know how to create the perfect office for your startup business, I expect you’ll have drawn up the plans by this time next week. As the old saying goes “there’s no time like the present”. And as the even older saying goes “money waits for no man”. So, get started ASAP.
See you soon!