Let’s face it. Nobody likes moving. The thought of having to pack up and relocate everything to new space can be daunting. But for some businesses, an ill-fit space could be holding them back from realizing their firms full potential.
Here are four signs we’ve found may signal that it’s time for a change of space for your company:
1) Your Current Location No Longer Represents Your Company’s Brand
Whether you’re are small creative start-up or a large, innovative corporate tech firm, if you’re working out of an office space that looks like it could be a time capsule from the 1960s, it may be time for a change.
Studies have shown that when your work environment contrasts too greatly with your brand and company culture, it can have a negative impact on your employees and can also make it increasingly difficult to attract the new talent.
Most employees want to work in an energizing, fun and inspiring environment that compliments the brand they’re working to help create. So if your office space is crowded, disorganized, and in desperate need of repairs, you may be missing the opportunity to subconsciously remind your employees of your brand’s core values that you want them to represent in everything they do.
Since the appearance of your office says so much about your company, it’s important to keep in mind that employees and clients will start to make assumptions about your firm the moment they walk up to the building it’s housed in. The question you need to ask yourself is, what assumptions will people make about your company? What story is your space telling about your brand? And more importantly, is that the story you want to be telling people?
2) You’re Struggling To Make The Space Work Efficiently
Is your office space starting to feel a bit like a maze, with departments haphazardly laid out here and there where you can fit them? Do you find yourself spending half your day navigating from one end of the office to the other in order to communicate with all the employees you need to?
Even if you physically have enough space in your office, it simply may not be laid out to best fit your needs as a firm. Or perhaps the layout is simply too inflexible to keep up with your changing needs as your company grows and expands.
Most companies act like a living breathing organism, they grow, they shrink, they change shape and sizes constantly. Having an office space that allows for those changes without splitting departments or moving people to inconvenient areas of the office can be a key factor in how efficiently you are able to operate.
A good rule of thumb is that you should be operating within a space that offers a range of different types of workspaces: open areas, space for small teams, space for large teams and space for individual workers in addition to dedicated space for private or confidential conversations.
3) Your Space Can No Longer Accommodate Your Technology Needs
In today’s world technology is constantly changing. In the 1960s we needed an entire room just to house one computer, now we can house that same computing power in the palm of our hand. It only follows then that as the technology our businesses utilize changes, the space it interacts with and lives in must change as well. However many businesses find themselves working in offices that simply cannot keep up with those changes.
And while technologies tend to be getting increasingly smaller, more and more sophisticated copiers, printers, computer monitors and a multitude of other machines invented to help increase our workplace efficiency are taking up more room than ever and beginning to encroach on human workspace in many cases. Each computer, printer, copier and fax machine needs so much open space around it to prevent malfunctions due to overheating and to allow access to its controls.
In addition, your office may also need to keep up with increasing demands for data connectivity. Dead spots that affect your employee’s ability to connect to wireless service, or the inability to utilize a high bandwidth connection, may decrease your employee’s productivity potential.
4) Your Location Just Isn’t Working Out
The visual appearance of your office is one thing, but the old adage still holds true, location, location, location can be everything. The convenience of your office to your target employees and clients has the potential to make a huge difference in how your business can compete in your industry.
Commute time alone is often a large deciding factor for many employees. Long or heavily trafficked commutes are highly taxing on employees, and that stress may affect their work when they finally make it to the office.
In addition, proximity to amenities like restaurants, espresso shops, health clubs, dry cleaners and banks are not only helpful in ensuring the happiness of your employees, but also give you more options for entertaining important clients with ease.
Finally you’ll want to consider how well your industry is performing in an area. Are there too many firms all competing for the same dollars? If so, you may struggle to grow while you fight over the best employees and clients.
So while even just the mere thought of moving is daunting to just about every business owner, it’s important to keep in mind the impact that housing your company in an ill-fit space can have.
If you think your office could benefit from a change, don’t hesitate to call us at 256-536-8809 to see how we can assist you in finding the perfect space to help maximize your company’s full potential!