If there’s one thing the pandemic showed us, it’s that many businesses can get along just fine with staff working from home. That said, recent findings from the Office for National Statistics show that the number of workers working entirely from the office has jumped right back up, and many remote workers (up to 36% in January 2022) nevertheless enjoy going into the office a few days a week on a hybrid basis.
Whether you have a brand-new business that’s in need of increased office space to cope with the return to work, or you’re an established company that’s returned back after increasing its headcount over the pandemic, getting space can be a tall order. To help you solve your square footage conundrum, here are some tips on how to expand the right way.
Consider the location
The most straightforward solution to finding more office space is to move your premises entirely. Consider moving to a larger office or renting units within the same premises, or if you wish to purchase, choose a larger premises with space that matches your long-term growth projections. If the price is a little out of your budget, there are options available, including an unsecured business loan, secured loans, or investment capital.
If your office is currently set up in a more freeform manner, then a simple way to boost existing capacity is to reorganise. Creating rows of desks is an efficient way of increasing the space in your office and allows you to add further furniture down the line.
Consult your staff
Moving offices or relocating can lead to stress and anxiety throughout your staff, especially if the move is a significant distance from your current location. Asking staff what would work best for them can be beneficial if the move must go ahead, providing ideas on how to improve the working space and the features staff would like to see.
Declutter your space
Whatever industry you work in, every place of business accrues bits, bobs, and other assorted clutter throughout the day to day. Getting rid of superfluous items should be made a habit prior to seriously considering a move.
Why bother? Well, first, you may find that there is plenty of free space to expand out into once the clutter is gone, and two, you won’t need to spend precious time sorting through any mess if you end up choosing to move premises.
With the tips above, you should be able to find an office space that suits your space requirements while giving you room to grow. If you own a business, let us and other readers know how you solved your space issues in the comments section below.