Orlando Powerhouse Compaines Joining Forces
This week marked the news of Jewett Orthopaedic clinics and Orlando Health partnering. These types of acquisitions are occurring throughout the central Florida market with several area businesses growing, acquiring existing companies, and requiring new space. Moving to a new office space is an exciting time; it’s a fresh start for your company, your employees, and it helps everyone feel extra motivated to come in and work hard. You and your employees will be spending a lot of time here, so it’s well worth putting in the time doing your office space planning now so you don’t create a space that is uncomfortable or demotivating to use.
Whether you’re moving to a new location with your existing company or setting up an all-new location with new employees and equipment, the tips below will help you optimize your space and create one you and your employees are happy to use.
Office Space Planning Tip #1: Outline the Basics
Before you start planning where your cubicles and conference tables will go (if you choose to use them), you should sit down and create a list of all the things that need to fit into that space. Consider:
- Do you need your own office space? Is that already set up for you or will you need to create it?
- How many employees do you have? Will they all be full-time employees?
- Do you plan to grow in this facility?
- Do you need extra room for equipment?
- What industry are you in? Do employees expect a stylish space?
- How do your employees like to work? (Are they generally introverted or extroverted?)
- What kind of environment do you want to create? (Quiet or an open space for discussion?)
Once you know everything you need and want to fit into your space, you’ll be in better standing to do your office space planning.
Office Space Planning Tip #2: Sort Your Furniture
If you’re moving your office furniture over from your last office space, go through it all and decide what’s worth coming with you, what you’d be better off selling, and what should be thrown out or given away. If you have the budget, buying new furniture will help you better outfit your new space and make it feel new and fresh for you and your employees.
Ask your team to be honest about what furniture they like, what they don’t, and what they’d like to see change. (This is a great way to improve employee happiness and cut down on health problems.) There’s a good market for used office furniture, as savvy start-ups look for ways to cut down on costs, so you can often get a good price for the furniture you no longer want.
Office Space Planning Tip #3: Make Use of Light, Color, and Design
If you sequester one of your employees in the very back corner of the office without natural light, they won’t thank you for it. While some employees enjoy the privacy of a cubicle, you need to ask your employees what they like and position their workspaces so they get a good amount of natural light.
Also, make use of splashes of color and modern design in your office space – this will help make the office feel more light, modern, and lift your team’s spirits. To achieve this consider using splashes of bright colors, calming neutral shades, or even just a liberal use of house plants can offer the same effect.
Office Space Planning Tip #4: Allow for Variety
Some of the top workspaces now offer their employees a variety of spaces in which to work; they have their desks, communal conference tables, outside spaces, and even couches and beanbags to choose from. It’s entirely up to you to decide what is appropriate and possible for your office, but consider providing spaces where employees can collaborate and spaces where others can go to work in relative silence. This will help your employees work optimally each and every day.
Office Space Planning Tip #5: Work with Professionals
If you don’t have a flair for interior design and space planning (or simply don’t have the time) and have the budget, consider hiring professionals to help you best design your space. We offer full planning support [link: www.interiorcontract.com/planning-support/] to help our clients design their office space, and you can also consider working with an interior designer to help you with the aesthetics of the space, and your IT or AV professionals to ensure all your technology needs are met.
When you consider these 5 tips you’ll be well on your way to an expertly designed office space! If you’re moving to a new office and need help with your space planning, or in sourcing the very best modern cubicles and other office furniture available, we’re here to help. Interior Contract Services [link: www.interiorcontract.com] has been impressing customers in Orlando for over 40 years, and in that time we’ve been ranked as one of the best businesses for customer service on Google. If you’d like to find out more about how we can help you, click here. [link: www.interiorcontract.com/interior-contract-process/]