Choosing the right office for your team

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Ensuring your team has somewhere comfortable, convenient and with the necessary amenities is vital to creating a conducive working environment, aiding productivity.

A study in 2018 found that the majority of workers in the UK are sat at their desks between four and nine hours a day. This equates to approximately 61 days a year are staff are sedentary.

With office workers spending as much time as they are, having an office with good facilities is important to support them.

When it comes to choosing the right office for your business, there are some steps you can follow to make sure you’re in the right place.

Amenities above all else

Ensuring your office is packed full of amenities for your staff is vital – ultimately nobody wants to work somewhere where they’re likely to feel uncomfortable.

In any major city worldwide, real estate is big business – none more so than when it comes to offices in London. But when it comes to working in the Capital, you’ll be hard-pressed to find somewhere without good facilities.

Some of these will be classed as ‘serviced offices’ – fully furnished office spaces, located within a building owned by an operator who can typically rent single serviced offices or entire floors to a client, depending on their needs.

Serviced offices offer great options to businesses. For instance, they provide great flexibility in terms of contract lengths, which is great for a business whose plans are fluid and may need to expand or shrink at certain points of the year.

Additionally, because you would only need to pay for the space you’re using rather than an entire building with surplus space, they make for cost-efficient options, protecting your outlay.

Above all else, however, serviced offices offer access to all the key amenities needed to be able to run your business. For instance, they give access to reception desks, breakout areas with kitchens, as well as meeting and networking spaces.

Whilst these amenities aren’t exclusive to serviced offices, and aren’t exclusive solely to London either, you may find an office block offering the same setups, but other amenities you may wish to consider for your working environment include but aren’t limited to elevators, air conditioning, or shower facilities (something those who cycle in to work or like to go to the gym or for a run on their breaks will find beneficial).

Location, location, location

When it comes to choosing an office location, there are several variable factors which will come in to play.

First, the cost of an office is going to be perhaps the biggest factor in any decision your business will make. Whilst you might find the perfect office space with all the bells and whistles, you may find it is well outside of your budget. Setting a budget and sticking to it will help massively in the long run – you don’t want to pay through the nose for somewhere to work that will eat into your bottom line.

Second, the office space will need to be somewhere mutually convenient for members of staff to commute to. You might find that your team will not want to travel excessive distances or lengths or time, and for those who arrive by public transport it will need to have good links. It can often prove to be a balancing act, with so many different balls in the air – and it’s possible not every colleague will be happy – but if you can find somewhere with an overwhelmingly positive consensus, you will keep your colleagues happy.

There are additional factors to take into consideration, for instance security or even saturation (if you’re a graphic designer for instance it would make for a good idea to do a Google search to see how many others are in the area – you might find it hard to attract new business if there’s stiff competition around). However, if you can get the right location at the right price, you will give your business a fighting chance of being in the right place.

Choosing the right office space might appear to be a daunting process to go through, but it need not be the case. Understanding the needs of your business and setting a plan to work to can be a great way of beginning the process, and it will help you to understand the various options available to you.

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