Uploaded for Office by at Tuesday, March 07 2017 05:44:20
Moving into an office is a big step when you run a small business or start-up, and finding the right premises in the right location and at the right price is a daunting task. Get it right, and your office premises will help you improve productivity, attract and retain good employees and give a positive impression to your customers. But get it wrong, and you could be left tied into a costly lease with premises that might not suit your needs in the future. Philip Dodson, of Office Planet explains what businesses need to do to find the right office space to meet their requirements.
Make your space uniquely "you". Forget the muted, office beige (unless that is what works for you) and paint or accent your space a color you love. We have already had some discussion about how color can affect your mood, and when it comes to productivity in the office place- we all know how much mood can affect productivity. Set your space up to be relaxing, permanent, functional, comfortable, and is tailored to your needs and wants. Do not be afraid to be daring- as long as the space is functional,then who is to say you can not design your desk to have a built-in snack bowl, perch for your kitty to sleep next to you, or even something as radical as a place to put a patch of grass underneath so while you are working you can take off your shoes and feel the grass under your feet? If you are working from home, you have the distinct freedom to toss aside convention when it comes to design- use it!
It may seem like a superfluous or excessive expense to incorporate built- in organization or storage into a home-office when the option to run to a local store and purchase a desk or shelf (with assembly required) is always there, but adding furniture to a home can cause clutter- and when it comes to home office, clutter is the enemy. Talk with your designer about incorporating built-in shelving, cabinets, and drawers into your space. This will not only increase how seamlessly your home office space blends into your home, but will also avoid potential issues with purchasing organizational tools which inevitably add to the problem rather than solve it.