Looking for new office space to rent throws up many considerations that need thinking about. Top of the agenda for most office-hunters is location, followed by price and facilities. While it is crucial to mull these aspects over, it is also vital to get into the heads of your staff who will be using that space for working. Thinking about issues and aspects of every day life that impact on your employees is important when considering the viability of a particular office space.
Is it easy to get to?
Most workers do not relish the prospect of a long, daily commute, so choose an office space that is convenient to get to and not out in the sticks. If the office comes with parking space then that is a bonus, but do not assume that all of your staff can drive, or wish to drive, to work. Consider what the public transport options are like in the proximity of the area.
What facilities are nearby?
Employees value the prospect of working in an office where they do not feel isolated from the rest of the world. Having shops, cafes, a park or a gym close by can be beneficial for workers who want to make the most of their lunch break. If there is nothing to do in the nearby vicinity, then often staff do not bother taking lunch breaks, which can impact upon performance and motivation. Also, choose a location that is safe and not affected by high crime rates.
Is the building accessible?
When looking at office space EC3, W1 or SW3, for example, may be enviable London locations to move to, but also consider the needs of your staff within the office. If any employees have disabilities, use a wheelchair or have special requirements, ensure that the building can meet these needs. Even if there is no special requirements for your staff, it is still a good idea to choose an accessible office space, should your staffing requirements change in the future, or to meet any specific client needs who might visit your premises. As well as aspects such as having a lift, wide doors, a wheelchair-friendly toilet, think about accessibility of areas such as the kitchen.
What about design and layout?
Have a good look around the office space, and do not just consider how comfortable the space will be for management. Consider if there is enough space for your workforce, and any additional space, should you decide to expand, going forward. Where can you envisage staff sitting, and does the office have the appropriate facilities and amenities to support the roles and functions of the staff? Is there sufficient space for meetings and areas where staff can communicate and share ideas? Consider how much natural light the office space has, so that staff can work in well-lit areas. As well as having a good look around, consider how noisy the building is, both from neighbouring premises and outside traffic.