Office spaces come in all shapes and sizes. At Curchod & Co we see them all and manage a wide variety of office buildings throughout the south-east. Once a specific office space is identified and chosen, though, how should a business owner or manager optimise the productivity of that space?
The layout of an office will have a lasting impact on how staff interact and how efficiently they work and, therefore, the layout will often be the deciding factor when searching for new offices. Occupiers must consider the proximity that different departments have to one another in order to maintain practical lines of communication. Capacity within the space for formal meetings is often a must. How about headcount? Ensuring that your office space can accommodate the growth of the workforce is prudent and also allows existing employees to work with confidence in the business.
Productivity thrives on colour whatever your office type. If you offer serviced offices to multiple businesses, you can increase the appeal of your space by adding a splash of vibrant colour. Occupants of traditionally leased office space have the scope to incorporate their branding into office decoration. A colour scheme which reinforces corporate branding can help to unify a team towards common targets and become more productive. Consider how colour can inspire creativity or how the use of different tones for different areas of office space could help to zone activities.
A constantly evolving field, businesses rely on technology to work at their optimum. So landlords should seek to provide a reliable and high-bandwidth infrastructure for an occupant’s technology systems. For business owners, flexibility is key. Your workforce will perform more efficiently when they can work flexibly. Enabling remote working and work on the move can enable staff to achieve a better balance and better focus.
4. Natural Light
In the UK, office lighting tends to be required for most of the year, but don’t discount the importance of natural light. As part of a fit-out, occupants should consider how glass within internal spaces disseminates natural light to more corners of the building. Natural light can assist staff wellbeing and focus. In turn, the business will benefit from this productive environment. As increasing numbers of businesses prioritise sustainability when selecting an office, building owners and landlords should install energy-efficient lighting. LED lighting replicates natural light much more accurately, so the working environment also becomes more dynamic.
A well-maintained office is great for business. For landlords of vacant buildings, your asset is more attractive when well maintained. For occupants and landlords, the repair of an office space can have a direct impact on human productivity. A comfortable environment encourages confidence and focus. So, it is good practice to implement an ongoing maintenance programme. Specialist Property Managers such as Curchod & Co oversee maintenance programmes for our clients to ensure that there is no slip in upkeep.
So whether you are searching for an office space, planning a fit out or refurbishment considering how you fit it out or managing its operation, our professional team at Curchod & Co are ideally placed to advise and assist you.
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