What would your perfect office look like? Maybe you dream of slides, a big meeting room, or possibly even a view of the sea. But would that actually be the right fit for your business? Designing and finding your office is about more than just meeting your wants, you need to make sure the environment works for your employees. But how can you make sure you find the ideal office space?
Whether you’re looking to relocate or refurbish, investing in an office space is a huge expense and has potential risk if the design is wrong. But, as In the Black notes, a fit-for-purpose office can help in attracting and retaining top staff and enhance collaboration, making it significant value for money.
Get the numbers right
Dexus’s Workplace Report 2018 found that over half (53%) of SME executives predict they will see growth in the amount of office space they need in 2018. So, how much office space should you look for?
Head of office and industrial leasing at Dexus, Chris Hynes, explained that it depends on the type of work being performed, but that the real test is how many desks it will fit.
He added: “In a call centre, where there is a greater concentration of desks, you might get one desk per 7 sqm. For general, business, it’s usually about one desk per 12-15 sqm.”
If you’re looking to incorporate activity-based working spaces, you will be able to reduce your office footprint, as you will require fewer desks.
Speaking to In the Black, change management specialist Jacqueline Castillo explained that with these types of offices, there is a greater focus on collaborative, team-based work and that desk sharing is much more common.
Location, location, location
While SME executives may dream of having an office that includes a communal rooftop/outdoor space (49%), on-site gym (47%), and a quiet or chill-out zone (45%), it seems the location is becoming an increasingly important aspect for staff.
The report found that workers are placing a greater value on the facilities and amenities around the workplace, such as cafes, banks, shops, and green space. But proximity to public transport options was also key, with the preferred distance being less than 500m to train stations.
However, meeting all these requirements will no doubt come at a higher cost. Businesses will need to find the right balance between paying less rent and being in a less desirable location. But, it is worth noting that not everyone will want to work in a city hub. If you’re thinking about relocating, speak to your staff to find out what’s important for them.