The time will eventually come when your business expands to the point where you need to switch offices. And, at that point, you’ll need to fit out new premises.
Doing that, however, is more of a challenge that you imagine. It’s not just a case of going to a professional company and getting them to do it for you. If you want it to be a success, you have to be in a position to offer a high level of input.
So where do you start?
Take A High-Level View
The first step in the process is to take a high-level view and ask yourself what you actually want from your new offices. Are you just looking for space where people can work quietly? Or do you want something more than that?
You also need to think carefully about how your business might expand in the future. The office design you have right now might be suitable for your current team, but what about in five or ten years? Do you really want to have to move again?
Liaise With All Your Contractors
The next step is to meet with all the contractors who will carry out the work. You want to make sure that everyone knows their role and when they need to be on-site to carry out work.
At this point, you may want to hire a project manager - somebody who can deal with all the nitty-gritty details and make sure that everyone works according to the plan.
You’ll need a plan of action that involves a commercial electrician, the fit-out crew, architects and planning experts. Once you have all those people, assign somebody in your firm to manage them, even if the company you use provides a project lead.
Create Something That Chimes With Your Brand Identity
Most of your customers will never step foot in your office. But, even so, it pays to create an office in keeping with your brand identity. Doing this is essential for employees because it sets the tone for the work that they do. You want your branding to ooze out in everything that they do. And modifying the office backdrop is a great way to do that.
Use The Latest Office Design Trends
Believe it or not, the days of the open-plan office are fast drawing to a close. Employees just don’t like them. And they don’t work.
Now many firms are creating multiple spaces - a bit like public libraries - for different tasks. There are quiet work areas that employees can use to avoid interruptions, open lounges, and places to eat, drink and put their feet up.
Creating multiple spaces like this helps to make the office more functional and respects the wishes of individual employees. Some people don’t want to sit in a massive room of people all day, being interrupted continuously.
In summary, office fit-outs are a significant opportunity for your business to improve its operations, but they’re not easy to pull off. You always need to take a strategic view.