If you’re planning to move your business to a new building, you’ll need to have a concise plan backed up with research into the available systems and products required to construct a contemporary and well-functioning office. See this project not as a burden but as an opportunity to embrace modern trends and create a welcoming workplace where staff are encouraged and enabled to succeed. Your new office will attract new clients, promote your business and be an asset to your company for years to come. Let’s now look at some great initial steps for your refit project to follow.
Starting Your Project
At the outset of your office refit project, establish what you want to achieve and drive the project to complete these goals; make sure they can be completed within your budget. Take some time to do your research; the internet is a valuable tool; searching for ‘office refit Gloucestershire’ or something similar will give you a list of local specialists. View their products and make a note of any you might use in your new premises; you might also find a refit partner for your new building. Having done your research, now appoint a project manager from within your staff; they can drive the project and complete the day-to-day tasks involved with it, leaving you to run your business.
Your Next Steps
Instruct your project manager to conduct brainstorming sessions with your staff to identify any specific needs they might have in the new office. Keeping staff well informed during the refit is good practice as it maintains productivity and means they know what is expected from them. Together with your project manager, compile a design brief for your refit specialist to work to and consider every aspect from floor to ceiling. With that in mind, let’s look at some of the major components of the office.
Items For Consideration
There are many different options in all the areas of the workplace; these include –
- Décor – Refreshing the office with a new colour scheme can enhance everyone’s mood, happier staff are more productive, additional green planting also helps with the overall aesthetic outlook.
- Furniture – new office furniture with modern ergonomic designs gives a wealth of options at every cost level.
- Floorplan – your office move may be being driven by a need to re-organise; a partitioning system could be the answer; many businesses now use glass partitions to spread natural light through the office space.
- Lighting – Vitally important, advances in led lighting can simulate natural light if you do not have many windows.
- Staff Areas – kitchens and lunchrooms can be upgraded with new items; if staff can relax during their downtime, they’ll be more productive when they return to work.
- Flooring & ceiling – new carpets or tiles are a possibility to further add to the office’s decor. Suspended ceilings can change the aspect of a workspace completely and are helpful if acoustic protection is required.
Having finalised your design brief and contacted your chosen refit specialist, use their experience and expertise during the design process; your project should then progress through to the installation stage.
I hope I’ve given you some valuable insights and information for your office refit; hopefully, the resulting facility will engage and encourage your staff and take your company to the next level.