Move or Improve?

Posted by Dieter Wood on 24/08/2015

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With limited office availability, how can a good design open up more options?

1. Is your office truly at capacity?

If your office is in a good location, where expansion would be costly or even impossible, carefully consider whether every part of the space is being used every day, by every employee. The real need for space is usually less than the perceived need. By understanding the changes that have developed within the workplace, you can understand how your space requirements can change. 

2. When moving are you truly seizing the opportunity?

For most companies, property constitutes the second biggest single cost after workers’ salaries, yet its role as a tool for boosting business performance is often overlooked. A move represents a rare opportunity to evaluate your office’s contribution to the business. Allow time to do this. 

3. Could a flexible work style boost workers’ wellbeing and productivity?

Study after study has concluded that workers perform better when they have some control over their style of work. Choice about how tasks are approached boosts a sense of wellbeing, which leads to greater worker productivity. With the advance of digital communications, the traditional notion of work as attached to place, is being overtaken by a mobile concept of work that moves with the person. This is particularly the case with younger workers. Changing the office space is the perfect time to consider how this will work for you, and the impact it can have. 

4. Could improving an existing office enhance your recruitment and retention?

Savvy businesses are realising that attracting top talent is about more than offering a great benefits package and salary, it’s about a great workplace too. A vibrant working environment that offers a selection of work spaces, from cubby holes, to relaxed café style areas, can tip the balance in your business’ favour. 

5. Could a more flexible work style reduce your space need?

Collaborative technologies mean the modern workplace is a fluid concept. Allowing people to work remotely could significantly reduce your space requirements. Could staying put be a viable option? Different tasks require different types of space. Often, concentrated work can be better carried out away from the office while, ironically, open plan layouts often lack adequate meeting space. An existing office could be reconfigured to better meet your business’ needs. 

SSR show how less space can deliver more

In June 2015, insurance broker SSR opened the doors of their new offices at Bull Wharf, Bristol. SSR’s base utilises 30% more space, compared to its former office in the city, as the floor plan supports workers’ needs. As well as utilising space, SSR needed an office that would actively boost staff collaboration. Attracting new talent was another priority for the growing company. The new space created a collage of flexible, informal spaces to improve team cohesion, as well as giving the new office a vibrant, fresh look.