Does your workplace look a lot like a glorified broom cupboard? Are you and your colleagues crammed into the office like sardines? Is personal space nothing but a slightly squashed memory?
If this all sounds intolerably familiar, you’ll be unsurprised to learn you’re not alone.
According to research, the amount of office space per worker is diminishing, as firms look to save cash in any way they can, often by asking employees to work – literally – closer together.
Take a stroll back in time to the 1970s, however, and companies typically offered workers 500 to 700 square feet EACH, which is more than enough space to oscillate wildly on your chair.
While the space afforded to employees in the 70s is unlikely to be seen again, there are ways you can make your existing premises roomier for your increasingly claustrophobic employees.
Here’s how …
Construct another Level
Although we can blab on for hours about figurative ways to take your company to the next level, wouldn’t it be great if you could give your employees more space – or house more stock – without having to fork out more cash for a larger premises?
If you’re scratching your head wondering how this is possible, we have three little words for you: mezzanine floor construction. Intended to give you a floor between floors, a mezzanine is the answer to all your space problems and can potentially double what you already have.
Chuck Out the Junk
Take a quick look around your workspace and you’ll probably clap eyes on hordes of junk that would be better off at a car boot sale or on its way to the skip. Whether it’s outdated technology (who sends a fax these days?) or 25 years of accounts, it’s time to get hard-nosed and take out the trash.
The result? An office that not only looks tidier and more spacious, but it’ll give you a fresh perspective and help drive your firm forward. Additionally, it’ll make your employees feel more comfortable as they go about their day.
Look Up To the Cloud
You’ve probably read about it and heard people talk about it (hey, you’ve probably talked about it yourself without really knowing what it means), but have you taken the time to explore how your business could save space by investing in cloud technology?
Put simply, cloud technology is a must have for a modern business, with hard copies a thing of the past, replaced by data stored in the cloud. This can even include your HR software, for instance, which would save you housing employee data in those bulky filing cabinets.
While the list above is far from exhaustive, it should give you plenty to think about in terms of creating more breathing room in your workplace and making sure employees enjoy some semblance of personal space …