Planning to move to a new office space? The prospect of moving, whether you are headed down a few blocks or across the island, can be great and exciting. However, when you are knee-deep in boxes and bubble wrap, a poorly managed office relocation can quickly spiral into a huge headache for employees and clients alike. Having a perfectly kitted out new office is not impossible.
Here are some pointers to help when you are looking for a new and suitable office space.
Is it good for my business?
This, of course, will be the first question you will ask yourself. You need to find out if your new location will help you attract new customers. The new location should also be accessible to your existing clients, especially if you have ones that visit you frequently.
The central business district should not be the only place for consideration. Always check prices against similar office space beyond or close to the area. For one, you may look for an office close to community establishments, such as Paya Lebar Retail Mall that are developing in future business districts.
Is it good for my employees?
Your employees are one of your company’s most prized assets. As such, you must make sure that things work out for them as well. You should see to it that the new office is close to transport networks, such as bus and train stations. It should also be near recreational areas where they can unwind after hours. More importantly, the new office should be within a safe neighbourhood.
Once you have decided to move offices, you need to keep your employees engaged. All staff must be notified early on when you decide to move work premises. 2-6 months gives them ample time to prepare travel routes and consider their options.
Is the building good?
And last but not the least, you should inspect the building itself. The size of your space should allow future expansion as there is a chance your business will grow faster than what you have projected. It should be secure; a round-the-clock surveillance system is one feature to look out for.
Have you checked what shops and amenities are nearby? Everyone in your office needs somewhere to lunch! What are transport links and parking like? Will this inconvenience visiting clients? Do your employees have bicycle parking facilities? All these considerations matter along with the location.
Keep these considerations when finding a suitable office space and your office move will be blissful—free of the usual panic phone calls, lost boxes and planning mistakes.