Office relocation – an inevitable decision for any prosperous company. Growing South African companies underestimate the true costs associated with delaying this important business decision, which can include loss of productivity and loss of business.
Here are 3 obvious signs that your company or business needs to start considering office relocation:
1. Your crowded office is resulting in staff problems
Employee absenteeism and decreased productivity can be encouraged by multiple factors related to physical work environment. Attempting to fit employees into tight working spaces will potentially result in a distracting environment and personality conflicts among staff. Other notable behaviours typically include staff taking longer and more frequent breaks, and ultimately leaving the office earlier. Altogether, this harms productivity and morale.
Help employees enjoy theirworkspacess by not only investing in a bigger space with sufficient room to work, but also ensure that the office is well lit and offers employees an opportunity to make their space their own. Ultimately, most of us spend the better part of our work week in an office – help your employees make that space a great space to be in.
2. Your office does not meet the expectations of your clients
A realization that office relocation is becoming apparent is when you can’t accommodate all clients for meetings, or that your office space does not live up to the expectations of your clients. This is especially true for companies in the professional services industry – where clients use tangible elements to serve as a signal of service quality and to form an overall perception about a company. Your office space is arguably the most important single tangible element and lasting first impression on your clients.
Apart from spacious boardrooms, your next office should have a couple of smaller meeting rooms to help accommodate multiple clients simultaneously. Create a great first impression with a welcoming visitor’s /reception area furnished with upmarket materials that speak the brand. We’ve seen companies and firms take the opportunity to communicate their brand in subtle ways in this space through displaying awards, testimonials or evidence of past work. All these elements will already heighten perception about a company’s competence before clients head into a meeting.
3. Your clients and employees are complaining about accessibility
Gone are the days when only senior executives enjoy dedicated basement parking bays. Today, most South African companies are trying to accommodate as much of their staff as possible with parking in their office relocation decisions. Parking benefits not only encourages staff to stay longer, but is also an important safety and security factor for both visitors and employees. Furthermore, all office spaces do not have visitors bays or areas which discourages clients from visiting you. Finally, if your office is becoming increasingly out of the way for both your employees and your clients, you need to start considering investing in a better location.
The more modern office parks and buildings in Cape Town are offering much better parking ratios and better visitors parking. For example, The Boulevard Office Park in the City Bowl offers up to 5 bays per 100 square meters leased, with ample and secure basement visitors parking. The refurbishment of The Towers in the Cape Town CBD now has the property boasting with a new “link building” purely dedicated to 13 floors of parking – having increased the parking ratio considerably.
This article “3 Obvious Signs That It’s Time For Office Relocation” was issued by Baker Street Properties – http://www.baker-street.co.za/