Before you go ahead and fit-out your new office, there are a few things you need to consider. Fitting out your office is one of the biggest expenses your company has to pay for, so it makes sense to get it right the first time around to avoid any future costs. Here are our tips for completing your new office fit-out.
Your budget The most obvious consideration is your budget. Don’t just focus on the current budget though, consider your office needs into the future. This way you’ll be able to avoid having to spend any more future budgets on fit-outs. Plan an accurate budget around your fit-out needs so you don’t get it wrong and end up overspending. Knowing your budget and sticking to it also helps if you’re planning on hiring a professional Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment (FF&E) company to take care of the work for you.
Staff needs How you utilise the space in your office will depend greatly on the needs of your staff. If they need large meeting rooms to get their jobs done, that’s something you’ll need to plan for. It’s also very worthwhile to survey your staff so that your fit-out is based on practical feedback. Ask your staff what they like or dislike about the current space, how they believe it could be improved (in terms of efficiency and productivity), as well as general additions to the office they would like to see.
Office design Will your office reflect practicality and practicality alone? Or will you also take into consideration current key trends. Moving desks, standing desks and multipurpose spaces are just some of the design elements that your staff might benefit from and they’re on trend around the world at the moment. Natural materials and use of daylight are also trends that promote office wellbeing. Do your research so your office design doesn’t fall behind the rest.
Implement efficiencies Efficiencies relate to things like the air conditioning, lighting, thermostats, electrical sockets, windows, and anything else that may prevent your staff from being able to complete their work in the most effective way possible. Don’t wait until you’ve already fitted out the office to think about what’s going to help and what’s going to get in the way.
Running business during the project When fitting out your office, you may need to allow key departments to work during the project. That means they’ll need undisturbed work areas during business hours. To minimise disruptions, you might choose to carry out your office fit-out after business hours. Whenever you decide to complete your project, it should not interfere with your staff and their ability to complete their work. Plan how you’re going to get around this to ensure everyone is happy and kept on task.