Monthly Archives: July 2016

Moving Out of Your Home Office to Flexible Workplaces

Moving to flexible workplaces from home officingMany entrepreneurs start their businesses from home. In fact, some of the most famous business today did so. Dell Computers and Microsoft are great examples. For some people, this works well over the course of time, but others would prefer to have a separate office to work out of. Working from home is not easy. Many distractions can get in the way. In recent years flexible workplaces have become an attractive way to make that move.

The short-term leases flexible workplaces usually offer lessen your risk if you find you no longer need the space. Should your business grow faster than anticipated, you aren’t locked into a space that is too small. Should the worst happen and you need to shut down your operation, you are not left with the responsibility of a long-term lease or a mortgage on a space you no longer use.

Some flexible offices will allow you to share space with another company. This offers the chance for reduced costs and meaningful collaboration. You don’t have to travel across town or pick up the phone to get input. You simply have to speak up from your desk, or perhaps knock on the next door.

If your business takes you around the country, or even around the world, you could have an office to use whatever you land. Some flexible office providers offer a passport system that allows you to have a desk wherever your work takes you. No more hoping your hotel has a reliable internet connection and a decent place to meet with your clients. You know your office will have what you need.

Comfortable decor can really make a difference in whether or not you feel like going to work. If you hate your surroundings, your productivity will take a hit. Flexible offices tend to stay up to date with modern needs and desires, taking the decorating tasks off of your shoulders.

If you are ready to move your office out of your home and into a professional space, contact us to find out about flexible office spaces near you.

Recruit Employees with Your Office Space

Office space to recruit employeesYou’ve hired the best recruiters, crafted the perfect interview questions, and developed a stellar application process. You’re ready to recruit!

One last thing…have you considered your office space?

Believe it or not, your office space design can be a powerful recruiting tool. Office design is a reflection of your business culture, and as such, it should reflect a culture that applicants want to work for. Look around your office.

Take the following into consideration:

  • What do you first notice when you look around your office space?
  • Does your office space consist of an open work area, or does everyone have a fairly designated spot, whether it’s an office or a cubicle?
  • How is the lighting in the office? Are there windows for plenty of natural light, or simply the glare from harsh overhead florescent lights?
  • Are distractions minimized? In other words, are employees able to focus on their tasks at hand even if the office is abuzz with excitement?

The answers to these questions will give you insight into what applicants see when they first walk in for an interview. Now ask yourself: if I were the applicant, would I want to work here?

The key to answering this question lies in knowing what your applicants actually want. During the interview process, it’s highly likely that you’re asking your candidates what they’re looking for in a particular position, company culture, or day-to-day responsibilities. Are they looking for team collaboration, flexibility, a fast pace? Whatever they’re looking for, make sure they see it not only reflected in their conversations with you and other team members, but also in the office environment.

If you find your office space lacking the the ability to attract the best and the brightest candidates for the job, let us show you some options that will. Our local reps will show you available office space properties and help you to negotiate the best possible deal. There is no cost for their services to you. It is a free service. Don’t wait. Contact us to find your perfect office space!

4 Lessons You Can Learn from Microsoft’s Agile Workplace Experiment

Agile Workplace StudyWhat does it take to create an agile workplace? While office planning and design choices are at the top of the list, there is more to the collaborative work environment than aesthetics of office design. In fact, it is a mindset that translates into structural adaptations. Microsoft has set the pace for this revolutionary use of space. Here is some of what they have done.

  1. From offices to work environments.

    On two of its properties, Microsoft has done away with the traditional office environment. From the top down, employees and management staff share a variety of work environments. The latter include team rooms, atriums, and large halls featuring a variety of seating options.

  2. From corporate to relaxed feel.

    The company has done away with the stuffy corporate feel for a comfortable, and therefore more productive, atmosphere. A broad range of color hues create a welcoming environment that is more at ease than administrative.

  3. Enabling privacy without individual offices.

    Of course, the biggest challenge is the need for privacy. Some workers simply do not do as well in a large open environment as others. Microsoft has mastered this balance by offering headphones to workers who find the open space too distracting. Smaller work spaces, called coves, are the equivalent of an office with a closed door. The results have proven that quick conversations now replace lengthy emails and productivity is possible for all.

  4. Customizable by workers using the space.

    The office used to be the employee’s refuge where family pictures, plants, and little art objects would personalize an otherwise nondescript corporate setting. This is no problem for Microsoft workers. Their team building activities include a focused customization of the space where employees spend so much of their days.

What really makes Microsoft’s agile workplace functional is its flexible nature that hones in on the needs of the business and its workers at any given time. Contact us today to learn more about finding a office space that works with an agile workplace strategy.

3 Important Considerations When Leasing office Space

leasing office space signingYou are at a point in your business where you need a change. Whether you need more office space or less, changes are difficult, but they are a vital part of growing or maintaining your bottom line. That’s why it is so important to make a good decision when leasing office space. While there are many elements to consider when leasing office space, make sure to keep these 3 in mind when looking into offices:

Location

When choosing a location, you have to think about the future of the area. You need to know if the neighborhood is declining, on the rise, or at its peak. You also need to think about the convenience. Will it be easy for consumers to find you? Can you attract new customers by your location? How many businesses in the area are similar to yours? If there are any, what makes you stand out?

Internet and Telecommunication Service Providers

Most companies need a good internet connection and a phone system to adequately run their business. It’s important to make sure that area gets good reception to keep everything running smooth. You should also do some research on which companies service that district. The last thing you want to find out after you have signed a lease is that you can’t get the services you need. Also, make sure you allow enough time to get the equipment installed and up and running.

Space Needs

Think about how much space you really need. How much space will you need in 1 year or 3 years? You don’t want to spend extra money on a bunch of unused space, but you want to have enough to grow into. How much does the office cost per square foot? What is the load factor, the space you pay for but is not usable? Can you afford the rent and deposit without worry? Style and design is also a factor when deciding on how much room you need. Is there a tenant improvement allowance from the landlord? These are just a handful of items to consider regarding you space needs.

All these and many more are the specialty of OfficeFinder’s local tenant reps. OfficeFinder not only helps you find the perfect location, but we also provide local professionals at no cost to you. We will give you all the information you need to make an informed decision. Contact us today to get started on your search.