When choosing office space, there are a lot of business-related things to consider, such as the location of the office and the cost of the lease. However, along with thinking about the business side of things, you also have to think about your employees. After all, they will be the ones who will be working in your office, so you want to make sure that they are happy in their space. As we discussed last week happy employees = engaged employees = productive employees. Here are 3 things, among many, to consider when shopping for the perfect office space for employees.
1. Workspace Size
Who wants to work in a space that is smaller than a closet? Make sure that you allow enough space for your employees to be comfortable. The typical allowance is anywhere between 150 and 200 square feet per employee, depending on the workplace style. Offices obviously take up more room. Work benches of cubicles can be more efficient. Just make sure that your employees don’t feel like they are on top of one another.
2. Ample Parking or Good Public Transportation
Having to pay for expensive parking each day in order to go to work can be upsetting for many employees. If possible, consider a location that has ample parking for all of your employees. Preferably, that parking should be free or affordable and should be relatively close to the building, since having to take a long hike from faraway parking to the office building on a cold, hot or rainy morning can put any employee in a bad mood before the workday ever begins. If not, make sure their is good public transportation nearby.
3. Comfortable Gathering Spaces
When choosing office space, look for an option that has a nice-sized gathering space for employees to collaborate on work. Having a comfortable break area can be a nice touch, too, since it can give employees a place to relax, munch and mingle during their scheduled breaks. These seemingly extra spaces can help create a sense of community among your employees improving collaboration.
As you can see, it does not have to be complicated to make employees happy. When choosing office space, keep your employees in mind and consider looking for these things to ensure that you have a great workplace for the people who work for you. If you contact us at OfficeFinder, we can help you find the perfect office space for both you and your employees’ needs.