For many new businesses, setting up an office and paying rent is going to be one of the most expensive business costs during the start up period. Especially if you are in a major city, it is very expensive to have a large office. So understandably, many new businesses have to settle for smaller office spaces when they are first setting up shop. However, that does not mean you can’t have a well-designed, inviting, and comfortable office!
- Even small spaces can reflect your company hierarchy. Even with a small office space, some things such as organizational hierarchy need to be reflected. Upper management and ownership should still have the largest offices or at least their own independent space.
- Consider your needs for privacy, independent work stations, and open space. Most likely, you will not be able to offer employees both their own independent work stations and an open space for collaboration. Consider whether your industry is best suited for open spaces or cubicles, and settle for using just one design to conserve space.
- Reduce reliance on paper. If your company uses mainly electronic communication, you can reduce your need for machinery like printer and fax machines, which take up valuable space.
- Keep it clean and uncluttered. Make sure your employees know that they cannot get away with making a mess of their space. Lead by example and keep the office as clean as possible. An uncluttered office will help increase the space available.
- Be willing to sacrifice your personal space for company needs. You’re the boss and have the corner office. Perhaps your one meeting area is already being used and an employee needs a comfortable space to meet with a client. Be willing to let your employee use your office if it will help facilitate a productive meeting.
Being productive with a small office comes down to using space wisely and being willing to sacrifice and share space when necessary.