It’s a pretty well-established fact that a business should always be growing and moving forward. After all, no one wants their company to remain small and stagnate. Growth is a natural part of business, and it’s something that everyone business owner should keep in mind at all times. But many people tend to forget that growth will have an impact on the day to day running of the business itself. After all, a larger business simply isn’t going to function in the same way as a smaller one. One of the most significant ways that this impact can appear is through the office itself. As your business grows the office, that until now was completely fit for purpose, starts to feel a little bit, well, cramped. Here are four signs that it’s time to move to a bigger office.
Filing is an incredibly important part of any business, and it’s incredibly important that it’s well organized. You need to be able to find a file or piece of information at a moment’s notice, and the last thing you want to do is to have to go digging through endless different files just to find the one that you’re looking for. If you get to the point where your filing cabinets are spilling out then, it’s going to make finding things that you need that much more difficult and frustrating.
Cramped, cluttered work areas
People need space; that’s just a reality. No one works at their best when they have someone else practically breathing down their neck. If you’re not able to offer your employees the space they need, productivity is going to suffer for it. The same goes for equipment. People can’t focus if they’re stuck between desks, servers and whatever else that has to be crammed in for the sake of space. Moving all of that equipment to a new office can seem a little daunting, but there are plenty of moving companies who can take a lot of that burden away from you and your employees.
No meeting space
Do you end up having to go to a local coffee shop so that you can have meetings? That should probably be your first sign that you need more space. It might have once been possible for casual conversations to take place at desks and around the office, but as a business grows the need for more specific procedures grows as well. Make sure that whatever new office you’re moving to has a dedicated area for conducting meetings, interviews, reviews, and anything else that requires a private space.
Health and safety should always be a primary concern in your business and if your office is filled with desks packed so tightly that there are no walkways and wires spilling out everywhere, you have a problem. You need to make sure that there is always ample clear floor space so that your employees can move around freely and safely. Otherwise, it’s just an accident waiting to happen.