10 things often overlooked when looking into a new office space…
Whether It Supports Your Culture
Every company culture is different. Find something that supports your culture, don’t just pick something that looks cool. Is it designed around the way you work, does it supports the culture of our organization and your people. You might be surprised how much the wrong office can inhibit that.
Whether It’s a Multi-Purpose Space
Yes, a game room and a nice kitchen go a long way, but if you have an all-purpose space, you can offer your employees countless opportunities to get to know each other beyond their water cooler talks and chats. By having space where you can host panels, parties or even yoga, you create the unique opportunity to foster community through diverse interaction platforms in the comfort of your home.
Whether There’s Flexible Space
Do you encourage our own talent to work remotely on their own schedule. If you’ve also got team members who get to work remotely or telecommute, or you have freelancers who need to come into the office occasionally for meetings, set up lots of flexible spaces, for those employees who come and go, that encourage collaboration.
Are There Place’s to Chat & Hang Out
I don’t mean a conference room. I’m talking about a room employees can call a “cool hangout spot,” where they can visit and chat with their co-workers. This is where our most important company ideas usually occur. Employees in the creative world tend to get up and walk around a lot to refresh, so it’s important to us to get a place that would instill familial bonding.
Whether There’s Parking
In bigger cities, parking for commuters can be a nightmare. Prohibitively costly lots and scarcity of public spots can sour even the happiest employee. While a fancy downtown location may prove promising for your up-and-coming brand, you need to make sure your team feels truly at home and won’t have to suffer finding safe and reliable parking each morning.
Whether It’s Future-Proofed
“When we moved in, we invested in the IT infrastructure to last us years and paid for the fastest possible package. We got twice as much space as was needed at the time. We thought we were planning ahead. However, I’ve just negotiated a four-year lease extension on this space during an expensive market and we’ve just had to redo some of our tech. We didn’t future-proof enough.”
Brennan White, CORTEX
High-Speed Voice and Data Cabling
Any office space you may be considering MUST have a plan for high-speed voice and data cabling. Not all office spaces will have the capacity to handle your company’s data requirements.
Whether There Are Enough Meeting Rooms
Is a single conference room enough. Having two to three conference rooms for people to reserve will help with meetings and give people a alternate and different environment to work in from time to time. Even better, make them flexible.
A landlord might be great during the lease negotiation process but once the lease is signed and you and move in, you might see Dr. Jekyll turn in to Mr. Hyde. If possible, find other tenants and ask them what they think about the landlord or management company. Once you sign a commercial lease they are not always easy to get out of, so do a check on the landlord as they can make/break a lease.
Whether There Are Move Out Costs
When working with a turnkey office provider, make sure you read the fine print of what you are signing. Many companies will hit you with extensive move out fees that can be crippling for a new business owner. Make sure you look for the rent increase percentage also if you decide to stay past the set term.