Are you considering moving into serviced offices? We look at the positives of working in a space that offers a convenient and stress-free environment. There is a huge increase in start-ups, and small to medium businesses choosing this option, and here we look at the top reasons why.
Serviced offices generally have flexible licences as opposed to full leases, offering flexibility of short term lets for smaller to medium business that don’t want to be tied in.
Many smaller businesses find that having a clear separation from home improves their work/life balance. It also provides a professional environment in which to establish a set routine.
Generally, serviced offices come fully furnished so your workstation is already provided for you. This can save valuable time and money, leaving you more time to establish or expand your business.
Some serviced offices come with a manned reception, this can be beneficial if you’re client facing and looking to create a professional and polished business appearance.
If your business can be solitary, and you’re working from home or a space without other human interaction then serviced offices can help. Being in a space surrounded by likeminded businesses can encourage and motivate you. Sometimes you just need someone to bounce ideas off!
If you’re setting up a business or growing a smaller one, your time is valuable and best spent progressing and developing your business. Serviced offices have done all the hard work setting everything up, so you don’t have to.
Serviced offices can provide good value for money helping smaller businesses develop and grow. Only pay for what you need, and if you expand serviced offices can evolve alongside your business.
Setting up or expanding a business can require long working hours and be financially stressful. Serviced offices are a great way to gain a professional appearance, establish a reputable work address and generally reduce stress.
Are you in a small office space and want to know how can you make the most of it? Read our tips for making your space work for you.
If you’re lucky enough to have windows in your small office space then keep the blinds up, curtains open and let as much natural light in as possible. If you’re struggling for natural light, then create your own with lamps and special daylight bulbs. Another thing to consider with a small office is SAD lighting, helping to create a warm, bright room with positive energy.
Now we’re not talking about knocking down walls here, but there are clever tricks that can deceive the eye and create an illusion of space. Mirrors are your best friend for bouncing light and reflection, ensuring your small office space maximises its potential and feeling of space.
Fold away chairs and tables are a god send when it comes to limited space. If you don’t need extra chairs and a table everyday you can just get them out when necessary and fold away neatly when not in use. Vertical storage is also a great idea as it increases your floor space, allows you to make the most of the wall space.
Keeping your work area clear from clutter and mess not only creates an uncluttered mind, but it also helps with space saving. If your guilty of keeping unnecessary things (pens that don’t work, the book that’s never seen the light of day) then be ruthless. Adopt the use it or lose it mentality and keep your small office space free from things that don’t enhance your working day.
Keep things simple but personalise your space in creative ways. Small office spaces don’t have to be a sacrifice, make your room work for you and see your productivity and happiness climb!
Working in an open plan office is becoming increasingly popular with small or start-up businesses. Here, we look at simple rules that will help to create a harmonious working environment that everyone can enjoy.
Working in the space of others can be great for communication, bouncing ideas and can give a much-needed boost to you day. But knowing when to step back is important, you can’t be sure of deadlines, and just because they’re nearby doesn’t mean they want to engage in conversation.
In previous jobs, there may have been an expectation that you turn up to work even if your leg was hanging off. Working in an open plan office with multiple businesses has different rules. Infecting your co workers in a bid to keep working can spread sickness like wildfire and make you unpopular. If in doubt, stay home and keep your co workers happy and healthy.
It might be an obvious one but keeping your personal phone low or on silent is considerate to those around you. As much as it’s your office space, it’s also your co-workers. Also, if your job entails a lot of phone work, it might be beneficial to book a meeting room. This way you can carry out any long in depth calls away from the open plan office, and your co-workers will appreciate the thought. If you like to listen to music, then invest in some headphones. You might like a bit of Rod Stewart on a Friday morning, but others might not share in your enthusiasm.
It might not be top of your important list but keeping a tidy workspace in an open plan office is important. If everyone in the office left paperwork lying around it would be chaos in no time, and a tidy space creates a feeling of calm and organisation. It can also be a sign of professionalism, if your work space is chaotic, what signs does this send out about your business to visitors?
Respect is key when working in an open place office, think of others and try to be as considerate as possible. A happy office is a productive one!
Finding happiness at work can lead to better working relationships, improved productivity and in some cases even better health. But are we achieving a balanced and happy workplace? Sadly, studies show as a nation the UK really struggles to find happiness at work. All too often we take our working environment for granted and don’t place enough importance on creating a positive atmosphere.
Incorporating happiness into a workplace can help to boost positivity. From lighting to break out space and even toilets all have a profound effect on a normal working day. Design and layout also effect productivity and mood, so by creating a tranquil and positive space you can improve happiness. Think about the layout of your space, and see if there are any improvements that can be made. Keeping your desk tidy and clutter free is an obvious one, but perhaps artwork with positive quotes or brighter colours can instantly change a mood for the better.
Few people know the idea of happiness has become a ‘thing’, so much so even the Prime Minister got on the bandwagon a few years ago when he pledged to monitor happiness. The notion of happiness can be clearly linked to productivity, so measuring its success is important and fruitful. The Confederation of British Industry estimates £17bn lost every year through being absent. But happy people come to work motivated. Google and other organisations like them have invested heavily in employee relationships and strategic workplace design seeing happiness and satisfaction rise by 37%.
Smiling releases endorphins and encourages others to smile, its catching, much like a yawn. So if you’re having a bad day, try to remain as positive as possible around colleagues. Creating a positive work space might take time, but even the smallest change can help improve the atmosphere. Managers do of course have a huge impact on the overall culture of an organisation, but it’s not just down to them to increase happiness levels. Influencing the levels of happiness in your workplace can be achieved through staff behaviour and attitude. Start today and see how you can help improve your office environment for the better.