Have You Outgrown Your Space?

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Aileen Danna

As businesses expand and become more successful, they may also outgrow their office space. Initially, outgrowing space is a sign of growth, but eventually its effects are detrimental. Outgrown space can create disruptions in business operations. The following are signs that you have outgrown your office space and it may be time to consider relocating or refurbishing.

Physical Space is Limited

The most obvious sign is physical space limitations. This can simply mean that your business has more personnel than adequate space available. Perhaps you do not have enough room for desks, additional computers, or furniture. Nothing can decrease morale like sitting in an office that is crowded or too busy and low morale often results in poor retention.

Perhaps the operations of your business have changed. Specifically, you may have previously only serviced customers by phone but now you want to allow them to visit your headquarters. The function of the office will change from being personnel only to also providing a comfortable space for customers.

You may also need more room for technology that your office space simply cannot accommodate to ensure that your business continues to run smoothly.

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The Location No Longer Suits Your Business

Initially, most businesses choose their location based on their budget, but as they expand, they realise that location is actually really important. Expansion usually results in prioritising location. The location of your business impacts your brand’s image and how personnel will feel about working for you. It also impacts your access to potential customers and clients.

For businesses that do a lot of shipping, their proximity to distribution centres is important. For service centres, having a visually appealing space is important for customers. The location of your business should ultimately be a reflection of your business’ mission and vision.

The Location No Longer Suits Your Business

Initially, most businesses choose their location based on their budget, but as they become more successful and expand, they realise that location is actually really important. The location of your business impacts your image and how personnel will feel about working for you. It also impacts your access to potential customers and clients.

For businesses that do a lot of shipping, their proximity to distribution centres is important. For those that are accessible to customers, having a visually appealing space for customers to visit is key. The hours of operation will also be influenced by the location. Ultimately, the location of your business should be a reflection of your company.

Safety Concerns

The truth is buildings can deteriorate over time. Structural problems, poor electrical wiring, plumbing, and chemicals can all be harmful to your business operations. Maintenance problems are costly and can result in lawsuits if they are not properly addressed. Relocation may be most appropriate if you find that you are repeatedly needing to address safety concerns due to the overall integrity of the office building.

Whether you choose to relocate or refurbish, contact Oktra for your office space needs.

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