Optimization means making your office space work as efficiently as possible. There are many different ways to optimize workspace starting from very simple ways an employee can rearrange their desk, to an entire office redesign. For business needing a fresh start, an office ‘fit-out’ is a great way to completely reinvent an old tired office.
‘Fit out’ is a term used to describe the process of making interior spaces suitable for occupation. It is often used in relation to office developments, where the base construction is completed by the developer and the final fit out by the occupant.
What are some ways optimizing your workspace with an Office Fit Out can benefit your organization?
Optimizing your workspace will allow you to:
- Cater for business expansion or contraction
- Improve staff productivity
- Retain existing staff
- Attract new staff
- Improve profitability
- Save money/ Reduce real state costs – In terms of looking at the costs of your office over your lease period. As you may know, office space is marketed at a price per square foot or meter which really has little bearing on its actual total cost. What office optimization does is look at all the areas of inefficiency, wasted space, and unused space to reduce the amount of square footage needed. For example, a ten percent reduction in space on a 15,000 square foot office would save almost 2 million dollars over the course of the lease.
To kick-start a workplace optimization project, the first step would be to get buy in from your senior management team and engage the services of an office fit out expert to begin the process.
Partnering with the right office fit out companies to undertake an office fit-out is a major decision and it is vitally important to choose the best one carefully. Want to know some helpful tips on how to choose a good one, then keep reading!
Office Optimization Guide: Choosing your Office Fit-Out Team
A good fit out company should put forward a project team that has a proven history of working together, managed by a strong team leader. The relationships between the sales pre-contracts design and the construction teams are fundamental to the smooth delivery of the project. Make sure that you meet the key members at the reappointment stage be sure that they operate as a unified team. You should also confirm that the people you meet during the sales process are the actual team that will see your project through to its conclusion. If you don’t like the people you meet the best advice is to look at other options, since you’ll likely be working together over the course of several months. While the fit up company itself is important a truly supportive and motivated team is essential. Ask for a portfolio of previous projects. You can even visit the site yourself to see firsthand how the space has been effectively optimized.
With the right fit-out partner in place the project should improve operational efficiency, increase profits, enhance your corporate image and improve your chances of attracting and retaining key personnel – enough reasons for anyone to justify spending a little more time on the selection process!