Making the decision to move to a bigger office isn’t easy. Too soon, and you might end up biting off more than you can chew, and drowning under a larger rent payment. Leave it too late, however, and you could stint your company’s growth, not to mention making your employees feel stale and uncomfortable. Here are five signs that the universe is begging you to get bigger premises.
1. You’re a health and safety nightmare
Towering piles of boxes, just waiting to teeter over? Loose wires and cables running across the floor in every direction? Desks so close together that the path to the exit has become a fire hazard? If any of these sound familiar, you’re not just in need of a bigger office – you’re breaking the law! Wise up and get yourself a larger space so that your employees don’t have to be in danger when walking around.
2. Your employees seem distracted and inefficient
Are your employees not as sharp as they used to be? Maybe they have to spend hours looking through cabinets to find the right files nowadays, or perhaps they just can’t concentrate because of all the clutter on their desks. If you can’t see your workers doing the kind of work you expect from them, and this is a problem across the board, then your office space might just be to blame. Getting your employees into a bigger space, where they feel able to breathe, might be the answer.
3. You’ve run out of space to shoehorn desks
Your newest employee started last week, but you still have them working from a laptop stacked up on the side of a co-worker’s desk – and you have no idea where you’re going to put them. Even if you got rid of all of your filing cabinets and put your old documents into storage, there still wouldn’t be enough of an extra footprint on the floor plan to shove in another desk. So, what are you going to do? The only real solution is to find a new office, where everyone will be able to sit at their own desk without needing to share. It’s better for the office harmony, too, as everyone wants to be able to work in their own bubble.
4. You can’t bring anyone else in
Maybe you recognise the fact that everyone needs their own space, so you’ve left things as they are. But for months now, the graphics department has been telling you that they need an extra hand on deck. The marketing guys are crying out for an intern, and you could really do with someone else manning the busy phones in sales. Since you don’t have anywhere to put them, you’re unable to bring in anyone extra to manage the work. This means you’re missing out on potential sales and profits, so you need to take action as soon as possible.
5. Your customers want more
Your customers are asking you if you can increase your production capacity. They want double or triple their usual orders, or you have a backlog of requests from potential new customers who are interested in working with you. You don’t have the time or space to take them on, and so your bottom line is suffering. If you don’t want to be a small business forever, you need to take the next step and expand – it’s the only way to get that increased capacity.
If any of these apply to you, don’t wait. You don’t want to miss out on opportunities to expand and grow, so don’t allow your business to be limited by your space.