Category: Office Design
The planning stage of any office refurbishment is an essential component and before you get down to business on transforming your workplace, you have to put in the ground work. Refurbishing an office can have a whole host of benefits, potentially boosting the entire company's performance, but poor preparation can be disastrous.
Here, we take a look at some of the most important things you need to know before embarking on the project.
1. Reasons for Refurbishment
This may seem like an obvious point, but before anything else, you must know the reasons for carrying out your refurbishment project. Is it part of a wider re-branding strategy? Is your current office setup restricting company operations or limiting productivity? Do you need to make changes to introduce new technology into the workplace?
Once you have a clear idea in your mind of why you are refurbishing the office and what the benefits and focus are going to be, you can use this to inform every aspect of the project. It will also serve as a key motivating factor, so all of the key personnel involved in the project should also be aware of the reasons and the benefits.
2. What Works, What Doesn't?
Carrying out a refurbishment does not automatically mean you need to change everything about your office and the way it is set up. There may be elements that are working extremely well and it may be more beneficial to keep these as they are. The best way to approach this is to carry out a full audit of the workplace.
"The audit will help the team figure out which areas need more attention and which are actually functioning properly," says Alex Christo, writing for the ISayWhatever blog. "The auditing process should incorporate input from personnel and enquire about their specific needs. The audit will provide a scope of how extensive the project will be."
3. Your Budget For the Project
Perhaps the most important thing you must have in place before embarking on the project is a budget. It is essential that you know how much you can afford to spend, so that you can approach refurbishment companies from a position of strength and try to get them to work within your means.
At this stage of the process, you also need to consider what you stand to gain from the refurbishment. If the gain is not as significant as the cost, it may be worth reconsidering whether or not to go ahead with the project, or make necessary amendments in order to get the best bang for your buck.
Posted 14th April, 2016< Back to articles
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