With the shift towards more remote work options and flexible scheduling, many businesses are finding their large corporate offices eerily empty. Not only can this change the overall feel of a space and impact employee experience, but unused office space is simply a waste of money. You’re still paying for the energy it takes to heat or cool the entire building alongside the rent associated with spacious layouts. While it may seem counterintuitive, if you notice that there seems to be more empty desks than employees, that doesn’t equate to a loss in productivity for those working from home. However, it can lead to declining office morale and efficiency for employees who prefer to spend their days onsite. Luckily, all you need to do to continue supporting your workforce and further advance your company’s bottom line is to relocate to a smaller space. To help you with this process, consider some of the following factors.
1. Visualize the Space You’ll Need
Create a vision for how you want to utilize your space. Will you transition to a more open floorplan? Are you interested in adding more social elements to your space to create a cohesive environment? What does your dream office space look like? Now is the time to bring these visions to life, especially if you’re moving into a significantly smaller space. The monthly savings from lower square footage can be used to update your office amenities or office furniture as you see fit, so try to make a plan before you begin the moving process.
2. Choose the Right Floor Plan
During the transition, it may be tempting to choose the first available office space that you find, but be strategic about your options. Try to find a floor plan that will provide you with the spatial layout that you need to optimize performance, improve cooperation, and create a well-rounded employee experience. For example, if the office space you’re looking at doesn’t have clear areas designed for a kitchen, common room, or conference room, consider how you would adapt before jumping into a new lease. You may find it easier to continue looking for something that supports the vision that you have for your smaller office space rather than trying to adapt to an awkward floor plan or layout.
3. Take Flexible Schedules into Account
While some people may be working from home on occasion, that doesn’t mean they’ll never be in the office again. Consider this when you’re choosing a space. You don’t want to find something that’s too small to accommodate extra employees, otherwise you’ll end up creating a cramped office that makes day to day operations uncomfortable. Modular office furniture can help you maximize the use of your space, but don’t choose a new office space that’s too small or you may end up moving again in the near future!
4. Don’t Forget About Clients
It’s also important to take visitors into consideration. Will clients be coming to your office for meetings? Will you be hosting events? These are important questions to answer before you relocate to a smaller space, so make sure that you take them into consideration beforehand.
If you think relocating to a smaller space would benefit your organization, the professionals at On Point Installations are here to help. Our team has the expertise you need when downsizing or relocating to a smaller office. As reputable office furniture installers and decommissioners, we aim to ensure that each item is deconstructed, delivered, and re-installed safely and effectively. If you’re planning to update your space with innovative designs and new furniture, we can help with that as well. On Point Installations partners with both furniture dealers and end-users to provide collaborative services that are mutually beneficial. If you need to get rid of some of your office furniture during a downsize, no problem! We also have storage or warehousing space available to accommodate all of your needs.
On Point Installations provides non-union commercial furniture relocation services throughout the Chicagoland and Midwest region. From small office moves to large corporate office relocations, we have the resources to handle your project. In fact, as a single-source provider, OPI can help you coordinate electrical disconnect, personal storage crating, teardown, furniture relocation, installation, and electrical reconnect. We strive to make your office relocation and transition as seamless as possible while minimizing downtime. To learn more about these services, call us at 847-550-4042 or contact for a free quote today.