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Design Matters: How to Pick the Perfect Space for Your Business

February 22, 2016

Design Matters

By Philip Currie

Whether you’ve outgrown your current space, or just need a change in location, finding the perfect office for your business is no small feat. Much time can be spent, and subsequently wasted, by touring facilities and researching properties without a clear understanding of what’s needed in your new space. Before beginning the search for a new commercial real estate property, ask yourself the following questions to obtain a better understanding of your CRE needs:

  1. Have I observed my employees?

Don’t just ask your employees what they desire in a new space, stop and observe their actions. Surveying will yield key insights about your office design, but as the saying goes, actions speak louder than words. How do employees move throughout your current space? Noticing details like where people enjoy congregating during breaks and whose desks are visited most often will provide valuable insight for your future office design.

  1. What is my company’s culture?

While having exposed brick, collaborative working zones and a ping-pong table might be the dream “trendy office” for some, this modern design won’t work for every company. It’s important not to force an office design – instead let your space complement your existing culture.  There may be no need for collaborative working zones if your employees prefer to work individually. Similarly, cubicles may hinder creativity and productivity for employees who prefer to work together. Understanding your company’s culture is key to creating an environment which motivates employees to meet business objectives.

  1. What am I trying to achieve?

Millennials place significant value on their work environment. If your goal is to recruit younger talent, designing a more modern office may be an effective way to attain those employees. Is fostering employee creativity a goal? Then long work tables, recreational areas and multimedia elements are all aspects to consider. Allow your office design to help you achieve your business goals.

  1. Have I thought ahead?

What are your company’s five…10…15 year goals? How many employees are anticipated to join the team in the coming years? These are just some of the questions to ponder before searching for your next property. Don’t get boxed into a space that prevents expansion if your company is on track to grow, instead plan ahead of need and look for properties with opportunities to add additional space. Be forward thinking and consider all future possibilities.

At J.H. Berry, we understand that choosing your next CRE property can be a daunting task. That’s why we provide an array of services to help select the perfect space to fit your unique business needs. Whether your priority is location, design, or both, we identify commercial properties that best accomplish your commercial real estate goals.