Not every business can afford a large office space.
Smaller organisations with a lower budget may be limited to a cosier dwelling. But this doesn’t have to be a disadvantage – after all, it’s all about how you use it.
If you don’t utilise a small space well, the efficiency of your business can suffer, as well as the health and wellbeing of your employees.
So, it’s imperative that you do everything you can to make your smaller space as effective and productive as possible.
Fortunately, constraints can trigger creativity, so in that vein we have some tips on boosting the effectiveness of a limited space.
Less Paper Means More Space
Most office based businesses have been steadily reducing paper use for years.
In a smaller office, reducing your use of paper and hard copy filing can work wonders, not only environmentally but also in terms of space.
By decreasing your paper use, you simply won’t need as much storage space for files, supplies and other paper products.
If your office utilises two printers or copiers, you can save more space by reducing this to one machine.
Declutter Your Office Regularly
Every office inevitably collects commercial waste.
However, smaller offices can less afford to let office rubbish sit there gathering dust, as it takes up valuable space.
Old desks, electronic waste and chairs are the most common offenders.
To combat this, contract a professional office rubbish removal company to take away your office waste and dispose of it correctly and responsibly.
When you’re deciding exactly what to get rid of, the bottom line is to be unemotional about what to keep and what to throw away.
Purchase Smaller Furniture
Wide desks, large chairs and unnecessary items can be forgone to save more space.
Smaller items are more functional, more adaptable and usually cheaper. Recycled and repurposed furniture is even better, both financially and environmentally.
These items will be easier to rearrange when required, an added bonus.
Reduce the Number of Workstations
The biggest user of space in an office is employee workstations.
Obviously, your staff need to work somewhere. However, by reducing the number of workstations in your office, you can save plenty of space.
One way to do this is by implementing an agile or activity based working style.
This would involve your staff spending more time working from home or out of another space, such as a co-working office.
Agile or activity based working can have great benefits if done right, such as increased productivity and a boost in creativity.
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