Your office space isn’t just a place where you and your employees get work done, it is also the cornerstone of your company’s culture. A well-designed workplace conveys the vision of a  business without having to explain it.

Even after you find the right piece of real estate, it’s important to keep in mind that you’re far from finished. A common mistake made by companies, time and time again, is rushing to begin the designing process. They avoid analyzing their long-term goals and work culture before translating these elements into a physical layout. 

Here are a few tips to get your HQ up and running effectively, so your concentration on the most important long term goal remains undeterred – your startup’s success.

 


Where To Begin

Moving into a new office space can be exciting yet overwhelming for both the founders and the employees. Test the waters, analyze your challenges, and try to work with the existing space before you can implement any changes.

It will take about 3 months for you and your employees to get acquainted with your new surroundings. Once this initial period of settling in has passed, you can then analyze what kind of issues exist and work toward installing more appropriate structures in place.  

  • If privacy is an issue, deploy privacy panels at workstations or create a separate space.
  • If noise is an issue, add carpeting to the floors, soundproof your doors, or add more walls within the workplace.
  • If ergonomics is a problem, get height-adjustable desks and chairs that offer good lumbar support. Consider adding a few standing desks as well.

Practically speaking, there is no right layout for your office, except the one that works for your business. Sometimes, this means all workstations and desks clubbed together for a more collaborative environment. At other times, this could mean moving individual contributors to a more isolated area so that they are less distracted. 


Outcomes Reign Supreme

This isn’t as harsh as it sounds. An employee without sufficient desk space is going to be less effective and therefore, a less productive employee. 

Whenever you spend money on or in your office, ask yourself 2 key questions:

  • Will this boost quality/teamwork/productivity?
  • Does it touch the customer?

If the answer to both these questions is ‘no’, don’t spend the money. If your business is still in the bootstrapping phase, why waste precious funds? Work through minor issues by leaning on creativity and innovation, not money.

If customers visit you at your workplace, a swanky office may help reinforce the value you provide. But, if you run a tech company, no customer will know where your office is, or if it even exists. In such cases, it makes more sense to spend your money on things that ‘go’ instead of things that ‘show’.


Contemplate Your Growth Potential 

Back in 1998, US VC-backed startups grew 63% on revenue per year, on average. More recently in 2014, startups grew at 85% on revenue before going public. It’s very important to account for the incremental growth of your business when you’re outfitting your office. It’s more likely that your employee headcount will rise as your startup grows. You obviously don’t want to move offices every time a few new people join your team.

Another factor to account for is not being locked into a lease agreement for your office that’s longer than you need. You may have 20 employees now, but you could have 80 in 6 months if you’re growing at an incremental rate. Make sure to never sign a lease that doesn’t work for your long-term business goals.

It goes without saying that any new workplace needs a ton of new office furniture. Buying brand new furniture can be a heavy investment, especially when you’re in the initial phase of building your brand. Choosing to partner with BureauOne lets you acquire your office furniture on a subscription basis, which in turn allows you to channel your dollars toward the growth of your business. Renting office furniture from BureauOne also means you enjoy access to a diverse catalog of premium office furniture that gets delivered and assembled within a week, so you can get to work imminently.

Success is not defined by trendy office layouts or cool perks and amenities. Success is defined by net revenue and profits. Make sure your office space (especially the structure of your office) helps you generate the revenue and profits you need to make your business a success.