An office leasing strategy should include considerations for cost and business needs. Author Lois Goodell points out that current and future needs should be considered, to help your business respond to an ever-changing business landscape. Lois states “Space needs have changed dramatically in recent years, technology has enabled individual workspaces to get smaller, there is greater collaboration in accomplishing work, and more employees are working virtually from outside a traditional office.
Choosing a new space that is just simply larger than your existing space may not accomodate future business goals. For instance, consider the impact of a new HVAC system, wiring/cabling, and location.
Questions to consider:
- Do you employees complain about air quality or lack of environmental controls?
- Does your IT Department plan to implement a wireless network?
- Do you anticipate a change in your customer base that will impact adjacency needs?
Your commercial real estate broker will help summarize your needs, and compare them to available amenities and features. An often overlooked detail is the degree of flexibility inherent in the space. “Systems that include movable walls, furniture, file systems and plug-and-play technologies all contribute to greater diversity of arrangement and ultimately greater effectiveness over time.” This flexibility means the space can be configured to best support your employees and business, now and in the future. Lastly, should your needs change more drastically, flexible space is easier to repurpose should you need to rapidly expand or downsize.