Finding a home for yourself, your business or your team can be hard work. Researching, negotiating, setup costs, capital expenditure, lease terms and so on. It takes valuable time away from your real job – of running your business. So what are the things you should be looking out for when choosing a workspace?
1) DOES YOUR CURRENT SPACE ALLOW YOU TO FOCUS ON YOUR BUSINESS?
If you are constantly working in your business – dealing with internet providers, filling up the printer with paper, buying coffee and paying utility bills instead of working on your business – it might be time to move to a flexible space where all these tasks are done for you and you have the ability to scale up or down without incurring unnecessary costs.
2) DOES YOUR WORKSPACE PROVIDE YOU WITH THE TECHNOLOGY YOU NEED?
To work effectively in the modern era employers and their staff need to be able access up to date technology such as hi-speed fibre internet, video conferencing facilities, printing and security, and the knowledge that there is IT support and backup to fix any problems, allowing seamless connectivity between a company and its clients.
3) CAN YOU ATTRACT TOP TALENT INTO YOUR BUSINESS?
Eligible talent want more than just an office space. They want a space that supports positivity, wellness and mental stimulation. Quality design in your workspace should include spaces to be productive and collaborate with other team members, areas to have quiet time for serious work and places that encourage socialisation and connection. Light filled areas, plants and premium amenities including kitchens and end of trip facilities are a must.
4) HOW CONVENIENT IS YOUR OFFICE LOCATION?
Time is money and commuting to the office can take way too long out of everyone’s day. Choose a space that is close to public transport, has available parking and access to airports or major freeways. Having a workspace in a central, easy accessible location offers a level of convenience for your team. Any local amenities nearby such as cafes, restaurants or green areas are also a bonus! Giving your employees the ability to work flexibly and close to home can be a huge incentive.
5) DOES YOUR WORKSPACE SUPPORT YOUR BUSINESS?
Making a home for your business within a shared workspace offers the added benefit of networking and collaboration with other like-minded business owners and individuals. A treasure trove talent pool of people who are dedicated to growing their future, just like you!
This article appears courtesy of The Thrive Network
The Victorian Government, through Eastern Metropolitan Partnerships have supported Flexible Workspace Australia to deliver vouchers to workers who want to use coworking, flexible office space and meeting rooms in the Eastern Region of Melbourne.