Everyone is constantly looking for the next big thing that will make them more productive. Whether it be food, a book, meditating or listening to the same song on repeat, people will stop at nothing to know the secret to productivity. While we don’t have all of the answers, we do know that you can redesign your office space to make it (and your employees) more productive.
Have Designated Areas for Different Tasks
Does your workspace make certain tasks more difficult? Crowding around a desk to hold a meeting doesn’t make sense, and quite frankly, makes people uncomfortable. It also wouldn’t make sense to have a conversation with someone sitting at the opposite end of a long conference table.
While open floor plans can be challenging to work with, it is doable. Maybe you take a page from your local library’s book (pun intended) and make the open work space a quiet environment. Encourage people to have conversations and team meetings in designated spaces away from other employees.
To encourage collaboration and productivity further, equip conference rooms with the right tools. Having TVs, Smart Boards, White Boards, and easels encourage an open dialog and productive brainstorm sessions.
Make the Office Comfortable
While sleeping pods, hammocks, and giant bean bags aren’t necessary, it is important that your employees are comfortable. Is your office too hot or too cold? If the temperature is too extreme in one direction or another it can distract employees from their work.
Maybe you consider instating a casual dress code if you currently require employees to wear suits. If a person is comfortable in what they’re wearing they’re more likely to be able to focus on the task at hand.
It’s also important to ensure that everyone has a comfortable chair. Sitting for 8 hours a day is already hard on the body, an uncomfortable chair makes it even worse. If available, let employees swap chairs with others in the office until they find one they like. You can also ask your team once a year if anyone would like a new chair. A pain-free back and neck is possibly one of the best ways to ensure your employees remain productive!
Lastly, encourage employees to decorate their desks! Adding plants, personal photos and small trinkets increases comfort and helps people to feel like the space is theirs. You can also decorate the common areas of the office by adding potted plants, hanging photos and adding pops of color into your décor.
If you’re out of ways to reorganize your office, perhaps it’s time to move to a new building. Rosetti Properties has numerous buildings and office spaces available to fit your business’ needs. Our commercial buildings are “A” rated, meaning they can be altered to look and function how you want it to.
Now more than ever, people are turning their attention to environmentally friendly alternatives to their favorite products. They’re also changing their lifestyle and daily routines to be more environmentally conscious. This mind set doesn’t just apply to our personal lives, and homes though. Many people are looking towards their work place to make changes to be more environmentally friendly.
Five Ways To Make Your Office More Environmentally Friendly
Use Less Energy – Becoming more energy efficient is not only good for the environment but for your wallet too! Powering down at night, using power strips, and using laptops are just a few of the ways your office can become more efficient. Your electric bill will thank you!
Get A Recycling Bin – Offices are one of the biggest offenders for using too much paper. Even as times are changing and people are using tablets and computers more, there is still a great deal of paper being used. Depending on the size of your office, place a few recycling bins throughout so people can properly dispose of their papers when they’re done with them.
Invest in Silverware and Plates – Does your office have a kitchen or breakroom? If so, consider purchasing silverware, plates and bowls for people to use at lunchtime. You can find cheap sets at Walmart or on Amazon and in the long wrong the initial cost will outweigh the cost of repurchasing plastic.
Use Energy Star Appliances – If your office kitchen has a refrigerator, microwave or dishwasher make the switch to Energy Star appliances. In the past these appliances used to cost more than non-certified appliances, but not anymore! Now that can actually be cheaper, so you have no excuse not to make the switch!
Use Environmentally Friendly Office Products – These products will only cost around 5% more than traditional products, and the pros far outweigh the cons. Start with 100% recycled paper, refillable ink cartridges, and non-toxic highlighters. Then do some research and see what other environmentally friendly products you can find!
All of our offices can be altered and/or built to meet the needs of your business! We also use energy efficient lighting in all of our buildings which helps you remain environmentally friendly! Discover all of the great office spaces we have available to lease today!
To rent or to buy office space? That is a question that every business owner will find themselves asking at one point or another. While owning property can be enticing on the surface there are plenty of benefits to leasing that you should consider.
When you lease office space it’s a lot easier to move to a new building should the need arise. Selling a building could take a long time depending on the location and market. You don’t want to find yourself in a situation where you own two office buildings but only need one.
With a lease, you know when it will end so you can plan in advance.
Your Business Can Grow (Or Shrink)
This one goes hand in hand with flexibility. If you’re in a position where you need to hire a handful of new employees but have nowhere to put them, your business could be in trouble. It should also be noted that if you downsize your company, you’ll then be in a building that is too large. Leasing allows your business to change with ease without the added stress of a building keeping you in one place.
Have you had your eye on a specific office space? When that space becomes available, you’ll be ready to take advantage of the leasing opportunity!
No Maintenance Required
When you lease, you’re not responsible for the upkeep of the building. Property management services will take care of snow removal, maintenance in the building, cleaning and more. This takes a great deal of stress off your plate and allows you to focus on more important things: your business!
With properties throughout Albany County and the Capital Region; we know we’ll have office space that is the right fit for you and your company. Once you’re ready to view our available properties, contact our office to schedule your tour.