How to Minimize Disruption during an Office Refurbishment
Office Refurbishment Guide
An office refurbishment can be a viable and cost effective alternative to moving offices. The provision of a newly designed workplace will help raise morale and lead to a more contented and motivated workforce. What's more, creating a good impression to clients and visitors with a well laid out and recently refurbished office can make the world of difference, and can transform a tired workspace into a nicer environment for everyone.
On the other hand however, an office refurbishment can cause major disruption to a business that affects staff and your operations in general. This article discusses how you can minimize hassle and disruption for your company and be able to operate 'business as usual' throughout the process.
Hire a General Contractor
If you want a seamless and undisruptive refurbishment, then hiring a General Contractor to oversee and implement the works on your behalf is crucial. They will map out the specification, work to your budget and timeframes and stage the works in order to allow staff to continue their day-to-day activities without being affected by any noise or dust. Depending on the amount of scope of works needed, you may need to consider relocating your staff temporarily to a virtual office for a week or two whilst the works are being carried out.
Involving staff and keeping them abreast of your plans is critical. This will allow them to rearrange any important client meetings at the office whilst the works are carried out, and will also help them overcome any feelings of insecurity that might result from the disruption.
An office refurbishment is the ideal time to review your office furniture to check everything is in keeping with your new proposed design, look and feel. An attractive workplace has a seamless design; from the color scheme you use, layout, style and the furniture and storage units you choose.
You may need to adjust your office configuration to take on new recruits, and to do this you may need to chuck out that old computer that no longer works, or the chair that broke years ago that never managed to make it's way to the garbage. Now is the time to de-clutter what you don't need to make your newly refurbished space as efficient and functional as possible.
Remember to review your IT requirements when redesigning or reconfiguring your new space. It's likely that you'll need to move phone points or electrical sockets, or even install new ones. Make sure these technical matters are considered in advance and as part of the refurbishment to avoid delay and further disruption.
Use the Office Design Guide to help reinvigorate your workplace and factor in all the important design issues.
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