6 Signs Your Office Space Is Too Small
People spend a large part of their life at work. Making sure your office is a comfortable and functional environment for your staff is very important. A good work environment is vital for keeping your staff productive and happy.
It is very important to have an office that has space to grow and can cope with the increasing demands of your business. This will also make it easier to hire more staff and help ensure the future of your business. Renting a self storage unit can be used to store documents, excess furniture or inventory.
Here are some signs that you may have outgrown your current office space.
High Employee Turnover
People quit their jobs for a number of reasons and if you notice that your business has a high turnover rate, space could be the problem. Employees that are being forced to work in a restricted environment can lead to a decrease in productivity, friction between staff and negative attitudes. This may seem obvious but recognizing and solving the problem is the challenge. Get to know your employees needs so you can accommodate them and provide a productive and healthy work environment.
The Lunchroom Isn't Relaxing
The break/lunchroom should be a comfortable place for employees to relax and take a little breather. Having a small and cramped break room can lead to your employees taking their lunches somewhere else. This can cause longer lunch breaks being taken and a decrease in productivity. Remember that happy employees are more productive, so make sure to provide them with an adequate space in which to relax and recharge.
The Conference Room is Extra Workspace
If you are finding it difficult to schedule meetings because your conference room is never available or you are stashing employees in the conference room due to a lack of office space, you have a problem.
As your business grows, you will have more client and vendor meetings at your office. If there is only one conference room and it is consistently booked, you could end up causing more problems within your company.
Having staff work out of the conference room can be a short-term fix to office overcrowding. Make sure this is a temporary solution because if you need to use the conference room, having your employees pack up and leave each time will get frustrating for the employees and is not productive for anyone involved.
Employees Are Packed Together
Having your staff packed into a small space can cause tension to build in the office. The staff will only be comfortable if they have enough space to move around in throughout the day. It is important that they feel comfortable as it can affect their productivity which will, in turn, negatively affect your company.
Resentment and frustration can start to build amongst your employees when one worker is trying to get something done and others are chatting away or having disruptive conversations right next to them.
Overflowing Filing Cabinets
Overflowing filing cabinets can be the easiest problem to solve with having a cramped office. It is important to save paperwork and, thankfully, with current technology, you can now store your documents on the internet. You are able to limit who sees which documents and use less filing cabinet space. Using this technology can help increase usable space in your office.
At Riel Park RV & Self Storage, we have climate-controlled storage units that are perfect for storing all of your business documents.
Lack of Storage Space
If you notice that you are using the hallways as storage or stacking everything on top of any surface you can find, then you can be sure that your office has become too small.
The sight of every surface being covered can look messy and disorganized. This could set a negative impression for any clients or visitors that might come into the office. An overly cramped office can also be a safety risk to your workers and visitors.
If you are not ready for the expense and hassle of a move, renting a self storage unit could be just what you need to help solve your space shortage and keep your office efficient, organized, and productive.
At Riel Park RV & Self Storage we have unheated and heated storage solutions. We also have various sizes of storage units to accommodate your business storage needs. Our St Albert Storage Facility is conveniently located, a quick trip from Edmonton (via the Anthony Henday, Yellowhead Trail or St. Albert Trail) and minutes from downtown St. Albert.