How to find the right office space in London
Finding the right office space can be a very daunting task, especially when you are looking at office space in the big smoke. You will want it to be right for the type of business you run, have good facilities and be accessible for your employees.
To help you along your way, Bridging Loans Hub has put together a list of things to consider when you are looking for that perfect spot to locate your business premises in the capital.
You may wish to look at agencies which directly deal with professional premises, such as Pilcher Hershman. They offer a bespoke approach to office agency and will work closely with you to understand your wants and needs for your working environment.
For your employees, it is important that they can get to work easily and home easily. This will increase productivity and also punctuality. If the office is just too far for the majority of employees, you may find they look for more conveniently located roles in the city. You certainly do not want to lose out on your talent.
It is best to look for locations which are near to a train station or a tube stop. This way, your employees can cut a long walk to the office from whatever station nearby out of their commute. Having this will also make it easier for any clients to visit your office, or for you to quickly jet off to meetings across the city.
Areas for Meetings and Breaks
Your office space should have places to have private meetings so as to not disturb the rest of the workforce when one department comes together or external people come in to do business.
Many workspaces now offer quiet areas for employees to go and have a break with a bit of privacy. Furthermore, having things like access to a park, a courtyard or a garden for staff to take breaks and eat lunch in, are going to make work life a lot nicer for you and your staff.
You may also wish to have a few separate rooms for the more senior members of the team, such as the directors. Most modern offices offer this along with a more open space for the general staff to work alongside each other.
Good Lunch Options
One of the things which undoubtedly get people through the working day is food. Having a decent kitchen, kitted out with a coffee machine and a spacious fridge really is a must in a modern office.
Furthermore, it may be wise to choose a location which has good café and restaurant options surrounding it for when staff want to go out to eat. Even just having something like a local Starbucks is a plus.
Good Bathroom Facilities
Something which is often overlooked is how good the bathroom facilities are in an office space. You will want an office which offers a clean and spacious bathroom situation and as an added bonus, you may want ones which have in-office showers for those who come to work after the gym or for those who cycle or run to work.
Offices which are flooded by natural sunlight are proven to be the most productive offices. Look for office spaces which have big windows and are not lit by industrial lights for the happiest environment.
On a similar note, why not add plants inside of the office. According to a study conducted by the University of Exeter, workers were 15 per cent more productive when “lean” workplaces are filled with just a few houseplants, as employees who actively engage with their surroundings are better workers. This is a very inexpensive investment which could actually make you more money!