Each month we will be following 2 companies, both sharing their highs and lows and everyday business challenges, as they describe any issues or problems connected to their office any and the choices and solutions they come up with or are presented with.
The companies will remain anonymous as we want an insight into their office situation and not create a branding or P.R. exercise for them. Both are SMEs, in totally different industries where one company has decided to lease their own offices and the second is in a Serviced Office.
This is the post from the Company in a Leased Office – they will be posting every month. We hope you enjoy the insight…………
It feels like summer is on its way! We’ve had a few glorious days, which have really helped keep the mood positive during the move to the serviced office. There is nothing more depressing than shifting boxes of paperwork in the rain!
In actual fact the move was pretty easy. We expected there to be a few teething problems, but the furniture was already in place and the phone lines and broadband were ready for us. The new team were able to ‘hit the ground running’, which we had been assured of when we signed the contract but couldn’t quite believe!
To make sure the teams bonded from the start, we had a Monday morning ‘welcome breakfast’ for all the staff. We took advantage of the shared conference facilities in the serviced office – it was very smart and I think it will look much better than our current office when we host client meetings. We also spoke to the office next door, a friendly bunch that may actually be in need of our services. The power of networking!
Of course the biggest problem we had in the whole move was getting the staff based at our first office back to work – they were a little bit jealous of the shiny, new facilities and didn’t want to walk back across town to the old, boring office! We tempted them back with the promise of increased space, a new communal room (the former meeting room) and a ‘special treat’ waiting at their desk.
The surprise went down well – brand new, ergonomic chairs! We were so impressed at the quality of the furniture when we toured the serviced office, we thought we should invite a specialist provider to assess whether our leased office needed an overhaul to match. Unsurprisingly it did! Good quality chairs promote posture, comfort & movement to
prevent long term health risks, so even though it came with a hefty price tag, it was worth upgrading. It did make us realise just what a good deal the serviced office provides. We don’t have to think about anything for them, it’s all included in the price.
With everybody working hard, we are starting to see the future of the business a bit more clearly. There are going to be some challenges co-ordinating two offices, but I think it will work. We have already seen some ‘friendly rivalry’ between the two teams. There is a pub next door to the serviced office and they host a monthly quiz on Fridays – we have all started swotting up on general knowledge to see which office is the best!