Is it time to renovate your workplace?

By Thursday, June 19, 2014 0 Permalink

These days, it seems you can’t turn on the TV without seeing a home renovation show of some description. But what renovating our workplaces, our offices or warehouses? The three key reasons for workplace renovation are 1) to create more space, 2) to install purpose built fit-outs (eg. dentist) and 3) to update and refresh the company’s or organisation’s image. Let’s look at these in a little more detail.

Renovate don’t relocate

In order to maximise your business’ profits, you need to keep your overheads down. Lease costs are an obvious overhead, but they’re unavoidable. With commercial floor space at a premium in most parts of Australia, many businesses choose to renovate rather than relocate. Relocating is a costly exercise in more ways than one. In addition to higher lease costs for a bigger space and the moving fees, you’ve also got to contend with downtime and reduced productivity throughout the whole process. By renovating, you can increase floor space and custom fit it to suit the needs of your business, customers and staff.

Custom fit-outs

So you’ve found the perfect workplace for your business; great location and good parking and transport links. But…..the inside is outdated and totally unsuitable for your day-today activities. Never fear, call in the experts and custom-fit the interior to precisely how you want and need it to be. If you have a firm idea of what you’d like to do, hire a draftsperson to draw up your plans or alternatively, get an architect onboard to design and manage the whole build. Purpose-built workplaces increase productivity as they’re tailored to the business and its day-to-day functions.

Refresh your image

Maybe your workplace is perfectly functional and practical, but just outdated? If you need to drag the interior into this decade, there are plenty of quick and easy ways to achieve this. You’re two biggest targets; walls and floors. Slap on some fresh, new paint and replace existing floor coverings. If you want to be bold with colour, maybe consult an interior design on how to do this tastefully and professionally. Next, review your lighting and furniture. Make sure you remove any clutter by getting rid of outdated materials or storing them. For the finishing touches, think about business signage, artwork and indoor plants to bring personality and life into the space and give it a strong identity.

If you intend on doing most of the work yourself, make sure you have a clear and staged plan that identifies what will be done, the order of how it will be done and by when it will be done. Another major consideration is ensuring the workplace remains safe at all times throughout the renovation, for staff, and customers. Trips and falls account for the vast majority of workplace accidents, so make sure you remove any tripping hazards as soon as you see them. Always be mindful of where you are placing objects, even if it’s just temporary, so they are not in peoples’ way. If you or your staff will be using ladders, make sure they comply with all the relevant safety standards. If you are not sure about this, contact someone in the know, like www.safeatheightsqld.com.au

Office renovations can save you a fortune in relocating offices, improve business productivity as well as update or refresh a company or organisation’s image. Depending on the scale of the operation, you can either do it yourself to save on costs or call in the experts. Just make sure you have a plan, an end-date and adhere to workplace health and safety laws and procedures at all times.

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