October 3, 2022

4 Signs You’re Overdue for an Office Expansion

In recent years, some business owners have indefinitely postponed their plans for office expansions or relocations, opting instead to hold off until the market settled or in-person work resumed.

However, when your business is evolving to offer new services, serve new clients or expand into new sectors, you may need to make an immediate change to your physical space. 

How do you know when the time is right for an office expansion or relocation? Here are five things to look for when deciding to increase your office footprint.

Staffing Changes

It’s easy to spot a need for more office space when you increase your staff, but even subtle staffing changes can create pressure on your work space. For example, increasing employees’ working hours may necessitate more break and dining spaces. Bringing in a special team to serve a new sector may require more unassigned seating and collaborative areas. 

Significant changes to your staff can be a critical sign that it’s time for an expansion. More staff necessitates more desks, more supplies and more storage. While you search for a large space with more on-site storage, a full-service moving company can provide secure storage for your extra office furniture, materials and products, managing your overflow inventory until you are ready to move into your new space.

Culture Change

As the world temporarily shifted to working-from-home at the height of the pandemic, some businesses took the opportunity to step back and re-think their corporate culture and physical footprint. Trading in a sea of cubicles for a blend of private spaces and communal areas can increase collaboration and accommodate different working styles. 

The right office space is critical for matching — and enhancing — company culture, so if your office doesn’t fit your team’s new energy, it may be time for a move. 

Talent Recruitment & Retention

According to a Gartner report, there’s a shortage of critical talent, and with what we’ve recently experienced in “The Great Departure,” it’s no wonder companies are changing or updating their office spaces to add competitive advantages. As people shift to prioritizing work-life balance and company culture, an upgraded office space can keep new and current team members healthy and happy. 

Employees returning to the office after long work-from-home stays may also come back to the office with new habits, such as taking calls in cozy, customizable environments with soft seating. If your employees are hesitant to return to the office, your space may no longer be up to par. Consider soliciting employee feedback to create an office space that meets employees’ new working preferences and needs.

Changing Clientele

Whether an uptick in new customers or a shift in client type, changes to your client profiles can signal a need for an office relocation or expansion. Moving your office closer to your customers may allow you to provide better face-to-face service or increase the efficiency of your supply chain.

If your office is a customer-facing location, its look and layout can also be critical for making a good first impression. As you host more in-person meetings for changing clientele, you may discover a need for more conference rooms, lunch spaces or entertainment areas. Depending on the magnitude of the changes needed, it may be more efficient and cost-effective to move to a bigger location, rather than perform extensive renovations on your existing space.

An office expansion or relocation can boost employee morale, delight high-value customers and provide stronger services. Begin examining your office today for the signs it’s time for a change.

Don’t let the stress of renovation or relocation take your focus off your business. Trust Armstrong to handle all your equipment, moving and storage needs. Get started today by calling 770.368.0368 or requesting a free quote online.

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