It’s important for any successful business to make sure that their office isn’t one of their growing pains. As a forward-thinking company that’s striving to push boundaries in its industry, offering a comfortable, productive working environment for your employees is key.

Some business owners struggle to recognise when it’s time to move their operations to pastures new. When you spend half of your day in the office, it’s easy to be oblivious to its shortcomings. That’s why we’ve put together this shortlist of six common signs that you’re outgrowing your office.

  • Your office lacks a place for employees to unwind
    It’s increasingly important for employee wellness to have sufficient space for them to relax and switch off from work during breaks and lunchtimes. If you find that your office is more like a school canteen than a place of work during breaks, due to inadequate kitchen facilities, it might be time to move somewhere that can give your staff the personal space they need for some ‘me time’.
  • It’s starting to get cramped in meetings
    Are you always hunting for a spare chair or table during internal meetings? If it often feels like your employees are sitting on each other’s laps, the chances are you need a commercial space that has bigger and better meeting rooms and facilities.
  • You’re embarrassed showing clients your office floor
    In the past, you might have been proud to host clients in your head office. However, if you’ve suddenly become aware of your premises’ shortcomings, and its inability to properly accommodate clients, it’s time to look elsewhere. Ideally, you’ll find alternative office space that has dedicated space to talk with and entertain existing and prospective clients, without interruptions or distractions.
  • Staff morale is low
    As a business owner with multiple employees it’s important to keep your ear close to the ground, ensuring staff are happy with their working environment. If you’re starting to hear employees complain about aspects of your office with increasing regularity, your premises might well be the common denominator. You might just find that their feedback resonates with you too.
  • Company storage is starting to overflow
    Inadequate storage for your company paperwork, materials, machinery or tools can quickly creep up on you. A messy, cluttered working environment does not lend itself to a productive, welcoming workspace. Clutter is visually distracting and poor storage facilities can lead to wasted time for employees hunting for the right paperwork. Furthermore, if prospective clients venture on-site, an untidy workplace can create a wholly unprofessional image.
  • Productivity is on the decline
    Without adequate productivity, your business wouldn’t even exist. Small, overcrowded offices can leave your most talented professionals hamstrung and frustrated, unable to do their best work and make a difference to your bottom line. Investing in a new, optimised workplace might incur an initial outlay, but accommodating the needs of your staff can transform productivity and show your team that they are valued.

If any of the above pressure points resonate with your growing business, it might be time to expand your business space. At Pall Mall Estates, we are a commercial property landlord with a difference. With over 4,000,000 sq ft of low-cost, high-value workspace, available to rent on flexible lease terms, we own and manage accessible offices, studios, workshops and yards across the UK to give businesses like yours a platform to take things to the next level.

For more information on available commercial space in your region, please don’t hesitate to call our friendly, experienced property agents today on 020 8108 4758 or drop us a line using our online enquiry form.


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