Traits of a Good Office Space
When screening applicants, is it not that you follow a list of skills, traits, and qualifications to find the best person for the job? The same should be done in looking for the best office space in Makati. When selecting an office space to rent, it is generally good to keep the following characteristics in mind:
Access to public transport
To recruit employees from a wider geography, it is helpful to rent an office space that is near a public transit station like the Metro Rail Transit or the Light Railway Transit. Try to choose a space that can be convenient to most employees, not only for a small sample of your office’s population.
Chances are, you might be hesitant to hire an employee who lives from far away because of fears that your office’s inaccessibility would make him always tardy. On the other hand, you might find it hard to make a qualified employee sign up if it is difficult to commute going to your office.
Access to convenient food, parking and gyms
You might have found an office space that is convenient to reach, but lacks in nearby stores that sell affordable and light food. If you are a startup company that pays startup salaries, expect that your employees will look for sandwiches and other take-away food from nearby.
Hence, it is suggested that you take a walk around the office space you are eyeing to rent. Look if there are nearby food joints, best lunch spots, and cheap eats. Also consider if there are parking slots or gyms that can be accessible from your office.
High ceilings and availability of natural light
It is unhealthy to be working in a dark and cramped office space; hence, this is not advisable especially to companies whose employees spend most of their time on the computer. Studies show that employees demonstrate higher energy levels when they are working in a bright, naturally-lit office that has high ceilings for better ventilation and air circulation, and a wide window showing a glimpse of the outside world.
Make sure, though, that the coming light is not too bright to produce glares. You can adjust the amount of light coming into your space by putting window shades.
When looking for an office space, make sure to inquire about what Internet options are available because many new spaces and some old ones are not wired for the Internet. If the landlord cannot guarantee of instant Internet access, ask him if there are Internet utility companies who are servicing or have serviced the space, then ask the utility companies to make an assessment of the space’s Internet connectivity.
If a new installation is required, ask to have it charged to the landlord, if this is your arrangement with the landlord. It is always good to know your options before signing a lease so you can deduct the improvement from the least you are going to pay.
Evaluate the office space based on the level of security the landlord can provide you. It also helps to know the quality of the neighborhood the office space belongs to. If the space is in a high-rise, ask if there is a burglar alarm and know who are the people that have access or extra keys to the office. Inquire if there have been cases of theft or intrusion in the space.
A like-minded community
Although it is not required, it helps to hold an office in a building or community that shares the same industry or nature of work as your company. This community atmosphere would not only motivate your employees to work as competitively as the employees of neighboring companies. It can also help you, your company, and your employees to build a network among neighboring corporations.
This network can make you gain friends, share ideas, be invited in social events, and be known for your products and services that the neighboring companies might patronize. In turn, you might also find it easy to ask help or to acquire products and services from companies belonging in the same community.
In general, keep in mind that a startup office space need not be extravagant. Be wary, though, that your choice of location, layout, price, and amenities show to your employees, investors, and clients what kind of company you are creating. Most importantly, be sure to match your office space to your goals and specific needs.
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