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When it comes to relocating offices, sorting your bottom desk drawer is a headache best left till moving day. No one’s wondered what happened to that paperwork in six months, so surely it can be held off a little longer? it can surely be held off a little longer. Health and safety, on the other hand, shouldn’t be an afterthought.
Whether you’re moving to a larger warehouse space or simply looking for a change of scenery, the exciting part of relocating is letting your imagination run wild. In this instance, day-dreaming about sleeping pods and state of the art coffee machines definitely doesn’t count as procrastination.
Don’t let failed government building inspections bring you crashing back to reality. Instead, alongside all the fun stuff, keep the following tips in mind to make your new workplace safe and productive.
Make Safety Your Priority
Safety measures should be incorporated at every stage while you’re restructuring your workplace. Make sure your office is fire-safe by investing in alarms and sprinkler systems. Ensure the safety of your employees and the security of warehouse supplies with structural fire-proofing.
Take no risks and hire fire safety officers to inspect the new property. They can also help you develop and implement emergency exit solutions and plans.
Remember to look after the exterior of your building as well by installing a CCTV system you can trust. If you’re fortunate enough to have space for a car park – something that’s sure to make you very popular with your employees – make sure that it’s secure but accessible. A reverse parking only rule might not be quite so popular to begin with, but it’s also a free and easy way to avoid accidents.
Earn yourself some extra brownie points with the environment by thinking about the ecological health of your workplace. If you’re designing from scratch, consider using recycled building materials and reference the Living Building Challenge to source products free from toxins.
Or look a little further down the line and think about employing renewable energy solutions to reduce your carbon footprint. It’ll save you some money come bill time.
A Home Away from Home
We talk about Feng Shui and apply interior decorating tricks to our homes with barely a thought to whether or not it’s strictly necessary. It’s fair to say that the corporate world has been a tad slower in applying the same principles to office spaces.
Long working days mean we spend a lot of time in our offices – on average 37.4 hours a week apparently. Consider the layout of your office and encourage increased co-operation between team members by establishing a breakout or co-working area – a cost effective and subtle way of creating a more welcoming environment.