Reading this post could literally save you thousands of dollars over the course of your next lease, and create an office that helps you attract and retain the talent you are looking for.
1. You need up to 1/3 less space than you currently occupy.
Most of the time a company leader notes the square footage number in his existing lease, estimates how many more employees he may be hiring over the next five to ten years, increases the square footage number proportionally and then goes looking for a larger sized space. However, when you signed that lease five years ago, work looked different than it does today. Today, your employees are more mobile; they do not need the same office configuration that they have had. Thinking differently about how you will use the space – creating a higher quality space that can be used by multiple users – not only saves you money, but it has been proven to improve collaboration, engagement, and productivity.
2. Request a ceiling tile with a .75 to .90 NRC (noise reduction coefficient) rating.
Most office buildings have a ceiling tile with an NRC of .55. This is a standard that developers use because it is less expensive than one with a higher NRC. However, investing a few dollars in a higher grade ceiling is one of the best decisions you can make to answer the top concern in offices today: noise. A higher rated ceiling tile, coupled with a white noise speaker system (which you can install as a furniture item that you take with you when you leave the space), will measurably impact your employees’ acoustic happiness.
3. Get an upgrade on the bathrooms.
Have you ever had a fabulous meal in a restaurant, only to use their sub-par facilities and ultimately leave wondering if the meal was so great after all? (If the restroom looks like that, then what is going on in the kitchen?) If you are working to attract and retain great talent, then pay attention to the details in the restrooms. Nothing shows respect for your employees than ensuring that the bathrooms at work are clean and modern. Even better, provide individual rooms with a sink and toilet for each one (no more annoying gaps through the stall doors, and no worrying about gender determination.)