By: Kevin Ahern on May 15th, 2014
Commercial Construction in Connecticut: When is it Time for an Office Expansion?
Your business is thriving, profits are booming and you're hiring employees in droves. Everything might seem to be going well, with the exception of one thing: your office isn’t growing with your business. Space to accommodate more employees, more equipment, or more customers, becomes crucial to the expansion of business over time, but when is the time right?
Check out these 4 signs that your commercial office is ready for an expansion.
1. Lack of Work Space
If your most recent hire is now working out of a converted closet, you know you have a problem. Cutting cubicles in half and forcing employees to share desks or office space can be demoralizing and even embarrassing for some employees. It sends a message to employees that they're not valued in their jobs. Expanding your office will give employees the room they need to focus and increase productivity.
2. Cluttered and Disorganization
A lack of space can lead to a build up of clutter. If your technologies are stacked on top of one another and every available tabletop is occupied with office supplies, forms, or employee belongings, this is a good indication that your business has outgrown its space.
Through an office expansion you can add more custom closet, cabinet, and desk space so that everything has its designated place and your team stays as organized as possible.
3. Deteriorating Working Relationships
Sharing a workspace can make employees feel claustrophobic. With no room to think quietly or complete individual work, their ability to complete work on time and cooperate with each may decrease. Some people respond to a lack of space by becoming territorial, which can lead to office squabbling, unrest, and possibly turnover rate.
If you find that more of your time is spent mitigating office arguments than making money or forging relationships with new clients, investigate the cause of your employee arguments and most likely you will find that it comes from lack of personal space.
4. Parking Woes
Your office should have enough parking for all of your employees and visitors as well. A lack of parking creates a poor first impression to visitors and creates a headache for clients and employees. This may be costing your business money while subtly tarnishing your reputation.
Giving your employees room to breathe at work is important, but it's not the only reason to undertake an office expansion and remodel. Old office spaces can be extremely energy inefficient, which in turn costs your business money while contributing negatively to climate change.
An office remodel and expansion is the perfect time to make updates to your lighting, plumbing, and heating and cooling systems. It's also a great time to build a space that reinforces your brand.
You could be missing out on profits and making your employees miserable at the same time. To get started on your commercial construction in Connecticut, contact Litchfield Builders today for a free initial consultation .
About Kevin Ahern
Kevin is the Co-Founder of Litchfield Builders, an award-winning, industry leader with a reputation for managing projects others shy away from. They are known for their high-quality work, customer service, and reliability and though still relatively small in size, Litchfield Builders now competes with some of the areas largest firms in both the residential and commercial arenas.