Steve: Good morning Mike.
Mike: Good morning to you Steve. You seem like you are in a good mood today.
Steve: I sure am. I will be out of the office all day today.
Mike: Why? Where are you going?
Steve: A real estate agent is going to show me around some new office space.
Mike: That sounds cool. At least you won't be stuck in this cramped office all day.
Steve: And neither will you for much longer Mike. The company is relocating.
Mike: That's the best news I have heard for weeks my goombah!
1) Good mood: happy, smiling
ex:Some people are always in a good mood while others never seem to smile.
2) Real estate agent: a person who sells or leases property
ex:A good real estate agent knows what's happening in the local property market.
3) Cramped: having too little room to be comfortable
ex:I have to share my office with three other people so we are very cramped for room.
4) Goombah: a buddy, trusted friend
ex:This is my goombah - you could trust him with your life.
As a company grows, management needs to carefully watch and evaluate whether the office space can accommodate staff comfortably. If your staff is not comfortable, they will not be productive.
When looking for a new office, here are some simple things to keep in mind:
Is it large enough for your current staff? Work out how much space each staff member needs and then add around 50 percent for extra people and things like meeting rooms etc.
Does the new office have adequate infrastructure? Are there enough lifts? Will the telephone system be suitable? Can you install high speed Internet access services?
Is the office near public transport, either the subway or a bus station?
Is there a good range of restaurants for all staff - not just managers on high salaries? What about banks and office supply companies?
Will your clients be able to find the building easily? Does the building have parking for guests?
Finally, the decision about whether to buy or rent has to be made. Buying means that you have a permanent base and a tangible asset but you could have to borrow heavily to fund it. Leasing is more flexible financially but leaves you open to being asked to leave the building by the owner.
Beth: Did you see the carpet and paint samples Sally?
Sally: I did. What were they for?
Beth: I had to choose the color scheme for the new office.
Sally: What did you end up choosing?
Beth: I couldn't decide so I asked all of the staff to vote.
Sally: Great idea. That way no one can complain about the final choice!
Beth: That's exactly why I asked for everyone's ideas.
Sally: It is always a good idea to get everyone's feedback and thoughts on decisions that affect them.