What are competitors doing in the industry?
It’s important to make sure that you strike the balance between making sure that your company stays at the forefront of innovation and creativity, for the sake of both your services and staff, and making sure that you aren’t making updates for the sake of them. The old saying ‘if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it’ is still around for a reason after all.
A good way to think about this is to review the current statuses of your competitors’ commercial spaces. If they have made updates and are seeing an increase in sales or visitors to their sites, then they must be doing something right and it could be worth trying to replicate those improvements with your own spin.
What are local competitors doing?
If your business has a local focus, then you can try visiting or investigating local competitors’ commercial spaces (if appropriate) to see what they are doing. The important thing to remember is to not copy everything they do. They might not be right for you or anyone after all and you don’t want to be stuck with a bad design.
Will these changes benefit your employees?
Talk to your employees before making any changes. You may not be able to agree to everything they suggest but if you’re going to be changing their workspace, it can be important to make sure they are on board, or you may find that you are disrupting their flow and making them less likely to want to stay once the changes have been made.
When making your plan, consider the office temperature and the spaces employees have for their breaks, such as eating areas, kitchens, bathrooms and any outside spaces, as these can all affect employee sentiment and productivity.
Plan and prepare
You will need to consider how long the renovations will take place and what your employees will be doing during that time. If possible have work completed outside of office hours but if that is not always possible, make sure you have a plan for where your employees can work during refurbishments.
Make sure that there is also someone nominated to be responsible for the project, just in case you can’t be there to supervise it.