As a commercial real estate agent in Boston’s Metro South area, I work with businesses that vary in size, success and budget. In an ideal world, we’d all like to have spacious office spaces in well-established buildings in excellent locations. The reality can be a bit sobering. Sometimes, in order to be in that imperative location or work within your budget, you need to settle for a smaller space.
This doesn’t have to make you unproductive or translate into a cramped work environment. You can work with smaller spaces to increase your productivity and keep yourself out of “cubicle crazy” mode.
Make use of common areas. You might have three desks crammed into one room, but if you establish a common work space, it broadens the area for everyone. People can walk away from their desks for a few minutes, which will encourage creativity. When people get out of their confined space, they can come up with more ideas and produce better quality work.
Go paper-free. Not only is it better for the environment, but you can really clear some space by getting rid of extraneous paper. Embrace technology and access your files electronically. It will keep things organized and give you more space in which to work.
Have “stand-up meetings”. Studies show that sitting is incredibly bad for you, and when you’re in a small office space, being confined to a desk is even more suffocating. Having quick, stand up meetings once a day or a few times per week will get people up out of their desk areas and closer together to come up with creative ideas.
Get rid of clutter. It’s easy for piles to form when you have a smaller space to work with, but if you keep things organized and clutter-free, you’ll simply feel the space start to open up.
Think vertically. When it comes to shelving units and filing cabinets, going with shorter, narrower units that mount up on a wall is always a great space-saver. Instead of designating a “coat closet”, put stylish hooks behind doors or on the walls. It’s small adjustments like these that end up creating more workspace in a smaller office.
If you use the right strategies, you can make a small office space work for your business. Cramped quarters don’t have to stifle your productivity or creativity. You can actually use your office’s small size to encourage team-building, creative brainstorming and collaborative projects. You can also use clever design schemes and space-saving tactics to make your office look more spacious than it really is.
If you’re interested in finding office space in Boston’s Metro South area, feel free to give me a call! I’m happy to guide you throughout the process. I hope to hear from you soon!