6 Tips To Consider While Renovating Your Office

Renovating an office is always a difficult task. It gets in the way of your work. As a businessman you can’t afford to let renovation get in the way of your daily operation. After all, how are you going to pay for the renovation if the money stops coming in? You need to ensure that the renovation is as unobtrusive to your employees as possible. Here are 6 tips to consider while renovating your office.

Inform Your Employees

Before going ahead with the renovation, it’s important that you inform your employees about it. A week before the actual renovation should do it. This allows them to make preparations of their own. Send an e-mail to the entire staff about the upcoming renovation. Include any responsibilities that they may need to undertake. Get feedback from your employees to see what they think about it. Having an open dialogue between the management and the employees is important for any company. If this dialogue doesn’t exist you run the risk of alienating your employees. Try to incorporate your work force in executive decisions. After all, they’re the backbone of your company.

Divide the Renovation

Renovating an office is inconvenient, I know. However, if you take things step by step, then it doesn’t seem all that bad. Divide your renovation project into smaller projects to take them on one by one. First, get the most challenging part of the renovation out of the way. Renovating is like swimming, you just need to dive in. Once the hard part’s over you can take your time with the remaining work. You also need to prioritize the sub projects based on urgency. You can’t have your employees out of commission for long.

Renovate After Hours

If you don’t want your employees to be inconvenienced by the renovation, then you should do it after hours. Weekends are perfect, because the contractor will have the whole office to himself for 2 days. An experienced contractor can achieve a lot in that duration. If the renovation needs to take place on normal working days, then it’s best to start in the evenings. Most of your employees should be leaving right about then. Worse comes to worst you should give your employees a day off. Otherwise, the renovation will get in the way of your work and neither will get done.

Hire an Experienced Contractor

In order to get things done quickly you should hire the best people for the job. Experience matters the most when it comes to renovation. And when time is of the essence, experience is all that matters. When you’re hiring a contractor, don’t just hire the cheapest one. His services are cheap for a reason, because no one else will hire him. To get the renovation done as quickly as possible find someone with years of experience and who comes highly recommended. Even if you spend a little extra money you can rest assured that the job will be done perfectly and on time.

Create More Space

The whole objective of your office renovation should be to create more space. If you make efficient use of the space, your office will automatically look good. Office partitioning can help you with this. Separate the work stations by constructing cubicles. Your employees will be able to work in peace due to this. It’s best to consult with your contractor and come up with a floor plan before you begin renovating. You need to go through the floor plan and approve it to make sure everything’s going on according to your specifications.

Get Insured

If you haven’t insured your office you better do it quick, before the renovation begins. You never know what might happen. If there’s an accident and you’re not insured, you might even get sued. To avoid legal or moral problems in the future it’s best to get insured. You’re not the only one who’ll suffer. Your employees too will bear the brunt of it. Select an insurance that has additional benefits and not just compensation for damages. You also need to think about your employees and not just your office. Weigh your options carefully before getting an insurance policy.

Renovating your office doesn’t necessarily have to come in the way of your productivity. Use the tips mentioned here and your renovation will not be a hindrance to your employees.

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The author of this post, Jim Yong, is a part of the team at The Caretakers, office partitioning in Perth. He likes to spend his weekends with his family at home.

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