When done right, an office renovation can be a boon for the business—a way to make the space more efficient and more collaborative, and to provide employees with a much-needed change of scenery. Even when an office renovation project proves difficult or prolonged, it can have the ultimate effect of boosting morale.
It does not always happen his way, though. Some office renovation projects fail, and some are doomed before they even start. In fact, there are some all-too-common office renovation blunders that can compromise your industrial office space.
Of course, you’ll want to avoid some of these blunders—but how?
Consider some of the most common ones:
Trying to handle the project internally
It’s unlikely that your CEO and front office staff are going to show up in overalls, tools in hand, and tackle the construction themselves. That would just be absurd. However, it’s not at all uncommon for a company to decide to handle the project management internally, hiring several different professionals (a plumber, an electrician, a handyman, etc.) and trying to coordinate all their efforts—and frankly, that’s nearly as absurd.
Not only is it difficult to keep all these professionals on the same page and meeting the same deadlines, but it can actually be costlier to do it this way, and will certainly eat up all your time. Avoid this by hiring one contractor/remodeler to handle everything, from the project management on down.
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Not preparing your staff—and your customers
It’s vital to ensure that everyone has the right expectations about the renovation project, and the tools needed to keep working as normal while the office is being worked on. Have you communicated the project timeline to your staff, and accommodated them with temporary work spaces? And if there is going to be any disruption to client services, have you let your clients know?
Not knowing the value of the project
One basic but easily overlooked task: Thinking through your goal for the office renovation. Why are you doing it? What will the renovation do to add value to your business? Know the answer, and communicate it to your team well before the office renovation project is under way.
These are simple errors to avoid, but make sure you do so: Any one of them could effectively wreck your renovation. By avoiding these pratfalls, you can ensure your renovation brings true value to your business and to the members of your team