While you may be inspired to redesign your office space in order to create a fresh, new and impressive look and feel, there’s another valuable goal that you should aim for at the same time: better utilization of space.
Each day across the country, tens of thousands of businesses launch an office renovation project – whether it’s a re-invention, a refresh, or most often a combination of both.
Unfortunately, not all of these businesses will reach the finish line on time and in budget. And while sometimes the root causes of schedule and cost overruns are unavoidable and nobody is to blame (a.k.a. “force majeure”), many times the reasons are due to these 3 common – and certainly preventable – office renovation mistakes:
Next to “we’ll be announcing layoffs this morning”, the phrase that can trigger the most anxiety in your workforce – particularly among your introverts – is “we’re moving to an open office environment”.
First things first: introversion and extroversion are two widely misunderstood concepts. Superficially, introverts are mislabelled as withdrawn, while extroverts are mislabelled as outgoing. Neither of these are anywhere close to the truth.
As you consider renovating your office, a key issue that you’ll need to address is how to keep your people productive, your customers engaged, and your systems functional during the project.