Everyone on your team is working from home, so now it can be your opportunity to tackle some of the things on your office to-do list and to reflect on how your company’s office design is (or isn’t) working for your organization. Below are a few jumping-off points to start thinking about how you can take advantage of these quiet days in the office you are already paying for.
It’s time to clean out the storage closet – almost every business has at least one closet or place where old, unused, duplicate, or mystery items are stashed. Spend some of this quiet time by going through these spaces, purging and organizing.
Now is a great time to hire a cleaning company to do a thorough cleaning of your office, including upholstery, carpets, and rugs. We also suggest you take all of the food out of the refrigerator and pantry, and ask to have your trash and recycling cans washed.
As of now, most construction work is still happening. While you may not want to take on a large project right now, it’s a great time to tackle repairs and modest improvement projects. Repair and paint a wall, add window film to rooms that are overheating from solar gain, or swap out the kitchen sink faucet. All of these types of things can be completed by a single contractor without making a big mess or requiring a significant financial investment.
While everyone is working from home and your office space is quiet, now is a great time to walk through each area and think about how it is being used. Make a list of what you like and don’t like about the space. Be reflective about the vision you have for your company and how the space could support that vision, now and five years from now.
If you find yourself with extra time on your hands, consider investing that time researching service providers to support the projects in your space. Been thinking about a new task chair, desk, equipment, or light fixture? Take some time now to look at your options. Perhaps a new office? The great news is that it is now easy to reach people by phone to ask questions and get your search started.
Take this time to plan for the future. If you’ve been ready to pull the trigger on hiring professionals to do the heavy lifting on your next project yet haven’t been able to spare the time for necessary project meetings, you can maximize these upcoming weeks to your advantage. A lot of interior design and architectural planning can be done remotely, and a solid partner firm can help move through each step relatively seamlessly, even during these extraordinary times. This could be the quiet window that you’ve been waiting for to make concrete plans for your next big move.