With the economy in its current state of affairs, it is no wonder that employers are looking to save money every way that they can. Many a time, an employer has to cut employee benefits or even pay and downsize to a smaller office space in order to stay in business.
Downsizing to a Smaller Office Space
Downsizing to a smaller office space has many benefits. One of the most important of these is financial. A smaller office space can save an employer tons of money on rent per month.
A smaller unit of space can also save an employer on utilities bills in a significant way. Less square footage means less space to heat or cool and less electricity to run.
Less office space also means less expenditure for furnishings, equipment, and supplies.
Working from Home
Some employers are willing to allow their employees the opportunity to work from home once he or she makes the decision to downsize to a smaller space. This way the employee saves money on wear and tear on their vehicle as well as gas expenses to get to and from work.
Being Creative in Small Spaces
If you are considering downsizing to a smaller office space, a great idea is to make a small investment from the outset on furniture that works in small spaces. One of the best and most profitable ways to be creative in a small office space is to make good use of every wall. Hanging shelving and bookshelves over desks is a great way to utilize space for ledgers, filing systems, and office supplies. Built-in cabinets are an excellent way to store office supplies and important documents and books for your business.
Having desktops attached to the walls and separated by file cabinets underneath is a great way to save space from buying bulky desks and still offers filing solutions for a busy office. Small table tops that fold down when not in use, as well as folding chairs that can be stored away neatly, are great ways to save space if an employee is out sick or if an extra desk is temporarily not in use.
A microfridge typically used for campus rooms is a great addition to any office. Employees can store their lunch in the fridge and warm it up in the microwave attached.
While downsizing may not be something that an employer wants, it may be inevitable. There are plenty of creative ways to use small spaces, even in the office environment.