There are a lot of factors to consider when you are looking for a new space for your business. Of course, the well-known rule of real estate, “location, location, location” is important, but another critical issue is what type of environment will help your staff be the most productive.

For your employees, there is more to productivity than having the right tools to get the job done. Workers also need the right environment to do their best work.

This is what to think about as you consider new locations for your business.

Who does it and what do they do?

Think about your employees in terms of types of work and how those types are compatible. Think about issues such as:

  • Resources different groups need. Is there shared equipment that one group needs?
  • Noise level of each group. Do some workers spend their day on the phone?
  • Social attributes. Is there a group that tends to be more introverted?
  • Space to work. How much space do your employees need to do their job?

As you consider the types of work your employees do and how those types work together, it may help narrow down your needs for your next space.

Do your employees need specialized areas for breaks or collaboration?

After considering the types of work your employees do, there may be some areas that do not fit neatly into a category. For example, employees that need to collaborate in small groups may need more than one conference room so that they can hold smaller meetings.

Make sure to assess your need for common areas. While you may have several employees to take breaks off-campus or at their desks, you may want to have an area that is always free during the lunch hour so that employees can get away from their workspace during the day.

Before making a final decision, consider talking to a small group of employees from each functional area to understand their needs. When people have an environment that helps them focus on their work, you set them up for success which can add to your profitability.