Embracing the private office
So you move your business to a new office. The walls are freshly painted off-white, the chairs are ergonomically designed and glass meeting rooms lend an air of modern sophistication to the spotless environment. That said, it does lack a little something… something that’s hard to put a handle on. It lacks a little heart.
Most corporate offices are designed with one purpose in mind: to be inoffensive. It’s like recognising that some people at the party enjoy chocolate ice cream and others enjoy strawberry, then compromising by serving everybody vanilla. As long as nobody’s complaining, it must be an effective space – or so the thinking goes. With this in mind, it comes as little surprise that private offices are on the rise. They offer an alternative to spaces designed for the non-existent everyman, allowing you to create a space suitable for the exact business you want to achieve. Well, that and just a few more reasons. Take a look.
Skip the business rates
Business rates are a commitment. One that limits smaller companies from growing. Using a private office in a coworking space allows tenants to make the most of their resources, as they’re often shielded from costs by the space themselves. On top of financial perks, the ability to network and form lasting relationships gives the private office worker a competitive edge too.
Likewise, by splitting the costs of amenities with other tenants of a given building – such as kitchens and bathrooms, event spaces, receptions and cleaning services – significant savings can be made without compromising on the services offered. This is money that can be allocated to more important aspects of your business.
It’s well known that the work environment heavily influences company culture, and vice versa. Whether creating a friendly and relaxed atmosphere or powering a dynamic no-sleep startup, the office makes up company culture just as much as the people in it. From broad policies such as work hours to smaller perks, the private office allows a clear ethos to be defined. This helps create an environment in which everyone is pulling in the same direction.
It’s this unique ability to create a team spirit that helps drive a business on, making a team of 20 feel like a team of 200. It isn’t just an office; it’s a home away from home. It’s not just any old team; it’s your team.
A private office is a personal space, not just a commercial property. The many freedoms of a private office present a fantastic opportunity to make it truly reflect your personal values, alongside those of the business. Do your creatives prefer to brainstorm on beanbags? Well, nobody’s stopping you! You want a mini fridge to stock your client-pleasing collection of exotic yoghurts? Be my guest! Everything about a private office allows its occupants to work in a way that brings them the most comfort, reducing stress and increasing work satisfaction.
Studies have also found that there is no such thing as the “ideal” office. There are a number of personal variables at play: the type of music (if any) being played, the artwork on the walls, or even the presence of your loving pooch. With limitless flexibility, it comes as little wonder that a private office is the best way of making sure your team have the best working conditions possible.
Everybody likes to feel comfortable. Everybody likes to feel important. This is especially true when it comes to meetings. Private offices lead to overall better meetings; open-plan layouts and conducive to constant communication and collaboration between all members of the team. Of course, sometimes a little privacy is required, in which case coworking spaces offer the opportunity to hide away in any number of private meeting rooms too.
If you’re a company that handles sensitive data, or one simply looking to keep quiet about a project, a private office if often a better option than a shared one. They allow you to communicate in confidence. When it comes to meeting clients, nothing projects gravitas quite like your own personal office, giving the impression that your business really does mean business.
Room to grow
A private office offers the flexibility needed for companies to grow, and to keep growing, while cultivating a unique business identity and maintaining high levels of efficiency. New desk space can be added to open-plan private offices with ease and little disruption. At Uncommon, we offer private offices of various sizes across our four London locations, making them ideal for a range of businesses looking to move office. To find out more about renting a private office with Uncommon get in touch today! We’d be delighted to show you around.
Uncommon takes pride in helping businesses thrive. Our workspaces are designed with your wellbeing in mind. Every single detail helps create an environment in which you can feel good about where and how you work. Visit our locations in Fulham, Liverpool Street, Borough, and Highbury & Islington to experience our unique vision of working life.