- Make the empty room in your office useful by renting it out to other companies.
- Or, make the room a place for workers who don't plan to stay for long such as freelancers, workers who often travel, or whatever other temporary use you may need it for.
- Finally, use the space as a fun area or breakroom. Add a ping-pong table or snacks and refreshments, anything that you need to help rejuvenate employees.
When you have empty space, you are paying for nothing. The empty room in your office could be there because you figure you’ll need it later for expansion, or it could have been left behind after downsizing. It could be that it used to be a storage area that is no longer needed. Whatever the reason for it being empty, it’s time to put that empty room to work. Here are some ideas for what you can do with it.
Make it useful
First off, think about how you could use the room. If you have no ideas yourself, ask the employees who work nearby. Could you do with a quiet meeting room? Is there a member of your team who should be given their own private office space? Make sure that you talk to people about what they want so that you can get an idea of whether it will be used or not. There is no point in rearranging a room or adding furniture if it will still go unused afterwards.
Rent it out
You can also rent the space out, which could give you an additional source of income. It’s always great to have new people in the office, and co-working has many benefits. One of them is being able to connect with another business or service that might be useful to you. If you want to rent the space out, don’t go through a large firm who take huge fees. Go through a site like Spacer where you can be in control of everything yourself. This will make it much easier to find tenants that suit you for the longer term.
Reserve the office for workers
If you have employees who don’t usually work in the office, then you can reserve the room as a spare desk for people to come in on an ad hoc basis. This could include freelancers or contractors that come in as and when they are needed, or it could be employees who normally work from home. It could even be for visitors from one of your company’s other branches, if you have any. There may also be employees who are often on the road, such as account managers or salespeople. They can use the room as an office to touch down in whenever they are in the area.
Have fun with it
Finally, you can also use the space as more of a fun area. Your employees need some downtime now and then, and you don’t want them to disrupt others when they are taking a short break. Having a separate room allows work to go on around them while they entertain themselves. A coffee machine and some tea making facilities would fit well here, as well as comfortable seating and perhaps a ping pong table for relaxing. You can set out fresh fruit or sweet snacks for them to enjoy, though make sure that you encourage it as a break area rather than a social area. It’s great to rest and rejuvenate your brain once in a while, but use of the room shouldn’t detract from work. Leave the room without any blinds so that you can see in when passing if you want to ensure that it is used responsibly.
There is so much potential for an empty office room, so whatever you do, don’t just leave it empty. A space like this can often end up being a junkyard of storage for things no one wants, and that just makes it harder to clean it up when you need it again.
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