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Surviving a Small Office Space

Working in a small office space can be difficult for everyone involved in your business. When you’re forced to be in close proximity with colleagues and employees, many who might not be your cup of tea in normal circumstances, things can get a bit claustrophobic, even heated, at times. Not only that, but it can be harder to actually get any work done, due to the lack of elbow room. The good news is, it is possible to survive your time in a small office space. Here are some simple tips to help you do exactly that:

Get Rid Of Stuff

It’s obvious, but the more cluttered a small office space is, the more difficult it is for everyone to be in. That’s why, if you’re an employer, you should furnish the office with only the essentials (which should include comforts like a coffee machine), removing everything else and making use of record storage companies or even your garage to store all of those files that need to be kept, but which just take up space needlessly. If you are an employee, then you should also do your bit by bringing as little stuff with you to work as necessary. This will help to mitigate against the overcrowded feeling and ensure there is actually some room to work.

Do It Digitally

In a similar vein, anything that can be done digitally should be done digitally, simply because it reduced the amount of clutter that is created. If you can go completely digital, then you’ll be able to get rid of printers, scanners (there are apps for that now) and photocopiers completely too, which will free up heaps of space!

Don’t Get into Controversial Topics

There isn’t much room to hide in a small office space, which is why it is usually wise to stick to mundane topics like how your co-workers’ kids are doing or where they’re planning to vacation, rather than your views on President Trump or gun control. Why? Because when you introduce these kinds of topics, there is a high chance that things will get heated, there will be fallouts, and the atmosphere will sour. If that happens, due to close proximity, everyone will suffer. It’s much better to stay on good terms with your fellow colleagues or employees when space isn’t exactly at a premium!

Stand Up for Meetings

Having stand up, or even walking meetings, where you can go to the local park or walk through the grounds as you talk, is not only a good way to help the ideas flow, but it tends to shorten the length of meetings somewhat, and you don't have to worry about finding the space to squeeze a private meeting in. If you must sit down, then identify a quiet cafe or hotel lounge close to your office, from where you can conduct your business.

If you do these, what I’m sure you’ll agree are, pretty simple things, you’ll soon come to see that small can be beautiful and you don’t need a big office to conduct your business!

About the author, Mark

Mark Asquith is a serial entrepreneur who has built globally successful design, marketing, software and digital businesses since he quit his real job in 2005.

A passionate podcaster, global keynote speaker and helpful bloke, Mark is the co-founder of Podcast Websites and the creator of Excellence Expected. He has a terribly embarrassing beard.

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