Finding The Right Technology Office Space

Office Space in Columbia Maryland

As a technology company that promotes an open door policy when it comes to communication and creativity, it was important for our company to find an office space that had a very open floor plan that was inline with our company culture. We were able to find the perfect office space Columbia MD (we had an office space in Annapolis MD prior) by doing a little research beforehand. There were a couple of pain points through the process though so I figure I’d write about how to find the right office space for your technology company to help smooth the process for anyone reading this article.

The right office space can really help with creating a positive work environment whereas getting it wrong can break your business as you’ll end up with a lot of aggravation, wasted money and possibly losing staff. It can be difficult striking a balance between affordability and finding the perfect office space, but it’s crucial to limit the mistakes that you make as you’ll be in that space for quite some time.

Let’s first discuss location. A few things to consider:

Neighborhood Safety – You want to make sure that the neighborhood that your office space is in is a safe area. A safe neighborhood helps to keep employee morale up. Additionally, if your the type of business that has clients coming by, it would be in your business’ best interest to have a location that has a good reputation.

Transport – If possible, especially if you’re in a metro area, you should try to find an office space that’s easy for people to commute to through a variety of methods. You should consider train, subway, bus, and bicycle routes as well as how easy it is to get to by automobile. You may even want to have an open discussion with employees to see how it would impact their commute, especially key staff that you don’t want to lose.

Amenities – Are there restaurants or other places close by where employees can buy their lunch? Perhaps a gym or yoga studio for employees to go to during their lunch break or right after work? Some place to take clients out to for drinks or a meal? Life doesn’t just carry on in the office space, but around it as well, so finding a premise that’s nearby various amenities will do your business good.

The second big factor to consider when getting a new office space is the building itself. What you should be looking at:

Security – This goes with the point made above about location and neighborhood safety. You want a building that’s secure so that staff doesn’t have to worry about items going missing. Find out what type of security is provided and whether there have been any obvious break-ins.

Property Management – Does the company that’s managing the building take care of it? Talk with tenants in the building to find out how the building managing team is as well as try to see if you can find any reviews online. Something else you’ll want to think about and discuss with the actual managing team is whether they going to run the building for the long haul or are they looking to sell within a few years?

Parking Lot/Bike Storage – What’s the point of finding an office space in Columbia MD or elsewhere for that matter that has easy travel routes if there’s no place to park a car or to store a bike. If the office space you’re looking at doesn’t have sufficient parking space, then is there a place close-by for employees to park? What about clients and other visitors?

Competitors – This might seem like something strange to consider, but you probably don’t want to share an office space with a rival company as they could possibly poach your employees or potential clients as well as other logistical problems.

These are only a few things that one should consider when looking for a technology office space in Maryland. Have you recently moved or are in the process of moving? What are some of the things that you consider important in an office space? Feel free to leave a comment below!





Is Coding the New Second Language?

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Kids may know their way around a computer, but in order to get a job in the new economy, they will have to know how to write a program, not just use one

Greg Mudd‘s insight:

Coding is an essential skill in this technology driven world and is an extremely useful skill for everyone to learn… it’s such a shame¬†that many schools still don’t offer coding classes until high school and even then the classes are fairly rudimentary and in some areas has the stigma of being for nerds which is a real shame.

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National Day Of Unplugging

Well today is the national day of unplugging (clearly something that I can’t seem to do). If you’re reading this then I’m guessing you’re having some problems too though you still have some time to disconnect yourself from whatever technological devices you’re currently using today, or next week, or next year. According to the Sabbath Manifesto – “We increasingly miss out on the important moments of our lives as we pass the hours with our noses buried in our iPhones and BlackBerry’s, chronicling our every move through Facebook and Twitter and shielding ourselves from the outside world with the bubble of ‘silence’ that our earphones create,” the site reads.

I think that there really is something to this day. Even if I’m not participating today, there’s no reason why I can’t do it tomorrow or some other day of the week. In this day and age, where the trend is to work harder, longer, and faster, to the point of almost being available 24 hours, it’s kind of nice to step away from gadgets and the internet, even if it’s only for a few hours to enjoy some solitude and actual human contact.