Budget: Determine what you can afford, and then research and compare to get the very best for your budget. Location: Choose an area that suits your staff, depending on where they travel from. They could depend on public transport. How does the location match up with taxi ranks, bus stops, and rapid transport routes? If your work involves frequent client visits, consider their locations too.
Right fit: One person's idea of design is another's idea of disastrous. Check that the workspace offering fits your company style and culture. Inyathelo, itself an NPO, is popular among NPO tenants, although this is not a prerequisite.
Services: Check what your contract covers regarding Wi-Fi, printing/scanning, heating, air-conditioning. Is parking available for staff and visitors? In the event of load shedding, what back-up is provided?
Security: How do tenants and visitors gain access? Are there storage lockers for staff? If you are an early riser or night owl or work on weekends, what access is available, and does the cost differ?
Catering: Is there a good coffee machine and water-cooler? A communal kitchen space, or supermarkets, takeaways, or coffee shops in the vicinity?
Break-outs and board meetings: What spaces and facilities are available if you plan a board meeting, a confidential discussion, or training? Is catering available? Is tech support available on site for an important presentation?
Ergonomics: Check that seating provides lower back support and you can work in comfort for long periods. Is lighting conducive to focused work?
COVID-19 protocols: Is there adherence to pandemic protocols with established cleaning schedules and provision of sanitation products?
"The pandemic has shaken up the traditional way of working and many property owners have adapted their existing spaces to provide for hot-desking and other office options," says Feryal.
"It is advisable, however, to sign up with an organisation that understands this market and is prepared to go the extra mile to meet your needs. Do your homework and compare options before you sign on the dotted line."
Courtesy of MyProperty | Feryl Domingo Inyathelo