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Office Fitouts: Now Is The Time

The workplace has changed over the past two years; offices, as we once knew, don’t uphold current workers’ needs. Whether it’s an excess of space, no safety precautions or just the space not reflecting the current company values – now is the time for a change. 

It’s often thought the best time to plant a tree was 30 years ago; the second-best time is now – and strangely, now is the ideal time for an office fitout. With the end of the financial year looming, it’s time to start putting together all your documents and considering anything else you want to claim before submitting your expenses. 

Why is now the best time for your business to undergo an office fitout? Let’s find out.

The Workplace Has Changed 

It’s no secret that the way we work has shifted. This change means we must reevaluate how we work and see if our workspace reflects this change. When designing a new or updated workplace, it’s essential to consider workers’ flexibility and design alongside change.

How we work continues to change and adapt, so designing a workspace with this knowledge is key to a sustainable workspace. When you prepare for change, you create a space that is ready and able to flow with the needs of its inhabitants.

For more information on how the workplace has changed, check out some of our other blogs here. 

Asset Write-Offs Until 30th June 2023

Tax time is around the corner, so it’s time to start wrapping up those business expenses and write-offs. Consider what you want to spend your budget on for the next 12 months and start planning your goals and targets. 

In Australia, businesses can lodge an Instant Asset Write-Off worth $150,000 without applying. This can be used for a multitude of business-related expenses, ranging from extra equipment to complete fitouts. This program started in 2020 and has been extended to June 30th 2023, so make the most of it while you still can.

Now is the best time to invest in your business with a fresh fitout, ready just in time for tax-time 2023. The ATO provides all the information you need to learn about the inclusions. 

Investing In Flexibility

As we continue to adapt to the post-pandemic workplace, we must ensure that the workspace benefits employees. Investing in your employees will protect your business in the long run. If they don’t feel happy or safe in the environment, they aren’t going to be able to provide the level of work your business needs.

Invest in flexibility with a fresh new office fitout to ensure your business is prepared for change. Creating a flexible workplace fosters an environment that responds well to change, which is crucial for companies in the current work landscape. 

There are two main ways to implement flexibility in your office:

Tangible Flexibility

A flexible workspace is going to be adaptable. An office will have different areas for varying work styles – heavily social spaces like a kitchen or lounge, a focused space like a closed desk area etc. There are four main ways to create physical flexibility within your space. 

  1. Open floorplans that can be sectioned into smaller spaces. 
  2. Quiet areas to create a focus zone for uninterrupted work.
  3. Centralised resources that are easy to access and utilise. 
  4. Variety of workstations to create movement and choice in how employees work.

Intangible Flexibility

This version of flexibility is implemented after a fitout but is still essential to consider while designing the space. Your office needs to account for and reflect the needs of remote or hybrid workers, four-day work weeks, shared employment, and other flexibility options. 

Employees’ working habits that have flexibility and control over when and how they work will differ from traditional full-time employees. Office hours, location, responsibility and job sharing alter how an employee can work – so create spaces within your office that accommodate these differences. 

The workplace had changed – there’s no denying that. Adapting your office to keep up with the ever-changing workplace trends is essential. At A1 Office, we’re here to help businesses navigate this new change. How are you going to make change work for you? For more information, view our latest campaign and contact our team!

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