Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Office Rationalisation

Office Refurbishment

With the new austerity measures getting underway, the governmental organisations are not leaving any rock unturned in their quest for saving as much money as they can.
When the economic conditions are tough, the big cost saving items have always been:
  • reducing the workforce,
  • rationalising the office space,
  • a combination of the above 2.
And, in these tough times, the effects of the belt tightening ripples into the commercial organisations as well, who do follow the government's lead in their approach to cost cutting.
As a result, it is clear the cuts will lead directly and indirectly to a drastic reduction in office space requirements, both in the public and the private sector.
As James Arthur Baldwin once said "Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced."
Only those organisations (government or private) that adapt to the economic facts will survive. And, already a number of organisations ( private and public) are planning and implementing extensive projects for office rationalisation with an aim of either terminating their lease early or reducing the vacant office space.
One of the key "enabler" for the office rationalisation has beenthe flexible working, which makes more efficient use of staff time as well as reducing the amount of office space required for the work force.
However, the organisations must comprehend the nature of the office rationalisation work very well. Rushed, and ill planned projects will certainly prove to be counterproductive. They must first analyse the nature of the different activities that their workforce undertake in order to clearly identify where space efficiencies can be realised without disrupting the day-to-day operations.