2 Simple Strategies That can Greatly Upgrade Your Startup Environment

2 Simple Strategies That can Greatly Upgrade Your Startup Environment
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    If you are looking to launch a successful startup, you will need to focus on more than just the product or service you are developing.

    You also have to consider the environment itself where most of the development takes place.

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You can’t prepare the very best version of a dish in a beaten up kitchen. Let alone one that lacks the tools or space needed to help you realize your ideal dish.

It is a very simple analogy, but it is true and can be applied to startup businesses and entrepreneurship ventures.

You are responsible for providing:

  • a space that fosters creativity and constant motivation
  • a space that makes every member of your team feel involved and important.
  • and caters to the needs of a creative team

This not only means a larger or more comfortable venue. But also one that provides as much tools as needed to execute and realize goals at the same time.

Let Your Team/Employees Breathe

A study was done by Jungsoo Kim and Richard de Dear at the University of Sydney that examined how employees perform in various office layouts, mainly open plans, cubicles, and enclosed offices.

The data varied from one control group to the other. Open plan offices were the least productive spaces, and enclosed offices the most private.

However, what you should take away from this research is not the type of office space to consider. But rather, the amount of space you plan to give each person in your startup.

It is widely popular in the startup scene for open plan offices to be the norm, since it promotes direct collaboration between the people and hastens the transfer of information and communication.

And while that may be true, privacy is sacrificed and exchanged with noise. Cubicles on the other hand are universally agreed to be as efficient as they are suffocating, and enclosed offices for each team member or employee is beyond the budget of any reasonable startup or small company.

The type of office space you are going to consider providing is important. But, figuring out exactly how much space you are allotting each person is far more important.

Don’t think of “space” as just the physical environment where the daily tasks are carried out. Think of it as the areas that accommodate the different needs of your team members or employees as well.

A startup employee is far happier (and read this as more productive) when they can hang their wet coat on a coat rack, than waste 15 minutes figuring out where to fit it in their cubicle.

Let the Space Provide the Tools

The only thing that ideally should stand in the way of a startup’s success is the limit of creativity and smart consistent work. But never the tools. A startup that can’t get ahead because its employees and team members were held back by the lack of tools availability and access is a serious failure.

When designing your startup environment you should consider how it can provide all the tools your startup will need to succeed, or at least get there without stumbling.

Again, don’t think about “Tools” as the physical instruments, office equipment and stationery your startup will need to carry out daily tasks. Rather, think of them as everything your employees can use and wield to realize goals and visions.

The key strategy here is to let your startup space provide these tools for your employees or team members. Rather than have them relocate to other spaces. And thus waste valuable time and resource just to acquire access to those tools.

If you have to take a taxi every time you want to print out concept posters, or take trips outside of town to package your prototype products, you will be greatly held back and it may cost you more than your budget.

Conclusion

If you want your startup to succeed you will have to start taking your working environment seriously. Don’t only just innovate and develop your product or service, but rather the space itself you are occupying.

You can take Google and Facebook as great examples of how the working environment is thought of. Notice how they innovated their designs and considered their employee’s needs. This greatly improved their productivity and skyrocketed their creativity.

Budget is never an excuse to overlook your startup’s environment. What matters is how much thought you are willing to put into it. And how much creativity you want that space to foster and encourage.

Whether you are an entrepreneur yourself or know someone who is working hard to realize their visions, share this article to spread the knowledge about startup strategies and working environments. More people should realize that space and the tools it provides is as important as developing the prototype or the business model of any product or service. Share it today and help others achieve their goals!

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