Have Extra Room in Your Office? Here’s How to Use It Effectively

Currently, offices are starting to look far different than in previous decades. Before, workers were lined up factory-style to ensure that they could churn out maximum productivity. Today, lines of desks and cubicles have been traded in for open floor plans, communal tables, and a much friendlier atmosphere.

Recently, though, the modern office has undergone another seismic shift. If you find yourself in a similar situation, you may wonder how you can use your office space. Fortunately, we have some tips on using your office space effectively.

Break and Rest Areas

Offices are starting to recognize the faults in the old way of doing things. Modern employees are no longer content with sitting at a desk and performing mindless tasks for hours. Instead, workers want to engage in high-value work with breaks in-between.

You can take advantage of your extra space and empower your employees to relax and unwind between projects. Break areas can include recliners, TVs, books, and recreational materials. You might even consider allowing workers to take power naps so that they’re rested and refreshed for the rest of the day.

Team-Building Areas

One of the best ways to ensure success is to have a cohesive and productive team. Many companies see the value in team-building exercises, but these activities usually occur outside of work. However, if you have some unused space available, you can designate it for these exercises. Not only can you encourage your employees to be more productive as a unit, but you can save lots of money since you don’t have to send them anywhere. Consider lunch discussions, team-building groups, and comfortable collaboration stations with your extra space.

Showrooms or Client Meeting Areas

If your business relies on client interactions, you can make your office more client-friendly with front-facing elements. For example, you can turn an office into an intimate meet-and-greet space or utilize empty areas to showcase your products and services. Not only can you wow potential customers, but you can make the sales process smoother. If clients like what you have to offer, they can communicate with the sales team and close a deal right there.

Fitness and Exercise Areas

Working in the office can make employees sluggish and tired. Add some exercise equipment. Don’t assume fitness involves treadmills and dumbbells. You can also host yoga or tai chi classes in the office as a low-impact alternative. Overall, if the activity gets the blood pumping, you should see immediate results.

Get Moving Help From Us!

Relocating or rearranging your office can be a lot of work, especially if you’re trying to minimize the impact on your staff. Fortunately, we can help you move and restructure your spaces to fit your needs. Contact us today to find out more.


How to Talk to Your Children About a Move

Routines and the familiar are essential to children, so learning that they are moving can be challenging. However, children can also practice resilience if you’re there to help them. Here are ways to talk to your child about your upcoming residential relocation.

Tell Them Early

Children need time to process a significant change, so resist the urge to put off telling them. Instead, use clear, age-appropriate language. Then, answer their questions and continue talking about the move to re-enforce its occurrence.

Stress the Positive

Stress the most positive aspects of a new move. For example, a larger home, their own room, being able to walk to the ice cream store, or the opportunity to explore a new place.

Preschoolers tend to have no concept of what a move entails. They may ask questions such as, “do I have to leave my pets and toys for the new family?” Answer their questions and reassure them.

School-age children are apt to become excited about new opportunities, but teens sometimes struggle because of the importance of peer groups or special events such as prom. If your teens struggle with this, stress that they’ll be able to maintain contact with their friends. Consider setting a date to return to visit friends before the move.

Allow Them to Express Emotions

Negative emotions are part of coming to terms with a move. While no one likes to see their child cry, crying is a normal reaction. Acknowledge negative feelings and share your sadness.

Provide Opportunities to Say Goodbye

The closure is essential. Talk with your children about ways to say goodbye to their friends. For example, do they want to host a party or make something for friends to keep? Establish an email address they can use to exchange photos with their old friends once they’ve moved.


Listen to your child’s concerns and opinions. Sometimes, adults try to convince their children that a decision is correct, but just being present and listening is often the best option. If your child isn’t ready to talk, don’t push them. Instead, wait for them to approach you.

Involve Them

Involve the children in the relocation as is appropriate for their age and personality. Even preschoolers can “help” by packing some of their books or games. Allowing them to “camp” in the boxes may make the move more fun.

Older children can help plan how their new room will look. Then, if the budget allows, let them buy some new things for the room to have something to look forward to.

If the move is close by, take children or teens on a tour of the new home and neighborhood so that it will feel familiar when you arrive. If an in-person tour isn’t possible, use Google maps to find photos of the house and area.

Let your child suggest ways to stay in touch with their friends and ideas for making new friends. 

Ready for Your Move

Let us help make the transition smoother for you and your family. We can help pack, transport, and unpack your belongings at your new home. Contact us today for a quote.