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A mobile office often represents the core of a construction site and, while it might be temporary, it can exist for several months at least. Additionally, this is the place where significant decisions are take and where further planning is completed, so having the right environment to brainstorm is paramount. At the same time, it is impossible to control everybody that comes in and out of the site, so the office must be kept secure. Here are four tips to rethink the way you look at your mobile office.
Keep it accessible.
Undoubtedly, a mobile office should be accessible. A construction site can span for a few kilometres, so the location of the central office must be strategic. This factor should be kept in consideration while planning, as it is not only essential for convenience but also security. Indeed, the office is often where documents, licenses, and plans are stores, at least during working hours. Leaving it unsupervised means that those documents might become exposed to thievery, etc.. if the construction site is too large to ensure the security of the office CCTV cameras and alarms can add a layer of protection and offer you peace of mind.
Make it comfortable
While you could think that the office is only a temporary solution, you might end up spending most of your day in it during months-long projects. Investing in the right pieces of furniture and accessories allow you to benefit from better productivity and enjoy your time better. What you need to make the office comfortable depends on where the construction site is, but you could include an airconditioning or heating system, desks, and comfortable chairs.
Ultimately, deciding to not invest in such additions might help you save at the beginning, but it can severely affect on productivity levels of you and your staff.
Add cabinets, lockets, and extra storage
Depending on the scale of the construction project you are working on, you will need enough extra storage to create a dedicated space for every item. Indeed, clutter can represent a significant distraction for you and your employees and, in some cases, a safety hazard for the whole team. Instead, implementing a series of closets and lockets allow you to keep the space tidy effortlessly. Among these, you should include locked cabinets for essential documents, machinery keys, and personal belonging storage.
Ensure a source of natural light
Given that your office is spacious enough to be able to host meetings and it has ground-level access, the next factor to consider is whether there is enough light coming through. Naturally, you would have an electric system in place that allows you to keep working through late evenings, early mornings, and bad-weather days. At the same time, nothing can adequately replace the natural light, so you should ensure your office is equipped with enough windows to lit-up the whole space. Indeed, natural sunlight can help you increase your productivity level, reduce eye-straining, and improve morale.
Construction sites – and their offices – are only temporary structures, but here is where you and your team can celebrate achievements and milestones, as well as planning future projects. Don’t underestimate the benefits that can derive from a well-planned space.