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The Pros and Cons of Having an Office Space for Your Business

Lockaway Storage | April 19, 2024 @ 12:00 AM

With today’s dynamic work balance, employers need to ask the question: should I have a dedicated office space for my employees, or should I commit to a remote workspace? Both options have unique advantages and challenges for your company. Let’s dive into the pros and cons of having an office space for your business.

Pros of Having an Office Space:

In-person Collaboration: One of the primary advantages of having a physical office space is the opportunity for easy in-person collaboration. It’s easier to share a problem with someone when they can walk over to your desk and look at your computer screen, and brainstorming a solution in an open office environment lets anyone chime in with advice. Plus, having a full team sitting in the same area can let them bond and work like a team in a way that may not be possible over video call or email.

Work-Life Separation: An office provides a clear boundary separating work and home life, helping employees maintain a healthier balance between the two. Setting this boundary can reduce stress levels, improve efficiency, and reduce burnout – being able to distinguish between a space that expects productivity and one that does not can help employees shift into “work mode” and overall create a better work environment.

Company Culture: Cultivating a strong company culture is often easier in a physical workspace. Face-to-face interactions create shared values, traditions, jokes, and a sense of bonding – these are all possible over the internet as well, but it’s just easier for a team to come together when they’re in the same place every day.

Consistent Workplace Standards: With a central office, you can make sure that working conditions for all employees are equal and consistent, promoting fairness and equality across the board. You don’t need to worry about an employee having a faulty internet connection, or working from a bar stool in their living room – you have more control over a shared office space, allowing you to keep your workers safe and productive.

Improved SEO and Mail Handling: A physical address boosts your company's online visibility and credibility, enhancing search engine optimization. Having a brick-and-mortar office building means that your business will show up in Google Maps, and will be more likely to appear to people searching for something “near me.” Additionally, having a designated location to receive your mail relieves the headache of important paperwork being scattered all over the country, or even the globe.

Cons of Having an Office Space:

Commute: One of the most glaring downsides of maintaining an office space is the commute. Your employees may be located hours away from the office – and if they work peak hours, their journey to and from their workplace may be increased by an hour or two by traffic. Working remotely allows your team to save the time they’d spend in bumper-to-bumper traffic and apply it to their projects instead. Not to mention saving money on gas!

Operational Expenses: Renting and maintaining an office space incurs significant overhead costs, including utilities, maintenance, and lease agreements. For businesses which don’t require a physical location, these expenses may be totally unnecessary – and the funds directed towards them could be used to improve your employees’ home offices instead.

Size Limitations: With a physical office, there’s only so far you can expand before people have to set up their desk in the bathroom. Remote work doesn’t impose those limitations. You won’t have to upgrade to a larger office space or keep the size of your team low so you can all fit into the building.

Limited Talent Pool: By confining hiring to a specific geographic area, businesses with in-person offices may miss out on top talent located elsewhere. Embracing remote work opens doors to skilled professionals from around the world, giving your team a range of perspectives and expertise.

Health Risks: Shared office spaces increase the risk of illness transmission. One employee with the sniffles may lead to your whole company being laid out from a cold or flu, and in shared workplaces – where everyone is touching and using the same equipment – pathogens can work their way around the team multiple times. If your employees are scattered in different locations, there’s no possibility of shared illness.


The decision to opt for an office space or embrace remote work hinges on various factors, including organizational culture, operational needs, and employee preferences. For businesses grappling with this dilemma, exploring flexible options like month-to-month office space rentals can offer a middle ground. At Lockaway Storage, we provide customizable office solutions tailored to your requirements, meaning that you can seamlessly transition between in-person and remote work setups as needed. Whatever your choice may be, prioritizing the well-being and productivity of your team should always be at the front of your mind.

Whether you're seeking a traditional office setup or exploring innovative workspace solutions, Lockaway Storage is here to support your business endeavors. Get in touch with us today to get started on your journey towards a more efficient and dynamic workspace!

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