You are in a process for other accommodation, whether or not larger or smaller. A frequently asked first question is: do you choose new construction or existing? Although nowadays it seems not done to consider new construction at all.
But what do you actually ask with a new or existing building? It may have to do with the available time schedule. New construction takes more time than opting for an existing building. It may have to do with an image statement: take a look at us with this new-build property or just look at what we have achieved with an existing property. Or: do you choose the cheap or expensive solution, in other words: how are you doing as an organisation.
However, a process for other accommodation does not basically relate to the choice of a new construction or existing. In essence, it is about what you need and all choices must be left open.
When looking for a life partner, it often turns out to be unsuccessful to first see who is available and then limit your selection process to this group of available people. Any advice will be aimed at letting you describe what your ideal partner should meet, only then will you consider how and where the chances of finding that person will be most successful. And yes, sometimes that person is suddenly in front of you and sometimes it takes a little longer, but as soon as the click is there you know that you have found your match. It is no different for a building, but in practice, it is often different.
The integrated approach to take into account all organisational aspects that are influenced by the choice of accommodation is sometimes skipped. One topic predominates, such as costs, and thus overshadows other aspects. Think of employee satisfaction and the financial effects that this entails.
Instead of ‘Newly constructed or existing?’,
the question should be: ‘Does it feels good and does it click?’. (René Stevens)
Unless you will be put out on the street in 3 months, it pays to go through a thorough inventory process in which the organisational objectives are translated into learn/work environment aspects. What are the common goal and the reason why people work together every day? How is the vision and ambition of the organisation made tangible, so that the building inspires and communicates?
With this input, we look for accommodation that is experienced by you, your employees and your customers as the perfect match. A natural combination that is experienced as pleasant and that makes you wonder how you could ever survive in other accommodation.
As an organisation, dare to think big, but start small and expand incrementally. Without experimentation, innovation is impossible. Experiment and gradually find out which form and speed of implementation suit the organisation best. Have faith in the process. Like anything new, it takes a bit of trial and error before you get it right, but the payoff is worth it.
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