Now that your company is growing and your considering moving to a bigger business premise, how you can create a business premise that is family-friendly?
When you’re a mompreneur, you understand all too well how difficult it can be balancing family life and your career, which is probably why you launched your small business. Now that your company is growing and the time has come to consider moving to a bigger business premise or swapping your home office for a commercial one, you might be thinking about how you can create a business premise that is family-friendly.
As an employer, you understand that you need to create an ideal space for working, but as a mom, you also understand that for working parents it’s important to be able to work in a more flexible way. Bearing that in mind, there are steps that you can take to create a more family-friendly business premise.
Lots of space is a must
If you want to have a business premise that not only functions as an office but also a family-friendly space, you need to have plenty of room. If you don’t have the funds to buy somewhere big enough, then you could consider looking into commercial real estate lending, to see if you would be eligible for a loan to help cover the cost of purchasing a larger space.
Just think, if you have a large area of outdoor space, you could build an outdoor play area for the kids, in addition to some other useful outdoor spaces that your team members can use and enjoy as and when they want to.
Create zones within your business
Despite being a family-friendly place, it’s essential that there are areas of your business that are designed to be professional space, so creating zones within your premise could be the answer. What you could do is create family-friendly zones and non-family-friendly zones, so that there is a suitable workspace for everyone.
On one side of the building have a children’s play zone and creche, in addition to two to three family office spaces where your team members can go to work if they have their kids in tow. In these spaces have toys and games to keep the kids busy while the parents work. In addition to these spaces, it’s important to have some corporate-style offices on the other side of the building.
Offer flexible working
A great way to cater to the needs of working parents is to offer flexible working, for periods such as school holidays or when kids are sick from school. You could offer your team members a set period of ‘work-from-home’ days each year, that can be used as and when they need to use them, such as during school holidays.
What you could also do to make working easier for parents is to offer on-site kid’s clubs for during the summer holidays that are free for the children of your employees. That way, the parents can work without having to worry about what their little ones are up to.
There you have it, some simple ideas for creating a more family-friendly business premise. As a working mom, you understand all too well how difficult it can be to work around family life sometimes, which is why offering this kind of working environment can be so beneficial for you and your team members.
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