As close as the CredSimple team is, their original working quarters slowly became a little too cozy for comfort. Their space in DUMBO was so tight that they had to enact a once per week work-from-home policy so that the employees who were at the office would have a desk. Their first priority was finding a space that was not only big enough for their current team, but big enough for them to continue growing.
Rather than navigating the NYC office space market alone, CredSimple enlisted the help of the SquareFoot team to streamline the process from search to move-in. Six tours and seven months later, CredSimple moved into a beautiful space in the Flatiron District at 50 West 23rd Street. Here’s how SquareFoot helped make it happen:
Conference Rooms Were Key
One of the CredSimple values is #ONETEAM. It’s a reminder that regardless of what functional team they are on, they are all one team working towards the same goals and collaboration is core to their long-term success.
With that in mind, they wanted to make sure they’d have enough room for teams to work together, so they included six conference rooms into their new office space design. Each conference room has a Google Meet video conferencing system. This not only encourages collaboration amongst their NYC team, but makes it very easy for remote employees to participate in meetings.
An Emphasis on Wellness
Since starting the company, CredSimple CEO Mike Simmons has always made the team’s physical and emotional wellness a top priority. CredSimple has found that there’s nothing better for wellness and inspiration than sunshine, fresh air and beautiful views of the city skyline. But top quality outdoor space is not easy to come by in Manhattan so they were thrilled to find a space in a building that has a beautiful rooftop deck, designed by the team at TwoTrees.
The CredSimple team now has plenty of room to enjoy social lunches, quiet focused work, and there’s even an whiteboard for inspired outdoor meetings.
Moving isn’t always easy
The CredSimple team loves their new space, but that doesn’t mean the move was without hiccups. Here are a few lessons the team learned from the move:
- Take Your Time. It’s natural after signing a lease to be excited to get into your new office as fast as possible. However, you need to be sure that your office is move-in ready. This means making sure all issues have been resolved and any unfinished construction has been completed by contractors before you move in. This can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months.
- Plan, Plan and Plan Again: Moving is hard enough when it’s just one person, but it can be a logistical nightmare when many people are involved. Be clear with your team on why, when, and how the move is happening, and don’t be afraid to ask for volunteers to facilitate the process.
- Movers are a Part of the Team Too: In the same way, just as much, if not more, effort has to be put in with the people moving your team’s belongings and furniture.
Don’t forget that you have a business to run while you’re looking for a new office location. SquareFoot took care of finding listings in Manhattan that fit their needs and growth trajectory, sent pictures of the spaces, and took them on multiple tours showcasing a variety of options. If you’re interested in finding a new place for your business to call home, feel free to reach out and start comparing options!