10 top tips to reduce office overheads

Nowadays, it is crucial for every company to optimise operating costs while maintaining a high standard of working environment. Don't know how to do that? Here are 10 practical tips on how to reduce your office overheads, with an emphasis on easily identifying key areas for significant savings.

1. Digitising documents

Look around your office. Even in 2024, do you still see binders, papers and queues outside the printer? A paperless approach will reduce the costs associated with printing, copying and physical storage of documents. Cloud-based document management systems make it easy to share and access documents, increase work efficiency and allow you to work from anywhere.

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2. Energy savings

Energy efficiency is the key to long-term savings. Investing in modern technologies such as innovative LED lighting, programmable thermostats and high-efficiency heating and cooling systems can deliver significant savings. In addition, LED bulbs can last for up to more than a decade.

3. Efficient use of space

Focus on analyzing your existing office layout. Workplace consultancy can help you identify unused space and suggest adjustments to make more efficient use of it. Switching to flexible workstations, hot-desking or implementing smart storage lockers will free up space for additional use or allow you to reduce the leased area. This way, you can reduce your rental costs without sacrificing comfort or productivity for your employees.

4. Support remote working

Implementing policies that support remote working can reduce the need for physical office space and associated costs. This not only includes savings on rent, but also on the costs associated with running an office. The ability to work remotely can also be one of the attractive employee benefits.

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5. Streamlining water consumption

Do you have a company kitchen or toilet? Installing water-saving devices such as pearl flushers, dual flush toilets or sensors for automatic water shut-off can significantly reduce your water consumption. These simple changes are often quickly profitable due to savings on water and sewer fees.

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6. Developing a corporate culture focused on sustainability

Creating and promoting a corporate culture that emphasizes sustainability and efficiency can lead to natural behavioral changes that reduce corporate costs. This includes everything from turning off devices that are not in use to encouraging cycling or walking to work. The result? For example, lower parking rental costs or higher scores on CEZ Group's EPP mobile app, Help by Moving.

7. Corporate IT

Technology is moving forward quickly and often brings with it many opportunities to save money. Talk to your corporate "IT guy". Server virtualization and cloud services can reduce the need for physical IT infrastructure and associated energy and maintenance costs. In addition, cloud solutions increase the flexibility of the overall technical solution.

8. Engage artificial intelligence

We'll stay with technology for a moment. Automating routine tasks with AI can significantly streamline the day-to-day running of an office. This can lead to time and money savings, especially in areas such as accounting, customer relationship management and document management.

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9. Reviewing and negotiating telecommunications contracts

Review your existing telecom services and contracts. There is often room to reduce costs by switching to packages that better match your actual needs. Consolidating services with one provider can also yield savings.

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10. Invest in quality

There is no room for compromise in an office that is used by dozens or hundreds of employees every day. Interior furnishings need to think about durability and workmanship. It's the only way to make it last long enough and ultimately save you money and hassle. Too cheap equipment wears out quickly, breaks down, and replacing it can disrupt the entire office for days.

Want to get on the road to savings? We'll be happy to help you with many of the points mentioned above. Our work environment consultancy is at your service. Together we will find suitable ways to reduce your office overheads.

Photos authors:: Unsplash, Studio Flasser

Published: March 3, 2024

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