If you’re looking for a job, you might wonder why you should apply for a position at an organization found in a prime location when working at a small business in the suburbs can be more cozy and convenient. Don’t underestimate the importance of having a well-situated, appealing, and ambient physical office to report to! Why?

Here are some reasons:

1. THEY OFTEN GIVE BIGGER PAY.

Most, if not all, quality clients would not go out of their way for companies that are found outside the main business centers. Thus, organizations that operate in serviced offices like in Makati, Taguig, Manila and Cebu often get the big fish with equally great funds.

When a company has a huge client base and handles big-time projects regularly, they are better able to pay you more than just the minimum. They might even give you allowances for transportation, food, premium healthcare benefits, 14th month pay, along with unique bonuses and performance-based incentives.

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2. THEY DO WHAT THEY CAN TO KEEP YOU HAPPY.

Many of the companies that are found in city business centers usually have appealing interior designs and décor. This is because they understand the relation between a healthy workplace and quality employee results.

They know that when their workers are provided with ergonomic chairs and comfortable work settings, they would be able to focus on their tasks better and give their best.

3. THEY HELP YOU BECOME A BETTER EMPLOYEE.

Doing the same things every day will make working seem dull and employees will soon itch to run out of the office as soon as they can. They know how to find the right balance between ensuring that their workers feel comfortable enough to be productive, but not so much as to make them feel suffocated.

These companies often invest in creating positive atmosphere through interactive activities, good training that will not only help them improve their productivity but as a person in general.

What things should be considered when you are looking at your future workplace?

Lights and Temperature – It will do you well to see if they have good lighting. If it’s too dark, it could cause you eye strain, but too much light will cause a lot of squinting, and either one is not good. Another thing you should check is if workstations are positioned away from draft. Most offices are kept at low temperatures to ensure that machines will not overheat. However, this may be too cold for many people, affecting quality and productivity.

Music vs. Noise – Some people work better with music in the background, while others are more productive in a quiet environment. See if their current employees are given the option to use their music players or are provided with headphones for listening to tunes on the computer.

People – Of course, you should also observe the people. See how they are dressed and how they behave. Do they seem happy to you? Do they seem welcoming to new recruits? By looking at how current employees act, you would be able to tell if they really are in a happy and motivating organization.

Wrap Up

While it might seem a bit shallow to choose a company based on their office, there are good reasons why you should do so, especially if you want to get good pay and stay happy with your position. So, as you send in your application or show up for your interview, make it a point to observe the location, design and ambiance.

This is a guest post by Belle of Regus Philippines – Work your way.

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28 Responses

  1. Franc Ramon

    I think accessibility helps in an office location and ventilation, lighting and spacing can improve proper work performance. It also helps a company’s image to have headquarters at popular buildings.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Yup. While job-hunting before, I experienced going to companies which are very difficult to find. Good thing I’m in public transport else I might had wasted gas going round and round the vicinity.

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  2. Ness

    I am agreeing to what you’ve shared on your blog post. I have been a corporate slave for quite sometime now. And location of really plays a great role.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Personally I always consider accessibility of transportation and the availability of parking facilities nearby, the location of the workplace (high or low end) for distinction and the space for a safe and healthy work environment.

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  3. Yamito Uytingco Calamba

    I couldn’t agree more. One of the factors I consider in choosing the company i’d like to apply for is the office location. It’s part of the research I do on a company before i send in my resume. 🙂

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      The company’s location reflects the thought-process of the owners or corporate managers since the business’s location is key to successful operations and overall growth. When choosing the location, they might have considered what the company needs, their target customers, employees and equipment needed to complete the services. So if the location does not look okay or appropriate then it’s a turn-off.

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  4. Erwin Ti-in

    I had not given a chance to work on these fantastic country locations, yes ambiance is a huge factor for people looking for companies to work for. Great share!

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Thanks, Erwin. For some businesses, the ambiance as well can mean the difference between feast or famine. But for other enterprises, it may be much less important than finding affordable rental space.

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  5. joy | chemist2writer

    I do agree! Companies that have better-looking offices and more comfortable work stations make a greater place to work than simple offices. I used to work for a big-wig BPO here and it was great to be able to hold meetings in a nice glass soundproofed office even while you are just a few steps from your computer 🙂

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Wow that’s nice. While BPO operations are virtual, having good company offices still means a lot. Ultimately, the perfect location for any business is a very individual matter.

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  6. jenny

    I agree ambiance and location are one of those things that they usually consider. I remember those days when I was job hunting I would prefer to pass my resume first to those location that are accessible and of course those that are in nice buildings… it just feel good when working in a place with a good ambiance.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Yeah. I think that a pleasant ambiance raises the spirit of the company’s members and the management can expect greater output when the room is sober rather than dull. Employees consider their offices as their second homes. Most spend more hours at work than at home in any given day.

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  7. Archie de Lara

    I should have considered these points when I once work office based.
    Although I worked in Makati, the office is just right but the salary is not just enough.
    Then later on, the company closed.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Aww that’s really bad. Although the look of the company’s exterior and interior design do not necessarily translate to profits of business success, they have some bearing when it comes to the appeal to customers, employees and suppliers. It might just so happened that the office was not a comfortable place to work for and they had other reasons why closing the business became a decision.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      You can start searching for companies which posted job ads and then research on their physical location. Google Maps can help you a lot! 🙂 Good luck!

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  8. Genzel

    I definitely agree with this post. My first and second job that I was in has a really nice interior. Minimalist but feels really professional plus the lighting is really good. I even remember taking product photo at the office and it looked like I use a light box 😀 But know I just stay at home but i have a working area which I decor according to my preference 🙂

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Great. If your house is your workplace, then it must be free of clutter and organized as well — even if you don’t invite customers/guests in as this has a bearing on your productivity. 🙂

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  9. Travellifestyle wowkwt

    It is really important for an office that is good in ambiance, the employee can much work better and comfortable.,

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Yeah. Location decisions are often important – to both large and small businesses. The location decision has a direct effect on an operation’s costs as well as its ability to serve customers (and therefore its revenues).

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  10. Khakiness

    I am not one of those people who work well with music. I prefer a quiet environment because the problem with music, specially if it’s good, is that I sing or dance with it! It’s a major distraction for me.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Me too. But some people do want music to be playing on the background while at work, like my sister and my boyfriend – and I just can’t understand how they can manage to keep their concentration at peak.

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  11. jsncruz

    Good general points but our office has a slightly different approach. After 6pm, the air-conditioning is switched off to make it more uncomfortable – “forcing” us workaholics to go home and get some rest 🙂

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      If the temperature gets too cold, the employees cannot concentrate as well at work because their focus is to keep their bodies be comfortable with the little warmth left. So I guess if that’s the case then turning the air conditioner off at an earlier time is bliss. 😀

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