There’s nothing like a little fresh air to break up a long workday. Instead of jumping in your car and driving to lunch, for example, it’s nice to take a little stroll and give your mind a minute to reset.
When it comes to office space, many people look for the tangible specifics of a location – the square footage, the number of desks that it can accommodate, the length of the lease. However, there are also many other intangibles that have to do with where you choose to secure your office space.
With all the economic development occurring in the Buffalo area, there are plenty of office spaces that have walkable surroundings, and we’re frankly in love with being able to walk around our city. We’ve put together a list of the top reasons you should consider a conveniently walkable office location when you’re shopping around the Buffalo area.
1. It’s good for your physical health.
We all have those friends who are focused on “getting their steps in.” And it’s true – walking is one of the most effective and convenient ways to stay healthy.
While it’s not always easy to be able to squeeze in a trip to the gym between work, home, and family obligations, adding a walk to your lunch break can help you improve your cardiovascular health, prevent obesity and diabetes, and boost your immune system.
301 Ohio has an added benefit for walkers looking to get their exercise in – if you have a little more time to spare, it’s just a short stroll from the office building to Central Rock Gym, where you can climb and get in your cardio to your heart’s content.
2. It’s good for your mental health.
“Take a walk.” It’s a phrase that’s sometimes used to mean “Get out and clear your head for a minute.
Taking a walk really can do that, though. Taking a walk several times a week can improve mental acuity, elevate mood and create an excellent opportunity for self-care and relaxation, even in the midst of a stressful workday.
3. It can help you get to know and attract potential clients.
Your office neighbors can be a great source of business and referrals. If, however, you’re already buried in emails on your smartphone when you come into work every day, how will you ever have a chance to meet them and start building those networking relationships?
Walking around your area and visiting with other local business people can help them get to know you and trust you as an advisor. You’re building a relationship that may yield fruit and business success when the time is right.
If you’re of a sociable nature, you may even want to consider organizing walking groups in your office building.
You’ll feel more motivated to go out and walk if you have a colleague ready to join you each day, and you’ll create a space where you can brainstorm and share ideas with each other – which can lead to growing your business partnerships in the future.
4. It can help you multitask during your breaks.
When your office is in a walkable area, a break or a short walk can also be a productive way to cross some items off your to-do list.
For example, areas with fun boutiques and shops, or even with more prosaic options like dry cleaners and pharmacies, can make you feel doubly productive because you’re walking and getting things done at the same time.
As an example, our offices at 560 Delaware could be considered pure errand-running gold, as you could grab lunch, pick up prescriptions, stop by the bank for cash, and even grab a coffee, all while making it back for that 1 p.m. meeting.
5. It’s just more fun and pleasant.
Who wants to drink a flavorless brew from their boring old office coffee maker when 10 steps away, they could be enjoying a hot drink from SPoT Coffee?
Our office spaces at 1 Delaware have a SPoT Coffee location on the premises, so you could be drinking a hand-crafted chai latte in the time it takes that old jalopy of a coffee pot to heat up in your office.
From a more artistic perspective, when you have walkable spaces around you, you’re more likely to stop to smell – and see – the roses. For example, Lafayette Square is a lovely oasis in the middle of a hardworking area, and if you work nearby (in the Mohawk Building for example), you’ll be able to enjoy the flowers, trees, and people watching anytime you feel like taking a three-minute walk from your office.
As the old real estate adage says, success is all about “location, location, location.” If you’re looking for a convenient office location, we have plenty all around Buffalo, many of which provide walkable, easily accessible locations that can make working and walking a more convenient and accessible part of your day.