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The Future Of Offices – Are They Staying Or Going?

Over the last half a year, Covid-19 has shown that working from home could become the new future for offices. Lots of people are able to work at home easily and many people actually prefer working from home. Couple that with the fact that it’s cheaper for companies in the long run, and you can see why there’s growing motivation to move to a home office only system.

What factors suggest that offices might go away?

Since the outbreak of Covid, many offices have had to get workers to work from home. A common misconception before this was that home office workers were not as efficient as those working in an office, due to distractions and the potential to simply not work as hard. However, research has shown that for many businesses, since switching to home office, have either seen no change in productivity, or have even seen an increase from their workers. This is likely due to workers feeling happier and more comfortable within their own home, and the fact that no travel times increases their free time and time to relax.

In addition to this, surveys have shown that 73% of office workers would like to have more flexible working from home options in the future. Over 51% of all office workers even feel like office working has now become “unnecessary”. With this overwhelming opinion that home office working would be a great addition for the future it would make sense for more businesses to provide it as a standard option, as it’s likely to make their workers happier.

As if there weren’t enough visible benefits to working from home already, getting your workers to do so could save companies huge amounts of money. Lower utility bills to pay, less or no rent for office space, no food or water costs for staff and it could lower a business’s tax burden if they own less or fewer properties. With such a huge potential to save and reduce costs, it makes sense for businesses to move in this direction moving forward.

Are there any benefits to office spaces?

There are of course still reasons why businesses may not want to switch to working from home. One of these being the fact that it creates a big change for management – many have never managed remote teams and so this can be a bit of a learning curve that can take time to adapt to.

What’s more is that many workers have struggles when switching to working from home because of the changes. It can throw out your daily routine and many people say that they find it hard to switch off at home. Around 20% of office workers also say that they’d actually like to get back to the office and that they much prefer it to home working – that’s a sizeable chunk of your workers.

So, will they go, or will they stay? And what could this mean for your business?

As you can see, the benefits do outweigh the negatives of switching to working from home for most businesses. With reduced costs, increased productivity and better employee wellbeing, it seems that one day a lot of businesses have to go this way. Currently, it’s hard to say how many businesses will move to a remote working system, but it’s fair to say that more and more will be doing so and it’s not unlikely that this will become the main way office workers work in the future.

How could this affect your business though? Well, if the trend continues to build then it could result in more pressure on you to offer remote working to your employees. If so, then you might need to change a few things around to deal with it, such as updating management methods and communications systems. Overall though, if done correctly, working from home could prove very beneficial and cost-effective for your business!

Whilst staff are working from home, we can ensure that your building remains safe and secure with key holding and manned security services. For more information on these useful services, get in touch with us today!

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