The trend for agile working has been met, historically, with varying reviews. While some companies continue to sing the praises of the office-less style, others (most notably Yahoo) have done away with remote work outright in favour of the traditional office space.
Remote work was, at its inception, hailed as something of a savior for the modern office employee. The ability to roll out of bed and straight to your desk is an exciting prospect to many. Of course, when starting out, this is the least taxing model economically speaking.
However, it has to be understood than immediate savings are not always savings for life. When a business benefits from the increased productivity, structural advantages, and opportunity for collaboration, is when a business truly flourishes – and the results will speak for themselves.
The pros of a dedicated office space are clear to many, and are certainly clear to us. No two businesses are the same, and so the decision to establish an office space will be based on unique variables. However, take a look at why we think it’s a fantastic move for a business of any size and see if the benefits speak to you:
- Interacting with people face-to-face is something that will never go out of fashion. A team of ambitious individuals pooling resources in a dedicated space brings about a level of productivity that cloud software will never replicate. Employees need to share content, sound off ideas, and receive immediate feedback and advice – why rely on email and file-sharing for these workplace necessities? Conference calls – whilst sometimes unavoidable – can become a figurative thing of the past when a real meeting space is available. Take it old school -there’s a reason some of the most thriving businesses in the world prefer a tangible office space.
- Travelling to an office gives a day structure that is a lot harder to ensure in a home environment. It takes a lot of self-discipline to put in straight hours outside of a work context, and distractions are rife. An office space exists purely as a ‘get stuff done’ hub – it’s used for that reason and that reason alone. Drawing a distinction between work and play is important – establishing that line both mentally and physically maximises productivity, and probably allows for a better night’s sleep when you get home.
- Collaboration is one of the greatest joys of the business world. Without sharing ideas and cashing-in on knowledgeable contacts, the risk of becoming stale is high. By taking your business to an office, you open yourself up to the possibility of solutions and alliances you may not have considered had you been shut in at home. Nothing compares to water cooler breakthroughs with the movers and shakers of the business world – so don’t miss out.
- You can still procrastinate in the office. You will, however, be judged, and judge yourself. Work a guilt-free day of productivity and save the fun for home – because that’s what home is for.
In a recent memo circulated by Silicon Valley giant Yahoo!, dedicated office spaces were championed. “To become the absolute best place to work, communication and collaboration will be important, so we need to be working side-by-side.Some of the best decisions and insights come from hallway and cafeteria discussions, meeting new people, and impromptu team meetings. Speed and quality are often sacrificed when we work from home. We need to be one Yahoo!, and that starts with physically being together.”
We can’t put it better than that. With office spaces in every corner of the globe, there’s never been a better time to discover how productive your business will be by inhabiting one.