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3 reasons why businesses are returning back to the office

3 reasons why businesses are returning back to the office
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3 reasons why businesses are returning back to the office
Siobhan Stirling - Sharp Minds Communications for Capital Space by Siobhan Stirling - Sharp Minds Communications for Capital Space
Owner/Director - Sharp Minds Communications Ltd

Although more people are getting vaccinated and businesses are preparing for a slight return to normality, the structure of the post-pandemic working world remains up in the air. The question on everybody’s mind: should bosses let workers stay at home, bring everyone back to the office or find a solution somewhere in between? Technology has become a key factor in reducing the need to work in the same place as our colleagues and, although many employees never want to go back into working in an office, are we being too hasty in deserting it completely? Here at Capital Space, we have put together some of the leading reasons why organisations are still favouring the office in their plans to return.

Rekindling relationships

Relationship building is a major factor for success in any business. Whether it’s to streamline workflow, or gain a better understanding of your colleagues, the relationships you have within your organisation are critical for getting the support you need to do your job well. In fact, with 57% of UK office staff saying they miss having in-person conversations with their colleagues, it is clear that nothing builds a relationship better than a face-to-face conversation. And it isn’t just the conversations that employees are missing but the friendships they share with their colleagues too, with 49% of office staff saying they miss the relationships they had established. Catch-ups in communal areas and shared lunch breaks are an ideal way to nurture genuine relationships that are difficult to reproduce in a virtual setting.

Office activities can help to build a happy environment and turn professional relationships into personal ones, allowing for ideas to be more easily shared and developed as a team. Organisational culture has also been proven to have a positive influence on business performance, employee retention and creativity as it positively affects individual wellbeing and creates a more engaging and enthusiastic work place.

When employees of all levels are in the same location, it is also much easier to foster a culture of support and personal growth, because managers can more easily communicate with a team on equal standing to identify new development opportunities.

Increase in productivity and ideas

Regardless of planning, things can often go wrong in business and having people on the ground, working together to instantly come up with flexible solutions, can mean the difference between failure or success. Being able to work face-to-face allows for ideas to develop quicker from cross-team meetings and discussions, as well as employees gaining important insights that they might have missed otherwise. In-person conversations can also help to reduce misunderstandings that could arise from virtual briefings and establish a smoother work process.

According to an employee engagement survey, 45% of UK employees feel less productive at home. This could be due to the increased number of distractions that you would have at home compared to in the office, as well as the environmental effect it can have on a team member’s mindset. Goldman Sachs CEO, David Solomon, believes the office will continue to serve as an important hub in increasing productivity, with Barclays Plc Chief Executive Officer Jes Staley describing remote working as a short-term measure that was not sustainable.

To build a better routine

Many of us started working from home with the expectation of better organising our days, but for a number of people things haven’t worked out that way. The Institute for Employment Studies found that 48% of remote workers are putting in longer and more irregular hours than they would do when working in an office. Therefore, it is believed that office workers returning to their desks are much more likely to lead a structured lifestyle, with clearly set work routines having ongoing health and wellbeing benefits. It's about much more than going to and from the office, but can include going to the gym at lunch, meeting clients, or organising casual outings with other colleagues.

This past year has seen a significant change in the way we think about the office, with benefits to both face-to-face and remote systems of working. As many companies embrace the advantages of using new ways of technology and communication to better accommodate their teams, we are sure to see a lot more blended working models being used in the future.

If you’d like to find out more about having a licence with an office provider who listens to what their customers want, then please get in touch.

To find out how Capital Space could benefit your growing business, call 0800 107 4667.