Investigate home-working and hot-desking options
Your office refurbishment presents the ideal opportunity to fully review everything and to make any changes that will support and enhance your business.
For many individuals, actually being in the office each day is as important a part of working life as the role they perform while there. For others, it is an irritation without which they could be considerably more productive and efficient.
Enter hot-desking and home-working; workplace culture trends that have both been born out of the need to recognise that one size does not fit all in terms of the optimum working environment.
If you are thinking of introducing a more flexible culture when you refurbish, bear in mind that although some members of staff may rise to the challenge, it would be unwise to underestimate the culture change that remote workers may experience and must embrace in order to remain productive. In some cases, the negative impact on productivity may outweigh any overhead savings.
Some hot-desking veterans recall the early days when they felt like outcasts with no place within the office that they could call their own. And one of the things home-workers say they initially fear most is isolation; losing touch with their colleagues and not being up-to-date with any changes in their company.
So, if you introduce any new work ethic or style, it would be wise to set up a means of fostering communication to avoid any likelihood that out of sight will be synonymous with out of mind.
A recent survey discovered that 32% of employees say they would prefer to work from home to avoid commuting.
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