As working habits face the biggest shift we have seen in decades and pressure increases for business of all sizes to totally overhaul their way of thinking, could it be the end of the corporate headquarters?
In the past, most businesses would have operated with all their employees located in one space, or several spaces across the country depending on the size and nature of the business.
This may have stemmed from necessity in the early days when heavy, expensive equipment was needed to carry out work, and communities would build around factories or other large business HQ’s.
As the UK moved away from high numbers of factory and manufacturing businesses and more office based jobs became available, the idea that it was best to keep all your employees together in their work environment continued.
However, new technology has made it possible for many of the jobs around today to be done from almost anywhere, and in the current climate, many businesses are now rethinking the traditional model in favour of a more flexible approach.
Although it is still early days for many businesses in terms of empowering their employees working from home, some have already made the drastic decision to give up or downsize their offices.
This comes with several benefits to the business, the greatest of which is the cost saving element of not having to acquire and maintain a large commercial premise.
However, there are certain downsides that come from giving up your office entirely. You will no longer have easy access to meeting rooms for face-to-face catch-ups, and your employees will have to rely entirely on conferencing technology to complete team projects.
You will also have to consider that, for some employees, working from home is not an ideal option; those with young families or living in shared accommodation for example.
Could coworking provide a solution?
One option that could allow businesses to access a central office hub while still enjoying the benefits of a flexible work style is to use coworking offices.
The flexible approach of coworking means that businesses can book meeting rooms as and when they need them, reserve desks for workers who need a place outside the home to work, and offer teams access to a collaborative space that allows them to come together for particular projects.
There will still be significant cost savings, as space can be rented as and when it is needed, and all costs associated with maintaining and cleaning the space will be covered by the workspace provider.
While a shared working space means you’ll have to get used to working alongside others and you may not be able to decorate the walls with your branding, most also offer a good deal of privacy where needed, such as private meeting rooms and phone booths. You may also find that your employees benefit from the chance to interact with different businesses and other types of worker.
Coworking is the ideal solution for businesses looking for the best of both worlds in the post (and current) Covid environment, allowing them to embrace a more flexible work style without compromising on their employees needs and their team dynamics.
For more information about SO Fourteen, our beautifully designed coworking space in the heart of Southampton, give us a call on 023 8112 5014 or send us a message and we’ll get back to you to discuss your requirements.