The future of the workplace

Covid-19 has really shaken up the way we do things in almost every aspect of our lives. And one of the areas where things have changed the most is work. So, as we start to slowly ease our way of the pandemic, and return to workplaces, what will the future hold?

 

Hybrid is here to stay

Of course, none of us can see into the future, but one thing that’s likely to be a feature of the workplace is hybrid working. This means fewer people all in the office at the same time, with most people working a mixture of being in the office and remotely. That might be on a rota basis or with employees choosing what day – or days – to come into the office and larger get togethers for team meetings or to brainstorm projects, for example.

 

Collaboration and community

Working from home can be an isolating experience and many workers will want to feel like a part of something when they return to their workplace. They see coming into a workplace as a chance to work together and share ideas with others. Equally, a shared sense of belonging will be important to employees too, as the often-solitary experience of remote working will have heightened the need for a work community and being with other people.

 

‘We’ not ‘me’

The pre-Covid attitude of having your own personal desk and space will be a thing of the past. Hot-desking or sharing your workspace with other people when you’re working remotely will be the norm. Individual work areas might be bigger – you’ll have more space, but just don’t think of it as yours. And, as we said earlier, the focus will be on collaboration and team working, so thinking as a ‘we’ rather than a ‘me’ will be important.

 

Your workplace might no longer be on your doorstep

Many businesses have cut the amount of physical office buildings they own or lease, especially smaller satellite offices, and are only keeping larger ‘hubs’ or something similar. Consequently, some staff might now have to travel further to their nearest hub than previously and will have to adjust their travel plans on days they come into the office.

 

Video conferencing has replaced business travel

Travel between sites or to customers and suppliers’ premises for meetings are either a necessary measure or a treat to look forward to, depending on your point of view. However, with the reliance on video conferencing and calls being so vital in lockdown, remote meetings are probably here to stay. There may well be some business travel, but its frequency will definitely drop.

 

St James Business Centre is an 80,000 sq. ft. building offering serviced, conventional, and virtual office space to rent in Warrington town centre, close to train stations and with extensive on-site parking. We also offer co-working space for anyone needing flexible working without the demands of permanent office space.

 

Our meeting and conferencing facilities, plus spacious internal courtyards in Warrington means your business has access to everything it needs under one roof. Contact us for more information.

Hello from St James Business Centre

In our first blog on our revamped website, here at St James Business Centre we want to take this opportunity to introduce ourselves and tell you what we can offer you and your business!

The first thing to mention is that we’re part of the Langtree family of business centres, along with The Base, also in Warrington, and Sci-Tech Daresbury, so you know you’ll be in safe hands. Please read on to find out more.

Range of Office Sizes

Whether you just require an office for you or want somewhere for your whole team, you’ll find the right office space here at St James. Spaces range from 130-6,500 sq. ft., can you can comfortably have up to 86 people in our larger rooms. In addition, each conventional office has its own kitchen area too. If you’re looking for something a little more flexible, there’s also co-working space available to rent.

 

Meeting and Conference Spaces

Of course, it’s just not office space your business will need. You’ll also want somewhere to meet your clients or chat to team members. With meeting rooms, including a professional boardroom which is complete with all the tech you’d expect, available to hire, you’ll have everything to need for training, team meetings, and welcoming guests.

 

Manned Reception

Talking of guests, it’s good to know that they will be greeted by a friendly face when they arrive at St James Business Centre. Our fully manned reception will look after any of your visitors until you come and get them, so they feel comfortable and ready to meet you.

 

Safe and Secure

For your security, the whole building is covered by CCTV and you will have your own key fob to access your individual office space. In order to keep your data secure, our Wi-Fi is fully protected, so you can connect with confidence every time.

 

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

Okay, you or your clients probably won’t need somewhere to land a plane when you come to see us, but we are near neighbours of John Lennon Airport. Perhaps more usefully, we’re also within walking distance of two train stations: Warrington Central and Warrington Bank Quay. There’s also on-site extensive car parking for drivers and plenty of bike racks for cyclists.

 

Little (and big) Extras

On top of everything mentioned, you can also benefit from executive secretary services, 24/7 access to the building, staff shower, communal break-out spaces, and an on-site café.

St James Business Centre

St James Business Centre is an 80,000 sq. ft. building offering serviced, conventional, and virtual office space to rent in Warrington town centre, close to train stations and with extensive on-site parking. We also offer co-working space for anyone needing flexible working without the demands of permanent office space.

Our meeting and conferencing facilities, plus spacious internal courtyards in Warrington means your business has access to everything it needs under one roof. Contact us for more information.