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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It’s a brilliant location with plentiful parking, easy to reach by road or public transport.
The range of small, medium and large office suites has provided us with the flexibility to tailor the space and cost to meet our requirements without moving away from the building.
As a small business, the convenience of helpful support staff to greet visitors and send a receive mail and parcels is a real bonus, as is the availability of dedicated meeting rooms and available at short notice for customer meetings and product presentations.
Tenant at St James Business Centre since 2013
Since moving into St James Business Centre, we have found the team to be extremely friendly, helpful and accommodating. They have supported us on our journey from our start-up phase where we initially needed a small serviced office space through to us moving into our new larger offices. As the business continues to grow, it’s reassuring to know we will be able to remain at the business centre for the long term as Langtree gives us the flexibility to move into larger office space and when we need it.