The ‘office’ as we know it is changing.
While some people used to work from home, from the coffee shop or from the beach, most had a permanent office to go to. However, due to the global pandemic, traditional office requirements are not what they used to be. Many people thought they wouldn’t be able to work from home due to the nature of their job, but the past few months have shown that this isn’t always the case.
With millions of UK workers staying at home and away from the office while still succeeding at their day-to-day tasks, it’s not surprising that the idea of the traditional office has been turned upside down.
Rethink Your Requirements
While lockdown measures have eased up a lot and much of the high street is open once more, it’s also true that preparing to return to the office might be a little more complicated than expected.
All over the country, businesses must ensure that their premises are COVID-safe, as the government indicates. However, with public transport still restricted and with social distancing still in place, it won’t be easy to get everyone back into the office – and to ensure they’re observing all safety measures.
For a lot of people, working remotely might very well be the new normal. There’s also the idea of creating ‘hybrid’ weeks, with staff spending half the week working from home and half the week in the office.
Once social distancing (and much of the signage that accompanies it) is reduced, it’s likely that this mentality will continue to exist. People are more aware of how easy it is to get sick, even from the common cold, and the experience of working from home has changed how many view work itself.
With the rapid development of the digital world and connectivity – it doesn’t come as a surprise that we’re moving away from the traditional office.
It’s important, therefore, that you rethink your office requirements.
Do you really need to rent or buy a physical office for your employees to work in? Or can you save that money and opt for more remote working? Either save the costs or invest in technology to make home-working even more efficient.
Of course, home working isn’t appropriate for every type of business; but for office workers around the world, an internet connection is often all you need. You can attend meetings with people in the city or in another country, and you can easily share important documents with co-workers. There is no need to be physically present to do any of this.
The Office of the Future
In short, having a computer and an internet connection will likely be enough as traditional office requirements continue to change. A lot of people won’t have to commute anymore, and others will be able to do their job wherever is most convenient.
Of course, some office jobs may remain the same, as not all employers will want their staff at home; they might prefer a more collaborative environment, where people can physically interact with one another. In general, however, we can expect to see a lot more employees working from the comfort of their own homes.
A downside of working outside a more conventional office is lack of social interaction, but even this can be mitigated by having hybrid weeks. And, because people won’t have to commute (or won’t have to do it every day), they are likely to develop a better work-life balance, which will boost their mental wellbeing and productivity.
In addition, more people may rent out space in a less expensive location or simply take a smaller office space as needs change. Some business owners at Smart Storage have opted to create their own office at our premises, which ensures they can work efficiently and without interruptions.
Our units are perfect both for business storage and as office space, as they’re equipped with everything you could possibly need to run your business, including free WIFI.
Smart Storage Can Help with Your Storage Needs
Working from home – or from the park, the pub or the café – also means that your ‘office’ has little or no storage space. That’s where Smart Storage can help. We offer very flexible leases across the storage units – not to mention a Price Match guarantee. What’s more, we provide a range of business services too. There’s free WIFI and we’ll accept deliveries on your behalf, so you don’t need to wait around; we provide shredding services and we also have mailboxes to rent. Some locations also have meeting rooms available by the hour.
Even if you still prefer to retain a traditional office space, you may want to downsize to cut costs. You can rent or buy a smaller office and have half your staff working remotely while the other half is in the office (they can be rotated too).
We can help people looking for self-storage in Liverpool, self-storage in Preston, self-storage in the Wirral, self-storage in Warrington, self-storage in Widnes and self-storage in Altrincham, as we provide units of all sizes to meet any requirement. We have private storage units inside our secure centres and drive-up units in some locations as well.
Whilst we have been open serving those customers with essential needs throughout lockdown, reception is now manned once more, and we ask that our customers still enter the stores through the loading bay area.
However, our stores are automated, so existing customers can still gain access using their PIN code just as usual and without the need to come into reception at all. In store, we have sanitisation stations and signage displaying the 2-metre social distancing rule. Our staff wear masks and gloves when in the storage area and out of reception.