According to the most recent report from the Confederation of British Industries (CBI), working from home is on the rise. But is it better for workers, your business and productivity? There are reasons for and against being a remote worker, but as suppliers of office partitions in Warwickshire, we find there are many more pros than cons in favour of office work.
Here are our three top reasons why.
1. Staff Are Easier to Manage
Being able to have regular meetings with all of your staff is crucial to make sure that everyone is on the same page. It allows people to ask questions, for you to brief your staff and to ensure everyone has access to handouts that may otherwise be lost in a pit of emails.
If you have multiple staff working remotely, conference calling may not be practical. It could also mean not being able to get in touch with some of your staff if technology fails at the last minute.
Sending out minutes from the meeting is obviously a great way to make sure everyone remembers what was discussed, but it could be like cracking a code for people who weren’t present.
2. Encourages Innovation
One of the main perks of being able to work from home is the privacy. However, without other people around it’s difficult to be innovative as there’s no-one to bounce ideas with.
When thinking about the design of your office, you can meet your workers halfway. Having partition walls will allow staff to have their own space but means other workers are only a stone’s throw away for generating ideas.
3. Social Interaction
For anyone who’s ever spent long periods of time alone in one space, you’ll be familiar with the term ‘cabin fever’. Not seeing anyone else for hours on end can leave you itching for social interaction and can leave you in a productivity rut. Without being able to run ideas past someone or speak to someone on your lunch break, the world can become a lonely place. We’re social beings; we need to speak to other people!
Bringing on new staff will also involve them going through a learning curve. Without guidance from people around them, they could pick up bad habits that carry through to their work.
So, Is Office Work Dead?
Even though remote working appears to be on the rise, there’s nothing better than having a proper working environment to encourage productivity. Besides, having someone to speak to at lunchtime will break up the day a bit better for your staff!
You can bring the privacy of home to your office by introducing partition walls. If you’d like to find out more about this or any of the other services we offer, contact us on 01926 601170 and one of our team will be more than happy to help.