2020 forced many companies to confront just how necessary their office spaces were.
Since many workplaces went remote for most of the year, many people wonder if they will ever go back to working in the office each day.
Although working remotely may be manageable for now, there’s definitely value in keeping a physical space where all your employees can work and collaborate. Here are some of the reasons why office space is alive and will not go away.
Office Space Enhances the Value of Community
Video chatting platforms like Zoom have made staying in the loop easier, but this still isn’t a sufficient substitute for being with others. When a team is isolated for long periods of time, they’re missing out on the opportunity to bounce ideas off of one another and develop their best, most creative concepts. Collaboration is so much more difficult when employees are apart. About 25% of managers with remote teams have reported decreased creativity since going remote.
Working remotely also harms company culture and morale. A lot of people miss interactions with others. When employees are happy at work, they are more likely to stay with their employer. So too much remote working could mean increased turnover rates in the long run. While working remotely may be the safest option, for now, most businesses will be better off getting everyone back to the office whenever that becomes a possibility.
Easy Access to Technology
Technology plays a crucial role in the way that many modern businesses operate. While some businesses may have the resources to equip every employee with the technology and equipment they need in their homes, this won’t be an option for most. This is so much more expensive than having employees share technology in the office. If businesses want to ensure that their employees have all the resources they need for their jobs and protect their profits, they will need to keep their offices.
Being in the office means employees are forced to focus more. For instance, when holding virtual meetings, employees may be tuning out without their bosses even noticing. When bosses allow employees to mute themselves and turn off their cameras, they could be going about their normal days. This can be problematic because employees might miss essential information that’s shared in the meeting.
This isn’t just true of meetings either. Employees may be watching TV while they work or spending more time doing things around the house rather than actually giving work their undivided attention. An overwhelming majority of remote workers have admitted to this kind of behavior. While it’s certainly possible to get distracted in the workplace, there are usually more distractions at home. Since there is greater supervision at the workplace and more structure, people tend to get more things done.
Eliminating or reducing office space may save some businesses money initially. However, the benefit alone may not be reason enough to entirely get rid of the office.
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