According to the Office of National Statistics, the number of employees working away from the office stands at its highest ever level at 4.2 million.
As we move towards paperless offices, it is important to question why a group of people still need to gather together in one place. If we need to have meetings, we can Skype, if we need to comment on a shared paper, that’s what Google docs is for, and if we need to liaise with clients then there are a plethora of great coffee shops to meet in.
Surely it’s time we used our imagination and worked out how to make our own workspaces work for us? Working from home not only cuts down the cost of commuting, it also frees up an hour or two of extra work time per day.
Karen Mellonie Gould is the director of Gateway2Enterprise and she allows staff to work from home if needs be because she runs a Fintech company. “It’s online and digital. That said, we are social creatures and a balance of home and work to share ideas with colleagues is what we have come to expect.”
Joanna Swash, commercial director of Moneypenny, a telephone answering service, thinks that the traditional office can’t necessarily provide us with what customers want any more. “Every day we speak to businesses of all shapes and sizes and across all sectors looking for support with their telephone answering needs. They are increasingly embracing new ways of doing business and recognise that the traditional office is no longer likely to meet the expectations of customers or deliver the competitive advantage they seek.”
In the next instalment of our End of an Era series, we examine whether home workers are more productive than traditional workers…