If you’re one of these businesses, we’re here to tell you: downsizing is not all doom and gloom!
In fact, we want to throw out some of the ‘unsaid’ things around downsizing and debunk some unpleasant myths when looking for a small office space for rent.
Here’s five overlooked realities to downsizing:
We can personally vouch for this one!
As a direct result of the pandemic, Flexioffices downsized our 50 person office to a 16-person one and adopted a rota system so that all staff can use the office but also benefit from home-working,
All you need to do, HR? Keep your foot on the pulse and set up flexible-work rotas.
Now, Flexioffices, like many companies, are embracing remote-working and ensuring our team feel they have a choice of environments, office or remote, from which to work from.
Need we mention remote-working is a valued work perk?
The office is no longer about people sitting in one spot for 8 hours a day. According to our recent findings, 24% of those in people roles say the one thing they want to change is access to more breakout spaces and communal areas.
The pièce de resistance of our downsize journey?
Thanks to The Bloomsbury Building’s luxury collaboration spaces, we are spoilt for choice when it comes to hot-desking.
What if we told you you could also keep collaboration space in your small private office within a serviced office building?
This is a great option if your business undertakes regular collaborative projects. We suggest setting aside a ‘whiteboard corner’ - encourage your staff to interact, socialise and have the space for innovation, even if you’re working with smaller digs.
4. It's a little less lonely...
We know, social distancing is, rightfully, the priority in boosting a return to work.
However, according to CNBC, the stakes for maintaining company culture only grew as a result of the pandemic. This is hardly surprising, especially for those who have spent a lifetime working in a sociable environment.
The return to work is particularly appealing to those whose mental health and personal responsibilities have been under pressure this year.
We're not suggesting that a smaller office single-handedly resolves this issue.
What we are saying, though, is that if you've come from a gargantuan space, where desks can spend up to 45% of the time unoccupied, a smaller space to have interaction with colleagues is not only more cost-efficient, it can make for a happier, and more motivational environment.
What do we mean by this?
Flexible work contracts are part and parcel of flexible workspace. Compared to a conventional lease - whichtend to require a long-term commitment of multiple years, flexible working spaces mean you can experiment with how many staff you need. Flexioffices Business Director, Michael Dubicki, observes:
“The way people are re-approaching work sits nicely with the concept of flex-space.Say you have five people in the office at any one given time, but then your work patterns change to seven in the office, you can adapt your needs until a higher density is justified.”
Not just this, but as mentioned above, access to collaborative hot-desking space in flexible working spaces means you can experiment with how many staff you need in the office and upsize as and when your needs call for it. Time-wise, cost-wise, and people-wise, flex-space is a no-brainer for the future of work.