Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last couple of years, you’ll surely be all too familiar with the rise in flexible working policies.
But before you start thinking about downsizing your office space, we have some news. Research conducted for The Stoddart Review found that, despite the numerous stories discussing flexible practices, mobile working is still not the norm, and the overwhelming majority of employees in the UK (91%) continue to work solely from the office.
While there are numerous benefits associated with implementing a flexible working policy, there’s no need to start doubting the importance of the workplace just yet.
However, that’s not to say that we aren’t seeing an end to the traditional office. As technology is transforming the way that we work, our work space must also evolve. And, if anything, this is placing a greater importance on the office.
In fact, if you listen to employees, the workplace is incredibly important. A 2015 survey by CIPD found that job candidates view the physical workplace to be a more important factor than leadership, CSR, technology and the company’s diversity and inclusion policy.
High-performing workplaces now see the office as a way to unlock human potential. Which, when you think about it, makes perfect sense – employees are a company’s biggest asset after all.
In order to remain competitive and see business growth, you need to change how you view the office.
This will benefit all your employees. As the Stoddart Report suggests, all the data gathered “goes against the idea that it is only millennials who want an office that works well and enables them. In fact, the clear message from the research for The Stoddart Review is that all employees want this, regardless of age.”
The fact that research from the Leesman Index found that “only one in two office workers say they can work productively highlights the vital importance of ensuring that employers equip” workers with an office space that works for them.