Our new reality calls for a new workspace solution

Remote Work Jul 01, 2021

Working from home (WFH) is a treat, they said..It’ll be fun, they said.

Remember when WFH was a treat only self-employed professionals, successful freelancers and some extra-lucky professionals could do?

Flash-back to Spring of 2020 when COVID placed the vast majority of us to work in our homes, 5 days per week. When it all started, it was great.

Businesses, big and small, who never thought WFH would work, were now experts in it. Summer was right around the corner and we could work in the sunny garden, from bed, the handy kitchen table - you name it. It was great.

Then the early nights, wet weather (cough cough, England) & cold spells started to creep in. This, mixed with a total halt on social interaction, got to a lot of people, some in negative ways. The mental health benefits of WFH, day in and day out, were turning on their head with work-life and personal-life merging into one.

According to a survey performed by Hubble, 1 in 5 respondents named a negative impact on their mental health as one of the main reasons why they dislike working from home on a full-time-basis.

It was all fun and games, until it wasn’t. In the Spring of this year when lockdown restrictions began to lift, many professionals started to ease-back into the office setting - at least a few days per week. This is when hybrid-working began to take over. Professionals continue to want the flexibility to work from where they work best -- be that the home office, a local workspace or the corporate office. Flexibility at its finest.

In a recent study performed by FlexJobs, 58% percent of workers said they would “absolutely” look for a new job if they cannot continue to work flexibly and remotely in their current job.

It’s clear employees see a huge amount of value in hybrid-work arrangements, but what attracts them to this kind of work? Let’s look at just a few of the perks of a hybrid-work arrangement for employees.

Employees can do work when and how they’re most productive. Opposed to an office-first model where employees are expected to be on the clock from 9-5 daily, a hybrid-model gives employees flexibility to get work done when (and how) they are most productive. The ‘office’ is not a one-size-fits-all solution.

Maintaining a better work-life balance leads to a happier and healthier individual. Finding ‘balance’ is not always an easy task, however, it’s often made easier in a flexible work environment. When employees are empowered to drive their own work schedules, they can also track their time to take care of their personal needs as well -- whether that’s finding a time for a dentist appointment, taking the kids on a morning excursion or simply getting a much-needed workout in.

Ideally, a hybrid-work model offers a perfect combination of convenience and productivity. When a hybrid-model is put into place, professionals will spend less time on low-value activities (commuting, coffee room chat, etc) and will be abl;e to focus that time on high-value work like collaborating with colleagues or completing heads-down work more efficiently.

At WorkClub, our network of hundreds of bookable workspaces and meeting rooms is expanding across London and the rest of the UK, enabling you and your team to work from where you work best. We’re on a mission to support the hybrid-workforce by connecting professionals to a distributed network of workspaces in every town, city and neighbourhood across the UK.