Now more than ever, businesses are embracing and strengthening their remote capabilities. Although working remotely saves money and allows for more employee flexibility, offices still have a critical role to play in the world of work. Face-to-face meetings are still very necessary when it comes to strengthening employee relationships, improving productivity, supporting job satisfaction, and much more. Here are some of the key reasons why we’ll always need great office spaces, from our team at BE Furniture.
#1 – Focused, Quiet Space for Work
As most of us found out over the last year or so, there are plenty of distractions at home! Whether it’s noise from your kids or neighbors, chores, pets, the TV, or your partner, it can be challenging to get a quiet moment to hold a meeting or get properly focused on your work. Every time you start a meeting or settle down, a nearby leaf blower roars into action, all the dogs start barking, and a teenager starts blasting music. It’s very difficult (if not impossible) to manage these distractions at home, and that can make the office a sanctuary for anyone on a busy day.
#2 – Easier to Network and Bond
A lot of people prefer face-to-face interaction over a video or voice call, which can be quite stressful in a psychological sense. Video calls require more mental processing, involve very intense eye contact with multiple people – even yourself – and impacts our mobility. Researchers have even found a name for this issue – Zoom fatigue. These chats are also still very formal when compared to conversations that happen organically in the workplace, where you can walk into your manager’s office during open-door hours, catch up at lunch or the water cooler, or just share a quick conversation with a colleague. As informal as these interactions are, they are critical for bonding with team members, getting insight from superiors, and receiving mentoring.
#3 – Greater Engagement
While working from home, many people feel isolated and out of the loop. Without daily interaction at the office, people may feel unappreciated and uninvolved in the business, increasing risks of demotivation and disengagement. It’s not only more likely that employees feel disengaged when working fully remotely, but also more difficult for managers and team leaders to provide employee recognition, spot signs of disengagement, and act effectively to correct it.
#4 – Improved Communication and Collaboration
We collaborate, communicate, and work together far more effectively when we’re in the same physical space. Thus, making offices a necessary element for any business seeking to innovate and grow. By having spaces filled with collaborative office furniture where people can work together, employees have easy access to each other and to any tools and technologies that they need to reach their collaborative goals. We’re not saying that collaboration isn’t possible in remote working, but it certainly is more effortless when we’re all together in the same space!
#5 – Reduced Technology Issues
When working from home, every meeting starts with someone trying to figure out if everyone is there, and if anyone can hear or see them. And if the connection isn’t optimal or the settings incorrect, it’s common to have a person disconnect from the meeting and then struggle to get back in. Those are frustrating issues you just won’t have to deal with in an office! When in an important meeting with a client, hosting a board meeting, running interviews, or working on a project, the last thing you want is tech problems – and that means having a functional office space.
Remote working is certainly effective for many employees and businesses, but there are so many advantages to having a balance between flexible remote working and functional office space. When considering your options, it’s important to look at working in an office vs working remotely, and the pros and cons of each for your business.
At BE Furniture, we work to design and deliver office spaces that give you the best of both worlds, helping you leverage office design to support your employees to give their best every day. Contact us today to find out more about our collaborative office design services in NJ or visit our website at: https://www.befurniture.com/