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27 Jan

4 Reasons to Continue Using a Designated Workplace

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According to HR Daily Advisor, 59% of remote employees would prefer to continue working remotely moving forward. This poses the question—Do I need a workplace for my business? While paying the price for a workplace may not seem justified, having a place for your employees to congregate has many benefits.

The role of a workplace has expanded greatly in the last 70 years. In the 1950s, an average office consisted of shared tables and filing cabinets. By the 1980s, employees were encouraged to personalize their workspace. At the turn of the century, we began to see the trend of more casual, interactive, and collaborative open office spaces.

The purpose of a workplace is to create a productive environment to help employees collaborate and accomplish common goals. Without a designated location for your employees to work, you are eliminating many benefits for your business.

Here are some important reasons for you to continue using a workplace.

Company Image

Having a designated workplace isn’t just for your employees, it’s also for clients. Without an office, your business may appear less professional to your clients and others within your industry. Furthermore, operating your business without a workplace will make it more difficult to interact with these clients, especially if you need to present a product’s usability.

Your employees may also encounter difficulties working remotely. Without privacy and necessary resources, they may face challenges when it comes to their efficiency and productivity.

Accountability

While you’re in the office, you can see just how hard your staff is working. But working remotely makes this a bit more difficult. The argument can be made that while working remotely, employees are faced with more distractions—which can certainly have a negative impact on your business.

Offering a commonplace for your employees to work can decrease the likelihood of remote work distractions.

Of course, you can hold regular evaluations or implement employee writeups if they aren’t being accountable for their work, but it’s important that you play an active role in helping your employees mitigate these challenges.

Ensuring the Health of Your Employees

Research shows that a healthy team is a productive team—this includes mental health. While working in the office, it is much easier to spot signs of employee burnout. Whether it be irritability, exhaustion, stress, or anything else that may be a signifier of burnout, you are going to have a harder time identifying if you aren’t working in the same location as your employees.

Additionally, exposure to different viewpoints, skill sets, levels of experience, and personal histories (including race and gender) in a business is healthy. An office ensures that your team members access this exposure (assuming that you’re building a diverse team) in a collegial atmosphere.

(Fact: 70% of candidates prefer to work for a company with a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion.)

Attracting Top Talent

While many people prefer to work from home, studies show that more than half of workers say they want to work from home at least three days a week. Further to this point, at least 50% say they have a desire to return to the office.

This may seem confusing…some want to work remote and some want to go to the office. This is where flexible work environments can have a huge impact. You can appease to both types of employees by outlining their options during the recruiting process and onboarding. The more options you provide for candidates, the more appealing your business may be.

If you aren’t able to provide that level of flexibility, you may want to consider a co-working space. Co-working spaces are essentially areas that you can rent for specified periods of time so you aren’t paying for all of the costs associated with your own workplace. By doing so, you’re creating a designated place for special events, meetings, and other company gatherings, but still providing the option to work remotely.

As always, you can work with a professional employer organization (PEO) like Vensure Employer Services. A PEO can help with all things HR-related like tax and payroll, recruiting, and benefits. As professionals in the HR world, a PEO can provide incredible insight and resources to help with your recruiting and HR efforts.

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