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It’s Sunday evening, you’ve just sat down to finish off that little bit of work in time for Monday morning’s meeting. You’re telling yourself it shouldn’t take too long. You look in your work folder and then frantically search your bag for that all-important document you need to clear the work away. You then get hit with the gutting realisation that you left it on your desk in the office. Unfortunately, most of us have been in this frustrating situation, and unless you operate from an office space that offers 24/7 access to residents, you're powerless to do anything about it.
The days where business was just done between 9 am and 5 pm are over. Thanks to the internet and the explosive growth in a flexible workforce fuelled by the pandemic, many businesses now efficiently operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. With many companies working internationally and in different time zones, offices that only offer restricted access no longer make the cut.
To give your employees the flexibility to work whenever they need, you should consider looking for an office space to rent in a building that gives them the ability to access the office on their terms.
To find out more about HUB26 offices
In this edition of our office space to rent series, we explore 3 benefits of finding an office space that offers 24/7 access and how this can be hugely beneficial to your business.
As flexibility is currently an important topic for all businesses, we’ll start here…
1. Increased flexibility
A recent study has highlighted that 63% of employees believe that the standard eight-hour working day is on the way out. This has not only been fuelled by the government's answer to the pandemic (working from home), but also the demand for flexible working.
After decades of nine-to-fives, many businesses have become aware of just how important a healthy work-life balance is. Likewise, many employers have realised the benefits that their business gains (retaining talent, lowering absenteeism, heightened productivity and employee satisfaction to name a few) when allowing employees to work in a flexible and free way that suits their lifestyle. This has made workplace flexibility an increasingly common phenomenon.
Many companies are now disregarding offices that are only open traditional working hours in their search for an office space to rent. Instead, they’re focusing on office spaces that offer their employees the flexibility to access the office on their terms and support the concept of flexible working.
2. Boost in productivity
Do you know that the average UK worker becomes most effective around lunchtime? Is it surprising that 42% of 25–35-year-olds feel they're most creative outside of the traditional 9 am-5 pm working hours?
In a perfect world, you'd be productive and creative whenever you wanted, however in reality it really isn’t that easy. With roughly one in fourof us being early birds and another one in four being night owls, waves of productivity differ for everyone.
Although you can’t eliminate the less productive times in the working day, you can recognise when you’re going to be at your peak performance and optimise this. However, working from an office complex with restricted opening hours can be problematic and can restrict productivity, especially when you’re a night owl.
Finding an office space to rent that offers your employees the opportunity to access their office 24/7 can be a game-changer for your business. With 78% of employees claiming that flexible work arrangements help to increase productivity, this may be the perfect move for your team.
It comes as no surprise that more than two-thirds of employees report higher job satisfaction when given an office that they can access 24/7 and flexible working patterns.
Increased freedom, no time restrictions, better work-life balance, convenience and lowered stress levels are just some of the reasons why having 24/7 access to an office space helps to increase job satisfaction for your employees.
Final word from HUB26
At HUB26 we understand that businesses often work internationally and in different time zones and realise your work responsibilities don’t just exist from 9 am to 5 pm, that’s why we offer all our residents the ability to access their offices 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We make it easy for you to work on your schedule and when your business needs it.
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