Flexible office space and current business trends

Businesses everywhere are having to adapt rapidly to the new working conditions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here at Lonsdale Gate we are doing all we can to explore solutions to help our existing and new clients return to work at our serviced offices, as quickly and safely as possible.

From our frequent conversations with business owners, we know one thing for sure: that flexibility and affordability will be important parts of the decision-making process when it comes to workspace planning in the coming months and years.

Here are some thoughts on the benefits of flexible workspaces in the context of post-pandemic workplace trends:

    1. Flexible working is now a reality
      Almost overnight as country by country went into lockdown, workers were forced where practicable to work from home. This has exponentially accelerated a way of working that has been quietly spreading for the past couple of decades, as workers look to flex their working hours in the office with some time working from home.However, this does not have to mean working from home forever. In the future, teams collaborating on a project might need to meet somewhere mutually beneficial to progress it effectively. As a result, companies might need less space and more flexible terms, so that they can move people in and out of an office quickly.
    2. Virtual office services
      Businesses where employees are largely working from home will still need to operate day-to-day services like an address, telephone line, mailrooms, reception etc. Offering all the same professionalism as old bricks-and-mortar style business, the virtual office experience gives credibility and professionalism to a business, without the need to have a physical space. Serviced offices like Lonsdale Gate are used to offering professional services like this and can easily supply.
    3. Cost savings and smaller spaces
      Working from home means dramatic savings on time and travel, which is beneficial to workers and also their employers. Many businesses will be wondering about the need for a large location when it could be swapped for smaller satellite offices that are distributed around the country closer to employees’ homes instead. Flexible serviced offices are suitable to become a part of this solution as they can be flexed up and down, depending on the number of seats needed.
    4. Coworking spaces changing
      Communal working and open plan offices are changing as work places introduce screens and other safety measures. This will mean businesses will be looking for smaller private spaces for people to meet, and for ease of cleaning.