The many benefits of working together

As some of us begin returning to our offices, things are looking a little different. 

Social distancing measures are in place, and many flexible space operators have implemented new safety measures including floor vinyls, hand sanitiser stations, increased cleaning regimes, sneeze screens and foot doorplates. 

Within our buildings, we have seen teams work differently too, phasing in their return to work. Some working different hours, others alternating days so fewer people are in the same space at core times. 

There is plenty of information and guidance out there on how to make office areas safer.

What’s still not yet clear is how this will affect our interaction with others, or our creativity or wellbeing.

There have been many studies about the benefits of working from home, including no commute and fewer distractions. But this decision wasn’t made by choice, it was forced upon us by the pandemic.

What about those who don’t have a home office? Or those who live alone so don’t want to work alone?

For many people, work is their social life or their creative muse.

For many people, work - including chatting with those they pass in the corridor or sharing a communal kitchen, for example -  is their social life or their creative muse.

Remote working in some form is here to stay. But a recent survey has shown that human connection and bonding are suffering. Only half of those surveyed feel connected to their colleagues.

Many argue that the best way of thinking, learning, and sharing ideas is being in an office space with others who are doing the same. Feel free to visit our website to see what safe spaces are available in our centres.

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