4 Ways Workspaces Increase Productivity
Latest Trends in Workspaces
Workspaces, whether dedicated or virtual, seem to be all the rage these days. But, are they really what they are all cracked up to be? We’re here to share with you today the top reasons why virtual and dedicated workspaces can be the key to increasing productivity for your business.
Better Ways To Communicate
Are your employees spending time twiddling their thumbs waiting on their phone to work properly or their computer to run efficiently? Many times, your business only runs as well as your technology and communication devices allow it to run… and sometimes (if you’re lucky) you only need your cell phone to run your business. But, there are times you need separate phone lines, call queues or e-fax.
What about the idea that open-plan workspaces promote communication? According to a study published in the journal Philosophical Transactional of the Royal Society B., open-plan offices decrease the number of employees’ face-to-face interactions and increases the number of emails sent to and from employees. Misinterpreted plans between clients or colleagues can lead to wrong decision-making and mistakes. If you’re considering to work in a virtual or dedicated office, it’s time to explore various solutions and get creative in the ways you communicate.
Flexibility, Convenience, and Creativity
Working in a dedicated or virtual office allows one to have the convenience and flexibility of working in their own space on their own time. A virtual office means getting creative. Sparking creativity and ideation does not come from cubicles or an open-plan office. According to Harvard Business Review, a recent study revealed, “in comparison with the employees who came into the office, the at-home workers were not only happier and less likely to quit but also more productive.” Virtual or dedicated workspaces allow for flexibility in all spheres - someone's time, schedule and overall life.
According to Inc, “people with the same job may have very different experiences if one commutes less than 30 minutes while the other one drives 2 hours.” If you’re in a big city, this one hits home for you. Luckily, with virtual workspaces, they can spend that time working on an important project that needs to be done by the end of the day. Aside from time, the cost of employees' gas or public transportation is non-existent when utilizing a virtual or dedicated office. It’s a win-win!
Wide Range of Talent
Workspaces allow you to not limit your company on a certain demographic or geographic region. If you live in New York City and find top talent in Los Angeles, modern technology and communication can allow you to bring that person on-board without having them relocate and change their lifestyle.
If your work environment is out of balance, then your business will be as well. Research shows, “people who use coworking spaces see their work as meaningful.” The combination of well-curated work experience with a supportive work environment welcomes productivity and overall employee happiness.
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Harvard Business Review- https://hbr.org/2014/01/to-raise-productivity-let-more-employees-work-from-home