“Don’t believe the hype: offices are here to stay”
“UK workforce wants hybrid-working, not the end of the office”
Flexibility and choice in the workplace in the Next Normal
Everyone has a view on the future of the workplace, and whether the move to remote working from home is a new fixture – or whether there is flexibility between office and home. But one thing for sure is that flexibility and choice will be key as we move forward into the Next Normal.
Decisions, Decisions, Decisions
Part of moving to a new work flexibility include decisions about:
- As a business owner, should I shut down my office completely and have the whole team work from home for the foreseeable future?
- Should I downsize and move to a smaller office?
- Should I put some of the office furniture in storage and ‘wait and see’ how things develop?
- Should I change location and move the business into or out of a city?
New Era of Work
According to the global ‘Resetting Normal: Defining the New Era of Work’ study, they surveyed 1,000 UK employees alongside workers in eight other countries to understand their desires and expectations for the world of work post COVID-19. They found that 79 percent think it’s important that their company implements more flexibility in how and where staff can work.
“The majority of UK employees surveyed say a mix of office-based and remote working is the best way forward post Covid-19”. However, UK employees also worry that their employer’s expectations of what hybrid-working should look like after the pandemic will not match their own.
“This is a unique opportunity for business leaders to hit reset on existing working patterns, and consider what, for instance, the new model of flexible working should look like”.
Given how adaptable and productive employees have proved to be, is it now time to shed square footage, as a number of business leaders have suggested?
Not all remote working is created equal
Before taking medium or long-term decisions about office space requirements, it’s important to find out from employees how and where they want to work. While some of us have the benefit of a functional home office, this is not the case for many. Not all remote working is created equal.
No single immediate answer to the ideal workspace
Various surveys to see how employees are coping and their optimum choice of workplace, there is no single answer or solution to the current workplace conundrum. Some are worried about returning to a shared space from a health perspective, others say they can’t wait to get back to the office. And many more fall somewhere in between.
Rearranging the furniture
From fixed desks to flexible desks. From hot desk working, to same assigned desk use, spaced well apart. So many considerations. And it may well be a multi-phased approach. In the meantime, what do you do with the excess furniture?
Secure storage is a good option, while you are responding and planning to the future of work for your organisation. At Shires we have a vast, secure storage warehouse that enables you to self-store, or use containerised storage facilities long-term too, amongst other options. We can package, collect, store and protect your goods until you are ready for your next move.
Recycling, reusing and disposing of unwanted office furniture
From one or two desks, or even two hundred desks, we have taken on the task of recycling and responsibly disposing of any unwanted office furniture. We find that too often, when businesses are making a larger scale move, the last thing they want to worry about is what to do with all the excess furniture. We take this off your hands – anything to make your move even smoother and stress-free.
Moving Unusual equipment
You have unusual items to move? We have a team, trucks, and expertise for that! We are renowned for our skill in moving unusual items, including large manufacturing equipment, along with the usual suspects of pianos and vintage or treasured collectables. Just ask us and we’ll move it – legal tender, of course!
Things we also take into consideration
Any move can be stressful. Forward planning and complex logistics is what we do best. Importantly, it is about ensuring workplace continuity for you and your workforce, with the least amount of disruption. Even though many of your people may still be working from home, other organisations have to have their workforce at the office and premises due to the nature of their work.
Tips for moving office
At Shires, we have many years of experience in undertaking office removals for companies both large and small, around the corner, to the next city or region – and indeed, to another country too. Although we are based in Yorkshire, we operate on a daily basis throughout the UK and beyond. We have done so for the past 46 years. Through these decades of experience, and performing thousands of moves, we have built up a wealth of expertise to guarantee a business relocation to go smoothly and trouble-free.
- Remove personal belongings
Before you pack up to move office, it is recommended to ask all your staff to remove their personal belongings so that you are only moving office-related items. This way, no one mislays anything deeply personal and treasured to them!
- Declutter and sort beforehand
This will prevent you from moving many unwanted and unnecessary items, resulting in time, effort, and number of boxes and items to move. It also means that when you arrive at your new office, you won’t be unpacking and then having to find storage space for things you no longer need!
And if you are looking to put some of your office equipment into storage for the time being, you’d much prefer to be storing only the items you really want.
- Plan your new office layout
If you are moving to a new office space – either scaling up, or downsizing – each way would benefit greatly from planning your new office layout beforehand. So that when it comes to moving day, our removals team can place your desks and equipment exactly where you have them planned. No need to move things around again post move – you’ll have enough other setting up to be getting on with!
- Book a reliable removals company
There’s nothing worse than having a second rate, inexperienced removals crew arrive on the day, and being more hindrance and help. So, pick a professional and reliable removals company with decades of experience moving offices. You’ll need specialist planning, packing, coordination, and secure handling during your office move. And our Shires teams have exactly the full professional know-how when it comes to commercial moving.
- Computers, hi-tech equipment, Paperwork
This is where we work very closely with clients who are moving office. There is much to consider and plan when it comes to moving computers and hi-tech equipment – from specialist packaging materials, packing, and transporting, to the speedy unpacking time on the other side so that you can be back up and running within the shortest amount of time. A good tip is to remember to back up any data – preferably off-site, not part of the move itself, and most likely online as a cloud backup. Not forgetting companies that still rely heavily on paperwork – to make sure that all the files you need to access immediately are packed separately and under their own labelled instructions.
It’s all about optimum business continuity and the least amount of disruption. You need specialist office movers with national and global resources, with a proven track record, and who deliver a dependable service. And a removals company who are flexible to your specific requirements.
So, while you are reconsidering your business office space; whether you are re-entering after lockdown; or reimagining a new workplace of the future for your business – the office is here to stay, but its form and function will evolve as it has always done.
“COVID-19 is forcing us all to change and re-evaluate how we do things. I’m certain there will be more people working from home in the future compared to before the pandemic. This will lead to smaller office footprints for some companies. However, there will also be a need for more space in many office settings, which will lead to an increased demand for space”.
“Finally, as much as business leaders are encouraged by the success of working from home, let’s not underestimate the importance of the office in our business and social lives. Its role in maintaining a vibrant company culture, fostering collaboration, and inspiring innovation and creativity, is not so easily abandoned. These features help a business stay competitive, and attract and retain the best talent. Having the option to work from home is one thing, but only working from home is a completely different proposition”. – World Economic Forum.
For further information and help with your next office move, contact Shires Removals
0800 590519 firstname.lastname@example.org