With the rise of sophisticated, interconnected communicative technologies, devices, and apps, one could be forgiven for believing that the office as we know it has somewhat lost its importance as employees are granted the freedom to work remotely with ease. However if you are to make the most of your business and indeed your workforce this is simply not the case; sure, the way in which we use the office space, and indeed how frequently, has changed, but it would still be a mistake to state that the office environment is altogether redundant.

The struggle for many comes in designing a space which suits the needs of a modern, flexible workforce. There are many factors that will contribute to the overall effectiveness of your working environment, some obvious and others less so, but one undoubtedly vital consideration often remains overlooked - namely the location of the premises.

There is a reason why so many of the world’s tech giants tend to cluster in areas such as Silicon Valley, Silicon Fen, and London’s Old Street Roundabout, that reason being physical proximity to like-minded organisations and individuals. Knowledge, ideas, and creative talent flourish most effectively when like-minded people meet, talk, and share in real life as well as online, a fact of which these companies are well aware and keen to take advantage of.

Another crucial factor to consider is the daily commute of your workforce. According to a 2016 survey by the Royal Society of Public Health, there are approximately 24 million commuters in the UK and the average commute time is 56 minutes. That same survey highlighted how those who regularly commute by car are more likely to experience bad blood pressure, a poor diet, and in some cases even impaired mental health. With this in mind you will want to ensure that you provide your staff with adequate access to a variety of transport links and options. Providing on-site facilities for those who wish to cycle instead of drive can also bring substantial benefits.

You may also want to consider offering flexible working hours or staggering daily start times to some extent in order to reduce the need for staff to regularly travel in heavy traffic, further cutting down on both stress and wasted time.

Sam Bonson

Sam is an aspiring novelist with a passion for fantasy and crime thrillers. He is currently working as a content writer, journalist & editor as he continues to expand his horizons.
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