Remote Working: How Flexible is Too Flexible?
Recent developments in technology have naturally led to the widespread flexibility to work remotely from homes, business lounges and other solo locations.
But the appearance of so-called ΓÇÿJellyΓÇÖ events and a rise in serviced offices has us questioning…
Is working alone really the future?
Known to some as ΓÇÿjelliesΓÇÖ, events for local small businesses or freelancers are starting to crop up in the UK. Jellies are designed to bring people together in communal areas to work collaboratively and creatively in the hopes of boosting productivity and combating the loneliness and stagnation that can come from working alone.
The events were born in New York City in 2006 when creative professionals based at home, missing natural interaction and ideas-exchange, met up to work together from an apartment. The group expanded to include others and eventually it began to take off around the world.
Flexibility to work from home can benefit businesses in many ways, but co-working events like the ones incorporated in the Jelly movement suggest that working solo isnΓÇÖt necessarily the long-term answer ΓÇô especially not in the pursuit of productivity and engagement.
National Statistics reveal that 3.1 million people in the UK were working ΓÇÿmainly from homeΓÇÖ in 2005 and 2.4 million considered themselves ΓÇÿteleworkersΓÇÖ. Despite these numbers ΓÇô numbers that have been rising steadily since the 1990s ΓÇô the tide may be beginning to turn against the once far-fetched idea of remote working.
Is it a case of only wanting what you canΓÇÖt have?
But the clash of flexibility vs. loneliness may find its solution in serviced office space, which could provide many businesses with the answer to both dilemmas. By its nature, serviced office space offers increased flexibility ΓÇô with monthly all-inclusive rental leases, many businesses can still affect the manoeuvrability they need to be a true part of the ever-moving workforce of the 21st century.
Rather than separating colleagues, serviced offices provide professionals with the opportunity to work collaboratively in an environment that can be as creative or fast-paced as the company allows, reducing the risks of employee stagnation and disengagement.
What do you think? Are you in favour of remote working or do you consider it counter-productive? Tell us in the comments.
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