For those occupying these roles, ‘independence’ and ‘flexibility’ are cited as two key benefits to this style of working. Business leaders are now spending thousands in an attempt to predict how permanent the move towards a gig economy is and whether firms need to do more to accommodate these working practises.
Of the business owners who said remote working did not fit their business model, most (19%) cited the need for ‘all hands on deck’.
A further 7.1% were concerned team cohesion would be lost through remote working, while just under 5% didn’t trust that staff would be as productive when working from home.
Many businesses are now opting for a ‘third way’ — catering for permanent office-based staff while accommodating flexible working by creating discrete areas that can be used by visiting employees.
“Although remote working isn’t viable for every company, that doesn’t mean they can’t be flexible in their approach to how their employees work,” said Warren Bricknell, managing director at Dale Office Interiors.
“Agile working, whereby flexible workspaces, hot-desking and communal areas are incorporated into the office design, lends itself perfectly to businesses that require staff on-site at least some of the time. It allows them to create a comfortable, collaborative environment for current and prospective employees that looks nothing like the typical ‘office’ they might expect,” he added.
Warren went on to say: “Invariably, we have found that projects in recent years have all included some requirement of this nature. It’s not a phenomenon only found in the realms of fortune 500 companies. Bringing in freelance specialists or contractors is actually proven to be a great way to bring high-level skills into a not-so-large business, and the workspace can be designed to support this.”
As a company becomes more successful it often needs to recruit staff to manage the growing workload. Typically, the addition of extra bodies leads bosses to feel that they’ve outgrown their current office space and make an instant decision to relocate—despite this not always being necessary.