Throughout 2020 there was a mighty shift in working from home attitudes. Businesses are now having to work out how to get the most from their employees and ensure that each feels valued, heard, and comfortable with their future office set up. 


It was thought more often than not, that working from home was a ‘treat’ or a ‘perk’ and lead to less productive employees, but if the pandemic has shown us anything, it’s that working from home can be a positive experience for many. In a study by HubbleHQ, over 1000 respondents were asked “How often would you want to work remotely in the future?” and 86% of those responded saying that they want to work somewhere other than the office at least once a week, though only 15% want to do it every day.


So the evidence is clear, there’s no one size fits all solution, and to an employer, this can feel like a bit of a matrix trying to please everybody. With that said, we truly believe this is an excellent opportunity for businesses to seek and find a set up that suits their operational needs and thus the needs of their employees, a hybrid team solution if you will for your teams set up. It’s important to communicate with your employees, and pose the question, share options, and ask for input.


Once you’ve established what your employees would like going forward, you can start looking at what might be available to suit these needs. To help you with your decision making, we’ve outlined four ways that our memberships could help facilitate your future office set up.


It’s not the office, it’s the commute: Multi-location access


Evidence shows that commuting is a huge reason why so many employees have been reluctant to return back to the office. Using public transport puts people at higher risk and many are opting not to use it for the moment. That paired with the huge savings made from working from home, it is clear that people are feeling more financially stable and are enjoying spending more time at home. The good news is that 75% of employers are introducing flexible working policies to help reduce commute times for their employees.


Due to this, there has been an increased demand for employees wanting to work closer to their homes, and so perhaps businesses should be seeking flexible office space that would allow multi-location access, in order to aid their employees’ valid concerns. At Runway East you can do just that, we want our members to feel safe and welcome at all of our locations, so our doors are always open no matter where your base may be. Perhaps you live in the suburbs of Finsbury Park, or a short walk along the Thames in London Bridge, or cycle down the once bustling Oxford Street? Chat to the team, we’re here to help.


Hybrid teams: Office Timeshares


We all have different needs and ideas about how we’d like to work in the future. Some people find it near impossible to work from home; queue screaming children, bed desks, and dodgy internet. For others, they feel safer at home and enjoy the hours they have gained back from not commuting each day. We hear you.


At Runway East, our office timeshare membership will allow you to take a private office with us for part of the week and share ownership with another team. Both businesses split their usage accordingly. This way, employees have the option to use the office a few days a week, and on the others, they can work from home. After all, life can get a little lonely working from home, and you can’t beat being in the room with someone to share your ideas, worries, and lunchtimes with. 


Office Space on-demand: Day passes


With so many businesses ditching their office space altogether and going fully remote for the foreseeable future, we’ve seen a huge rise in demand for office day passes; a great option for those who want to work remotely most of the time, but still want a couple of days in the office. A Runway East day pass grants you access to any of our locations, and all the normal Runway East perks apply; coffee on tap, lightning-fast internet, a desk for the day, cake on Wednesdays, and the infamous drinks trolley on Fridays.


As a business, you and your employees have the option to book on-demand day passes to use when and where you like. If this sounds like you, just fill in this form – your first day pass is on us! 


Everything Except the Office: Virtual office


In some cases, businesses have thrived from working from home, and don’t feel like they need an office to complement their culture, productivity, or presence. If your business is operating at home, of course, you can use your living address as your professional business address, however, it’s not advised to use this due to privacy. By using a virtual office you will get a professional address, that you can list as your business address. 


A highly sought after business address at the Runway East location of your choice, along with mail handling services, without the expensive overheads and all in one monthly cost. To get started, fill in this form.


Finding the right solution for your business


So, as you can see, there are options out there, even though it might feel hard to navigate right now. The government guidelines and office space market alike are changing rapidly and we continue to monitor the situation and adapt our offerings accordingly. 


We want to help you and your business thrive during these uncertain times, and are here to find the best flexible office solution to suit you and your team. Whether you know what you’re looking for, or don’t know where to begin, our team is here to help you make the difficult decisions and work out the best tailor-made solution. Book a call with the team today to find out more.

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