The Future OF Work

Sarah Corcoran

Blog Writer

The Covid 19 pandemic has pushed companies, consumers and employees to rapidly adopt new behaviours that are likely to remain long after restrictions have lifted. Remote and flexible working, video conferences and working from home are trends that are likely to continue, albeit not with the same intensity as at the height of the pandemic. As a flexible workplace solutions provider, we support flexible working and empower companies to upsize, downsize or move their working teams to suburban offices with very little stress.

"Working from home"

With little to no notice, almost the entire world had to adapt to living with Covid 19. This included how we socialise, shop, exercise, communicate, and in particular how we work. With non-essential workplaces closed with immediate effect, working from home became the norm.

IT departments across the world were under pressure to ensure each employee had what they needed at home to continue to keep systems and procedures in place without a gap in productivity. Many of us have become accustomed to working from home throughout restrictions but this style of work doesn’t suit everyone.

"Hybrid Working"

After over a year of working from home, many employees are anxious to get back to an office setting and many are happy to continue from home. Hybrid working will be the future of work in Ireland. Hybrid working offers individuals the choice to work part-time in the office and part-time from home.

There isn’t a defined model of hybrid working that suits all employees and the hybrid model looks different for all companies; like many things, it is something that will become clearer over time.

Hybrid working policies offer companies a chance to downsize their permanent office space, reducing overhead costs and giving employees a better work/life balance.

"Suburban Offices"

With many industries and companies considering downsizing their workspace, it is also an option to move your office to a more affordable location. While working in the city has huge benefits, long commutes and unnecessary travel on public transport are something most people will want to avoid in future.

Moving your office closer to your workforce is a real possibility when you use a serviced office provider. More and more companies are downsizing their existing office space and opening a satellite office in a suburban location.

With multiple serviced office spaces ranging from busy high streets to more tranquil rural locations in Dublin and Kildare, Premier Business Centres offer you a flexible workplace solution to suit your business needs.

"Right to disconnect"

One of the more positive outcomes of the entire pandemic has been the Right to Disconnect bill, passed by the Irish Government in April 2021. The right to disconnect gives employees the right to switch off from work outside of normal working hours, including the right to not respond immediately to emails, telephone calls or other messages. There is also a public consultation on the right to request remote working, something which all employers will need to carefully consider in future. Working with a flexible workplace provider can help you to figure out what works best for your companies unique needs.

"Virtual Office Space"

Many smaller companies and start ups will soon realise that a permanent leased or owned office space is not something they need at the moment. Companies will still need a registered business address, a manned office to accept physical post and a constant reliable virtual assistant to ensure your business always has a presence outside of your website. Virtual offices offer your business an efficient and friendly presence from 9-5pm Monday to Friday, offering call answering, call forwarding or message taking, a registered address in a highly sought after city centre location and a postal administration service. We can customise your virtual office offering to match your company needs and our rates are reasonable and competitive.

We are looking forward to offering serviced offices, flexible office space, and virtual office services to companies who are figuring out what the future of work will look like for their business. Call or email our friendly team today and we can walk you through your options, helping to figure out a workplace solution that suits your unique needs.

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