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Are virtual offices the new norm?

by LLB Reporter
8th Jun 20 10:16 am

Since the lockdown started around 18.5 million employees or 57% of the country’s workforce, have worked from home since lockdown started.

Over half of home-workers (56%) say it has improved their quality of life, with three fifths (61%) enjoying spending more time with their family, two fifths (39%) exercising more, and a third (34%) eating more healthily.

With most of the workforce having settled into a new kind of normal, CFOs are already see the cost benefits of flexibility around remote teams, with 74% planning to move at least 5% into permanent remote positions post-COVID-19. With another recent study estimating that up to 30% of the global workforce will be working from home multiple days a week by the end of 2021, this is a trend which reinforces how important flexibility is to the future of work.

With the COVID-19 pandemic pushing companies to permanently allow their employees to work remotely even after the coronavirus risk has subsided, even giants like Facebook are experimenting with ways to optimise at-home work to give their workers the best conditions for optimal productivity. Additional expenses for travel and logistics associated with home offices will be offset by savings related to real estate, food and labour costs. Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey, went further releasing a statement telling employees they can work from home “forever.”

With another recent study estimating that up to 30% of the global workforce will be working from home multiple days a week by the end of 2021, this is a trend which reinforces how important flexibility is to the future of work.

Many businesses have been forced to execute emergency procedures literally overnight. Now is the time for businesses to consider their options and virtual office providers have seen a dramatic increase in enquiries.

Many London based providers that offer both serviced offices and virtual office services have seen a growth in companies no longer maintaining dedicated offices since launching in 2012.

Founder of virtual office provider SBN, Mark Odenore said, “Since we launched in 2012, we’ve seen a huge growth in businesses seeking to minimise the cost of maintaining dedicated offices.

“We make it easier for entrepreneurs and businesses to transform the way they work, by making working from home easier by providing a known business office address, mailbox as well as a virtual receptionist.”

To find out how SBN can help create your virtual office of the future

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