The Working Balance - Casual Office Space
With the advent of the smart phone, faster laptops, faster connections and wireless hotspots ever increasing, the ability to work anywhere is becoming much more the ‘norm’ compared to a few years ago. In fact, for the most part, it’s becoming much less important for certain types of SME’s to have an inner-city based office; with rental costs at an all time high, customers can get significantly better rates elsewhere, customers know this and have a lot of choice available.
This could explain why more and more people are becoming made redundant from certain failing companies, and are having to seek work further a field. This can cause extra strain on relationships and life in general, not to mention the expense and stress of travelling miles and miles everyday before they start work.
So where is this all going then?
In an ideal world, I think a balance for the majority of SME’s needs to be struck - the balance between working from home and working from the office. As many companies have taken the plunge and allowed their staff to work from home, I think in the future this trend will continue, and might even become a pre-requisite to the working week -keeping company costs down.
Regularly working 2 days at the office and 3 days at home in a typical week would keep the office/employee contact while reducing the amount of time wasted in commuting to and from work.
Just think: If everybody worked from home for 3 out of 5 days in the working week you could cut the amount of commuter traffic by 60%!
A lot more talented and highly qualified individuals are creating a new wave of networked freelancer who can offer a plethora of services, through their immense network of contacts, which challenge the larger SME for quality and seriously under cut them on cost.
One thing that is notably missed by working from home is the ability to the Brainstorm with office staff, this is felt by many Freelancers and this why Jelly was born, see video below:
Work at Jelly
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Basically, Jelly is the idea of casual co-working. They invite people to work from their home for the day. They provide chairs and sofas, wireless internet, and interesting people to talk to, collaborate with, and bounce ideas off of.
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