Do you like the idea of working from home? Figures released by the TUC show that the number of people in the UK who now do this has risen by more than 25% in the past decade. However, this can bring its own complications.

At The Gattinetts Business Centre, we offer rural workspace which is ideal for businesses in Manningtree, Colchester, Hadleigh, Ipswich and the surrounding area. Here we look at five key reasons why an office, and particularly one set in an attractive rural location, can be a better alternative to working from home.

An Office is More Work-Focused

If you are tempted to let your staff try working from home, then bear in mind that there could be a lot of domestic distractions which prevent them from giving the needs of your business their undivided attention.

Home-related chores, the needs of children, and easy access to TV and other forms of home entertainment, mean that it can be difficult for them to concentrate fully on the task in hand. In an office none of these problems should apply.

It’s Easier to Maintain a Consistent Approach

If your staff are working in different locations then it can be more difficult to establish a ‘best practice’ way of doing things. And, even allowing for the developments in technology, if everyone is working in the same office then it is much easier to keep on top of other administrative tasks such as appraisals and staff training, particularly if your employees have different skill levels.

It May Work Out Cheaper

There will be a number of cost implications if you allow staff to work from home. As well as any initial training costs, computers may need to be upgraded. There is also the cost of phone calls and broadband, which may well be higher for domestic premises if you are going to meet these out of your company’s budget. Your administrative workload will increase if you are dealing with people working at different addresses and not just in one place.

Better Communication

A study by Forbes Insight showed that top business executives preferred face-to-face communication with someone in the office to talking to someone remotely – even via Skype. They believed it helped forge better relationships with customers as well as employees, and improved areas such as staff engagement and company decision-making.

Working in an office can also help the business creatively – according to the old saying, two heads are better than one. It is much easier to come up with a solution to a problem if there are several people working on it together.

A Good Quality of Life

Home workers can easily feel isolated and unappreciated, while working in an office ensures employees enjoy plenty of social interaction. In the case of rural locations like The Gattinetts Business Centre, you enjoy all the practical benefits of office life without any of the hustle and bustle of a large town or a city.

The Gattinetts is located in East Bergholt in the heart of Constable Country so there is lots of attractive countryside to visit. The centre is close to the A12 and our rural workspaces are within easy reach of Manningtree, Ipswich, Colchester and many other towns and villages in Essex and Suffolk, which means that any commute to and from work should be straightforward.

Rural Office Space at The Gattinetts Business Centre

There are lots of other benefits to renting office space or a workshop at The Gattinetts Business Centre. It is a secure site which is locked after hours, when access is only via a key fob or an intercom system. There is plenty of free parking, and a high-quality nursery on site if you have any children.

We offer a range of industrial units, workshops and office space at competitive rates. Although all our units are occupied at the moment, you can join our waiting list and will then receive advance notice as and when any become available. If you would like to know more about The Gattinetts’ rural workspaces simply follow this link to get in touch.