Working from home became the new normal in 2020, and in the future, many employees are likely to reduce the amount of time they spend in the office, even as the threat of the coronavirus pandemic eases. However, many of the big companies, such as Google and Goldman Sachs, are now calling for a return to the regular workplace.

The Gattinetts Business Centre offers a variety of rural workspaces for companies who are based in Manningtree, Hadleigh, and across Suffolk and Essex. Here we look at some of the key advantages offered by a traditional working environment compared to a home-based shift.


It’s Better for Productivity

It is easier to keep an eye on people and see what they are doing if they are physically present in the office. There is also less chance of them being interrupted by other members of the family, particularly children, if they are at home.

Being in the office compared to being at home has the added benefit of presenting a better image to customers. It is also much easier to configure desks and workspaces in a way that enables maximum productivity. To learn more about how your office layout could maximise productivity and increase employee happiness, read our previous article on the topic here.


Rural Workspace Manningtree - photo of workers collaborating in an office

It’s Better for Collaboration

If there is a knowledge deficit within the organisation (that is, not everyone knows how to solve a technical problem), it’s much easier to solve an issue face to face than via lengthy email conversations or Zoom. Collaboration is also good for creativity because two different ideas can often produce a third, which is better. It is better for speed too, because it is easier to sort out who is doing what if everyone is there face to face rather than via phone calls or email.


It’s Better for Security

One in five UK home workers have received no training in cybersecurity. This means that companies are more vulnerable to spam attacks and malware if staff are working from home. For example, a lot of emails purporting to come from IT departments and service desks are, in fact, fake. There may be additional issues if staff use their older unprotected home computer for work.

Important hard copies of documents may also be more vulnerable to theft or damage, often quite innocently (such as a family member spilling coffee on them). Even if some documents are no longer needed, they can still contain quite sensitive information, and homeworking staff may not be shredding them before putting them in the bin as they would do in the office.


It’s Better for Health

Humans are social creatures, and they seek regular contact with others, at work as well as at home. This particularly applies to those working from home alone because it is easy to feel isolated and not part of the company culture anymore. This is especially true for new staff who joined during the pandemic period.

It can also be difficult if employees try to cram too much into one day if they are working from home. Juggling work and childcare responsibilities at the same time can easily lead to a burnout.

Being in the office is better for physical health too. This is because setting up equipment properly is much easier on-site (such as making sure chairs and desks are set up to the correct height and angle).


It’s Better for Business’s Costs

Working from home invariably means more time spent on the phone, which can be expensive if employees have the costs of their calls paid by the company. In the office, they can simply talk to one another.

There may also be additional costs ensuring that everyone has the right home working office set-up (do they have a compatible computer, do they have Zoom and video conferencing software?)


Rural Workspace on the Essex-Suffolk border at The Gattinetts Business Centre

At The Gattinetts Business Centre, we offer a variety of rural workspaces for companies in Manningtree and Colchester, as well as other companies in Essex and Suffolk who may be looking for an out-of-town site. Our rural location in the heart of Constable Country means that you can really get away from it all during your lunch hour or after a long day.

We also have workshops, storage spaces and industrial units to let at our East Bergholt base. And, if all of our these are let, which due to our continued popularity they often are, we can put you on our waiting list and let you know when one becomes free.

If you would like to know more or discuss your individual requirements, you can contact us by clicking on this link and filling out our online contact form.