ClubRooms, The Office Group’s network of drop-in workspaces, claims mobile working is becoming increasingly popular.
The way we are working is changing and The Office Group said it has noticed it’s not only start-ups and freelancers using mobile working spaces, but also larger companies allowing their staff more free reign over when and where they work.
ClubRooms’ spaces are claimed to provide a better working alternative to coffee shops and hotel lobbies, evolving the hot-desk into a design-led space to drop in and work. The facility attracts a broad range of users, from mobile workers at large organisations to freelancers, start-ups and small business owners, The Office Group said.
Although mobile working has long been a trend among start-ups and freelancers there is evidence to suggest larger enterprises are also steering away from traditional office structure, said The Office Group.
A range of companies have started to introduce remote working, but through the use of coffee shops and working from home; however these methods are not necessarily the most efficient in terms of productivity, it said.
Talent consultancy, The Chemistry Group, has researched the future of working and people’s behaviours in the work place. Gareth Jones, head of fresh, said the way large companies are working has changed in the last five years and has noticed more trust between directors and staff.
Jones said: “It is encouraging to see that finally, after years of talking about it, some companies are taking the initiative and seriously looking into flexible working practices. The technology to support flexible working has been in place for a long time but organisations attitudes have taken longer to come up to date.
“With large global organisations like Unilever introducing their agile working initiative, which encourages and supports (with technology and equipment) every employee to explore working from home and mobile working, the message is finally getting through – that with a few exceptions, location is not the key factor; output is.”
Ben Munn, joint global head of workplace strategies for CBRE, which has 1,500 staff within the UK, said: “Individuals and enterprises are seeking new, flexible, and innovative ways of finding, funding, and using workspaces that improve their performance. We see a desire to move away from the relative inflexibility and cost intensive nature of traditional office space, and a need to have more appropriate work settings than those at home or in coffee shops.”
Stewart Whiting, ClubRooms director, said: “The limitations of working from coffee shops and repeated journeys between meetings and the office have become part of every day work for London’s mobile workers. We’ve set up ClubRooms as an alternative proper working environment for people when they’re away from the office. The way we work is continuing to change and we’re seeing an increasing number of mobile and independent workers coming to us. We see these workers as an important, growing part of the workforce and want to support them with spaces and services that have been designed around the ways that they work. There are genuine cost and time savings for many companies to make here too along with the potential to reduce the impact of mobile workers on London’s transport infrastructure and the environment.”