With 660,000 new businesses launching in the UK last year, the possibility for them to all be able to afford their own office space is unrealistic. For those looking to start a new venture, having a desk for hire in the form of a shared building or co-working space is on the up.
The swing toward this kind of remote working, seen during the first half of this decade, has switched back as business leaders place more value on person-to-person collaboration. Getting hired from your ‘desk for hire’ is a hard sell. If they’d like you to work on a project in-house a few days a week how would you approach that meeting?
The hot desk
Hot-desking improves collaboration between employees, particularly with new and part-time hires by facilitating interactions and socialization. Alternately, the desk for hire is often occupied by a freelancer or outsourced employee wishing to work remotely. The question for businesses is how do we include this person in connecting to the brand, culture and character of our organization? Can we invite them to work in house on a hot desk? Are we set up for this?
If you believe brand is a company’s lifeblood, this type of business goal seems to conflict, at first, with current findings. Flexible working experts Timewise tell us how much flexible working matters, with illuminating statistics to back it up. Did you know 63% of full time employees surveyed already work flexibly? The figure rises to 89% who’d like to, with 89% of the self-employed working this way.
Flexible is the new innovation
It is clear companies and vendors who adapt the working environment to be a social and collaborative space bring in talent by paying close attention to interior space design. Importantly, technology affords greater mobility than ever before, and incorporating it into your desk for hire spaces can really help. Vendors renting desk for hires will want to create cool and funky interiors that attract dynamic entrepreneurs into their buildings. Finding the best talent is key.
Reimagining your desk for hire
If you currently inhabit a desk for hire think about how to improve your office space. How does it feel when you invite a company client into your space? Presenting your key talents and incorporating these into your choice of surroundings helps attract the right companies to your brand. Choose a desk for hire space that sings success to you.
Finding the best talent through alluring design
For businesses who no longer want their desk for hire to feel like a silo, think about using technology spaces within your workplaces and incorporating design features, allowing you to keep in touch and give them a great space to work with when they visit you.
According to recent findings, today’s workforce spend only 32% of their time working in an office, with millennials saying they only spend 67% of their time in an office! It is clear future generations will not wish to be tied to their desks 24/7 but having a focal meeting place for colleagues to interact, collaborate and debrief will always be a necessity. Not only this, companies embracing collaborative workspaces tend to tackle many everyday HR issues from productivity through to morale. You can find out more on how office design can solve common HR issues here.
Take on the trend towards flexible working. Think about how office spaces look to outsiders. We’d love to discuss ideas about how to make your business spaces come alive and attract talented hires. Or, if your company is thinking about an office design or relocation, please call us on 01344 290290 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.