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Are Large Offices a Thing of the Past?


Covid-19 has brought about so many changes to our current lives and has been perhaps the most significant event to happen globally in the 21st Century. Many experts around the world share the opinion that our lives will look differently in the future, long after the pandemic has been brought under control.

I believe that one of the many changes to daily life for us all will be the movement towards home working and away from large office spaces. Employers have seen that working from home can have enormous benefits, and a lot of the stigma and stereotyping seems to be dissipating. I have seen many poles on LinkedIn which suggest that a lot of people would love to split their time between home and office beyond the constraints of Covid-19.

The main benefits of home working are generally considered to be a greater work/life balance, less commuting time and a reduction in travel expenses. Having said this, working from home isn’t for everyone and there are potential negatives that employers need to bear in mind, such as feelings of isolation.

With technology being so readily available, affordable and accessible to use by people of all IT skill-levels, it’s no wonder employers are even more happy to see their staff work from the comfort of their own home. Of course another alternative to home working is the use of a Serviced Apartment. Many people can find themselves needing temporary accommodation for a short or long period of time, and as well as being comfortable that space now needs to be accommodating to a working lifestyle. At Hilltop Serviced Apartments we offer numerous apartments that have been fitted with office furniture, coffee machines and superfast broadband to make sure that our guests can work in an enjoyable environment.

The “new normal” will hopefully mean that traditionally office-based employees will have the chance to request the home/office working split that suits their wants and needs more than they have ever been able to do in the past.

Jordan Hill,