It’s generally agreed that flexible working is a good way to improve health and wellbeing for some employees, who might find it difficult to work full-time from the office.

We know this to be true – we have serviced offices in Manchester and London that provide flexible workplaces for small businesses, as well as virtual offices at the same addresses that enable seamless working from home.

But what about employees who divide their time between working from the office and working from another location, whether that’s home, travelling for work, or anywhere else?

According to research carried out at the Politecnico di Milano, half of employees globally spend only half of each week working from the office – and that’s before the Coronavirus pandemic emerged.

For the other two and a half days, they work from home, on the road, or at a third-party location.

What affects flexible workers’ workplace wellbeing?

When flexible workers need to come into the office, they face a variety of environmental factors that can have a positive or negative effect on their health, wellbeing and physical comfort.

The researchers compiled a list of nearly 20 factors that affect workplace wellbeing for flexible employees – this is a ranked list, with the most important variables at the top.

  1. Thermal Control
  2. Workload Management
  3. Safe Workplace
  4. Job Content
  5. Natural Ventilation
  6. Air Quality Control
  7. Organisational Culture
  8. Psychosocial Support
  9. Light Levels
  10. Clarity in Leadership Roles
  11. Layout and Ergonomic Furniture
  12. Social Climate
  13. Glare Control
  14. Reward and Recognition
  15. Acoustic Comfort
  16. Development and Growth
  17. Civility and Respect
  18. Engagement and Involvement
  19. Biophilic Design

It’s interesting to note that throughout this list, some relatively simple practical measures are mixed with more abstract aspects of company culture – and with HVAC issues ranking so highly, it’s no surprise that so many workplace disputes arise from who controls the air conditioning.

What you can do to help

All of the factors listed above are within your grasp, and while we won’t interfere with your company culture, we make sure our serviced offices in London and Manchester cater for the practical workplace considerations.

Spacious, ventilated and air-conditioned serviced offices with plenty of natural light tick several of the boxes from the moment you move in.

We provide ergonomic furniture from recognised brand names in office interiors, so your staff can work in comfort over the course of a long day.

Our light and airy interiors, waterside locations in Salford Quays and the Isle of Dogs, and carefully placed pot plants cover the bases of biophilic design too.

And with on-site washrooms, breakout rooms for relaxation and kitchen areas for mealtimes, your employees have all they need to stay satisfied and motivated until home time.

To find out more about how our serviced offices in Manchester and London can support your flexible workplace practices, please contact us today.

And remember, we also operate virtual offices from the same premises – so if you want to be able to work from anywhere while keeping a professional office address, we’ve got you covered.

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