Is the office extinct?
The simple answer is no, but they are quickly evolving...
Many organisations are finding ways to bring employees back to the office on a regular basis and Platform are working with our long-term clients on their new workplace strategies. We have had a particular focus on how organisations can make a compelling case to employees, emphasising the benefits of returning to the office for collaboration, productivity, and overall employee well-being.
The office remains somewhere to foster teamwork and innovation and regular physical attendance in the office has significant benefits for everyone.
1. Professional Development and Mentorship Opportunities
A study published in the Journal of Applied Psychology found that mentorship positively influences job satisfaction, career progression, and overall job performance. Face-to-face interactions allow for informal knowledge sharing, skill-building, and cross-departmental learning. Senior employees can mentor and guide better in person, passing on valuable insights and expertise.
2. Work-Life Balance and Well-being
While remote work offers flexibility, it can blur the boundaries between personal and professional life. Returning to the office can help employees establish a clear separation between work and home, reducing the likelihood of burnout and improve well-being. Forward thinking firms are investing in their offices, building dedicated spaces for relaxation, exercise, and social interaction.
3. Innovation and Creativity
Physical proximity is closely linked to increased innovation and creativity within teams. A study published in the Journal of Organisational Behaviour found that face-to-face interaction among team members led to higher levels of creativity,
as measured by the generation of original ideas.
4. Enhancing Collaboration and Communication
According to a survey conducted by Slack 85% of employees believe that in-person interactions lead to better relationships with colleagues, which promotes teamwork and problem-solving. Nonverbal cues, such as facial expressions and body language, play a crucial role in building trust, resolving conflicts, and creativity.
5. Strengthening Company Culture and Engagement
Harvard Business Review reports that a strong company culture leads to higher employee engagement, retention, and performance. The office helps people feel like they belong, and builds deeper relationships. Employees who feel connected to their workplace are more likely to be motivated, innovative, and dedicated to achieving shared goals.
It’s essential to recognise the unique benefits that the physical office offers. Remote work has undoubtedly shown its value, but the office remains an important hub for collaboration, communication, and culture-building. By making a persuasive case to employees about the advantages of returning to the office, organisations can create a thriving workplace that helps innovation, engagement, and overall well-being. Striking a balance between remote and in-office work can unlock the full potential of employees and continued organisational success.