Are Office Rent Problems Hurting Your Staff?
It probably comes as no surprise to hear that office rent in the UK is on the rise, and experts are even claiming that office rent in London could rise by a whopping 13 percent by 2017! Businesses are, naturally, becoming worried about rising rent, and are striving to find ways to make property more affordable. This includes compromising on location, amenities, and even compromising on size.
The problem with companies downsizing is that they may be left without adequate space to effectively and efficiently conduct their everyday business. Some are opting for buildings that are simply not adequate for their needs, and while it’s very easy to say ‘we’ll make do’, it’s not always as simple as that. Choosing an inadequate office space could affect an employee’s health – and the business is responsible.
We’re seeing a rising trend for businesses to choose smaller offices for more affordable office rent which can’t comfortably house all employees at the same time. Many staff are encouraged to work from home to create a suitable solution, but there is growing concern that these employees could be putting their health at risk by using faulty devices, sitting on uncomfortable chairs, and not taking regular breaks.
‘As more people work remotely, it is increasingly difficult for employers to exercise any control over the devices their staff use or the environments in which they use them. Yet those employers are still ultimately responsible for the health of their staff regardless of where they work, and are bound by the regulations in place to ensure worker wellbeing’, says Dr Dave Usher of InterAction of Bath.
Flexible working can be beneficial, particularly for those with other commitments such as working parents, but it’s vital that businesses also maintain a healthy work environment for all staff. Easier said than done, right? Maybe. But believe it or not there are a number of ways that you can beat the office rent increases and find the perfect office space. Here’s a few handy hints when searching for property:
- Make sure you’re getting the best deal on your office rent. You can use the online comparison tool at compareyourbusinesscosts.com to find suitable office rent deals in your area.
- Think outside of the box. Why choose traditional office space when there are so many great alternatives? Consider modern office solutions, like coworking spaces or serviced offices.
- Do you have to be located in the city centre? If your area has good transport links, consider moving a little further out from the centre as rates for office rent may be more affordable.