Offices are like ties, they are old school. They used to be the the thing to have in order to show that you were of a certain stature. Everyone had them but in reality they weren’t really useful as they served no real purchase. I am talking offices here and not ties.
When you think about it why does your business still have an office? Why aren’t all of your staff working from home? With cloud servers, mobile computing and modern communications you really don’t need lots of people working in one big sweaty office.
Ask yourself how much are you paying for your staff to be in your office today? If you are in London you are probably paying anything from £50/m2 to £250/m2 and as employees needs on average 5m2 of office space and the same again for breakout areas, your office cost alone will likely be in the region of £500 to £2,500 per employee.
Look around you, how many employees do you have? If you have 100 then before you make any money your business has to earn £50,000 to £250,000. Now that is quite a cost but even then it doesn’t include your running costs such as your water costs and energy costs. Taking a conservative view, these will be in the order of £250 to £500 per employee per year. For 100 employees that is another £25,000 to £50,000.
So all in all by having employees based in a central office (assuming you are employing around 100 people) then you could be spending between £75,000 to £300,000 per year simply for the pleasure of having a central office. Now this money could be going to your bottom line i.e. pure profit which could in turn increase the value of your business by as much as £2.75m
Now in environmental terms a central office is also a disaster. The average commute to work in the UK is between 60 and 76 minutes. That means people are spending over 2 hours per day commuting to and from work. That means that on average a person who work from a central offices will spend 2.5 years of their life commuting (think about that on your death bed). This also means that the average office worker will travel in the region of 667,200 miles, generating some 167 tons of CO2 over their working career simply commuting to work. Now times this figure by the number of employees in your office and you will see why your contribution to Global Warming isn’t just about the energy you use in the office but rather (and more importantly) the energy no-one accounts for when considering CO2 reduction targets.
The way forward must surely be flexible working. Allowing people to work from home or working from their favourite coffee shop (allows them to use someone else’s energy). In fact employees in the UK have a statutory right to request flexible working.
If you are a business owner then allowing your employees to work from home can help your business reduce its operating cost, cuts down your employees need to commute (saving their sanity and money) and help reduce your indirect impact on the environment (it’s all good stuff). Why wouldn’t you do it? Just like why wouldn’t you get rid of the tie?
Now I know some people like ties, just like some people like offices, but isn’t it time to step into the modern world and to start embracing all that new technology that can allow people to lead better lives, while at the same time cutting down you offices costs and energy use? Having people work from home means you are doing exactly what we suggested in previous blogs, you are accessing FREE ENERGY plus FREE OFFICE SPACE plus FREE COFFEE. All of the things you would have to pay for in a central office would be paid for by your employees who work from home.
Working from home is not only smart for employees but also smart for businesses. It is definitely worth considering as it is a big win win for everyone – isn’t it?