7 Reasons to Go Back to the Office after the Pandemic

As of this writing, close to 68% of Canadians are fully vaccinated. That accounts for approximately 25.4 million people. With vaccinations becoming so commonplace throughout our cities, it’s no wonder that more people are eager to return to the office and leave remote working in the rear-view mirror. Commuting to work every day certainly isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but many office workers who feel completely isolated and unmotivated working from home feel the need to reunite with their coworkers. People who once complained about the daily grind are oddly enough now missing the hustle and bustle of office life. Curiously, many workers miss the commute as a welcome break where they can have some “me time” to clear their head, listen to a favorite podcast, or just chill between work and home.

With that in mind, here are seven reasons for employees to return to the office after the pandemic is over.

 

To Re-Establish Your Work Routine

Working from home has certainly afforded many employees a lot of benefits such as not having to rush out of the house every day and sit in seemingly endless traffic trying to get to work. Commuting woes aside, there are actually a lot of disadvantages to working strictly from home. For one thing, there’s no longer a clear-cut distinction between your home and work life. It’s all jumbled together, which is the reason why so many people working remotely struggle to maximize their efficiency and often end up being less productive during the workday.

Returning to the office sets important boundaries between your work and personal time. When you leave the office, your work life doesn’t necessarily have to bleed into your personal life and this helps you establish a more coherent, productive, and efficient work routine.

Rebuilding a Positive Work Culture

Considering how long the pandemic has been going on and how many people have been forced to find new employment due to mass lay-offs, a large portion of the old workforce is either unemployed, desperately seeking employment, or starting new jobs remotely. Remote work is challenging enough as it is without adding on the intense pressure and difficulties of starting a new job. Everyone learns new skills and company policies at their own pace, but it’s impossible to get a true sense of what the work culture is like when you haven’t even met many of your colleagues in person.

Businesses are being allowed to open back up in Ontario with varying safety measures in place. Short-term office rentals in Ottawa and Mississauga give you the opportunity to test the waters by comingling new and old employees in the same workspace without having to make a long-term commitment. Employees can also re-establish and redefine their positions in the company to form an overall positive working environment.

Improve Work Performance

Nothing reinvigorates a sense of motivation, productivity, and efficiency in employees quite like being surrounded by their colleagues and other working professionals. Renting a furnished office space in Ottawa or Mississauga gives you and your employees access to all of the state-of-the-art office equipment that they don’t have access to at home. Having these company resources ready within reach whenever they’re needed makes it easier for employees to do their jobs to the best of their abilities.

Plus, studies have shown that employees are significantly more productive working at the office because there’s a stronger sense of urgency to meet deadlines and turn in high-quality work before the end of the day. Working from home eliminates the need to commute, which means people are more comfortable—albeit somewhat reluctant—spending longer hours completing projects rather than displaying maximum productivity and efficiency within the standard eight-hour timeframe.

Easier Collaboration

Another benefit of renting a fully furnished office space in Ottawa or Mississauga in a post-pandemic world is that it encourages more frequent collaboration amongst colleagues. Setting up an office space or workstation just a few feet from coworkers makes it easier and more convenient for them to work together and even bounce ideas off one another. Rather than subscribing to the formalities of a phone call or sending a lengthy email to coworkers, many employees prefer to feel the physical presence of their colleagues. There’s a sense of trust that builds up naturally over time when coworkers spend time in real face-to-face interactions with one another.

That sense of trust is absolutely crucial in fostering successful collaborations between coworkers.

Rekindle Work Relationships between Colleagues

Technology has certainly made the transition to remote work a lot easier, but there’s something to be said for working amongst coworkers and, dare we say, even friends. People need real human interactions and contact with their coworkers. Returning to the office will help solidify new work relationships and rekindle old ones.

The majority of people working from home miss having face-to-face interactions with their colleagues that don’t involve Zoom, Skype, or any other digital facetime platform. It is interesting to observe that one of the most widely held comments for why employees want to get back to the office is because they miss their coworkers.

Access to Work-Related Equipment and Resources

Unless they already had a state-of-the-art home office setup, the reality is that most people working from home have had to make some serious adjustments over the course of the pandemic. Office jobs typically require access to specific resources, tools, softwares, and equipment so employees can be as productive as possible. Without access to these resources, productivity diminishes significantly.

Renting a short-term furnished office space in Ottawa or Mississauga ensures that employees in every area of your organization will always have access to essential supplies, equipment, and support to do their jobs properly on a daily basis.

Help Boost the Local Economy

Remote work has caused a significant decline in a number of industries in major cities across the globe. The more people continue to work from home, the less they actively support the local economy. Businesses such as restaurants, diners, delis, dry cleaners, public transportation companies, and convenience stores to name a few have suffered great financial losses due to a continually declining customer base. People that used to frequent these businesses either on their way to or from work or during their lunchbreaks are now all at home not supporting the local economy.

The hope is that when people return to the office, they’ll make more of a pointed effort to resume supporting many of these local small businesses that have taken a massive financial hit.

Short-Term Office Spaces for Rent in Ottawa and Mississauga

Innovative Professional Offices is one of the premier office rental companies in Ottawa and Mississauga. We provide fully furnished office spaces with flexible and affordable hourly, daily, weekly, and monthly rental packages. Contact us today to learn about our services or to book a tour.

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Pat Fernandes

Using all the skills, experience and knowledge gained in my work life, it gives me great joy to help professional business owners to find a comfortable office space to carry out their day to day work. At Innovative Professional Offices we provide executive office space for solo-preneurs and small companies. We provide virtual office services for those who work from home, but need a business address and telephone. We provide board rooms for meetings and small seminars.
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