Get back to office | Office and Co | Gauteng Office Space

After months of working from home you may have established a seamless worktime routine involving freshly brewed Himalayan coffee and eggs benedict made bright and early, before opening up your work email and crushing the nine to five. But for some (more than some) finding their groove is still impressively difficult, and a more structured office environment was a saving grace. Here’s why…

A physical office environment builds up social capital

The easy groove and rapport you have with colleagues in the virtual world comes down to the social capital you’ve built up over months or years of being in the same room together according to McKinsey. Research way back in the 1930s even acknowledged that the social dimension was an integral part of the work environment which was dominantly office-based.

All those informal corridor chats and munching biscuits together post meeting did more than make the work day fly by; they wove a fabric of social connectedness that helped you get along, know where you stood and learn the ins and outs of office culture and speak. Now imagine a new hire trying to ‘get down’ with allllla that. Pretty tricky. Without an office, where interactions like these happen daily, they’re at a disadvantage and have lost out on finding their fit in the social hierarchy.

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Social media can be incredibly distracting

Cyberslacking increases when working from home  

Procrastination is a real issue for a lot of us, and working outside the faithful office can make that worse. We’re all familiar with the term ‘slacking off’ and we know you’re familiar with the sneaky Facebook check that goes on during office hours – well, the two have become one and the term ‘cyberslacking’ has emerged to describe the time employees use on the internet for non-work purposes. According to one study, non-work emailing and visiting new sites makes up 90% of cyberslacking activity followed by online shopping (tsk tsk). But what’s significant is that when not at an office, cyberslacking is naturally easier to engage with especially since bosses aren’t bustling behind you every half hour. Another study summed it up like this: cyberslacking is more likely to occur when employees don’t anticipate consequences, and perceived consequences are likely to be low while working remotely.

This all boils down to cyberslacking actually decreasing in an office environment and productivity increasing. The Harvard Business Review also confirmed that we’re motivated to work harder when other people are watching, plus it has positive implications on how meaningful our actions feel. Is that a win for the office? We think perhaps.

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Many people experience work-family conflict when working from home

Now you may have resolved a few spats since working from home and locked your office-bedroom door so you kids can’t bust in on daily business meetings, but working from home – for others – can be a minefield.

Work-family conflict can be divided into three types according to the South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences:

  • Time-based: The demands of work make it impossible to meet the demands of home life
  • Strain-based: Anxiety, irritability, fatigue and more from trying to balance work and home all in one go
  • Behaviour-based: Conflicts between the behaviours you exhibit in your work role vs the behaviours you exhibit in your home role (like nurturing parent)

But by working from an office you can quite clearly separate these spheres and better fulfil your work role in an environment that fully supports, ah, working. This same journal gives us the goods with this here extract: “balancing one’s home and work domains in an effective manner could save an individual a lot of energy, and could help one to acquire optimal skills in both domains and to feel more in charge of the situation”. Now that sounds ideal. Win for the office, again? Perhaps!

But, we know that heading back to the office may mean you’re grappling with a few fears – getting sick, using public transport etc. So it all comes down to effectively managing any anxieties, chatting to bosses and co-workers and being transparent about where your head is at. But (again) we can’t forget that the office is where things happen – social cohesion, productive days, and a greater ability to focus since we’ve removed our work-family conflicts. So why not give it a try and come to Office & Co.

Not only are our office spaces fully COVID compliant and offer flexible, affordable space to knuckle down, but they’re just nice to be in…gorgeous to be in actually.

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