2020 was one of the most challenging years in living memory. Despite things beginning to look brighter in 2021, many of the same challenges exist, and demands on businesses to continue operating remain high. How do you plan for a future that is fraught with such uncertainty? Will more staff work from home and will office locations have to remain closed? What are the implications for business continuity?
During lockdown, working from home became a necessity for most people, prompting businesses to re-evaluate their working methods, policies and estate requirements, potentially permanently.
In response to demand from customers looking to exit their production office leases and move into a more flexible ‘office as a Service’ arrangement, in July 2020 we launched Serviced Workplace. These are dedicated suites designed for full-time occupation (not just at time of test or disaster ATOT/ATOD).
As we approach a year since offices were first forced to close, we are adding even greater flexibility to our workplace services with the aim of helping businesses react to both planned and unplanned events.
Workplace adapts to ‘the new (for now) normal’
We have consulted external experts about what the pandemic means for our 50 workplace recovery centres (WRCs) and have adapted them accordingly. We are fortunate in that our facilities are typically designed as self-contained suites, rather than large, open plan areas, which helps limit the spread of infection, and has allowed us to implement the following additional precautions:
New COVID-19 safety measures include:
Dedicated Workplace becomes more flexible
Alongside the introduction of Serviced Workplace, we have upgraded our Dedicated Workplace offering to give customers easier access and increased usability.
The main changes are that:
Shared Workplace improvements
Perhaps in the most radical change, our popular Shared Workplace service is now available for planned, as well as unplanned, events.
This means if clients expect disruption to occur due to a pandemic, extreme weather, civil disruption or maintenance works, to list just some examples, they can access the Shared Workplace facility at just one hour’s notice within business hours. Suite set-up, PC imaging and telephony typically takes a further hour.
Other changes include:
For all the information you need and to help you understand which of our offerings is best suited for your business, please visit: Workplace Recovery Services.