Business

I’ve sorted an office, now what do I need to offer my team?

The pandemic has seen many people take the plunge and start their own business as the working landscape continues to change. At O&A, we don't just help with office space for rent. Much like serviced office space, we offer support and guidance for all our clients. The Great Office Giveaway was a way for us to give back to these small businesses who supported us. In this series of blogs we look at what...

Pros and cons of setting up as a sole trader

We have just started running our second Great office Giveaway supporting new businesses that are starting out. As well as offering office space, we though it would be helpful to support them in other ways space to call home. With this in mind, we are working with all the entrants to the first giveaway to see how we can support them. We are also doing a series of blog posts that can look at the challenging...

When looking for your next office solution, has technology been at the forefront?

One thing the pandemic has done for many businesses is provide the opportunity to review every aspect of the operation. Preparation for the next office gives the opportunity to look at ways to be smarter and more efficient. Nothing can help this more than technology when used in the right way. There isn’t a day that goes by where technology isn’t a part of our lives. In one way or another, we use...

Collaboration. A key part of being in the office that has been missed.

 Top 8 creative brainstorming techniquesIt has been well over a year for most businesses since the whole team have been able to work from the office together. While working from home a major obstacle was being able to collaborate effectively as a team over Zoom or Teams.As the return is now fully on the horizon, we look at the some ways to get those brainstorming session flowing again.We all know that...

Why returning to work is important and how the office environment will reduce loneliness

As employers around the world experiment with bringing their employees back to offices, the leadership must act now to ensure that when they return, workplaces are both productive and safe. As you are probably aware, the Pfizer and Oxford vaccines are being given to millions of people around the UK, which means we are even closer to welcoming staff back into the workplace. As a business leaders, it is...

Tips on managing stress when returning to the office

Navigating our way back into some form of normality is daunting. We weren’t given instruction on how to cope with and recover from a global pandemic…Feelings of anxiety and stress will be feeling on the increase, whilst we gear up to normal life returning. Whilst many of us will have been wishing for that day to come, the reality of things “going back to how they were” can feel quite...

Is a 4 day week right for you?

People are now gradually returning to work after months of furlough or working from home. Now is the time to question your work week and the number of hours you are working. Some businesses are questioning whether a 4-day work week would be beneficial. The main question being raised is if this is something that ‘just won’t work’.  In 2018 a firm in New Zealand ran a study on their employees,...

Creating flexibility in the workplace as we return

You may hear people talking about flexibility in the workplace and not know what they are talking about. You may have heard it described as work-life balance which is something we probably understand a little bit more. So firstly, what exactly is flexibility in the workplace? Workplace flexibility ensures the needs of both the employee and employer are met in a way that suits both parties. It...

Returning to work after months of working from home

Many people are facing the ‘back-to-work’ anxiety after months of not being in an office environment. People have compared it to starting a new job again and finding your feet within a new environment. The truth is, it is going to be strange and it may take some getting used to again.A lot of us felt excitement and relief when Boris announced his plan to get us back to ‘normality. However, equally as...

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