The introduction of work booths in Grand Central Birmingham is a testimony to the growing need for flexible work spaces for roaming business owners, entrepreneurs and sales representatives across the UK.
Flexibility has long been deemed a key flaw of traditional British businesses. However, since the recession of 2008, there has been a notable move towards creating new start-up businesses, which has allowed company owners the freedom to become more experimental with their business models. Mirroring this, employees are now favouring more dynamic working structures and environments.
New Service Offices Opening Across the UK
Each day, a new service office seems to be pop up in the major cities around the UK. Birmingham is a forerunner for this new approach and it recently saw the opening of Headspace which offers high end work spaces for established and growing businesses. WeWork will be the next addition to join the plethora of Brummie service office options in the coming months and Spaces have been open in Birmingham for the last year, helping businesses and entrepreneurs get the most out of their working hours.
New Work Booths
Fundamentally, the introduction of the booths in Grand Central is an attempt to meet the high demand for flexible working solutions. This competition should serve to reduce the cost of office space hire and allow cheaper hot-desking, co-working and short term office leasing for all.
“Businesses need to embrace flexible working practices if they are to grow”
No More Geographical Restrictions
I believe that flexible offices and indeed flexible working will only increase as employers continue to look to grow their businesses and staff demand more from their employers. Companies only want the best people for each job and so geographical restrictions and a supposed requirements for conventional working spaces will become less and less important.
Businesses Need To Be More Flexible
Above all, the UK business world needs to adapt to become more flexible for the globalised working world. Working booths in train stations might not be the solution, but they’re a very good place to start.