Editor: The findings of the latest NewFlex Small Business Confidence Index – which points to a surge in SMEs citing the importance of a sustainable office – illustrate how vital it is for flexible office providers to offer such environments.
In fact, for Office Space in Town and other serviced office groups, strong ESG credentials are increasingly important, especially with recent research suggesting that 92% of consumers are more likely to trust a business that helps address environmental issues.
The pandemic has prompted employers and employees to rethink their work environments, with many emphasising convenience and flexibility. However, a drive towards more environmentally friendly workspaces should also be a priority – up to 58% of workers consider a firm’s social and environmental commitments when deciding where to work.
Pivoting to a more sustainable design is not difficult. Businesses can tap into biophilic design choices through increasing indoor foliage. Strategies such as reducing workplace plastic and investing in eco-friendly furniture can also help create low-carbon-emitting offices.
Many flexible office providers have turned to footfall sensors, which identify underoccupied areas and adjust temperature and lighting settings. Not only does this result in lower utility bills, it ensures greener, more efficient office spaces.
Biophilic choices such as increasing the presence of water through fountains or ponds and providing ample outdoor space will also benefit workers. Research suggests that employees who work in green offices experience a 26% boost in cognition.
It is clear flexible office spaces should meet the needs of post-Covid tenants. A key aspect of this is design and tech solutions that prioritise the environment, as this increasingly reflects the values of the UK’s workforce and wider society.
Giles Fuchs, chief executive, Office Space in Town