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AN INSPIRED WAY TO WORK


In June 2014, UK legislation came in that gave all employees the right to request flexible working in a bid to make “workplaces fit for the 21st Century", workplace designers Spaces, explain how you can use this legislation to improve staff morale and comfort.


Perhaps the most interesting word in the aforementioned sentiment is “workplaces”.


Introducing such a law would have been unthinkable even five years ago. Stepping outside the physical confines of a company’s office meant throwing yourself on the mercy of patchy 3G coverage and crowded public cloud networks – not to mention tetchy negotiations with the IT department about remote security protocols and VPN access.


But in 2014, with 4G coverage spreading across the UK and secure, fast Wi-Fi becoming the norm in everything from Ikea to the local pub, flexible working finally felt like something that should become the new normal.


64 | TOMORROW’S FM So back to that word, “workplaces”.


Traditionally, “flexible working” has implied a mix of office and home, but anything with just two options doesn’t really fit the bill of “flexible”. True flexibility means people should be able to work in a number of different places, depending on their needs. Besides that, many homes simply aren’t conducive to, or suitable for, work. While some people work best in a quiet bubble, others thrive on the creative energy of having people around them. Some co-workers provide inspiration, while others challenge and cajole. Some people simply provide tea and banter, but flexible working should mean that whatever workers do, they don’t have to do it in the same place every day.


Enter the new generation of creative working environments designed to facilitate collaboration and social interaction.


Aimed at everyone from start-ups to established businesses, these flexible working environments are designed to be a new and inclusive way of working that goes beyond business logistics to offer a dynamic community of like-minded people.


Becoming part of this community gives workers access to a full range of office services at top city locations, beautiful meeting rooms and communal spaces as well as monthly events.


When Amsterdam-born Spaces arrived in London in June, its goal was to be at the forefront of this


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