Some days we wake up, and really wish we didn’t have to go into the office. Other days, we’re eager for the hustle and bustle of an unfamiliar space. If you have to travel for business, work gets done in the airport lounge, on the plane, and in your hotel room. Some us like being ‘out of office’, others find it a disruptive necessity. At Knomo, we know it’s the future – here’s our guide to working out of office.
“Technology now allows people to connect anytime, anywhere, to anyone in the world, from almost any device.” - Michael Dell, Chairman and CEO of Dell.
Having a good work / life balance is important, and spending time working out of different locations can help re-energise the way you approach your work: no one wants to run out of steam. Working remotely allows you to navigate your daily hustle by giving you the opportunity to choose where and how you’re working. Remember, under UK law all employees now have the right to request flexible working. To find out more head to https://www.gov.uk/flexible-working- and follow some of our easy steps below to put a plan in place. Create a work space at home. Creating a dedicated space within your home to work helps to the differentiate between ‘home’ and ‘work’ modes. We recommend having an official ‘work kit’ to set up – a monitor screen and a mat to rest on your dining table, for example. These small nudges help us to feel more in control and professional – our ‘work’ selves rather than homebodies. A great tool for storing and organising your mobile work kit is the Knomad Organiser. Now available in 13-inch sizes, the fold-out design is perfect for keeping a wireless, portable keyboard and mouse, as well as cables and notepads and pens. Open up when it’s go time, close and put away when you’re finished for the day.
Working at home is a great option for those with children (who need taking to / picking up from school) or freelancers who would rather save on rented office space or are looking for a more peaceful workspace than the local coffee shop.Try a coworking space. Every year, more multipurpose co-working spaces appear in increasingly diverse places.
Traditional co-working spaces such as WeWork, The Office Group or Huckletree offer flexible memberships or dedicated desks for a few hundred pounds a month. The benefits? An extremely broad network of likeminded professionals all around you. With support groups, workshops and events designed to spark new connections – this model might offer a glimpse into the future of work. Even more interesting is the explosion of hybrid spaces, combining retail with leisure and work. Venues such as our Outpost store in Seven Dials, London, feature free desks for the public to use, as well as WiFi and coffee. We expect to see more brands adopting this model in the near future and hope you can join us soon! You can’t beat coffee shops. Lively, beautiful, tasty – and, most importantly – free to use. Coffee shops will always have a place in the heart of intrepid professionals. Most people have a favourite local. If you’re looking to re-energise your Out Of Office routine, we’d recommend researching and planning places to visit on your work days. Find two coffee houses for each day – one in the morning, and one in afternoon – this way you won’t feel like you’re taking advantage of the free desk space, too. If you want to find the best spots in London, check out @londoncoffeeshops on Instagram, or see Time Out’s guide – split out by location. How do I stay connected to my team?
Fortunately, staying connected with colleagues or clients on the move has never been simpler. When it comes to instant messaging, Slack is a brilliant piece of software. Free to download and easy to use, split your messaging by individual conversations or create groups for specific projects. Source: Slack
Trello is an essential board-based organisation tool. Split your workload up by board and assign tasks to individual team members. Tick them off as you go. Skype still holds fast as the go-to audio and video conferencing tool, or for die-hard Gmail users, try Google Hangouts for keeping track of all your communication and calendar in one handy location. In the last decade, the number of remote workers in the UK has increased by nearly a quarter of a million people. In fact, the Office for National Statistics expect that 50% of the UK workforce will work remotely by 2020. Working Out Of Office is all about being organised and connected in order to stay productive. We suggest having a bag that always stays packed with your work belongings, so that you never forget cables, or accessories that are critical to your devices working. Even if your Out Of Office work is more by chance, information about available WiFi or spacious tables are readily available on blogs and websites – search them out as soon as you know the area you will be in. Need to find your next mobile office?
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