Flexibility has been the watchword for many office-based companies throughout the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, with home-working employees keeping the wheels of industry turning.
The benefits of a better work-life balance for your workforce are clear, but there are major plusses for you too, although they may not be so obvious.
Think about it… six months ago you had an office full of staff, an office that you had to heat and light and provide air-conditioning for, amongst other things. With your teams working effectively from home, you should be able to cut your energy use in the office.
Or, you could move to a smaller office.
Downsizing could give you the perfect opportunity to move to an office space that meets your new needs.
For those who can start looking on the market for new premises, it is important to make the right choices. You want the new offices to be your long-term home.
When considering new office space to rent or buy, low energy costs and carbon emissions should be high on your wish list. It is very likely that all commercial buildings will need to be low or zero-emission spaces within the next 10 to 20 years, so include the building’s carbon footprint in your decision-making. You can be sure that other businesses looking for office space will be prioritising offices which have a low carbon footprint and the demand for efficient office spaces is only likely to increase over time. Renting or buying an efficient building now is likely to be a good investment.
Things to consider when choosing a new office are:
If you make changes to your business which are going to ensure your carbon emissions are reduced, then make sure you shout about it. Review and update your environmental policy to reflect your new ways of working and share this with your customers and your workforce.
Remember, while moving to smaller premises offers obvious benefits in terms of reducing energy costs it will not be the answer for everyone. If circumstances are forcing you to stay put, there are still changes that can be made to help reduce your outgoings, including leasing out any unused office space. You can read more advice here.
If you are considering moving premises and would like more detailed recommendations on specific things your business could do to save energy and money, Zero Waste Scotland’s team of Energy Efficiency Business Advisors is here to help. We provide free support to Scottish small and medium-sized businesses and access to interest-free loans to fund the implementation of energy saving projects
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