When you picture your perfect office, what springs to mind?
A vibrant space that’s filled with greenery and natural light? An office where printers are plentiful? Or one with quirky breakout spaces like rock climbing walls or putting greens?
Whether you’re into the practical or peculiar, everyone has a wish list in mind when searching for office spaces. But which office facilities trumped searches last year? Despite the latest hip trends, our data shows that acquiring the basic necessities remains as a top priority for office seekers.
So without further ado, here are HubbleHQ’s most searched office facilities of 2020:
A strong internet connection will never go out of fashion.
In this day and age, there are very few things that can cause a working day to grind to a halt. But poor internet is one of them. Nowadays, WiFi is probably the most essential facility in ensuring that business can actually take place—and the most noticeable when it doesn’t work. That’s why our customers often ask us questions about the internet speed in offices on our platform.
We’ve all been there. Staring at the screen, waiting patiently for the page to load. The clock is ticking, and huffs and puffs start stuffing the office. It’s no surprise that a dodgy internet connection creates frustrations, but it also dampens work ethic and takes your office back 20 years.
But at Hubble, we want to move you forward. Most serviced offices in London come ready-equipped with fibre optic broadband to keep you up to speed with your work and connect with clients and colleagues.
So what are you waiting for? Search for offices with ninja-fast WiFi here.
2. Meeting Rooms
Meeting rooms were another big hit in 2020. You may have already noticed (…), but meetings are vital to company success. They provide opportunities for your employees to check in with one another, generate creative ideas and foster team spirit—in as little as an hour.
But while meetings are important, they’re also time-consuming. In fact, research shows that executives spend a total of 23 hours per week in meetings. Perhaps that explains why meeting rooms become mysteriously fully booked in what feels like seconds. You know the story.
Whilst there are measures you can put in place to free up these spaces, our office alchemists understand the importance of conjuring up an office where meeting rooms are at your disposal. Find yours here.
3. 24-hour Access
Flex is taking office culture by storm. As it happens, 70% of UK employees say non-traditional working hours make a job more desirable, with 30% preferring it over a pay rise. But our data shows that office seekers are taking flex to the next level: offices with 24-hour access.
For those who feel restricted by the standard 9-5, these offices are the ultimate dream. Whilst one employee may prefer to kickstart their working day after a 6am gym session, others may feel their most creative at night. The beauty is that it’s up to you.
Whether your team is made up of early birds or night owls, office spaces that encourage this freedom go a long way in attracting and retaining talent. The empowerment felt by employees with agency over their work schedules will maximise productivity and the success of your company. Everybody wins.
Start 2020 with a competitive edge. Find your 24-hour office now.
For us at Hubble, the office interior is a big deal. Furniture that visually translates work culture not only drives company performance, but it portrays your brand to clients and potential talent. Just like an ad.
If you value collaboration, WeWork’s cohabiting spaces—fitted with everything from meeting rooms to football tables—will drive team performance. Looking to innovate? This office’s futuristic design is a perfect home for your team to come up with plenty of thought-provoking ideas.
A practical office is timeless. But add a sprinkle of creative flair to the mix, and you’ll be well on your way to finding an office where your company will thrive in 2020.
5. Breakout space
Once again, breakout spaces were a high priority for all types of businesses last year—and for good reason.
We all need breaks from time to time. Once you’ve hit the dreaded mental block and the irritability sets in, all productivity ceases.
The solution? Breakout spaces.
From putting greens to epic rooftop gardens, non-traditional breakout spaces are increasingly popular remedies for office cabin fever. As well as replenishing your mind, they allow colleagues to continue collaborating away from the restraints of the office.
6. Cleaning services
Searches for office cleaning services remained just as popular in 2020. We’ll tell you why.
A clean office is a happy office. The benefits are bountiful, from improving air quality to maximising employee productivity. When the average person wastes hours per week searching through paper clutter, ensuring that your office stays neat and tidy goes a long way.
But why manage the cleaning yourself? Serviced offices will almost always include cleaning in their list of perks. So, put away that vacuum and say goodbye to your weekly cleaning rota. Take a look at our offices where cleaning is included.
Receptions joined the facility hot list last year, and we’re not surprised. Not only do they play a key role in keeping your business a well-oiled machine, but they act as a solid first impression.
Clients, guests and potential talent can spend anywhere between a few minutes to half an hour waiting at reception, so Hubble advises to pick wisely. Luckily, most coworking spaces provide inviting and trendy reception areas that are ready to do the work for you. They also utilise a balance between in-person and digital receptions, which come with their perks. Digital sign-ins are both cost and time-efficient, whereas a reception area that’s run by friendly employees humanises what ideals your company is associated with. Find all of your options here.
This came as a surprise to us at Hubble. As the world becomes more environmentally aware, offices are being actively encouraged to go green. This means more recycling bins, plenty of organic coffee and, low and behold fewer printers.
But while new technologies are accommodating paper-light offices like Google and Deloitte, the demand for printers won’t be erased overnight—especially for businesses in creative industries.
9. Mailing Addresses
Our data saw a doubling of searches for mailing addresses last year. By having a professional mailing address, the heavy lifting is done for you. Your post is sorted and held on your behalf, ready for you to collect at your leisure.
If this sounds right up your street, have a chat with one of our office alchemists today.
10. Secure Access
Last, but certainly not least, are offices with secure access.
When you’re looking to move your business into a new workplace, security becomes a vital consideration. From a business perspective, a tight security system reduces liabilities and insurance, boosting revenue as a result.
But what types of security systems work best? Most serviced office spaces utilise ID smart technologies to monitor the activity of clients. Smart locks and door readers are other fresh solutions to problems like stolen or misplaced keys.