Office workers in Manchester have been revealed as a productive bunch, who want quick sharp meetings that get to the point, rather than old school, long laborious get-togethers.
As the business world continues to evolve, so does what people want from their working day. Productivity is key and nothing can be more time consuming than a meeting that goes on for too long for no apparent reason.
A survey recently commissioned by Workplace, the next generation of coworking office space launching in Manchester next week, has revealed what office workers of the North West city really want from a meeting.
#1 Pleasantries should be kept to a minimum as more than 80 per cent believed that a meeting which is longer than 20 minutes is unproductive and time is not being used effectively. Going off topic seems to be a bug bearer for the workers of Manchester
#2 To avoid further distractions 68 per cent of the sample suggested that only three to four people should be in the meeting - to keep everyone on topic and ensure only relevant team members should be invited
#3 When it came to revealing the opportune day and time for a meeting in Manchester, more than 90 per cent agreed that a Wednesday between 10.00 and 11.30 is the best time for a get-together. This would suggest that this is when people are most in-tune to the topic and on top of their workloads
#4 One of the most surprising results of the survey was that workers now look for other places to hold meetings outside of the boardroom - 58 per cent believed that meetings in social, creative and open spaces can be more productive and offer a more relaxed environment to share stories and listen, compared to the traditional boardroom setting
Louise Pollard, Sales Director at Workplace, comments: “The survey has revealed some interesting insight into the mind of the Manchester office worker. As people move away from the traditional working day, it’s about using your time effectively and productively but in a fun and engaging way.
“We understand that the office world is changing, coworking is becoming more popular and Workplace celebrates this new way of working.
“Our main goal for the office space was to make sure that all our members are free from the usual office politics and structures. There is the option for the traditional meeting set up, but work is no longer thought about in black and white terms, therefore we have created areas for those seeking an interesting place with cool spaces to innovate and deliberate.
“Small casual meetings are becoming more popular, with less than two per cent still enjoying a long afternoon board meeting. People want flexibility, collaboration and creativity which is something that we were keen to reflect in Workplace.
“We are putting the finishing touches to our coworking office space and as optimising happiness and motivation is key for success, Workplace has been designed to feel like a club or a home away from home, somewhere you want to be and spend time. We are not just a desk, it's a lifestyle.”
Workplace is the brain child of a trio of entrepreneurs, Louise Pollard, Adrian Stevenson and Jane Schofield, who have taken their wealth of experience in the business, property and hospitality sectors to create an executive environment, offering a new culture of first-class business facilities in the heart of the city centre.
Members can sign up on a month-by-month basis and the business model has been created to ensure there are no long-term contracts and profits will be reinvested to fund the growth of Workplace, with future plans to open more offices in other UK cities.
Workplace will open on Monday, 19 October, and it’s currently offering free trial access for those who register at www.work-place.co.uk
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