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Differences between Modern and Traditional Offices

Knowing how to decorate your current office, or how to display your company’s values, is important when considering whether you are a traditional or modern business. As a virtual office provider in the heart of Birmingham, our services adhere to a modern business culture – we provide the opportunity for flexible working as an integral approach to modern working. So what is the difference between a modern and traditional office?

What Is A Modern Office?

A modern office is often defined by the people and the culture of the business, as well as the aesthetics. In terms of the office space itself, a modern office is likely to comprise of light/white decor, large spaces and minimal furniture – creating a modernistic approach. Often in agency culture, modern offices may look to include furniture or decor that would entice employees and improve employee well-being – such as comfy bean bags, plants or arcade games.

What Is A Traditional Office?

Compared to a modern office, a traditional office is likely to feature a more dated decor style – as well as a dated business culture and management style. Aesthetically, a traditional office space may lack innovative furniture while perhaps containing private cubicles spread across the office space, encouraging a more autonomous and traditional, and way of working.

Therefore, a traditional office, and business, will likely have less flexibility than a modern office – for example, not allowing flexible hours or working from home – which may not be employee’s first port of call when job-hunting.

Traditional Business vs. Modern Business

How the business is run can often be determined by whether the owners or managing directors follow a traditional business ethos or aim for a more modern approach. By incorporating modern values into a business, not only is this likely to harness a modern bright office space promoting creativity and employee wellness, but it’s likely to have a flexible approach to the way of working, for example, by facilitating remote working.

Remote working is becoming an increasingly popular way of working. Pre nationwide lock down, many companies and offices were enforcing 9-5 Monday – Friday working, meaning all employees would have to come into the office five days a week. This flipped on its head during the pandemic – with a huge demand for virtual offices and flexible working instead. This type of approach is more likely to retain employees, attract talent and create a harmonious work-life balance for employee well being.

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