55% of Belfast workers can't concentrate in the office, could co-working be the solution?

  • A new report by Guestline has shown that 55% of Belfast office workers can't concentrate in the office, and highlights the city's booming use of co-working spaces.

    Hotel management and digital solutions firm Guestline has released a new report on the growing problem of lost productivity due to workers being unable to concentrate in an office environment. Around 55% of workers in Belfast reportedly struggle to concentrate at work for at least half an hour per day, adding up to over 17 days per year of lost productivity.

    This issue has been lessened by the growing trend toward flexible working conditions such as remote and part-remote work, particularly in the Belfast tech sector where employers are increasingly competing more on work-life balance than salary. Around 20% of those who had trouble concentrating in an office said they consider working remotely to be more comfortable and would prefer it.

    The number of co-working and hotdesking spaces in Belfast has risen sharply over the past few years, with new spaces popping up such as the Catalyst FinTech Hub, desks in Ormeau Baths for startups, and the Pixel Mill game development accelerator. Even these environments have distractions, however, and most people surveyed rated coffee shops as their favourite co-working spaces.

    With co-working on the rise in Belfast, hospitality firm Guestline has an unusual suggestion for those looking for a space in which to work remotely: Hotels. Those in the business world will be familiar with the various function rooms and event spaces offered by major hotels here, but hotels could reportedly also make good co-working spaces.

    Source: Written based on press release; Guestline report

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