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3 months ago by Debbie Lloyd

Key ways to keep office costs down

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​Hundreds of offices across the UK closed their doors this March in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus, however slowly but surely, employees are being encouraged to return to the workplace following the easing of lockdown measures.

Throughout that time, UK businesses have claimed upwards of £80billion in loans through the CJRS and other business support loans, so it’s likely that finances will be tight for many organisations as they start to re-open.

According to money experts TheMoneyPig.com, cutting down costs in the new world will require creativity, openness to trying out new things and the ability to go paperless.

​A spokesperson for the business added: “Office managers across the country have a lot on their plate at the moment, having already implemented new rules to minimise the possible transmission of coronavirus in offices. 

“When workplaces start bringing employees back full-time, they will return to a very strange and new environment. With all workers needing to adapt, now might be a perfect time to work towards saving office costs. Efficiency is a big buzzword in business, and some changes can be so easy to make, but offer big savings.”

With this in mind, TheMoneyPig.com has shared some suggestions on how to lower office costs post-lockdown:

Make use of natural light

​Having natural sunlight has benefits for both the business and employees, as it can cut utility costs and also have positive effects on employee eyesight. TheMoneyPig.com recommends shifting furniture around an office to maximise the light available, plus well-placed mirrors can also help to spread sunlight in harder to reach places.

​Go paperless

Using less paper is not only cost-effective, but it’s a great measure to support the environment. Therefore, consider storing documents and files digitally and move to new processes that are paperless.

Remote meetings

Suggesting a remote meeting instead of traveling to see someone will cut down costs dramatically. Plus, with more businesses now using video software such as Zoom, never before has this been easier to implement.

Free online tools

Many businesses choose to purchase online tools to help assist getting jobs done, however, having a quick browse online will show that there are many free alternatives available.

Energy-saving products

The office uses many electrical products including lamps, lights, kettles and dishwashers, and all of these likely will have energy-saving modes. Undertake some research into this and check whether any bulbs can be replaced by energy-saving ones.

​Source: Executive Grapevine