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The Future of Work

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With the ever changing situation and latest advice to continue working from home rather than going into an office, businesses need to look at how to keep teams communicating and working together.

Until we are able to get everyone back to the office, an off-site get-together to reconnect could be the answer – and if you chose the right location has some surprising added benefits.

 

working from home

For many people, a return to the office signifies a step in the right direction; working from home brings its own challenges which, when we were doing it on the odd Friday whilst squeezing in coffee & exercise, worked OK. Now that it’s our full-time modus operandi, it takes on a whole new meaning.  How many of us have had to negotiate with our partners for space at the kitchen table or live with the blurred lines of home and work – should I be overseeing home schooling or checking in to that Zoom call with the team?

Video calls have presented their own challenges, as Mike Fletcher writes in his recent CVent blog post, ‘Zoom fatigue is real; Psychologists have identified that our brains need to work harder during a video call to consciously process non-verbal cues like facial expressions and tone-of-voice. This results in increased tiredness. The confinement anxiety of conducting our work lives and social lives in the same small virtual space can lead to unconscious increases in stress. The intensity of seeing all our own facial expressions played out on the screen in front of us can build insecurity and fear for how we’re perceived by others’.

However, we have adapted in such an efficient way to this virtual world that the likes of Facebook have announced that they will not return to the office until Summer 2021, and they are not alone.   Many organisations have recognised that their offices aren’t able to accommodate large numbers of staff whilst social distancing regulations are still in place.  Instead, they have come up with innovative ideas to improve employees’ home infrastructure, with schemes for buying home office resources and enhanced connectivity.

 

why go back?

So, what are the implications of this?  If the business is performing well and productivity has not been affected, then why would you upset the status quo and rush employees back into the workplace?

Well, we are social creatures.  It can be exhausting to constantly manage your time and set your own priorities.  Although there are those individuals who are confident, focussed self-starters, human nature dictates that the majority of us thrive in environments where we are motivated and encouraged by those around us.  In the virtual world, what happens to the mentoring that takes place over a coffee, the subtle awareness of your team’s behaviours and state of mind which help you manage, develop and support your employees?  What is the long-term impact on the company culture?

 

the future

The future of corporate life could mean smaller facilities which staff frequent less often.  The office setting, if it is retained at all will be used for team or external client’s meetings, most likely booked in advance to manage numbers.  We could see employees visiting the office one or two days a week at most and working from home the rest of the week.

 

make it memorable

One thing is for certain, moving forward, time together as a team will be especially valuable.  Meetings in real life may happen less frequently throughout the year and therefore it’s essential that they are impactful and memorable to sustain and motivate until the next one.

We will expect a lot from these one or two day events as they will provide the opportunity, not only to address business priorities and challenges but also to have fun together as a team and strengthen the connections that may have been lost through virtual working.

 

meet in streatley

Those who already use our meeting and event space for off site meetings will know that we have made the most of our location with easy access to the river for watersports, paddleboarding, outdoor yoga or a simple stroll in the countryside. We want everyone who visits us to leave feeling better than when they arrived and as we look at the future of off site meetings for our clients, this has never been more relevant.

Reassuringly spacious meeting rooms with doors opening on to the terrace and riverside lawns, providing ample opportunities for outdoor activities and al fresco coffee breaks.  The benefits of green exercise are well documented with time outside attributed with improving creativity, positive mental health and motivation.  Business coaches and leaders report that and a walk & talk coaching session is more effective than a head to head.

Bedrooms are well equipped with good wi-fi connection and desks for quiet working,  your Coppa Club meals can be taken in the restaurant or in your room.   We’ve adapted our services to offer quick turnaround on enquiries and flexible cancellation rates so you can set up and if necessary, change, meetings at short notice and we’ve been working closely with our partners Common Sense Compliance making adjustments to our service to comply with CV19 regulations; ensuring you of a safe and carefree time at our hotels.

Talk to us about getting your team together again [email protected]

 

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Latest update from the Swan

Open for business

The Swan Streatley is very much open for business and we have been delighted by the number of people choosing to spend their staycations by the river with us so far this year.

Thank you to our guests & visitors, our teams & suppliers for getting behind the new health & safety procedures with a smile and continuing to make the hotel a fun, relaxed and great place to be.

Keeping you safe

As we enter a new phase of Government legislation, we want to reassure you of our continued commitment to keeping you safe during your visit and also outline what the latest changes mean for you when you visit us. For full and up to date information, please visit gov.uk/coronavirus

10pm curfew in the restaurant

Coppa Club bar & restaurant will be closed from the 10pm Curfew, at which point non-residents will need to make their way home, and hotel guests retire to their room. Hotel guests can order wine, beer and bar snacks to collect and enjoy in their room. Whether you are planning brunch, lunch or dinner, we suggest going online to book your table at Coppa.

Cafe open to all

The hotel café is open to everyone, 7 days a week from 8am-6pm. As well as tea, coffee & alcoholic drinks, you can also order Coppa Club takeaway to eat in the bar or garden during these hours.

Gym open as usual

The Gym remains open as usual 6:00am to 10:00pm every day. Outside classes are exempt from the rule of six as we can maintain social distancing and indoor workouts benefit from filtered air conditioning, spacious layout, booked time slots and increased cleaning.

Wear a face covering in public areas & register your details

When you visit us, please wear your face covering in all public areas and also be aware that everyone is required to register their details with the new NHS Test & Trace app. This is easily done using the QR codes available throughout the hotel and Coppa Club.

Weddings for up to 15, meetings for up to 30

Although our partying may have been curtailed for a while, we are still hosting small weddings for up to 15, meetings for up to 30 and private dining for up to six. Our large riverside event space, with doors out on to the terrace and filtered air-conditioning lends itself perfectly to socially distanced, private events (and dare we say it – Christmas gatherings!) and you are in safe hands with our team. So, if you are looking for a change of scene and somewhere to catch up with friends or colleagues, speak to us about what’s possible.

Check out our latest offers

Autumn & Winter breaks are always a winner in the countryside with the changing colours and opportunities to get into the great outdoors and we are pleased to be able to offer you a warm, comfortable place to relax and unwind. Take a look online at the rooms available and speak to us if you have any questions about your stay.

Thank you

Thank you for your continued support as we navigate the coming months and we look forward to welcoming you to The Swan Streatley again very soon!