How Commercial Removalists Enable Australia’s Hybrid Offices | KEYS The Moving Solution

How commercial removalists are enabling hybrid working 

It’s well known that the way Australians work has significantly changed over the last couple of years.

COVID-19 catalysed what many believed was an inevitable move away from inner-city offices to working from home.

Occupancy rates in office buildings across the country fell sharply. At the peak of the pandemic, Melbourne’s occupancy rate was just 4%.

Perth largely avoided the nosedive, dropping close to 50% occupancy before rebounding to 77%. Still, many workers are choosing not to return full-time – if at all.

There are lots of benefits to hybrid working:

  • Less time commuting
  • Better work-life balance
  • More flexibility to run errands or be available for family
  • Lower rent costs for companies

There’s even evidence suggesting working from home improves productivity and job satisfaction.

This all sounds great in theory.

But how do companies go about implementing a hybrid working model in practice? 

To help you plan for the pivot and minimise disruption throughout the transition, we’ve compiled our top tips from the perspective of a commercial removalist.

Here’s what you need to consider when moving from the office to home.

Satellite sites

Hybrid working doesn’t necessarily mean working from home five days a week.

In many cases, companies are meeting workers halfway by establishing satellite offices in suburbs and regional towns where a portion of the workforce lives.

Satellite offices are often cheaper than CBD space and offer workers a shorter commute.

Setting up home offices

Early in the pandemic, working at the kitchen table on a laptop was fine. 

But two years in, as hybrid work becomes more a fixture than a fad, employees need better workstations for health and productivity.

KEYS can help coordinate the big job of setting up home offices. 

Our services include:

  • Moving furniture from the office to homes
  • Delivering new furniture to home offices
  • Relocating IT equipment
  • Setting up workspaces
  • Project managing commercial moves
  • Coordinating on-the-day logistics

And remember: you should always enlist an experienced commercial removalist rather than asking employees to move their own equipment.

Storing office furniture

The decision to embrace hybrid working often comes towards the end of a commercial lease.

Managers and business owners must decide whether to renew a lease, usually for several years, or give up the big office and move to a hybrid model.

But the transition can take some time. 

While setting up satellite sites, moving (or selling) office furniture, or distributing equipment to home offices, companies are often left with a lot of equipment and nowhere to keep it.

Short-term storage can be a cost-effective way to hold onto valuable equipment while the workforce is in transition. 

Our secure storage facilities in Perth and Kalgoorlie are the ideal affordable solution for companies in the middle of a move.

Perth’s trusted commercial moving partners

As an experienced commercial removalist, KEYS The Moving Solution can smooth the move to home offices.

The current shift to hybrid work is unprecedented in our 15+ years of experience.

But we’re prepared.

Contact KEYS The Moving Solution to find out how we can support your company, whether you’re moving to satellite sites, downsizing or going fully remote.