The Benefits of Working Fully Office-based When You’re Kickstarting Your Career

Since the pandemic, working life, as we once knew it has changed drastically, with many companies implementing a hybrid and remote working policy.

As a recruiter who works with junior marketing professionals on a daily basis, I’ve seen first-hand the rising demands for these working arrangements.

In this blog, I share my thoughts and reasonings on why you shouldn’t immediately reject office-based roles when you’re at the beginning of your career.

It might mean you have to wake up that little bit earlier, iron your work outfit, and prepare your lunch the night before, but office-based roles have remained essential for years… and there’s a reason for that.

Person sat in bed wiping their eyes.

Let me tell you why (from my personal experience) working in an office environment might benefit you more than working from home.

Professional headshot of Ella Berry.

 

Team Environment

Believe it or not, your environment changes everything - your mood, your morale, and even your creativity.

Personally, I’ve found that working and interacting face-to-face with my team has opened up a unique forum to bounce ideas around, ask for advice, and learn from my colleagues.

5 people gathered around one person's computer.

For me, the office environment encourages productivity and the ability to develop better skill sets. “It’s not where you are, it’s who you’re with”- and I’m at my best when I’m surrounded by like-minded people.

 

Learning the Role

Maybe you’re new to the professional world, or you’re after a career change, either way, you might find getting to grips with a new role is far easier when working side-by-side with your colleagues who have the knowledge and time to guide and coach you.

Your manager may insist that they’re “only a call away”, but even so, you might start to worry that you’re pestering them if you need to call them several times in one day when it’s something that you wouldn’t think twice about asking in person.

Young person looking anxiously at phone.

 

Connect With People

You shouldn’t ever undervalue the importance of conversation, whether it’s in the toilets, the corridors, or when making a coffee. These times of interaction are great for new employees who haven’t had the chance to chat with people outside of their immediate teams.

I joined Elevation in May this year, so as a relatively new employee, I’ve found building relationships with people in the office, a lot easier.

 Two people in an office environment. One is showing something on their phone to another person, and they're both smiling.

Whether it’s a work-related discussion or sharing a story from the weekend, it builds the foundations for relationships which are essential for a happy work-life, and it also helps to create a warmer and stronger company culture.

Reports indicate that many people struggle to connect with their colleagues when they’re not in the office. So much so, that the Work Trend Index found that 67% of employees want more in-person work or collaboration post-pandemic.

Illustration of a briefcase with text: 67% of employees want more in-person work or collaboration post-pandemic

 

Healthy Work-life Balance

I’ve found that it can be a struggle to switch off after the working day, but being based in an office, offers a designated ‘place of work’ which has made it easier for me to differentiate between home life and work life. When I leave the building, I’m able to draw a line under that part of the day.

Close-up of person's hand closing a laptop.

If you’re working from home, it can easily make you feel like you’ve lost your ‘happy place’, away from any pressures or distractions, somewhere that’s personal to you. Even those with a designated home office feel they have to avoid that part of the house in the evening, or they end up working long into the night, because ‘they’re at home anyway’. In fact, a quarter of workers state their biggest struggle when working remotely is not being able to unplug.

Illustration of plug, with text: In 2022, 25% of workers state that their biggest struggle when working remotely is not being able to unplug

Whilst it’s great that you can open your laptop and ‘taa daa’ you’re in your office, the work-life balance remains an ongoing struggle for many remote workers.

 

Key Takeaways

If you’re a recent graduate looking to kick-start your career, or you’re looking for an entry-level role to develop your passion, the bottom line is... you can’t afford to be that picky. There are so many important factors that you need to consider when looking for the right role, and flexible working is merely one of them. These are 13 things that you need to look for when deciding on the perfect role.

As great as remote and hybrid working is, I have to be frank and say that if you are looking to start your career, you won’t know which set-up works for you yet. I urge you to say yes to office-based roles and be open-minded to what a company offers beyond their work model.

Illustrations of a person pointing at a board, a credit card, a desk, a clipboard, and a home.

 

I'd Love to Hear Your Thoughts

Thank you for taking the time to read my first blog, I’d love to hear any thoughts and feedback you might have. Do you think office-based roles are more beneficial for young professionals at the start of their careers? Please feel free to reach out to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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