Innovation has transformed the way we think about entire industries. Disruptors like Uber, Lyft and Netflix have changed the way we look at transport and entertainment respectively. Similarly, the workspace revolution has changed business landscape as a whole.
It used to be the case that a company needed a central office to thrive; a physical space where all employees gather, work and are managed. This scenario, however, is quickly becoming outdated.
The business world is more connected than ever. Within two years, 80 per cent of the world’s population will own a smartphone, and this monumental level of communication facilitates a move towards remote working, decentralised offices, and smaller workspace requirements.
Workers are aware of this shift – particularly digital natives and millennials who have grown up with this technology developing around them. They expect more, and are not tied down by institutions of the past.
It is simply unfeasible to demand that employees are tethered to a single static office, when their work takes them around the country and across the globe. 70 per cent of employees are now working somewhere other than the office for at least one day a week, and more than half work remotely, or from home, with or without a dedicated solution provided by their employer.
The modern working environment has to adapt to this, and flexible workspace is the way forward.
Regus partners with businesses to help them tap into the expanding flexible workspace market. It has created an unparalleled network of office, co-working and meeting spaces for companies to use across every city in the world.
Some companies need full access to multiple offices, and a space that can support hundreds of workers. Others can use our centres as satellite offices, creating small, dedicated teams in markets that would otherwise be inaccessible. Regus understands that all businesses requirements are different, but with our flexible range of spaces, we can cater to everyone’s needs.
IWG has monitored the business world for 10 years, and our most recent surveys have shown that opinions on flexible working have improved rapidly, with 89 per cent of employers now believing that flexible working helps their business grow, compared to just 68 per cent in 2016.
This growth is fuelled by access to new markets, more satisfied workers and a reduction in overheads and flexibility. Businesses creating a new office with Regus find that they are able to quickly open and expand, and then move on if the market shifts.
Dynamic companies are successful companies. And flexible workspace makes your business dynamic. It is transformed the way businesses view their structure and their markets. What’s more, it allows workers the greatest possible freedom, as well as an unparalleled ability to adapt.
The workspace revolution is here. And smart businesses will meet it head on.