The way in which we think about offices, how we work, and how we improve productivity, has been changing. Demand for co-working space has been part of this transformation as businesses are waking up to the fact that shared office space creates and supports collaboration, openness, knowledge sharing, innovation, and the user experience.
The rapid acceleration of technology has changed what’s possible. Put simply, it’s now increasingly easy for a person to plug in and work from anywhere. When it comes to personal productivity, Regus helps professionals to work how, where and when they require – empowering them to improve productivity through personal choice. Workers also have the option to use services flexibly at their disposal, for instance, instantly booking a fully equipped meeting room from anywhere between one hour or for a full day on a recurring basis.
Entrepreneurs and fledgling businesses, in particular, need to focus on growing their business, without spending precious time and money on real estate leases. They require a base to bring employees, potential customers and partners for meetings without letting down their brand. This means that having best-in-class IT, security and telecommunications at their disposal is vital.
The benefits to larger businesses are also now increasingly recognised – and in fact many of the world’s most innovative business success stories have a dedicated flexible workspace strategy. Of course, large corporations have a requirement for a dedicated HQ, but by complementing this with a flexible workspace partner they can drive real benefits to their business. They can do all of this without committing to long leases and expensive relocation costs.
Above all, the rise of co-working means employee well-being and personal satisfaction will increase, and in today’s battle for top talent that means a huge amount. Fewer hours spent commuting, greater independence and flexibility means more productive workers.
In fact, employees are likely to become more creative – driving more innovations for your business. Having all of your people under one roof, having the same conversations with the same people day after day might be stifling the potential of them generating original ideas. Putting them into a collaborative space with like-minded businesses and people can help free up their thinking. Happy, more creative employees can only be good for business.
Demand for flexible workspaces is now truly global. This is reflected in the fact that Regus opened centres for the first time last year in Angola, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iceland, Iran, Kazakhstan, and Trinidad and Tobago. One day soon flexible working will simply be known as working, and smart businesses are planning for it now.