It’s hard to deny the influence of the sharing economy on our working style. Renting an office is preferred than owning one exclusively. This trend has paved the way for a lot of companies with the share-based model. Companies such as Grab and Airbnb have inspired startup entrepreneurs to adopt a culture of sharing, collaborating, and networking. Along with the new business form of renting and sharing resources, post-COVID 2020, we’re noticing the rapid emergence and evolution of the so-called flexible office space.

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The sharing economy has opened new ways we work

What is a Flexible Office?

The phrase “flexible offices” encompasses coworking, serviced offices, space-as-a-service, and business centres, it offers businesses significant build-out opportunities to tailor the space that meet all their needs. It is a turn-key office space that provides the flexibility for companies to rent and adapt their workspace immediately and affordably according to their business demands.

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According to an international study, companies that have chosen to adopt a shared office setup have approximately over 90% higher competitiveness and productivity levels. Shared workspaces have grown as sharing and renting resources have become economically achievable ventures. Due to the pressure of capital to maintain properties and amenities, more and more businesses are finding their new way to work with fewer costs but still get a highly significant result. In a survey conducted by Clutch, 61% of the interviewees stated that they put great value in an aesthetically pleasing and convenient workspace. On the other hand, a Deskmag survey shows that 62% of respondents in a coworking space claimed that their work quality improved and 68% of people said that they were able to focus better. 

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Work quality improves in flex offices

Industries that benefit

1. Tech-based

Shared office spaces are centres for discussion. Talking about ideas with companies from various industries can spark innovation and play a significant role in the development and creation of new technology. An example would be Apple’s latest decision to move some employees in a co-working space. Because they decided to work alongside other innovative companies, Apple teamed up with experts from different industries to discuss new product ideas. Now it is even rumoured that they are in the works of producing their own all smart cars.

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Apple and coworking

2. Retail

Being surrounded by like-minded individuals can boost employee performance and maintain job satisfaction. In 2017, Alibaba made a big decision to move its employees to different co-working spaces in Bengaluru, India. As the country’s hotspot of co-working spaces, Alibaba believed that moving a number of their staff to a highly entrepreneurial environment could boost levels of creativity, competitiveness, and performance.

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Alibaba and flex offices

3. Marketing & Advertising 

The managing director of Twelve – an advertising company, recognised the importance of working in an environment that addressed employee’s needs. Working from home can make a person feel isolated. Sitting at a desk all day can dull creativity or even worse, aggravate boredom. Acknowledging that different people have various work preferences, adopting something as simple as having the right amount of space and switching from desk to sofa can get creative juices flowing and keep burn out at bay!

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Marketing and agencies

4. BPO

This industry benefits the most from the quick adjustments you can make in a flexible workspace. Providers such as the Figari Group can handle their requirements for such short notice. Due to the nature of this industry that is known for rapid expansion and growth, BPOs opt for a plug-and-play type of office setup.

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Plug and play offices

An Eye to the Future

The flexible space is now becoming a more prominent and permanent part of the property toolkit for corporate occupiers and building owners alike. The coworking explosion is continuing to expand its horizon over major markets, forcing traditional owners to adjust their offering to accommodate existing and potential occupiers best. Whether it is coworking, business hubs, space as a service, or any of the other alternatives within the flexible space industry, it is transparent that this industry will increasingly become a standard part of landlord and investor strategies as they further establish new projects.

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