There's a reason everyone from startups to enterprise companies are investing in flexible workspaces.
Thanks to phones, laptops, ubiquitous Wi-Fi and, now, a global pandemic that has forced a large portion of the workforce into remote work, there’s no question: Work is more mobile than ever before — and our workspaces are more fluid.
That’s why flexible workspace designs — what we’ve defined as “fully serviced offices with dedicated workspaces, amenities and furnishings available to companies and professionals via flexible lease terms” — have swiftly moved from a convenient office solution for startups and freelancers to a strategic decision among enterprise companies and landlords.
Below, we’ll take a close look at flexible workspaces, their benefits and why workers are asking for them en masse.
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A recent Harvard survey found that 96% of professionals say they need flexibility, but only 47% have access to it.
In this survey, flexibility was largely defined as the ability to structure the workday around their lives. But a big part was also empowering employees to decide where and how they work — both at and outside the office.
Flexible workspaces are designed to give employees just this, offering an assortment of working environments — sometimes across several locations — that offer professionals the ability to choose where and how they work.
And it’s just these environments that companies are investing in — and employees are demanding.
Understandably, the perks of flexible workspaces are far reaching and well worth adopting.
Here are just a few of the key benefits flexible workspaces provide:
The best flexible workspaces make great use of square footage, provide a variety of work areas and offer thoughtfully designed workspaces and meeting rooms with attractive amenities and services.
Here are some of the common features of flexible workspaces:
No matter what type of office solution you currently have, we know that the majority of workers crave more flexibility in the workplace. And due in large part to the COVID-19 pandemic, the trend toward flexible workspaces has accelerated dramatically.
In fact, 73% of respondents to a recent CBRE survey of 126 senior-level global real estate executives say flexible office space will be a part of their long-term real estate strategy. These companies are planning to rethink their real estate strategies so they have more agility, and so should you.
Here are some practical tips to create a more flexible working environment:
Flexible work is not a passing trend. Many employees have been working well beyond their typical desk space for years — answering emails on their way to the office or working on spreadsheets at a local coffee shop to mix up their environment.
Due in large part to the COVID-19 pandemic, a significant acceleration in the adoption of remote and flexible work has led CBRE to say in a recent report this moment “could be the single biggest lasting change in real estate strategy” in memory.
Companies are being forced to evaluate how they lease and maximize space, which is what makes flexible workspaces and flexible lease terms so appealing — greater control and greater agility, allowing companies to be nimble during times of growth, and in times of uncertainty.
For more information on all things flex, check out our complete guide to flexible workspaces.
As the Content Strategist at Hana, my job involves digging deep into the present and future of flexible workspaces and coworking. When I'm not working my way through industry trends, you can find me working my way through a book or looking for the perfect taco stand in Austin, Texas.
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