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With the receding Covid-19 cases worldwide, many corporates are keen to return to full-time operations from their headquarters. Some organizations have already adopted the hybrid model where employees can come to the office a few times a week. However, the pandemic has undoubtedly altered the dynamics of how people have been working.

From start-ups to established enterprises, all are looking for long-term, unique ideas to encourage a collaborative workspace where employees feel safe. Although this existing hybrid paradigm works well for some enterprises, many have been susceptible to security hazards, especially in the IT sector.

Therefore, companies need to find a middle ground that gives their employees the flexibility of working close to their homes while still operating from an organized office space.

NO MORE RIGID OFFICE

Being in hibernation for so long, employees have now moulded themselves to work in a completely different atmosphere. Flexibility is one key thing they expect from their respective organizations.

This stems from the fact that many have found themselves more productive while working remotely. While that is a widespread belief, many organizations also possess anecdotal evidence of the opposite. To take the pressure off from coming to a corporate headquarters in another city, enterprises can opt for managed workspaces.

Enterprise managed workspaces allow people to work close to their homes in city-based offices while maintaining the decorum and culture of an enterprise. With minimal capital expenditure and services like personalized workspace, minimal lease lock-in period, and 24×7 assistance, these workspaces have proven to be a win-win for both employee and employer.

While the role of offices has changed, it has to be accepted that we will never fully let go of the concept. The collective energy that a workspace provides is unlike any other and plays a significant role in developing a workforce. Acting as a catalyst for this energy, managed workspaces can act as a saviour for enterprises and employees’ ‘return to office’ predicament. Here’s how:

FLEXIBILITY

Enterprises can sign on short team leases with a chain of managed workspaces in cities with dense employee concentration. The company can then design the space according to the organization’s guidelines.

While the team’s space will get personalized, the management can be outsourced to the office space provider. As a result, employees can work collaboratively with their colleagues, use meeting rooms, personal workspaces and more as per their requirements.

CITY BASED PRESENCE

Some managed workspace providers have a strong presence across cities. This instils confidence in people who want to stay close to home, given the changing dynamics due to Covid-19. Furthermore, it makes the working environment more frictionless as employees can save travel time, commute expenses, enable work-life balance while giving their 100 per cent at work.

EASE OF EXPANSION

For companies that wish to expand into smaller cities, going the flex route way is excellent. Not only can the enterprise hire local talent, but they can also maintain a local office without heavy capital investment on long term commitment in cities.

HEALTH AND HYGIENE

The most crucial factor that leads to maximum productivity is peace of mind. An employee will not deliver their best if they are worried about infection in the office. Given the benefits of third-party management, managed workspaces ensure the best-in-class service to their clients.

Everything from thermal scanning, temperature monitoring, sanitization, social distancing, and everything that comes under the purview of precautionary guidelines is taken care of.

Also, given that a limited number of employees would be working from a particular centre, the risk of transmission is reduced compared to a larger corporate headquarter.

Though the potential of flex workspaces is unlimited and can be seen with its global acceptance, it has now become a need rather than a choice.

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India today

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