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Three ways to utilize your office space in the New Normal

The pandemic has disrupted the world economy, business and even the way we work. While work from home was a temporary makeshift solution to curb the spread, there is no denying that it is not the future of work. Remote working, not only multiplies working hours, it also brings forth a feeling of isolation owing to the lack of communications and shared experiences between colleagues. Home offices do not provide the necessary infrastructural and technological support required by employees to conduct business operations. As businesses consider workspace resumption, workspace strategies in the new normal would revolve around de-densifying office spaces, physical distancing and greater emphasis on personal hygiene for promoting a safe and healthy work environment for employees.

Workspace experience in the New Normal would be nothing like we have known before, it would be driven by contactless technology and focus on a holistic approach towards employee wellbeing. Shared workspace providers are incorporating touchless technology and deploying in-house apps for greater networking and collaboration. Here are three ways to utilize your office space in the New Normal:

1. Distributed Workspace Solutions

While the thought of resuming workspace operations is exciting, it does bring forth a huge gamut of challenges. Workspace resumption in the new normal calls for various flexible solutions to cater to the new employee needs and safety best practices.

With social distancing being the new pre-requisite to resuming workspaces, spreading out in the same office space is giving a rise to statistical issues due to the limited availability of space with traditional workspace providers.

Coworking spaces help businesses resolve this problem by providing flexible distributed workspaces across multiple locations and letting them lease more office space as per their unique workforce and business requirements. These distributed workspace solutions do not require any additional CAPEX investment from businesses, as their coworking space partners provide completely equipped ready-to-move in office spaces to their members on flexible lease options to help them function and resume operations in full swing.

2. Work Near Home

Owing to the current scenario, commuting to and from work using the public transport is maximizing the risk of being exposed to the Coronavirus. Most employees wish to minimize their commute to work and work near their homes. This work near home phenomenon has become a recurring demand by employees, flexible space providers are helping businesses combat this problem by allowing their member employees access coworking spaces/centres closest to their homes. Such flexible solutions offered by coworking spaces are allowing businesses de-densify their office spaces by working across satellite hubs while distributing their workforce and resuming work with their full strength.

3. Leveraging the Coworking Community

Now more than ever, startups and entrepreneurs can collaborate and network within the coworking community to open new avenues for business growth and regain their footing. The coworking community acts as a steady network for businesses to support each other and grow, while recovering from the pandemic.

Conventional workspace providers have rigid mobility and agility. They do not offer the necessary infrastructural accessibility and support for growth and downsizing options. They also have limited facilities and amenities. They do not possess sufficient capabilities to accommodate the current requirements of businesses.

However, coworking spaces provide businesses the opportunity to maximize/minimize their geographical footprint as per their business needs while providing a tech-enabled working environment for their employees to maximize their productivity and efficiency. As the world of work is continuously evolving, coworking spaces provide all the necessary infrastructural and technological support to businesses for a safe and healthy work experience.

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5 Reasons to move from a Conventional Office space to a Coworking Space

Gone are the days when coworking spaces were only occupied by freelancers and startups. Owing to the agility and flexibility offered by shared workspace providers, large enterprises and MNCs have started selecting coworking spaces over private offices.

Most flexible workspace providers offer abundant networking opportunities and a wide range of amenities to provide a seamless working experience to their members and employees.

5 reasons to move from a conventional office space to a coworking space are:

Customizable Office Spaces

Conventional office space providers swear by the ‘One Size Fits All’ concept, while in reality, it turns out to be a big hoax. Different businesses have different infrastructural needs, be it in design or fit-outs that must be catered to. Most flexible workspace providers design private office spaces as per the business’ infrastructural needs and brand ethos to give an office environment best suited for the employees. Apart from real-estate design, most workspace providers offer added amenities like hospitality, gyms, creche, concierge services etc for an exemplary work experience.

Real-estate Efficiency

Most conventional office spaces are rigid and inflexible, they mostly offer standardized office spaces that require hefty CAPEX investments. Coworking spaces, on the other hand provide plug-and-play offices that require no CAPEX investments while maximizing real-estate efficiency. They provide flexible workspace solutions to businesses with the provision to maximize their workspace requirements. Coworking spaces have centres across different cities, businesses can utilize this as an opportunity to expand their geographical footprint and business avenues.

Employee Engagement Events

As the famous adage goes, ‘All work no play, makes Jack a dull boy’, the workforce of today demands a healthy work-life balance which helps them reduce stress and prevent a workspace burnout. Coworking spaces organize a myriad of events to keep their members and employees engaged. Some of these events include sports competitions, DIY workshops, corporate grooming seminars, business related workshops etc, giving employees the chance to have fun while learning something new. Managed workspaces have dedicated spaces for recreation, gaming and skill-building activities. Such recreational exposure helps in keeping the employees motivated and increases their productivity.

Community and Networking Opportunities

Coworking spaces are a powerhouse of ideas and experiences, with people from different companies and walks of life working together within the same office premises. Sharing an office space with different professionals unlocks a wide range of possibilities for growing a professional network as well as venturing into newer partnerships and collaborations for mutual benefits. Most coworking spaces organize fun activities and training sessions to allow their members and employees interact and brainstorm together. Working in such a collaborative environment not only boosts employee morale but also maximizes productivity.

Access To Amenities

Apart from providing configurable workspaces and top-notch office designs, coworking space providers offer a huge gamut of amenities including housekeeping and security services, ancillary services, crèche facilities, locker rooms, courier services, gaming zones, gyms among others to their members. Most coworking spaces have also formed exclusive alliances with various brands and service providers to give exclusive discounts and offers to their members. Such amenities help enterprises in keeping their employees motivated and engaged, thereby increasing their productivity.

Coworking spaces provide workstations and desk spaces with unique benefits of both a private office and a coworking community. They allow businesses the liberty to work independently within their private enterprise-centric offices while also giving them the opportunity to interact and collaborate with other members of the coworking community.

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Coworking and the Digital Workforce Revolution

The ongoing pandemic has accelerated our dependence on technology. The technology transitions in the workspace that were reserved for the future are now being considered and deployed for providing a contactless and safe working environment for employees. The coworking industry is inching towards the adaptation of new digital applications to create future-ready workspaces that enhance employee productivity. Technology plays a crucial role in creating a gratifying work experience and defining how employees interact with each other.

Here is how coworking players are enabling the digital workforce revolution for their members:

Complimentary access to advanced applications

Businesses can eradicate their overheads for connectivity and communications by utilizing the state-of-the-art technologies available in the co-working spaces. Some of the proprietary tech solutions deployed are smart video conferencing and networking equipment, uninterrupted super-fast WiFi, cyber security solutions, and enterprise security tools. Some agile workspaces have already begun offering easy-to-use mobile applications to accentuate better problem solving and issue resolving for their community members. These facilities are equipped with single interface dashboard systems that enable them to identify available workspaces or book meeting rooms, thereby enhancing their experience.

In-house Smartphone Applications

In-house mobile applications have become a necessity for real estate providers to integrate workspace functions and reduce the dependency on manpower. These mobile applications enable members and employees navigate through their day effortlessly. IoT-enabled meeting rooms, motion-activated lighting, food, and beverage orders from inside the conference rooms, a smart mobile pas to enter the premises, coworking space providers are investing in technology for a seamless experience. These technologies are only some examples of contactless features that some of the coworking players have implemented to change the way we move and behave.

Touchless Building Access

Security card swipes and biometrics for office space access have been the workspace normal for over a decade. The COVID-19 pandemic has hastened the switch to contactless technology. Workspace providers are deploying visitor management systems and leveraging touch-free facial recognition tools for allowing a seamless building access for their members.

Advanced Security Solutions

Tech is playing a key role in ensuring security and enhancing the safety of the people in the coworking spaces. For instance, HID Mobile access which works on BLE (Bluetooth low energy) enables secured access management through smartphone. Wireless IP smart security cameras help business owners to monitor the workplace activities and can control unauthorized access as well. With modern keyless access technology, members and clients can quickly enter their co-working spaces without needing to look for a key.

AI powered solution can read feed from IP cameras and can alert security for unwanted/unauthorized moment in a closed area, it can also monitor count of people moving in & out of the facility. Facial recognition is another technology that is playing key role, by knowing and checking people.

Employee engagement and support

The pandemic has caused mental anxiety and stress to people across the globe. Coworking spaces are conducting online events to boost employee morale and reduce their stress levels.
Virtual meetings on stress management, managing finances, and conducting recreational activities online like yoga and Zumba classes, mandala and doodle workshops, music concerts, and mentoring sessions are being conducted to support the employees/members and keep their spirits high.

Technology is constantly enabling businesses transform their workspaces into a dynamic and interactive space for brainstorming and inducing a productive work environment. With employee health and wellbeing, emerging as the key focus area in the new normal, touchless technology integration in workspaces has emerged as a necessity. Coworking companies are continuously coming up with innovative solutions to provide businesses with advanced state-of-the-art technologies to help them maximize their productivity and ensure seamless operations.

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Coworking Spaces: Ideal for all personality types

The first thought that comes in mind when someone mentions a coworking space is a group of people working and having fun in their workspace together. The stereotype stemmed by the assumption that coworking spaces are for extroverts is quite far-fetched. Coworking spaces are home to a myriad of personality types including the introverts, ambiverts and extroverts.

Despite popular belief, coworking spaces have a lot to offer to a wide spectrum of people.

Access To Communities

A shared office space equips its members with the power to collaborate and network with the community at their own pace. Different communities in coworking spaces are specially tailored to suit the interests and preferences of the members. According to science, having human interactions is known to improve health and longevity of individuals. Coworking spaces have focused communities like sports clubs, painting enthusiasts, music and dance groups, readers club, to help like-minded people meet and socialize as per their convenience.

Collaboration and Networking

Collaboration and networking are the driving force behind the success of any business. Shared workspaces have a diverse group of professionals working under one roof, with different skills, background and experiences.

The transition to an innovative and collaborative work environment is proven to have a positive impact on employees. The access to diverse amenities, events and flexible workspaces, members and employees that work out of a coworking space are able to maintain a healthy work life balance. With different companies and startups working from the same address, the chances of coming together to collaborate and create a new service or product increase by multifold.

Workspace Flexibility

While extroverts and ambiverts enjoy working in the company of others, introverts prefer their own time and space. Coworking spaces provide abundant workspace flexibility to its members to choose from. The members can choose to work out of telephone booths, a desk in the open space or a private room as per their comfort and preference. This kind of office space flexibility is unavailable with traditional office space providers.

In a nutshell, coworking providers allow people to work near their homes and give them the option to choose agile workspaces which enable them to work as per their workspace needs and preferences. Coworking spaces not only boost your productivity by providing a tech-enabled working environment, they also help you maintain a perfect work-life balance by organizing various recreational events and workshops to help their members relax and rejuvenate.

Working alongside motivated and like-minded people, members are able to perform and achieve their creative fervor while working out of a coworking space. Hence, a coworking space is a standalone choice for people of all personality types and walks of life.

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International Coworking Day: Celebrating Global Shared Spaces

There was a time when the concept of a shared work space was considered an anathema for any working professional. Not only could businesses bring their mind around this concept, there was hardly any need to build this up. Times have changed since then, with the rise of gig economy, there came a requirement to create a collaborative workplace for such professionals.

International Coworking Day celebrates the milestones and the concept of utilising a shared space amongst a varied working professional, without hurting a business’ bottom line. Today, coworking spaces has changed and developed new ways to work. Services given by companies hosting a shared work space provides flexibility, maintains the upkeep of basic amenities such as desk space, electricity, internet connection and businesses availing such service have pay is just for the space at a reasonable price.

Along with the added benefits, members of any coworking space get to interact with individuals and businesses not just from their own industries but also from other sectors. This allows diversity of people with dynamic skills and mindset, which can be expanded to get collaboration from seemingly unknown sectors. Shared office space is always buzzing with ideas and activities.

The traditional method of running a business with an actual overhead asset such as a building and purchasing furnishings, organising cubicles and all are a thing of the past. It is estimated that there will be over 26,000 coworking space globally. Of this currently, 10% of office spaces are occupied by coworking and is set to rise to approximately 25% in the next few years.

Plus, the working population these days prefers to set their own timing, particularly the ones who are taking over the mantle from the old guards and play the vital bridge between the past and new rising professionals: Millennials.

Millennials are those born in 1981-1995 while Gen Z (often referred to as Gen Alpha), are those born after 1995, and will become the major chunk of the workforce. According to a study by Cushman & Wakefield, the biggest changes in demographics and workplace culture that will happen over the next 10 years is the entrance of some 1.3 billion Gen Z members in to the workforce this decade.

This is big number! And on top of it, these Gen Z are also digital natives, meaning, they don’t know a world without internet or smart phones and their habit reflect that. These digital natives are always clicked on and have more knowledge than even their immediate Millennial peers.

According to Forbes, millennials prefer working out of coworking spaces when it comes to running their business, for a few reasons, namely, affordability and having an ease of mind on the office expenditures such as internet. However, the workforce will undergo some changes, where coworking spaces will need to evolve and remain relevant to the dynamic, new working age population.

As we enter the new decade, it is imperative that workspace ranging from traditional office space to coworking/cosharing spaces are ready to retain the new-age workforce in their businesses.

Over the decade, 693 million workers will be retiring, a tectonic shift in the modern workplace globally. This will result in businesses going the extra mile in the hopes to recruit and retain talent and ensure their workspaces are adapted to the unique needs and expectations of its new workers. As Gen Z enter the workforce, flexibility – work timing, work life balance – will become more and more valuable.

So, where are we heading in this coworking space?

With the current COVID-19 crisis, shared office space will have to adapt to the new normal by arranging the space to maintain social distancing, arranging sanitisation products, fumigation and maintaining general welfare for members to remain healthy. The way ahead for coworking space will be to providing flexible payment and tenancy plans for business and individual members. Loyalty program is another good way to ensure long-term clients and members are not only gratified but also provide continued service.

One of the many big sale points of shared office space is recreational facilities such as gym and pool table. Expanding this on the online forum under the current pandemic might introduce new trending events.

The future of the coworking space is alive and well, as human mind is capable of going beyond the horizon and challenging new ideas and expectations. Shared office space provides that stimulus and connections which allows for business growth and directly contributes towards scaling the economy and creating new industries and sectors.

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Advantage Of Coworking For Expansion

How Large Organizations Are Taking Advantage Of Coworking For Expansion?

With the rise of start-ups in India, came the issue of addressing a workplace set up which can assist in creating an ecosystem for the entrepreneurial drive to thrive. From 2005, globally, the rise of shared, community-based office space started to gain traction as professionals started moving into the gig economy. Closer to home a similar trend was visible with many cafes and restaurants offering free wifi services.

The start-up culture truly got a boost when co-working spaces started to emerge, allowing people from various diverse backgrounds to congregate at one point, every day and collaborating with each other to solve rising business and social challenges of the day. The growth of shared office spaces can be witnessed in the spike of co-working office leasing, which rose from a mere 8 percent in 2018 to 14 percent in 2019.

From small-scale enterprises and start-ups looking for cost-effective and flexible choices to work out from, co-working space has been gaining grounds in the large corporate segment as well, due to the positive energy and employee productivity such offices cater. A survey by a real estate firm showed that 40 to 45 percent of demand came from large firms, followed by the SME sector at 35 to 40 percent. Interestingly, start-ups demand came at just 15-25 percent.

So the question that arises, why are large corporate increasingly choosing to work from a co-working space instead of the traditional structure?

There are 3 main points for this:

1. For Talent and Innovation

‘If you can’t beat them, join them’, is an adage many corporate are choosing to live by. MNCs such as Tech Mahindra, Airtel and many others are increasingly investing in start-ups which can address some of their core businesses which large organizations are unable to set up or would take time for them to do so. Co-working space offers easy access to talent and innovation. It keeps the large corporate closer to the action and ground realities for both disruptors in the industry and also strategic acquisitions.

2. Flexibility

Working out from a shared office space offers flexibility in terms of testing out a new location and operational hours. For instance, if a business needs to work on a special project that requires setting up a remote or satellite office, it is easy to choose a co-working space rather than committing to a lease for a fixed amount of time. Alternatively, if an enterprise finds a particular co-working office’s location suitable for their needs, it offers an opportunity for expansion as well.

Workplace flexibility also transmits to the company’s employees who can now have the option of working at a head office or operating from a more convenient location.

3. Easy Rental Cost

From saving operational costs to increasing their opportunity cost, when choosing the right co-working space, companies can save big when working from such offices. Reduced rent, furniture, utilities, internet, and other office facilities are easily available and taken care of. Many even offer agile office solutions that can truly reflect a company’s brand and work culture.

For large corporations, it makes sense to choose spaces that offer a vision of their office culture and ease of services. It is a win-win solution for both the coworking space operator and businesses looking for a cost-effective office space. Being able to network and tap into a rich talent pool to making acquisitions and collaborations, the flexibility of operations, reduced overheads are all part of creating an ecosystem of services.

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Make The Switch: Choose Meeting Rooms over Coffee Shops

The world of business is constantly being dominated by burgeoning startups and small businesses that offer work flexibility and believe in getting things done effectively. The stepping stone for running a successful business lies not just in ideas and the team but on how effectively you can network and create new opportunities for growing your business. Connecting with new people for business pitches and holding business meetings is the part and parcel of being a business leader or a budding entrepreneur.

While holding meetings in a coffee shop was acceptable in the past, it is, however direly frowned upon in the present times. With the advent of shared workspaces, state-of-the-art meeting rooms are readily available at affordable prices. Booking a conference room at a coworking space for a business meeting has become the new normal for freelancers, entrepreneurs, and business travelers.

Conducting meetings in a coffee shop has the following disadvantages:

1. The lack of professionalism

A coffee shop is essentially a place for people to meet and chill, that’s the long and short of it. Discussing business plans and finances in a coffee house come at a huge price of being distracted or disturbed. Everyone needs a professional and peaceful environment for brainstorming and taking business decisions, which is best suited in an office-like environment.

2. Disturbance and noise

While preparing for a business pitch or dealing with a stressful deadline, everyone requires some peace and quiet, which is a distant dream for the ones working out of a coffee shop. While everyone enjoys the hustle-bustle of the coffee shop on a lazy Sunday afternoon, the same is frowned upon on a Monday morning. Meeting rooms in coworking spaces are ideal for ideation, brainstorming sessions and long business reviews as they are devoid of any noise or disturbances and nobody walks in and out of the door every five minutes!

Renting a meeting room at a business center has the following benefits:

1. Tech-enabled work environment

Meeting rooms at coworking spaces are well-equipped with the latest technology and have state-of-the-art infrastructure, which provides a productive work environment. Not just hi-speed wifi, these meeting rooms are well-equipped with high-tech presentation tools and projectors, printers, and photocopiers as well as whiteboards and stationery. Most of them also have a dedicated team of IT professionals to provide on-ground assistance.

2. Complimentary Access to amenities

Coworking spaces are known for the top-notch amenities they offer. Utilizing a meeting room in a coworking space will allow to access exclusive-amenities, including pantry services, discounts on partnerships, access to events among others.

3. Privacy

Unlike a coffee shop, meeting rooms in a coworking space are specifically created for providing privacy and confidentiality. All your business strategies and financial numbers will remain safe within the four walls of the meeting room and amongst the people who were the attendees of the meeting.

4. Convenience of location

Coworking spaces are preferred for their expansive geographical footprint and their presence in all the prime locations of a city. Conference rooms in coworking spaces are available in different sizes to accommodate business meetings with strengths of 4 to 50 people. Renting a conference room for a business meeting at a prime location in the city is of utmost importance to get the first impression right.

5. Affordable Prices

Gone are the days when you had to spend quite a fortune to access strategically-located meeting rooms for rent, now you can easily book a meeting room for a day or two in coworking spaces at a nominal price. Some flexible space providers also provide the option of renting meeting rooms on an hourly basis, at affordable rates. Utilizing a professional meeting room in a coworking space is the best way to avoid overhead expenses while enjoying the available technology.

While conducting a meeting in a coffee shop is possible, you can help your business scale and achieve greater heights by making the right switch- choosing professional conference rooms to conduct business in the right atmosphere.

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Deciding The Right Coworking Space

5 Tips In Deciding The Right Coworking Space

For various businesses choosing the right office space can make all the difference in not just building your business but also in forming a strong team and developing the right work culture that can boost productivity. It can be a daunting task, from figuring out the budget to location to negotiating the space and rent. Today, with the rise of start ups and entrepreneurial drive, plenty of coworking spaces have come up to meet this demand. However, not all the space can provide what you’re looking for. Smartworks has been around for a while and along the way, we have picked some key pointers when discussing our space with potential members. Here are 5 tips in deciding the right coworking space for your business, team, brand and budget.

1. Location Counts

As a business owner or running an enterprise, you want to be accessible to both your employees and clients. This mean, finding a location which is accessible by both private transport and near enough to public transports such as bus, trains, metro, cabs. Also, one can do a KYC based on your clientele, by knowing your client’s location. If you cannot be on the same street, at least choose to be in the same neighbourhood or area. By this, you will not only be close to other industry leaders but also potential new talents.

2. Space For Success

This is where your knowledge about your team comes to play. Figure out how your team prefers to work – a designated space or hot desking? Do they need a space to beat their stress? From a team level to an individual, choosing the right space can help in boosting performance. Plan and be realistic on the number of seats required, any additional furnishing needed and being able to prioritise between access to space, natural lighting, break out rooms.

3. Impressions Matter

Making the first impression on your clients (existing or potential) makes a big difference. Therefore, the type of space your business chooses to work out from will also play a big role. Maybe you are an existing enterprise which is growing, your clients might expect your business to be working out from a classy high rise space rather than a loft. These days, it is preferable to work in an agile workspace which reflects your brand and culture without having to re-do a space on your own.

4. Additional Space

Everyone likes to take a break from their hectic schedule. Once you have figured out the above points, it is best to visit the site and find out what additional amenities are being provided from the space. Is there a café for your team to get their caffeine fix? Are there plenty of meeting rooms for that important meet with your client? Being part of a community, one needs to also determine spaces that allows for hosting events such as networking sessions.

5. Figure The Budget

After considering all of the above, the final deal will be based on the agreed rental agreement. As an owner of an enterprise, you need to think beyond the short-term and determine if the space you have chosen will be suitable when you grow further. Negotiating the right price which includes flexible workspace, IT service and interior designer in one monthly fee would go a long way in saving time and money which can be invested towards your business.

To sum up, the location and ease of access for your team and clients, an agile space that reflects the best of your enterprise and business, space for your team members and clients to collaborate and network and making the right impression within budget are some of the tips in deciding the right coworking space. There are many players in the market but very few that can actually deliver to your business persona.

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Work From Home: 6 Reasons Why It Is Not For Everyone

With the rising cases of the COVID-19 pandemic, it made sense for businesses to adapt and adopt work from home policy to safeguard their workforce without hurting the business. It not only helped in flattening the curve, but also ensured some aspects of the economy, both at home and aboard, kept going. One the benefits of this new normal was the flexibility it offered, improved productivity, increased time management and gave freedom for work and life balance.

However, remote networking for work was already happening around the world. With France implementing strict office hour rules, Scandinavian countries experimenting with 4-days work week, the current pandemic put such efforts in the forefront. Over the last 10 years in the US, there has been 91% increase in remote working, representing 3.4% national workforce. Use of technology has also increased during this time, but there has now come a sense that an indefinite work from home set up may not be feasible in the long-run.

Under the new normal for businesses, along with maintaining social and physical distancing, it is now the right time to revaluate office hours with possible rotation in the form of working from home and from the office space. However, sticking to just working from home may not be productive. Here are 6 points for the value employees place on working from an office space for the company and the culture:

Lack of Human Connection Can Be Detrimental

Work from home has enabled technology to come to the rescue, from video calls to hosting webinars as events. However, according to a report by Virgin, 84% employees prefer in-person meeting and it makes sense. When interacting with a client, a video call may not attract the finer body language that one can notice while dealing with them face-to-face. Plus being in an office space allows for the flow of ideas and creativity, improves social skills with fellow colleagues and get tasks done quickly.

Time Management Becomes Difficult

Human beings are used to routines. The current scenario has displaced that sense of routine and replaced it with a new style of working. However, in the long run, employees might have high burn out rates if they do not address working hours according to their normal day. Being in an office environment, one is able to make sense of time, be punctual and leave for home at their designated hour. WFH disrupts that process, while a highly energised employee might log in much before business hours, that same employee may end up working much late into the evening. Such action on a regular basis will not only affect his/her downtime but also productivity.

Home and Professional Imbalance

One of the benefits of working from home is the sense of work life balance. However, during the lockdown it was observed that in many cases, this sense of balance was short-lived. The distraction of working from home is real and can impede the productivity of an employee. From washing dishes to attending to laundry, looking after children, plus working on a presentation for a client pitch can bog down an employee. Even with lockdown being lifted and kids going to school, other household duties can affect the focus and input needed for a successful outcome for any businesses.

Technology Is Not Always Friendly

Every office or workplace today is technologically enabled to assist and ease businesses and employees in conducting their duties and performance. Often many such operations have specialised software and products that can be used from a workplace. Such limitations can pose a problem for individuals to work from home. As everything is available in the office, chances are even a simple tool such as a printer may not be available at home (plus not to mention the costs of purchasing paper and inks). In some areas, issues relating to electricity and internet connection can also pose problems in the long run for employees to work efficiently.

Office Culture Is Important For Growth

As stated before, remote workplace can often be a lonely experience. The novelty of working from home wears off after a while and it starts to affect productivity and the business. Workplace culture becomes an important aspect of dealing with stress and anxiety, it allows for people to collaborate, network and grow themselves. The ability to learn new concepts and upskilling gets restricted.

With the lockdown being eased across many parts of the world, businesses still need to adopt to the new normal, ensure worker safety and maintaining physical distancing till a cure for COVID-19 is found. This is also a great time to experiment with workplace settings and work environment. However, restricting your employees to working from home on an indefinite period might stagnate their growth which can affect business output.

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SmartEdge- Our online events platform

As the world struggles to find an equilibrium amidst the ongoing Covid-19 situation, employees world over brace themselves to adapt to ‘the new normal’ of workplace resumption- maintaining physical distancing and prioritizing personal hygiene and personal space.

Coworking space providers, hosting these companies have sprung into action and put in place all the global best practices within their premises while ensuring prescribed social distancing measures and staggered seating arrangements are followed. Alongside the battle with the pandemic, most employees are battling dreariness and anxieties, owing to the uncertainty. Human connection and regular collaboration have become more critical than ever in determining employee productivity and wellbeing. Most large enterprises and businesses are looking for swift measures to help employees cope with the ongoing situation.

In an attempt to help members uplift employee morale, Smartworks had launched ‘SmartEdge’, our online events platform with an exclusive range of events curated specially to engage and inspire. These events have been designed to enable people from different backgrounds, skillsets and walks of life to interact and share, discover and grow together.

Here’s a glimpse of the different webinars and workshops conducted by Smartworks:

Policy Making and Investment Workshops

Policy makers play a critical role in keeping employees engaged and motivated, our sessions on policy making and investment were conducted by industry leaders to share their valuable insights and tips on the same.

    – HR Policies and Legalities

  • This exclusive webinar was designed to help policymakers and HR professionals design a legal recourse and a wholesome employee engagement plan to keep employees motivated and productive while working from home.
    – Investing In Volatile Times

  • Amidst these times, financial literacy and saving for the future becomes imperative for long-term returns. This exclusive seminar brought industry experts on one single platform to help employees understand the basics of savings and investment.

Sessions on Health and Wellness

We know that this is an unreal situation, where everyone is struggling to find their equilibrium and peace of mind. Our focused sessions driven by health coaches and fitness trainers will help you relax and rejuvenate.

    – Hatha Yoga and Meditation

  • The Hatha Yoga and Meditation session in collaboration with SweatByShwetha, was a series of power-packed yoga poses and asanas designed to align your body, soothe your mind and spirit in preparation for meditation.
    – Power Yoga

  • This guided session by yoga masters was focused around teaching several energetic vinyasa-style yoga and bodily postures. Some of the key benefits of practicing this form of Yoga is to increase flexibility, focus on your body’s core and boost your immunity.
    – Embrace Your Emotional Quotient

  • Motivating the self to push our own boundaries and achieve the unattainable, requires immense time management and self-management skills. This session on emotional intelligence shares expert tips and methods of self-regulation and nurturing your existing social skills.

Creative Art Workshops

These recreational workshops were aimed at reducing stress and anxiety, while allowing people to take a deep dive in their creativity and showcase their innovative ideas.

    – Mandala Art

  • Drawing a mandala pattern is considered therapeutic and the entire experience will help you reduce stress and lower your blood pressure while promoting sleep and easing depression. This session was focused on teaching the basics of mandala art.
    – Newspaper Craft

  • To reminisce the excitement of making creative art from paper, a fun session on making newspaper craft was organized where people from different walks of life came together to draw and design interlocking patterns and take a break from their tedious routines.

Sessions Related to Smartworks’ Preventive Measures

Our team at Smartworks has been working relentlessly to provide a safe and hygienic work environment for all. Some sessions were specially curated to share a glimpse of our workspace preparedness measures.

    – Workplace Considerations for Business Resumption

  • This insightful session had Real estate experts from Keppel Land, who discussed workplace considerations and best practices from China and Singapore. Their outlook and viewpoint helped Smartworks design and implement global measures to safeguard the health and security of all upon business resumption post the lockdown.
    – Smartworks’ Preparedness and Response post Lockdown

  • This session was conducted to share an insight into Smartworks’ preparedness and preventive measures to make your workspaces safe and ready to use. The discussion addressed all the queries that members and employees had and helped in reassuring them.

Smartworks is driven to provide a safe and productive work environment for our members and employees. We will continue to implement all the global best practices and design employee engagement programs, to know more about our safety updates and upcoming events, visit- https://www.smartworksoffice.com/safetyfirstworkplace/

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