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Ever wondered what the four billionaires have that even earning so much wealth they still have the everyday motivation to work and their productivity graph never falls? All these wealthy people have some things in common that give them an everyday motivation to grow. Our recent blog post will give you a list of tips and hacks which if inculcated in your work schedule can produce unexpectedly positive results. So don’t forget to stop by!

Phone Booth & Improve Productivity

Save Space With A Phone Booth & Improve Productivity

When it comes to finding the best coworking space, chances are you’re simply not looking for a space to work but also a space that provides privacy.

Often, shared office spaces are a bit distracting which can hamper productivity and worsen your employee experience. In the US alone, over 70% of workspaces are currently have an open space design. The idea behind the open design was to encourage more collaboration by improving transparency but in reality, it has the opposite effect.

In the dearth of privacy, employees tend to avoid interaction with each other, spend more time working from home or off-site locations, and lock themselves off with headphones to appear less approachable.

Reworking an entire site just to improve employee satisfaction can be expensive, and it takes time to plan and execute. Moving back to traditional cubicles, which have long been considered too static and inflexible to adapt to changing business needs, isn’t an appealing option either. This is why, agile coworking spaces need to think out of the box and get in the box. We are talking about bringing back the old classic: Phone Booth. And the first image that pops up in the mind is the red London phone booth.

However, unlike the actual phone booth, these compact space with its four-walled-glass panel, makes for a perfect one-on-one meeting room for a confidential web call, as a normal conference room that can hold four people and above is a waste of space for just one person. The modern-day phone booth is a sleek, reimagined version that fits comfortably within modern workspace design, adding a much-needed element of flexibility.

Many enterprises look for an agile coworking space that caters to their brand guidelines and reflects their brand ethos and a phone booth is a good example to showcase to them. Phone booths can act as a miniature conference room and even a social room for a short break.

A recent article on BBC has shown that teams across all industries who use phone booth-like structures have a greater sense of control over their work environment. A phone booth acts as a private space too which thereby increases employee socialisation as they get a space to themselves when needed, putting an end to wearing a headphone to avoid conversations with coworkers.

A coworking space is not just renting an office space. Businesses are shifting to flexible workspace and furniture as a service makes or breaks a deal. Phone booths as a workspace can be cost-effective, easy to assemble and almost visible in many coworking spaces across the world.

In today’s talent-driven market, being empowered to make decisions about how and when we work is more valued than ever. Plus, the Millennial workforce is dynamic, accustomed to change, and prefers when a workspace can keep pace with a fast-paced market.

Modern enterprises must seek to make their employees more empowered and engaged, along with delivering some sense of privacy that will encourage staff productivity.

Benefits of a biophilic office design

Benefits of a biophilic office design

Our work environment impacts our mood, performance, and productivity. Amidst our busy lives within the four walls of the skyscrapers, we barely get any time to connect with nature. With millions of digital distractions and deadline pressures, we are restricted to our cubicles and are pushed into a ‘nature deficit’.

More and more companies are moving towards open office spaces to enable people to easily connect and enjoy the restorative effects of nature. Over the past few years, there has been a burgeoning demand for biophilic office design. Coworking space providers are constantly innovating and designing workspaces with elements that help us feel closer to nature – with a mix of natural elegant colours and patterns, indoor plants and even plant walls. Most of the shared coworking space providers are encouraging green elements to keep employees rejuvenated and maintain a positive vibe. We spend most of our time either commuting to work or chasing deadlines, which is why, Smartworks coworking spaces in India have offices that focus on providing modern workspaces that focus on employee’s productivity and wellness.

Here are three reasons why modern offices need to reconnect with nature:

1) Maximised Productivity:

A recent UK study on the relative benefits of green versus lean office space showed that offices with natural light and greenery witnessed a 15% rise in productivity over a period of three months in comparison to those working within the walls of their cubicle. Natural light can help improve employee wellbeing by boosting the creation of melatonin, which enhances the energy levels of individuals. Most coworking spaces have open workspace areas for maximised collaboration and recreational zones, where employees can relax and rewind.

2) Physical Health:

Coworking spaces are now introducing plants, living green walls into the office floor to improve the air quality as these plants help absorb pollutants, toxins and airborne bacteria. Apart from improved air quality, the presence of plants in the office space reduces stress by half and helps in keeping the employees relaxed. Research by the US Joint Commission claimed that employees who had a window or a plant on their desk had a huge impact on sickness and absence rates.

3) Mental Wellbeing:

Most employees across the world spend at least 90% of their working hours, inside their cabins or at their desks, which increases their stress levels by a whopping 75%. Gensler’s study proves that the proximity to nature helps in fostering a positive outlook by lowering stress and hypertension. Access to natural light and wooden furniture is the easiest way of creating a harmonious work ambience.

The millennial workforce of today aspires to work in a vibrant office space with a modern biophilic office design which engenders a sense of belonging. Some agile office space providers are constantly helping enterprises redesign their workspaces to make them more employee-friendly and personal-with plants, sunlight and vibrant décor, workstations feel more relatable at a sensory level. With the boundaries of work and personal life constantly diminishing, it is the responsibility of the companies/enterprises to adapt to the idea of wellness by providing a nurturing work environment.

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/264395358_The_Relative_Benefits_of_Green_Versus_Lean_Office_Space_Three_Field_Experiments

BTips for Managing a Remote Workforce During Coronavirus Outbreak

Best Expert Tips for Managing a Remote Workforce During Coronavirus Outbreak

Whether you are prepared or not, with this outbreak of Coronavirus, working from home has been thrust upon everyone and as a manager or a business owner, you will have to deal with this new work scenario and set up a remote workforce while the lockdown is in place.

The concept of work from home might be novel but it can add more stress than you already are facing with all the uncertainties due to this pandemic. This is why, your role becomes more important to maintain order and structure as people from your employees to clients will be looking at you for direction and guidance.

Here are some essential tips for managing remote workforce during the Coronavirus lockdown:

1. Keep Calm and Carry On

It is easy to get moody and feel discouraged with all that is going on around the world but you are the leader of a team of people. If they see you feeling low, they too will feel the same. While it is important to acknowledge the uncertain times due to coronavirus, it is essential you maintain your decorum and lead your remote workforce as you would during normal business hours. Accept the fact that your workforce will not be as responsive as they normally would. Be patient, respectful and try to avoid criticising them. Allow your workforce to settle in from their remote workplace. Remember, you are the leader so lead with example. Rest will all fall into place.

2. Do A Morning Video Meet Up

While you and your business deals with this current crisis, remember to set the agenda of your business with your team with a video conference. There are plenty of free channels and apps to use for this purpose. Conducting a morning video meeting will allow your remote workforce to interact, see and communicate with you and everyone in your team. It is a good team building exercise too. Your team members will know they are not alone in this situation.

3. Grab The Low Hanging Fruit

Try to approach your daily business in a new way. Your team is away due to the coronavirus lockdown, business flow is uncertain and not everything is going the right way. In such times, focus on achievable tasks. Targeting such low hanging fruits does three things to your team members: first, it puts them in a position where they know they can achieve some outcome. Secondly, it works as a positive direction, away from distressing thoughts. Lastly, it gives a sense of accomplishment.

4. Coffee Break

Often, working from home can be distracting with your team members carrying on their assigned tasks even after normal working hours. This can be due to several house work that may arise, especially for those with children and pets. It is therefore important to set aside some time for a group coffee break where you discuss non-work related issues. This can be sometime in the evening or first thing in morning. Approach this as you would in an office situation where team members take a short break or a water cooler talk.

5. Do A Daily Pep-Talk

These are uncertain times. Chances are there are many in your team who have never faced such a situation before or were too small to remember. As a manager or business owner, it is your role to step in and do a daily check up. This can be a simple hello to providing assurance to their fears. This is required during the initial stages of implementing remote work as most people are not keen for change.

These are some tips for managing remote workforce during a lockdown due to coronavirus. Your team members are the ones who are helping you keep your business afloat, so as a leader, it is imperative you can give them some of your time and calm their fears.

Ways To Protect Your Business During Coronavirus Outbreak

Ways To Protect Your Business During Coronavirus Outbreak

With the increasing number of cases due to the Coronavirus outbreak, it is important for businesses of every kind to take stock of the situation and follow government advisory to minimise loss and ensure the safety of their employees.

COVID-19 has disrupted the normalcy of life across the world. There is panic everywhere: at home, in the market, at work, and for business owners it becomes even more important to assure their team of their company’s commitment of taking care of them in such trying situations. It could be a simple assurance of salaries paid on time to providing healthcare support for anyone affected.

Just as you are taking safety measures to ensure this disease stays away from you, your business also needs a safety check to beat this virus. Here are some ways to protect your Business during Coronavirus outbreak –

1. Formulate A Plan

Due to the spread of COVID-19, many businesses have already put in place safety measures to protect their company and employees. On the other hand, some are revamping their emergency plan to include this new pandemic for the future. If there is no emergency plan in place, this is a good time to make one for today and the future.

An emergency plan not only outlines the steps a company will take in such times but also the measures to be undertaken for the protection of employees and businesses. It becomes the guide to follow and must include information such as measures to protect employees, emergency contacts, business operations and any deliverable measures.

2. Establish Work From Home Procedure

In normal circumstances, the Work from Home step up would not be considered but due to the Coronavirus pandemic, these are not normal times. Depending on your industry and business profile, you can try this approach to ensure critical work gets done without having your employees to commute to work. Set some rules around this process such as logging in at the right time, breaks, communication set up, etc will give a sense of professionalism between your employees and clients. Setting up video conferencing and morning meetings will ensure the day’s workload is set up and achieved by the end of the day.

3. Keep Updating Managers & Employees

Nobody likes to be left out of communication, especially during these trying times. The situation is constantly evolving due to the spread of the Coronavirus and its impact on businesses. As a business owner, you will have to keep the channels of communication open and keep updating your managers about any latest development on COVID-19 and its implications. Check the news for any government advisories and regulations related to coronavirus and update your line managers accordingly.

In such times, always make it a point to issue a memo, email or voice note to your employees too. This will make them feel assured as well as reduce panic in their minds. Ensure your managers are also doing the same. This will ensure transparency and common messaging, thereby eliminating any doubts from the minds of your employees.

4. Sanitise Your Workplace

With everything going on to ensure employee satisfaction and expectation, do take the time to fumigate and sanitise your workplace. Depending on your industry and servicing, there might be some employees required to make their presence at work. Establish standard operating procedures for cleanliness and sanitisation. Ensure work desk and floors are cleaned with disinfectants, stock up on hand sanitizers, issue directives and print outs suggesting washing hand techniques and using soap, make sure sick employees stay at home.

These are some of the safe bet options to protect your Business during Coronavirus outbreak. Following the above tips, businesses can position themselves to weather the storm caused by Coronavirus and ensure employees and clients remain safe and healthy.

Smartworks is closely monitoring the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. We are proactively implementing all global and local government guidelines and carrying out all the preventive measures to maintain an infection-free work. Help One, Help All – Let’s fight this together!

Best Productivity Tips for Working From Home

7 Best Productivity Tips for Working From Home

With the outbreak of COVID-19, many companies are opting to choose the work from home strategy but they also need to ensure the best productivity tips for working from home are put in place in a bid to flatten the curve in stemming the spread of coronavirus and ensuring productivity and output remains ongoing.

Social distancing is one key element in stopping the spread of this disease. It basically defines being physically distant while maintaining social solidarity. While not everyone will be comfortable or used to working from home, there are some simple behavioural tips that can be applied in these trying times. Home, after all, is a personal space and filled with distractions from doing the dishes to laundry, taking care of a child or a pet, assisting in the house chores and the list can go on.

On the other hand, you might find yourself overworking. Since you’re in your home 24×7, you have carried on with your work without noticing the time and worked past your usual hours. Staying put indoors for long can also make you susceptible to cabin fever, without you even realising it!

However, much like everything, working from home is a challenge that everyone has to get used to. The key remains in maintaining your daily schedule much in the same way as you would when leaving for office. Avoid sleeping in, taking too long over breakfast, and mentally prepare yourself for a commute to work, even if it means stepping in the next room.

Everyone will function differently during this time but below are some tips that can help you along:

Tip 1: Set Boundaries

Set a concrete working hour, in much the same way as your normal office hours. This will help you prepare yourself in getting your work done. Make a checklist in the morning of your things to do. Set up online meetings and con-calls. Let your spouse and children know you’re at work and will able to attend to them after completing certain tasks.

Tip 2: Set Your Day Like Everyday

When you had to commute to work, you would wake up at a certain hour to reach work on time. Do not give up that habit. Set your alarm for the same time you would usually wake up, make a nice breakfast, and change into something comfortable – either work clothes or even a t-shirt and track pants – but get out of your nightgowns and pyjamas.

Tip 3: Commute Gets Interesting

As you’re now working from home, one would argue your commute doesn’t exist. This can create a complacent attitude which can result in you unable to switch your mind once work from home is no longer an option. Use the commute time for your own personal growth by reading a book or changing your timetable a bit for exercise and then changing for work and breakfast. This commute time is extra-time for you, so spend it wisely!

Tip 4: Create Space

Working from home brings its own set of challenges. As a professional, you will need to find a space within your home which is comfortable and distraction-free. If you’re used to the busy buzz of a noisy office, play music in the background or turn on the TV but at a comfortable volume. This will help you get into your work zone.

Tip 5: Balance House Chores

Remember the commute time which is now open for you to utilise? Use that time to finish off your laundry, washing dishes and undertaking various other house chores. Once your actual work time commences, you should be the focus on your professional work and get back to your personal chores at the end of business hours.

Tip 6: Arrange Morning Meetings

One of the best productivity tips for working from home is ensuring you can set your day’s task by holding a call or video conferencing with your teammates. This can also be done with your office buddies to get the work vibe flowing through you. A simple talk with others can be extremely healthy to start your day.

Tip 7: Don’t Become A Couch Potato

Keep moving as you would while being in office. Get up and move every 30 minutes. Stretch yourself or take a quick walk to the kitchen. Experts recommend to keep moving your body and not sit for too long.

Coworking Spaces are a Good Investment Option

Reasons to assure why Coworking Spaces are a Good Investment Option

Let’s face it, opting for a coworking space is not only cost-effective but also improves enterprise interactions with potential new business. It provides a professional space and reduces any unnecessary overheads. Coworking Spaces are a Good Investment Option as most of them are located near public transport and parking zones for easy accessibility. Apart from flexible and managed workspaces, most of the agile workspace providers offer a huge gamut of amenities like gaming zones, anger management rooms, theatres, and basketball/badminton courts for recreational and relaxation.

Office space Flexibility:

According to a prominent real-estate survey, about 80% of employees claimed that they are the most productive when they switch places while working. Workspace flexibility has become a priority among most of the working professionals around the globe. Most of the flexible and managed space providers allow ample mobility within the office spaces apart from the dedicated desks and chairs, like standing desks, phone booths, beanbags, etc. Coworking spaces have a lot to offer to professionals who don’t restrict to the 9 to 5 working hours as most they are operational 24×7 for providing maximized work flexibility.

Convenient and Accessible:

Whether you work in the set 9 to 5 schedule or you follow your own work timings, your office space should be easily accessible for you to work. Most coworking space providers have 24×7 operations throughout the year to ensure that people can work according to their convenience, anytime. Such flexible work timings help professionals to work according to their comfort and maintain a pragmatic work-life balance.

More collaboration opportunities:

Nobody likes to work in isolation. Working out of a shared office space where you are surrounded with goal-oriented and high-achieving individuals, maximizes your productivity and keeps you updated with your industry peers. Surrounding yourself with positive and driven individuals will also boost your confidence. Shared office spaces have dedicated recreational areas and meeting rooms, where people from different walks of life can come together to brainstorm and network. Coworking spaces provide a huge gamut of networking opportunities, opening gateways to inspiration and providing maximised opportunities for collaboration and alliances.

Fitness and wellbeing initiatives:

Everyone is concerned about fitness and healthy living. About 71% of working professionals have admitted to following a strict work-out and fitness regime. Keeping this in mind, most of the coworking spaces have started including sports, fitness and wellness centres within the office premises to provide people the comfort of exercising as per their convenience. Such amenities help in maintaining a healthy work-life balance.

Focus on Work-life balance:

Workspaces are a crucial factor in shaping lifestyles. The working millennial of today aspires to achieve a perfect work-life balance, with workspace proximity, a healthy working environment with like-minded people, all additional amenities under one roof. Most of the coworking spaces are coming up with smart solutions like daycare services, laundry services, and grocery services among others for the convenience of the employees.

With an increased focus on employee well-being and maintaining a perfect work-life balance, coworking spaces are Good Investment Option and emerging as a convenient one-stop solution for corporates and large enterprises.

4 Must-Read Tips for Better Work-Life Balance

For most of us, finding a work-life balance between the time spent on a demanding career and ever-so-important personal life is an ongoing challenge. Technology, with all its positive aspects, has added to the trouble by making working professionals accessible around the clock.

In fact, a whopping 94% of working professionals reported working more than 50 hours a week and nearly half said they worked more than 65 hours per week as per a Harvard Business School survey.

In a scenario like this, achieving the elusive ‘work-life balance’ can often feel like an impossible feat. So, in today’s ‘do more with less’ competitive world, how can work for professional management careers and families? Here are some handy and easy-to-adopt tips to help you find the balance that’s just right for you:

 

Prioritize

This is the most important tip. It defines not only your day at work but also your life. So, simply start by identifying what and who is essential in your life and draw some firm boundaries to devote quality time to these high-priority people and activities.

This identification and boundaries will make it easier for you to see what needs to be trimmed from the busy schedule. If social media surfing sends you into a time-wasting spiral, try using some productivity software or just try devoting limited time to them each day.

Or if you feel that your time gets gobbled up, almost every day, by indulging in some less constructive conversations then find ways to excuse yourself and limit these interactions politely. In other words, try and focus on the people and activities that reward you the most.

 

Make quality time true quality time!

No matter what stage of your career you are at, it’s imperative to know when you should shut your phone off and enjoy the moment. This also holds relevance when you are at work, and personal issues throw you off balance. Try to live in the moment and make it a point to schedule time with your family and friends, activities that will help you rewind and recharge.

While most people believe in making plans over the weekend, fit in a family or friends outing during the week. If you have plans with your families on your calendar, you’ll have something to look forward to and it will act as an extra incentive to manage your time well at work.

 

Exercise & meditate

No matter how busy our lives become, we make time for critical things in life. We eat, we sleep, we party and even watch Netflix. And yet exercise is often the first thing to go for a toss when our calendars fill up. But as per various research and experts, exercise is one of the effective stress busters for people looking to strike a healthy work-life balance.

It pumps ‘feel-good’ endorphins in your body, lifts your mood and even reflects positively in your office work. Therefore, start dedicating a few hours a week to ‘self-love’ in the form of yoga, exercise or meditation.

 

Start small

We’ve all at some point in time said to ourselves: I’m going to touch my target weight of 55 from 85 today. Will go for a run from zero miles a day to five miles a day. Spend all the weekends with family from none today. But do we really do that? Our obvious guess is no.

Therefore it’s important to start small. Start by 1 kg a week, one mile a day and one evening a week. In order to achieve the ideal work-life balance, start by taking some baby steps and experience some success and failures. Stand up again and build from there!

Fun Things That You Can Do in a Coworking Spaces

The sound of your alarm buzzing at 6:00 am is signifying the beginning of a long day ahead, making you wish that the ‘am’ magically turns into ‘pm’ and you can finally go back to where you belong the most- under your comfy blanket, away from the worries of the world. Sounds like a dream doesn’t it? Yet we struggle to get up early in the morning to get to work when we don’t want to. Well, there are plenty of reasons behind this struggle, one of the most prominent is your coworking spaces.

Believe it or not, but your work environment affects every aspect of your job: Your commitment, your creativity, your inspiration and your enthusiasm for going out there and making things happen.

While conventional workspaces tend to drown you easily, it’s the coworking spaces that offer you the opportunity to enhance your creativity and work shoulder to shoulder with professionals from other industries. Ultimately, life has a lot more to offer than just stressful work. In such a case, a coworking set up provides us with the possibility to do our job and have fun while doing it.

Embrace diversity: Hanging out with your colleagues is good, but going beyond your comfort zone is fantastic. Every person comes from a different background with their own story and experiences. Here, each one has the ability to give a new spin to any conversation. This novelty not only adds to your knowledge reservoir but also opens up your mind to fresh perspectives.

Meetings with colleagues in a coworking spaces

Learning the art of ‘small talk’: ‘Small talk’ is one of the most underrated weapons known to mankind. If small talk can change your grumpy old neighbor into a cheerful-helping hand, then imagine what it can do for you at your workplace? Start with a smile and then go with the flow. ‘Small talks’ have the ability to turn into great conversations, and we all know the power of a great conversation right?

small talk between employees in a coworking spaces

Inspire and be inspired: Inspiration can happen anywhere! There is no right time, but there is the right place. We work not only to sustain our life but to also evolve and grow as human beings. Inspiration is the only factor, which can make you work to the best of your abilities. Getting inspired by a coworking space is inevitable- thanks to all the ideas, good energy and the zeal to do something great wafting out of every corner of the office.

Turn labor into laughter: Work can be tough, there can be days when your frown refuses to leave your face and a smile struggles to sneak in. Unfortunately, everyone around you is probably going through the same phase so what do you do? You interact with people who are in a different stage of their work life and can lift your mood. Thereby, making coworking spaces the happiest place to work.

coworking spaces - happy places to work

Beanbags become your best friends: Now, who doesn’t like to ditch the boring old chair and settle into the warm embrace of a beanbag. This bundle of joy gives you the freedom to sit anywhere and everywhere with anyone or everyone. Thanks to cool co-working spaces we’re already reaching out to someone while you ponder over this statement!

How to Transform your Work Life in just Three Minutes!

Work-life balance plays a significant role in an individual’s life. You’re snug in bed. Your alarm rings, you hit snooze. After a few snoozes, you realize you’ll be late if you don’t leave immediately. You reach office in the nick of time dressed in any attire you can lay your hands on! You reach the office disheveled and find a pile of paperwork on your desk. You count down the seconds until it’s time to leave.

Does this sound like the story of your life?

The first impression is the last, but with so much already on, where do you find time to take care of your personal grooming or imbibing appropriate work etiquettes?

#Smartbytes is the answer to all your workspace etiquettes woes.

Workplace ethics and etiquette have always been a nebulous social territory where the fear of messing up can be daunting. Instead of initiating a flight response or sweeping it under the carpet, the best bet is to face them. The question often remains how?

The answer is simple, investing in the most important person in your life-YOU!

This self-love has in fact proven beneficial for many office-goers. For instance, 48% of US employees combat stress by investing in professional development, according to a report by Udemy.

Another interesting report by the American Psychological Association revealed that 91% of workers at companies that support well-being efforts feel motivated to do their best.

Keeping the idea of professional development and well-being in mind, we came up with ‘Smartbytes’- A crisp, no-fuss and informative route to help you up the corporate ladder. Consisting of a series of videos anchored by the best experts in the field, Smartbytes is our take on everything professional. From power dressing to conversation etiquettes, we’ve got everything covered.

Our first series is on ‘Corporate Grooming’ and features Babita Jaishankar. She is the dynamic force behind Wsol, a consultancy that offers image management expertise to individuals and corporate entities. With her image management prowess and expertise, we have covered a variety of themes.

For our future video series, we plan to include topics such as rediscovering joy at work, balancing work and family life, time management. The video series will feature experts from different fields offering top-notch tips and hacks for a smooth sail in your corporate life.

If you still haven’t seen a Smartbytes video, then it’s time you catch up! Watch the first video here

Transforming Workspaces For the Future Employees

Transforming Workspaces For the Future Employees

As we enter the new decade, it is imperative that workspace ranging from traditional office space to coworking/co-sharing spaces are ready to retain the new-age workforce in their businesses. The workspaces for the future are going to be revolutionized soon.

Over this decade, 693 million workers will enter retirement, causing a major worldwide shift in the modern workplace. This will result in businesses hoping to recruit and retain talent to go the extra mile to ensure their workspaces are adapted to the unique needs and expectations of younger workers. Flexibility will become more and more valuable as we enter the era of Generation Z.

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

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

So how can enterprises tune their workspace for future employees?

Holistic Workplace Strategy

To create a shared workspace, enterprises need to understand the cultural significance of Gen Z. Millennials are moving in the bracket of the new elders and are most likely to stick with their existing business. However, Gen Z is looking to more than just earning a living. They seek experiences and a better work-life balance. An agile workspace needs to cater to their professional growth while also giving avenues for self-growth such as recreational areas from a gym to a basketball court.

Fewer Silos More Collaborative Space

Professionally, Millennials and Gen Z now expect a shared workspace where there is free-flowing of information and accessibility. This means less siloed departments and more collaborative spaces with an employee-centric workplace.

As the way work changes, enterprises should be able to physically change as well. A space that is more collaborative physically. Offering wellness programming or a robust and dynamic design plan that puts employee needs first, without sacrificing productivity, will help companies easily align with the younger generation of workers seeking long-term careers.

Going The Extra Mile

For the younger generation, talking about inclusivity and sustainability is not enough. A business needs to showcase that they can walk the talk.

According to Cushman & Wakefield, 29 percent of Millennials rank environmental concerns as their top priority. Whereas, Gen Z has the highest level of social awareness, and that is reflected in their employment choices. Corporate social responsibility, alongside flexibility, is perhaps the leading competitive recruitment strategy moving into the next decade.

Brands and companies that are looking to highlight their positive contributions, will be more attractive to Gen Z.

Furniture-As-A-Service

A cubicle is a thing of the past and Gen Z will most likely not join a company that still has this type of setup. Soft furnishings that can be changed with the needs of the office and through subscription services are more popular than ever and with good reason. A coworking space that gives people the power to make their own space will be more successful in retaining talent. Business-wise it makes sense as there will be less waste and consumption which allows for more flexibility to create the workspace for the future.

Understanding the trends of Gen Z will ensure enterprises are ready to hire and retain this new workforce. They will, after all, lead your business and having flexibility at work will allow them to grow and get new talents too.