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CoWorking Bengaluru - Bengaluru, we’re ready for you!

Bengaluru, we’re ready for you!

Our previous blog announced the opening of our flagship workspace in the Silicon Valley of India, Bangalore. Featuring a myriad of facilities, this centre is located in Global Technology Park (GTP) and is spread over 3 lakh sq. ft, making it our largest workspace for CoWorking Bengaluru. With our latest expansion, we continue on our path to becoming India’s largest agile workspace player.

The D-day was packed with a lot of fun-filled and engaging activities for the members. Furthermore, the event offered online contests across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram under the trending thread of #CoWorkingBengaluru and #BiggerAndBetter. The magnitude of the event not only saw participants from across the country but also got #CoWorkingBengaluru trending on Twitter.

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The star of the launch was our pride and joy, AI-based assistant and India’s first-ever ‘she’ robot- Mitri. Mitri is a robot with superior social skills. Mitri apes human actions such as constantly blinking her eyes and turning her head to analyze the people around her. When she greets you at the entrance, you register your details with her – a process where she will ask you questions and will register your name, age, workspace and other details. Mitri has the ability to recognize you and retain that recognition.

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Our ‘star’ robot, understands the technicalities of a workspace and is designed to be a front desk and HR robot in our CoWorking Bengaluru. Mitri is the modern-day reincarnation of a superwoman who senses if employees are having a bad day and interact with them to cheer them up!

A combination of modern aesthetics and state of the art technology ensures productivity for your business at the highest possible level. Book your tour today!

Smartworks takes Bengaluru!

 

A casual stroll in Cubbon park, an exciting evening at Koramangla, breakfast at Brahmins’ Coffee Bar or a shopping spree at Brigade road. Bengaluru is not just a melting pot of cultures but also the Silicon Valley of the country. Here, a number of successful startups were conceived and today, new ones are born every fortnight. So, tech-first city invariably became our choice for our newest coworking space.

With recently launched centres in Hyderabad and Mumbai, we’re all set to launch our biggest centre yet in Bengaluru. We’re thrilled to be back in the city to open our second centre at the Global Tech Park in the beautiful suburb of Bellandur.

Accessibility feels like a dream in a city known for its exasperating traffic. To soften this blow, we decided on a strategic location to ensure your corporate life is a joyride. Our flagship centre is easily accessible to all parts of the city via BMTC and close proximity to key residential hubs like Outer Ring Road, Bellandur et al. Keeping in mind the frequency of travel for work, the Baiyappanahalli metro station, and the KR Puram railway station are at a distance of 15 km and 10.5 km respectively.

The luxurious marble-finished double-height lobby and perfectly manicured lawn will greet you as soon as you step into the spacious compound.  It not only offers plenty of natural light but also superior indoor air quality. As you look around, biophilic architecture and open walkways will catch your eye. Furthermore, the enormous centre has enough space to house 5000 members.

The members enjoy benefits like multi-cuisine restaurants, planned crèche and gym facilities in the vicinity of their workspace. Not to forget, our offices have opened the doors to your furry friends as well (pet-friendly). Whether it’s taking a much-needed coffee break in the smart cafeteria or a quick pop-in to the nearby mall, this new centre has it all. In addition to malls, the centre is at a stone’s throw away from premier hotels like Royal Park Plaza, NOVOTEL, Aloft, IBIS, CITRUS and retail outlets like More HyperMart, Total Mall.

We’re excited to take a plunge into Bengaluru’s bustling tech scene through the reinvention of traditional office spaces. We’re certain that our coworking space will become an indispensable part of the city. Come and experience the true essence of coworking and productivity at our centre!

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5 characteristics that make good workspaces GREAT

Times are changing fast. Workspaces that people yearned for, expected and cared about a few years ago are so different than today. The first priority for founders and managers today is to create an environment where the work is both exciting and challenging. A place where careers blossom and the bottom line thrives.

So what are the essential values and behaviours that every organization must follow to thrive in the future? What can an organization do to ensure that a workspace is a place where employees want to be and not have to be? Focus on creating a workspace that goes way beyond choosing nice decor or comfy chairs.

In this article, we’ve enlisted five essential characteristics of a workplace that attracts and motivates people to come to work every day.   

Authentic leadership

The success of any great workspace arguably hinges on great leaders. From executives down to front-line managers, authentic leaders demonstrate respect, credibility, and fairness to employees and the organization.

These leaders consistently present a clear vision for their company and increase trust every time they listen carefully to employees and live up to their word. So start by identifying, hiring and promoting leaders who cultivate strong bonds with their teams, connect everyone to the mission of the organization, and spotlight team members’ successes.

Also Read: 5 Must Read Books For Entrepreneurs Recommended By Billionaires like Steve Jobs

Clear purpose

A great workplace, or any workplace for that matter, has a clear and specific purpose for existing which is captured and ingrained in every action or decision a company takes. A 2014 study by Deloitte found that an organization that focuses on ‘purpose’ is an organization that inspires higher levels of confidence among stakeholders and one that boosts growth. Similarly, a 2010 Burson-Marsteller/IMD Corporate Purpose Impact study found that a strong and well-communicated corporate purpose can contribute up to 17 percent improvement in financial performance.

So make sure that your organization has a clear purpose in place. Your employees should have a clear understanding of this purpose and must be enlightened by leaders as to how their roles help to achieve the company’s purpose.

Equal opportunities

The cardinal rule of a great workspace is maximizing its human potential. When all employees are at their best at work, it’s better for businesses, better for people and better for the world.   

Create a culture that allows every employee to be innovative and contribute in their own capacity. Even Apple’s Steve Jobs firmly believed companies that want to retain great employees have to let them make decisions. IBM in 2006 invited 150,000 employees, family members, business partners and clients to an online brainstorming session called an ‘Innovation Jam.’ Participants from 104 countries responded, and their ideas led to $100 million in investments by IBM on suggested projects.

Diversity & inclusion  

With the millennial generation entering and representing the significant segment of the workforce, the expectations are changing. Workforce, today, expects their employers to create inclusive spaces around gender, race and even sexual orientation. They look forward to open and candid communication where everyone should be able to voice their perspective respectfully.  

Therefore, companies should take note and add multigenerational positions within the organization where inputs from anyone and everyone are appreciated.

Workspaces that WOW you

Employees today don’t need a lavish multi-story office to feel more productive. Design working environments that are safe, comfortable and hassle-free. Ideal workspaces are those where people feel free to move around, don’t feel tied to their desks, and create more opportunities for creative collaboration.

That’s where co-working spaces like ours come into play. Make a switch today to spaces that allow for privacy, collaboration, and networking.

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Are you the last one to leave the office? Here’s how to STOP it!

Don’t worry! You’re not alone. It’s a challenge that every working professional faces: getting out the office door on time. While some get caught in an email trap, clicking away at their computers and firing off emails way past dinner time, others linger till late, to appear committed to their jobs.

Just like the discussion around work-life balance, working late has also become the norm. But the art of ‘leaving’ on time doesn’t happen by just talking about it. It starts way before the workday does and there has to be a psychological commitment to departure time and a plan to make it happen.

Read: 4 Productivity Hacks By 4 Billionaires

In this blog, we give you that plan and steps to execute it:    

Harness the skills of time management

A study conducted by the Harvard Business Review found that working more than 40 hours a week could make professionals less productive, put them at risk of making mistakes, and create the appearance of poor time-management skills. So let’s start by understanding the cardinal rule- Your set hours are your set hours for a reason, whether you are an employee or a manager.

You need to accommodate and complete all the crucial things in the given hours. Period. Finish everything within the stipulated time, and if your current setup isn’t working for you, change it.  You also need to stop focusing on one day or one week and start planning for long-term goals.

Predict and preempt the things that will take most of your hours and start working on them backward. There could even be days where you can’t complete everything you have planned, and that’s ok.

Work is a never-ending process, and you should stop trying to get everything done in a day.   

Find the leaks

There can be multiple things that might be slowing you down during office hours. It could be chatty colleagues, noisy office spaces, lack of pre-defined work expectations, urge to take too many short breaks, unnecessary meetings and so on. Take a step back and consider your priorities. What’s the ‘true north’ towards which you’re working? If you know that these frequent workplace distractions are halting you from reaching your goals, then it’s time to stop.

Cut down on your unnecessary chit-chat breaks, find a space where you can work peacefully without any distraction, get yourself taken off from the meetings and discussion that don’t concern you. Identify these leaks and fix them before they become a part of your schedule.  

Discover the magic formula

We all have some days that are particularly productive. It could be Mondays, Fridays or just in the middle of the week. Identify these days and find those elements that made that day or days so good. Discover a pattern and try to replicate them as much as you can!  

Walk the talk

No matter what stage of your career you are in, try and walk the talk. More often than not, we see managers saying, “We don’t want our employees and people to work past 6 or 7.” But then you get an email from them at midnight.

As a manager or a senior at any level, you need to give your team permission to live the life that you want to live and expect the same of yourself as you do of them. Lead with an example and build a culture that gives them a real chance to walk out before dark, regardless of workload.  

Switch to spaces that work for you!

Whether you are a manager, founder, or an employee, you’ll agree that a place where you work, hold meetings, ideate and celebrate all the wins and some losses, play a crucial role in shaping your day and work. If you spend almost half of your day figuring out why the internet is not working or how to get a projector fixed, then you’re probably in the wrong place. A workspace should help you work better and not the opposite.

For all those who are scrambling to find this elusive work-life balance, experience our office spaces for a day for free. We believe in doing less, to do more!  

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Types of co-workers post-Holi

How’s the thought of celebrating holi in office space? Exciting !! Scrumptious Gujiya, colourful Gulal, and the cool summer breeze can only mean one thing- Holi! A festival where looking your worst marks a day well-spent and a festival well-celebrated. Holi can unite a nation known for its stupendous diversity with the power of simplicity. A simple touch of colour followed by a sweet phrase- Bura Na Mano, Holi Hai- does the trick! While the festival is the epitome of fun, it’s the after-effects that are funnier. As you reminisce about yesterday’s celebrations and enjoy your long weekend, here is a list of your dear co-workers who you’ll definitely encounter on Monday morning-

1. The water advocate: This person informed the entire office about the hazards of water wastage, helped the HR send out emails, put up posters and sent WhatsApp forwards on office groups. The particular person- no matter what they claim- ended up playing with water and a bunch of other liquids (eggs, mud, the list is endless). Although they had the best intention at heart and an extremely valid point, in reality, it’s always hard to follow what you preach and expect that from others as well. Still, no harm in trying though?

2. The DIY granny: He/she arrives on Monday with clean, shining skin and a host of DIY(Do-It-Yourself) recipes to offer. They’re the King/Queen of DIY and will have the best advice to offer. From a hack passed on by their grandmother to a hack they discovered by experimenting- they know it all. Head to their seat if you’re still getting a mini heart-attack everytime you see the red coloured water while bathing!

3. The Holi horror victim: These tortured souls were scared before the festival and the after effects have left them petrified. They’re the ones who view the Holi ground/garden as a battlefield and you, as a soldier armed with the most deadly weapon known to mankind-colours. You can spot them as the people who hid in the bathroom or didn’t move from their desk while everyone played Holi at work. Don’t confuse them with the DIY grannies. They both might be spotless, but one would offer you advice about banishing colour from your skin and other about banishing Holi from your life!

4. The gujiya lover: The beautiful, golden dumpling filled with mouth-watering sweet Khoya is everyone’s Holi favourite. No one loves it more than ‘The ultimate gujiya lover’. If there is a gujiya within a ten-meter distance, they’ll find it and eat it. No gujiya box can hide from their sight.

5. The proud multi-coloured enthusiast: These people are hard to miss. Be it before or after the festival, no matter how much you try; you cannot avoid them. They’re the ones who are the most enthusiastic pre-Holi and spend the majority of their days leading up to the festival discussing the colours, location, plan-of-action and other things (which cannot be mentioned here) of their Holi party. Post-Holi they carry their colour stains like triumphant soldiers who have returned from the battlefield. Every stain is like a scar which is then followed by a story. They played Holi with any substance imaginable and have no shame in narrating their story to anyone who’s willing to hear it. They and the Holi horror victims will never understand each other, and we’ll always spot the former trying to narrate their stories forcefully to the latter.

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When all else fails, tech support saves!

The life of an ordinary office-goer involves everything from dealing with clients, making presentations, to handling technical difficulties. While most of us sail through the above issues, it’s the technical problems that has even the most patient colleague frantically hitting their keyboard in utter frustration. Service providers are nowadays not only provide shared or coworking spaces but technical-support is an integral part of these services

Fortunately, we live in an era where most of our tech issues are solved through tutorials or how-to’s available online. On the other hand, some issues require swift action from the tech support. Why? The following real-life example will answer your question.

A colleague worked as a senior manager in a well-known consultancy firm at his previous job. One day, he was finishing up some final documents before closing the project which the team had been working on for six months. During the process, his system prompted him to download a new upgrade to the existing software.

Taking that as a menial task, he downloaded the software while half-heartedly reading the instructions. One confusion led to another, and his entire system crashed. He was nonplussed that how something so simple could be so complex at the same time. That’s where the problem lies. However tech savvy one might be, such a situation could only be solved by the tech support team.

Needless to say, a dedicated tech support is a necessity for almost every firm. It not only saves you time and effort, it (literally) saves your ‘work’ too. At Smartworks, our services are not only confined to offering coworking technical support, but we have a tech associate available on call to ensure our clients never lose out due to a technical snag.

To shed light on this relatable issue, we launched our latest brand film to tell our audience to focus on their work and leave the hassle-filled technical problems to an expert.

Watch the video and tell us if you can relate –

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Building a workplace (Co-working space) that works

Fun. Inspiring. Productive. Engaging. If you wouldn’t define your office space with any or all of those terms, then there is definitely something not right with your co-working office space.

There are multiple reasons to push each one of us off balance at work. For some, it could be the slightest commotion, like swinging doors or talkative employees, while for others, it could be disruptions like unplanned meetings or frequent discussions. However, the one thing that distracts almost everyone is the dull or boring workspace. There are numerous reports, indices, and studies such as Gensler’s Workplace Index, The Leesman Index,  Steelcase, and others that explore the relationship between the office space and business performance metrics, productivity, and what employees value.

As per these reports, co-working office space is strongly correlated to employee productivity and performance and even a small shift can have a dramatic impact.

This physical workspace is the one we see, touch or smell. It could be the art that hangs on the walls, the office floor plan, a colleague sitting next to you, and any other perks we might get in form of catered meals in a beautiful cafeteria, an on-site gym, or a video game area that we (employees) can use to unwind a bit.  

But before reading on, think for a minute about your co-working office space and how it makes you feel. Do you get excited and energized or do you feel as if you are walking into a hospital or a doctor’s office?

If it’s the latter, then there is some learning to pull out from some of the greatest offices across the globe. Both the employers and the employees play crucial roles in making these blueprints effective.

There are no ‘fit-for-all’ workspaces

Some of the most progressive offices across the globe are not just about an open floor plan or a cubicle, rather they’re about giving employees multiple moods of working. Consider SAP, Europe’s largest technology company, which has an open environment, cubicles, a collaborative innovation hub, a co-working cafe, conference rooms, smaller meetings rooms, and areas for presentations. LinkedIn, Cisco, Airbnb, and many other organizations have similar environments. To put it simply, the key is to shift away from having a single floor plan to integrating and incorporating multiple floor plans to improve productivity.

Imbibe your culture

As opposed to what is largely believed and perceived, productive office spaces are not just about throwing around beanbags, ping pong tables, and cool looking art just for the sake of doing so; rather, they are strategic investments. A desk, cubicle or a workspace must reflect the values and the culture of the organization. For instance, a walk down the design firm IDEO’s San Francisco office feels like wandering into a child’s playhouse, with jars of colorful paper clips, pens, and other tools for creative expression lined up at the entrance.

IDEO’s San Francisco office

Innovate, change, implement, repeat

According to a few experts on productive workspaces, one should treat their physical space like software. Just like you iterate, make changes, upgrade, and evolve software, physical space needs to be thought of in the same way. Take for example Airbnb, which constantly experiments and tests new office layouts and environments every now and then.

In a nutshell, creating inspiring office spaces is not about spending million dollars on changing the entire look and feel of the workspace. Instead, they are small changes that help organizations and employees shift away from thinking of work as a utility to ‘beautiful experiences’.