Author Article by Guncha Khare, Senior Director Strategy, Dextrus
The nature of work today has undergone a major transformation, driven by the preferences of the new workforce and the post-covid landscape. The traditional office environment, once the hallmark of workspaces, is no longer able to keep up with the demands of the evolving future, which is focused on being more effective rather than just productive.
While productivity means getting things done, on the other hand, being effective means getting things done the right way, which resonates more with the contemporary style of working. The more archaic way of working focused more on churning out work for businesses and teams, which in recent times have transformed into being smarter and more collaborative.
By focusing on creating more effective work environments, companies are leveraging spatial design to enhance performance, offer more to their employees and reap huge benefits when it comes to saving costs and amplifying overall growth. That’s where we see a continuous shift from conventional cubicles to collaborative and interactive workspaces that ensure flexibility, offer curated communal experiences, and provide access to smarter and better amenities not just for businesses but also for individuals.
The autonomy and freedom that coworking spaces offer today are key features, amongst others, that help make the workspace more productive and purpose-driven.
Flexible and smarter spaces
It is important that the workspace design supports work in all its varied forms and styles.
Keeping flexibility in the DNA of the workspace design allows a variety of teams and individuals to work the way they want. Be it access to a desk by the window when they wish to really think deeply or sitting inside a phone booth when they wish to focus. Even for companies, a variety of flexible office space layouts allows them to create inclusive office spaces that can be a mixture of meeting rooms, brainstorming rooms, open desks and private cabins. Any employer’s ultimate goal is to grow their business while maintaining high employee morale. A good sense of autonomy gives the team more effective working habits that drive productivity.
Custom designed workspace
Design plays a vital role and allows contemporary workspaces to cater to different business requirements as well as help attract and retain the best and most engaged human capital. Providing the freedom to the company and its employees to design their workspace the way they want instils a sense of belonging and makes you want to get to work every day.
Offering various options, including flexible desks, private offices, and custom-built workspaces catering specifically to your business, brand, and team requirements, allows companies to make informed decisions. Scale up or down, choose an open plan or a differentiated one with cabins and break-out spaces are choices that companies can make relatively easily.
The Coworking business model is based on making your life easy, and it does so by providing a plethora of services that make- your workspace completely functional with all the requirements designed into the way you and your team work. Additional services and products such as meeting rooms, phone booths, parking facilities with valet, a café and pantry area, printing services, and event spaces are available and managed by the coworking team, which makes it a plug-play workspace for the companies and its employees.
Robust Tech Support
Shared workspaces provide top-notch utilities and 24×7 tech support to create an environment that enables everyone to be the best at what they do. Coworking spaces understand the importance of high-grade technology, integrated software, servers, and Wi-Fi router systems in today’s digitally connected world in order to create a seamless service experience.
Workspace designed for a better experience
Being at work is not just about getting work done; rather, it serves a much larger purpose in an individual’s life. That’s why coworking spaces are designed to enhance the experience by providing ample natural light, a lot of greenery and plants, and comfortable and ergonomic furniture.
But what helps elevate the experience is when your workspace design subtly tells a story! By using the right textures, colour tones, and art created by a diverse pool of artisans, you can transform the space into something that offers an element of surprise every time you turn a corner!
Coworking or shared workspaces also have the ability to influence workspace culture and the individuals that come together to form a community. By designing engagement activities that inspire empathy, raise awareness about having an inclusive and diverse workplace, or take conscious steps towards saving the planet, you can choose to offer a holistic experience that helps alleviate the employee experience.
The way coworking spaces today engage the senses of every individual and tap into human potential not only benefits the business but also proves effective in creating a smarter and empathetic future workforce.