Studies show that people who work in flexible spaces are happier and thus up to 12 percent more productive. A 2017 survey indicated that over 44 percent of corporates were already using some type of flexible office solution with the number of companies expected to increase to 66 percent by 2020.
Employees have their pick of employers
The job market has become highly competitive, which gives skilled workers the ability to pick and choose where they want to work. Companies are creating flexible office spaces that are comfortable, creative, productive and environmentally conscious in order to make themselves more appealing to potential employees.
Conscious living matters
Common additions include lifestyle elements such as child care services, healthy food, spas, gyms and other exercise spaces. These spaces also allow better access to innovators, talent and reduces real estate costs.
Work spaces suited for everyone
MD of [dot]GOOD Michael Baretta says: “This is a very exciting time to be a business owner. With a staff contingent that fluctuates between 20 and 50, flexible office spaces allow us to ebb and flow as we need. Good marketing also requires high levels of collaboration and creativity; for which these spaces are perfect.”
Millennials want to feel good about their jobs
[dot]GOOD is a cause-marketing agency and tenant at The Business Exchange in Rosebank – a flexible office space in Johannesburg. Founder of The Business Exchange, David Seinker, notes that the youngsters starting out in the corporate world are very concerned with feeling good about the work that they do.
A Green rating that matters
“One of a company’s most important resources is its employees. The latest flexible workspaces are employing millennial-pleasing technologies such as LED lights, recycling, new-age aircons and water supply plants to be more environmentally sustainable,” he says. Seinker adds that The Business Exchange buildings are Green Star Rated.
“The Green Star Rating is a system that has recently been launched in South Africa, where buildings are rated on how environmentally sustainable they are,” he continues.
With happier, more productive employees, it just makes business sense to consider a more flexible workspace.