The flexible office space is a growing trend that is allowing people across a wide variety of industries to redefine their workspace. At a glance, flexible workspaces look a lot like a traditional office space. You will see desks and chairs, phones and computers, and you will also find office supplies and equipment that make work easier.
However, many flexible office spaces are arranged in a way to make them adaptable to many different types of work. “The idea is to take a single space and make it capable of easily and quickly accommodating various types of workers with different tasks and needs.” Jason Bowers of Venture X Dallas https://www.linkedin.com/in/dallasflexibleofficespace/
For example, a group of workers might need the space for hosting a client meeting on a Monday, while a different group might use it for packing client orders in boxes on a Tuesday, and yet another group might rearrange the space for a team brainstorming session on Wednesday.
The flexible office can take many forms depending on what a team needs. This is what sets it apart from traditional office spaces and other types of workspaces. As employers allow more flexibility among their workforce, it makes sense that the workplace should become more flexible, too. Here is a look at work the flexible office looks like and why it is important.
What Does a Flexible Workspace Need?
“There are no real hard and fast rules for making a workspace a flexible workspace. In some cases, the entire workspace can be flexible, while in others maybe just a portion of the workspace is built to be flexible. Nadim Ahmed Venture X North Dallas https://www.linkedin.com/in/dallas-coworking-space/
Generally, however, a flexible workspace allows teams to thrive when it contains certain elements. Here are some common characteristics most flexible workspaces share.
- Open concept – It’s much easier for a space to accommodate different kinds of workers when it’s an open space rather than a cluster of enclosed rooms. Open concept floorplans allow workers to transform the space to suit their needs.
- Quiet areas – Open concepts can foster collaboration, but sometimes workers need a quiet corner to do tasks that require deep thinking. In other situations, the nature of the job demands privacy. For example, a writer might need an area set apart from a noisy team, or a lawyer might need a private meeting room for purposes of meeting with clients who expect conversations to be confidential.
- Breakout sections – A flexible office should also feature areas where smaller groups can break off from the main team and collaborate.
- Shared resources – Flexible workspaces give everyone access to standard office equipment, including things like printers, copy machines, break areas, and audiovisual equipment.
Coworking for Law Firms
“Covid-19 is quickly changing the law firm paradigm, making the white shoe lawyer’s need for an outlandish square footage suite near the local courthouse less important. Law firms have realized that legal work can be done with less space while protecting their people. Working remotely at home or renting from your local flexible executive suite will greatly reduce costs, making your money fungible.” Rene Perras, Digital PR Executive for Legal Professionals. https://www.linkedin.com/in/rene-perras-legalauthority/
Basically, a flexible workspace should be able to shift and bend to a wide variety of industries and types of work. In this way, flexible workspaces resemble a community center where people can come together for a broad range of activities.
Why Flexibility Matters
Flexibility in the workplace has never been more important than it is right now. A growing number of workers want a better work-life balance, and more companies are discovering they have to offer it to attract top talent. Consider the following statistics:
- Flexible work is becoming the norm for small businesses - 67% of small businesses now offer flexible work. These flexible work arrangements vary by company. For example, some businesses allow remote work, while others give their employees days off for volunteering in the community. The bottom line is that work is changing and becoming less rigid.
- Employees with flexible work arrangements are happier – When surveyed, 73% of workers said that having a flexible work arrangement made them more satisfied about work. In addition, 78% said that having a flexible work arrangement increased their productivity.
- Flexible work arrangements influence whether candidates accept a job offer – 77% of workers said that a flexible work arrangement played a role in whether they accepted a job offer. In fact, 36% of employed workers said they would probably seek other employment soon due to a lack of flexible work with their current employer.
This data shows that modern workers value flexible work arrangements. Furthermore, a growing number of workers say they would like to leave their job to find work with an employer that offers flexible work opportunities. Companies of all sizes can get ahead of the curve by adapting now, as the data shows it is quite likely workers will continue to seek out job opportunities that offer flexible work arrangements.
In fact, the rise of the flexible work arrangement has led scholars from the World Economic Forum to discuss a Fourth Industrial Revolution. This refers to the concept of workers moving away from a brick and mortar workplace into something much more flexible, whether it’s working from home, using a co-working space, or working in a flexible work environment that can accommodate changing needs.
Author Qamar Zaman
Qamar Zaman is a Chief Growth Officer of KISS PR.
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