Flexible workspace operators will play a big role in the future as companies increasingly look towards adopting a hybrid work model, according to experts.
In a webinar by Awfis, home-grown flex workspace provider – ‘Occupiers Evolution: Shifting Workplace Preferences in 2021′, experts said that workforce is the crucial part of the organisation and as such as leaders must constantly adapt to meet the ever-evolving needs of employees as they are the future.
“Organisations across the globe are experiencing a profound workplace transformation. Companies have recognised the importance of adaptability, as they seek to establish workplaces where different kinds of professionals from all sectors come together to collaborate and innovate,” said Amit Ramani, CEO & Founder, Awfis and Vice President, Indian Workspace Association.
Covid-19 has made organisations revaluate their workplace strategies, as they work towards managing the demands of a new generation of workers and move towards a strategy of agile working. Going forward, businesses with worker centric workplace strategies that focus on flexibility, collaboration and the human experience will be the winners in the post pandemic era.
“Partnerships with flexible workspace operators might be the way to go in the future – considering the employee behaviour and industry response to the current situation. In Tier 2 cities with growth potential, instead of conventional office spaces, organizations are starting small by investing in flexible office spaces and expanding them as the business grows,” said Narayanan Duraiswamy, senior Vice President IT & Operations, Xoriant.
According to experts, remote working and work from home are more likely to become widely accepted due to its success in the past one year. However, companies need to keep in mind that they need to assess the pros and cons and accordingly decide based on what is best for the organisation.
“The winning formula going ahead will be how organisations design and adopt a work from home or a hybrid model accordingly, to enable its people to feel safe and secure and inspire them to come back to offices when they are needed. The desire to come and work in offices should be inherent and both work from home and work from anywhere concepts need to be accepted,” said Abhishek Bhate, MD & CEO, Wurth IT India.
Experts points out that the whole gamut of how organisations operate have been changing as there is a shift from wanting traditional office spaces to more collaborative spaces.
It has become important to respect employees’ need for safety and hygiene. Organisations must evolve their workplace strategies in accordance and ensure a healthy space for employees to work in.
“Organisations need to strike a balance between optimising costs and meeting the expectations of internal customers. There is a need to be economical as well as a need to provide good quality and sustainable work environments which will be helpful in reducing costs, improving productivity, and enhancing the customer experience,” said Saurabh Sehgal, Head Administration & Facilities, Navi
Going ahead, organisations need to create workplaces that employees want to come back to. Flexible workplaces are more likely to become the norm here as it allows employees to work from their preferred locations, reduce commute time and offer them greater freedom and convenience.
“The need of the hour is to take care of employee health and to address the touchpoints of what the employee is going through when they enter offices or facilities. This crisis has given an opportunity for organisations to do things differently, whether its infrastructure development or operations,” said Guruprakash Sastry, Regional Head – Infrastructure/Green Initiatives,