Companies urged to tap flexible working spaces 

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    THE new coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)  pandemic caused companies across the globe to adapt the remote working model to ensure employees’ wellness and safety. Technology has made this easier and more feasible.

    While working from home has brought a great deal of convenience, it has also highlighted issues ranging from the lack of conducive work space, distractions at home to decreased morale.

    This is why remote working is an option and  should be encouraged, according to  flexible working space provider WeWork.

    WeWork said companies will want to have multiple workspaces in the same vicinity to support their segregated workforce, e.g. alternate staffing or having or setting up their headquarters in one building and have supporting functions in other  locations.

    “WeWork has redefined the workspace over the years, reimagined for the way spaces are sourced, built and designed to ultimately bring people together and help members be successful,” said  Turochas  Fuad, WeWork managing director for Southeast Asia and Korea. Fuad said the WeWork space design intends to achieve an elevated office environment and experience for the members, “promoting better collaboration, productivity, comfort and happiness in the workplace.”

    “Having a workspace remains as a powerful tool to foster engagement, inspire innovation, and drive productivity. A well designed one will further elevate the work environment and experience for employees, promoting better collaboration, comfort and happiness in the workplace. It is now even more important to provide employees with the confidence of a workplace that prioritizes their health and safety,” he said.

    Over the last few weeks, the WeWork SEA team has spent time reviewing feedback and working with industry partners and government bodies across health and safety, cleaning, construction, and design to install enhancements. From modifying shared spaces with staggered seating and buffer zones to heightened cleaning and sanitization measures, the focus will be on three key areas: prioritizing personal space, cleanliness, and behavioral signage.

    WeWork said the pandemic has also reinforced physical workspaces as essential in times of disruptive events for continuity of business operations.

    At the same time, flexible workspaces give enterprises of all sizes the ability to scale the amount of space needed.

    As the Philippines continues to attract more interest from global and regional companies, WeWork said flexible working spaces can address their real estate needs with speed-to-market up to three times faster than traditional options and with end-to-end solutions from IT, employee experience to security and now post-COVID 19 solutions.

    Up until this month, WeWork Philippines has been able to track a 25 percent increase in enterprise members from 2019, being one of the markets with the highest growth across Southeast Asia, next to Malaysia.

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