Flex it: co-working spaces not only save money, but they can also help increase productivity

Advertorial • January 2017

The art of flexible working

Whether you’re working on the road or starting a new venture, Regus’ smart co-working spaces offer an agile, flexible and cost-effective solution for 21st-century businesses

Give up the ghost (desking)
They’re known as the ‘ghost desks’ – those unoccupied workstations that sit silently in the corner of your office, gathering dust and draining your business of money. And businesses have every right to be spooked: under-utilised office space is costing UK businesses billions of pounds each year.

Happily, times are changing. Today’s business owners recognise the need to think flexibly, re-imagining the world of work not only to save money, but also to develop new practices that bring the very best out of employees and increase productivity.

Taking space on an as-needed basis makes sense for businesses that no longer want to be locked into long-term fixed and inflexible leases. After all, why pay for an office with 30 desks when only 15 are ever occupied?

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Not alone: shared working spaces can encourage networking and collaboration

Location, location, location?
Flexible workspaces give businesses of every size the freedom to act fast and make better decisions. A firm wanting to open a new division or department can do so immediately, secure in the knowledge that essential IT and front-of-house administrative matters are taken care of by the workspace provider. New teams can turn-up, plug-in and get to work, with no wait for leasing negotiations or re-location logistics.

A recent Regus survey of over 3,000 UK professionals outlines the importance placed on flexibility. When faced with two similar jobs, nine in 10 professionals would select the one offering flexible working, while half of respondents agreed they would “actively change job” if one with more flexible working was offered.

Unlike previous generations, workplace flexibility is no longer regarded as a perk – rather, it is expected. By positioning in a more agile fashion businesses can cast their recruitment net wider – location no longer being a handicap to securing the best employees.

“When faced with two similar jobs, nine in 10 professionals would select the one offering flexible working”

You are not alone
Working flexibly does not mean working in isolation. The same Regus survey identified that nearly 90 per cent of professionals believe co-working “helps curb loneliness for homeworkers”. Co-working is one of the biggest workplace trends of the moment, describing a workspace that is occupied by individuals from a number of different companies and that encourages networking and collaboration.

These environments are specifically created to foster innovation and drive productivity, with employee wellbeing firmly to the fore when it comes to the design of communal areas such as cafés, bars and activity-led breakout areas.

Regus is at the forefront of this trend, with a growing network of over 3,000 locations in 120 countries worldwide.  Today, our conversations with business-leaders cover the financial benefits of a more flexible workplace approach. But the conversation moves beyond the financial – namely, how to provide the best environment for workers, so that they in turn might provide their best work for you.

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