Smart companies understand that workspaces are a business tool. An office environment reflects and reinforces a business’s core values, through the placement of different teams and functions and design elements that reflect culture, brand, and values.
For example, we’ve seen an explosion of open office layouts, in part because openness, transparency, and collaboration are some of the attributes companies strive for today. Sometimes these designs work well; however, research shows that this collaborative pushmay be too much of a good thing. Increasingly, people are rediscovering the value of quiet and focus and asking for spaces where they can concentrate.
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While Flexible workspaces was initially adopted by freelancers and small teams (not bigger than 2-5 members). The trends are changing, and big teams in big businesses want a piece of it.
Corporate employees are swapping suits for jeans and occupying desks at these flexible spaces. In tandem, co-working chains have emerged, offering slick operations.
IndiQube is in the business of providing Flexible Office spaces ( Co working and Dedicated ) to start ups , freelancers , Entrepreneurs , SMEs, ODCs and emerging companies. It creates a right business environment for companies to thrive. Growth and Flexibility are the pillars of Indiqube which differentiates us from other players in market.
As part of the value proposition, IndiQube designs and delivers co-working / enclosed office spaces, builds and manages common amenities such as cafeteria, gym, reception desk and provides complete office services like maintenance, security, housekeeping, power back-up etc. Our technology driven Ecosystem of growth lets company concentrate on things that matter to their business, by providing well-crafted and professionally managed space infrastructure, Employee Facilities and Partnered spaces.
Our partnership with the start-ups nurtures when they grow. We help them seamlessly transit to their own dedicated office/space which reflects their brand etio’s
We have developed about 500,000 sft of office space across talent hotbeds in Bangalore and have over 80 clients like Bluestone, FreshMenu, LendingKart, Cloudnine, Redseer and Micromax to name a few.
Coworking isn’t a new notion. In 15th-century Florence, painters, sculptors, architects, engineers and scientists worked together in the Renaissance “bottega.” Bottega workshops brought together different types of talent to compete, collaborate, learn and improve, most often under a master teacher. These bottegas created environments that increased the level of discussion among diverse groups and helped these individuals to turn their ideas into actions. The interactions led to higher levels of innovation for all.
People haven’t changed. We still gain new ideas from interacting, collaborating and competing with others. A setting that brings different groups together and encourages interaction is exactly the type of environment that spurs entrepreneurial growth.
There are dozens of examples of coworkers collaborating, innovating and working together. However, we find that most of them fall into one of these four categories:
1. Networking and collaborating.
Coworking allows you the opportunity to network and collaborate with a wide range of bright minds. You might even make new friends in the process. Proximity gives you the chance to “pick the brains” of professionals in your own line of work as well as those in related fields. Freelance writers might choose to office with graphic designers, website designers, programmers and other writers whose work and insights help shape new perspectives.
2. Breaking out of your comfort zone.
Working across the desk from someone with a completely different skill set can help you discover a new source of ideas. You might find your brain is starting to work in different ways, too.
3. Working at your own pace.
Coworking makes it possible for you to create some space between you and your clients — just enough to redirect energy to your own projects and move at your own pace. Stop devoting hours to the same interruptions and distractions that normally plague your days. Why not work in a new environment, surrounded by new people and new stimuli? Coworking can be a respite from day-to-day workplace worries about strict deadlines or clients trying to reach you at your primary location.
4. Avoiding loneliness.
Working at home can have an isolating effect after a period of time. Coworking is an easy fix. Working amidst others can lend a sense of camaraderie, even when you’re creating alongside complete strangers.
Coworking is a growing trend. Some coworking spaces provide a lot more than just affordable and flexible office space, coffee and conference rooms. They offer a community of support.
You can’t be what you can’t see
Better yet are roles models who aren’t just a story in the media. In coworking communities, they’re people you grab a cup of coffee with or engage in conversation around the water cooler.
Research shows that entrepreneurs with larger and more diverse networks grow their businesses bigger. Yet, even though women are great communicators and collaborators, we don’t excel at building power networks. Women tend to build deep and narrow networks while men wide and shallow ones. The weaker ties built by casting a wide networking net are the greatest source of new ideas, information and opportunities.
Limited networks make it difficult for female founders to find capital, customers, vendors, employees, etc. At coworking spaces, your next client, investor or future partner may be part of the community. Or, a person you meet can refer you to the people you need to meet.
Starting a new business by yourself presents a lot of challenge and difficulty. People often think that working at your own time and space is already a luxury by itself. However, what they don’t see is the struggle an entrepreneur faces on a daily basis.
Working at home does present a lot of benefits. It allows you to manage your own time and when you want to work. You can easily tweak and schedule your meetings, social activities, and other errands based on your availability.
On the other hand, even though working in your home office sounds pretty amazing, it can be quite daunting at times. A lot of entrepreneurs tend to lose their balance and structure, especially since it can be very easy for you to decide and follow your own schedule based on your mood or preference. One of the best ways to avoid losing yourself to time and lack of system is to try a co-working space.
Today’s knowledge workers require both collaborative (public) and focus-oriented (private) space, and these spaces need to provide the connection between function and the culture it is meant to embody. If designed effectively, the workspace can lead to improved engagement scores, increased productivity and higher work product quality.
It is estimated that over 80 percent of work is done is some form of collaborative environment. This number will continue to rise with the increase in distributed regional and global work, in addition to technology options that facilitate virtual team environments.
Companies have long experimented with shared workspace and measured its impact on workers. Shared workspaces, historically, foster co-operation and inculcate a sense of productivity.
Let’s go back in time, just a little, to understand the correlation between co-working and productivity!