Guest post from our series on Property Futures, by Mirsolav Miroslavov, at OfficeRnD:
Flexible Workspace in Agile World
‘The only thing that is constant is change’
The last two decades were marked by the significant organisational transformation from predictive to an adaptive way of working. Business organisations of all sizes had to adapt and react quicker in order to stay relevant in the world of breakneck technology disruption. The agile – rapid and flexible response to change – became the preferred way of working even for large organizations.
The higher pace of change, agility and innovation require more flexibility in all services and facilities used by businesses. However, commercial real estate still operates within the traditional model and has been slow to adapt.
Companies of all sizes demand flexible terms when it comes to office lease. They want to pay for the space they use, when they use it. When the business grows, the office grows with it. Flexible working will boom in the next 20 years. Most commercial real estate buildings will be managed by flexible facility management operators that provide the office and business support services needed by the organisations. The office space will become a service. Business organisations will pay only for what they use.
The creative and agile workforce expect flexibility and collaboration in the office. Different tasks require different ways of working; whether working from home, collaborative space or a quiet office.
Coworking spaces bring flexibility and collaboration into one physical space. Organisations and freelancers will be able to choose from a variety of flavours – ranging from boutique small spaces for creative professionals to high rise buildings for established companies.
The transition from rigid to flexible space management can be tricky. We saw this for ourselves when the startup we worked in became a huge corporate beast. The company tried to create a dynamic and agile corporate environment that provided the necessary flexibility but it was clear that managing a flexible workspace required a huge effort from the office and facility managers.
The trend towards co-working was already studied, so the opportunity was defined from both experience and analysis. We decided to leave our work and develop a platform to completely remove all the hassle in managing flexible offices and coworking spaces.
The future of office management is to provide a flexible and collaborative environment for its occupiers to grow and thrive, offloading all facilities management and minimising real estate costs. Only specialised software, like OfficeRnD, can manage collaborative, efficient and flexible coworking spaces, serviced offices and business centres. As workspaces accommodate co-working they need systems to automate the members on-boarding and billing cycles, easy conference room bookings, space management, help desk support and also integrates with security and wifi systems.
Company bio: OfficeRnD
OfficeR&D is a beautiful platform for managing coworking spaces, serviced offices and business centres. It enables the managers to handle all business critical processes in very visual and interactive way. Furthermore, it gives the community a means to collaborate, book meeting rooms and engage via the web portal and mobile app.
Author bio: Miro Miroslavov, CEO OfficeR&D
Miro is a software engineer, entrepreneur and co-founder of OfficeR&D. He loves everything about office design, flexible working and high-quality software. He tries to bring this all together into OfficeR&D.