Decentralization of Workspaces (Hub-and-Spoke Model)

Business How To’s

11 August 2021

Decentralization of Workspaces (Hub-and-Spoke Model)

  • Posted by Awfis Editorial

Decentralization of Workspaces (Hub-and-Spoke Model)

With a swift surge in the technological dimension, various enterprises and industries are inclining toward changing their organizational structure during the COVID-19 pandemic. One such consideration is the decentralization of workspaces to accomplish an effective business workflow, while strictly adhering to social distancing. The notion of decentralization has existed for decades. However, it is attracting attention now to create a stimulating workspace. Let us explore its aspects.

What is decentralization of workspaces?

Decentralization of workspaces refers to an organizational structure in which the co-working environment is stretched, giving the employees opportunities to work remotely or from several satellite offices. The primary aim is to create an extensive yet comfortable network for employees, retaining the same co-working space with effective online services.

However, though it sounds like a cakewalk, it is not easy to accomplish without well-defined plans and constructive models. For this reason, prominent platforms such as Awfis provide top-tier co-working and flex spaces that aid the decentralized approach of companies. This approach offers several effective products such as flex workspaces, enterprise workspaces, remote, and work from home solutions for considerable growth in the ventures. Among the persisting hybrid models provided by these online service providers, the hub-and-spoke model stands out for its optimal framework.

Hub-and-spoke model: A decentralized workspace solution

According to this model, the main building (hub) interconnects with satellite offices (spokes) established at different places, depending on the requirements and availability. All these spokes directly report to the main office with complete security and privacy guidelines. The productive services of flex spaces facilitate this network with efficient communication between the main office and its micro-offices.

Benefits of decentralization through the hub-and-spoke model

The merits of decentralization double with the proper integration of flex spaces. A need for interactive arrangements and organized systems with efficient tools and services often arises. In the section below, we list some of its beneficial aspects.

1.Expanding business reach

The plan to extend the business depends on the reach to the targeted place. The decentralization of workplaces facilitates the process of instituting new offices where this requirement arises. By identifying that the demand for certain products and services is escalating in a specific area, a satellite office (spoke) can independently cater to the needs of that area.

For example, you can design a suitable layout for a particular office vis-à-vis that native office area. Moreover, it will enhance the reliability of your users experiencing the precisely targeted products as per convenience, retaining more consumers. The new business units can be established in various places to keep track of that specific region and implement the necessary modifications in strategies accordingly.

2.Empowering employees

Employee empowerment is a key outcome of the decentralization process, and with the rise in official units, the independent positions also increase in number. The employees assigned these positions usually feel like valuable assets and have a sense of importance. The mental reward associated with empowerment tends to increase their input, leading to the betterment of the business. This overall process of assigned autonomy compels them to make crucial decisions wisely, blending them with creative ideas that are the consequences of their experience.

The empowered and resourceful employees with autonomy can do wonders for the company, as they can reduce redundant tasks and enhance the efficiency of the workplace. The hub-and-spoke model can bind the employees with the desired perks before they are assigned their posts.

3.Retrenching the burden

The decentralization process is already alluding to the notion of distributing the daily tasks. To elaborate, whenever you establish novel business sub-units away from the main office, many tasks get transferred to employees. One aspect is that new offices have less work as compared to established offices, so the daily operational workload is shared among them. Further, the hub-and-spoke system curtails the average work and produces opportunities for formulating business expansion plans.

4.Quick and efficient decision-making

With the availability of more managers or heads of a particular sub-unit (spoke), the autonomy they enjoy leads to unrestrained decision-making without any red-tapism, where each decision is approved after going through a long chain of command. Hence, the hub-and-spoke model reduces wasted time and allows the enterprise to act quickly to reach various resolutions.

5.Cost-effectiveness

The economical aspect of the decentralization process is mostly positive. First, the real estate costs of a company can drastically decrease if they choose to decentralize by implementing work from home (WFH). Various utility bills are eliminated if the workspace is largely online, using cost-effective services from a renowned provider like Awfis.

Industries adopting decentralization

A large chunk of industries is opting to decentralize their workspace to operate more efficiently. Many industries such as information technology (IT), marketing, advertising, and real estate have started investing in co-working and flex spaces, providing online platforms. The global market demands various productive hybrid models to efficiently decentralize their entire business, due to high competition.

All the aspects discussed above hint at the considerable advantages of platforms providing cost-effective solutions for companies with efficient flex spaces for work. These services also facilitate the flexibility that provides the freedom to make decisions and implement them without delay. Besides, employee satisfaction increases due to the convenience these services provide.

Security is the utmost priority as sensitive data transmission occurs daily. Choosing decentralization and working in conformity with flex spaces during the deadly COVID-19 pandemic sounds like a good deal. Preventing the spread of the virus through human contact will eventually lower the number of sick employees. Thus, a stronger, larger workforce will enhance productivity.

Final thoughts

Decentralization has already gained a lot of prominence among large corporates. It involves the constructive blending of the workflow of businesses with well-organized and technology-enabled workspaces. The companies following the hub-and-spoke model of decentralization are responsible for providing every vital amenity an office needs for its efficient working.

Here, Awfis shines, empowering the small- to large-scale corporate businesses while elevating their overall performance. Awfis provides office spaces through different enterprise solutions such as virtual and physical cabins, design and build solutions, integrated facility management, and remote working solutions. Hence, every potential requirement in the decentralization of your business will be met in one place.

 

7 Types Of Colleagues Found In Every Successful Organization

Business How To’s

25 August 2021

7 Types Of Colleagues Found In Every Successful Organization

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A dynamic enterprise usually thrives on a cocktail full of spunky personalities. Each brings in their unique talents and habits that fit like perfect pieces in a puzzle. From the sassy boss to the clingy colleague, here’s some types that you are bound to bump into…

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1. The compulsive foodie(s)

Instead of clients, this one’s got all the city’s restaurants on speed dial. From Domino’s to the latest hotspot in town, their peckish appetite will ensure that there’s plenty food circulating all around office. Whether, you’ve got random board meetings or your team’s working at odd hours – you’ll never be hungry ever.

2. The witty assassin

This one will ‘slay’ you more lethally than Beyonce or Eminem ever will.  Come hell or sunshine, he or she’s got the perfect comeback for every painful person and situation. Known for having their fair share of haters, they’re also true entertainers. But, it’ll do you good to remember that it’s a war of words that’s not worth playing….

3. The jack-of-all trades

From sweet talking to https://www.https://www.awfis.com/inspiration/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/shutterstock_3835072871.jpg.com/inspiration/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Awfis-is-your-new-Office1.jpg to executing any kind of project – you name it & it is done.  This breed seldom takes no for an answer.  Whatever is touched turns to gold and they will leave you wondering how it got done. If you need a helping hand, an insightful shrink, or someone to walk your dog, rest assured you can depend on this pro multi-tasker with your eyes shut!

4. The road runner

This famous few will be on their toes, always on the phone, pretending to be busier than the Kardashians.  Your’re more likely to see them at the office door as a permanent fixture. All the worlds’ people know this person and this social butterfly is likely to know everyone. Constantly on the move, you’ll need this PR pro to take your business to places.

5. The tech geek

You’ll always find this genius, behind a bunch of wires, computers and applications. Broke a light bulb, had a short-circuit or you found your desktop suddenly crashed… Fret not. Dexter’s got the perfect fix. Quiet and demure, he probably takes pride in being faster than a normal computer. But, if you’re a know-it-all, then you might not like this mister…

6. The swear champion

This person believes in pure tough love. Yeah, ouch! When the pressure builds up and clients turn demanding, then be sure to hear a spew of gushing swears. Whether it’s loud and clear or below the belt, this one is feared and they sure know how to get work done. Tip: They are usually in positions of power and you’d rather never cross the line with them

7. The constant complainer

This one’s a problem magnet. Even on the brightest day where there’s plenty of reason to rejoice, this type loves telecasting their worries. This includes the coffee machine, that might have broken down or the weather that suddenly turned rotten – there’s always something to say. However, their minute observation constantly keeps you in check and hey! Be assured that you’ll get plenty feedback for the tiniest things on agenda.

But whether you like it or not… take each of these types with a pinch of salt, because they make for the big brains and even bigger learning curves…

Things Every Entrepreneur Can Learn From Pursuit of Happyness

Business How To’s

25 August 2021

Things Every Entrepreneur Can Learn From Pursuit of Happyness

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Pursuit of Happyness is an iconic movie which was released in 2006. It has been 10  years since it released, but never fails to inspire the viewer. It fills the person with a determination to fight for their dreams irrespective of the hindrances that come along.

Based on a true story of Chris Gardner, a man who loses everything , but manages to get everything because of his perseverance. They show how Chris and his son battle a period of homelessness selling medical bone density scanners while being enrolled in an internship as a stock broker.

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Here are the important things that every entrepreneur can take from the movie:

1. Be ready for extreme hardships:

We’ve seen in the movie that Chris Gardner goes through numerous hardships. Whether it comes to selling his bone density scanners or taking up an internship while managing to take care of his son and provide for him. He doesn’t lose his determination even when everything seems bleak. It’s important not to give up and go on and try to overcome the problems that we come across, daily.

2. Aim for the stars

Always aim high! Believe in yourself and everything can be conquerable. Chris Gardner took a chance and went for an option of interning as a stockbroker where only one person at the end would be given a job! He took a chance when the odds were against him and proved that all you need is an opportunity to achieve things when you set your heart at it.

3. Put In all the effort

When you want to achieve something make sure you give your best shot. A half hearted attempted is a good as not giving it a try. Chris Gardner has many close calls, where anyone else would have given up. He even fixes a bone density scanner at the homeless shelter to make the ends meet.  He has proved that if one wants anything eagerly in life, they should work as if their life depends on it.

4. Never let anyone’s judgement cloud your decision

Do not forget to believe in yourself, even if everyone gives up on you. Your decisions should be made on the basis of your logic and intuition rather than someone else’s judgement. Chris does not give up on the internship even when his wife leaves him. Instead he gets even more determined to succeed. Listen to your heart and no one else’s opinion. Immerse yourself in your dream idea!

5. Never show signs of weakness

Always show your strengths. The moment you do that, everything will fall into place. Fear is the toxin, hope and belief is the antidote. Chris always greeted everyone on a positive note and did not even flinch when he has to shell out his last 5$ to pay for executives cab fare. Quick thinking and how you transform your weaknesses into strengths is what matters eventually.

Chris Gardner’s remarkable achievements show that no matter how many obstacles you face, the rules for success are the same for everyone. If you follow the rules, no matter how difficult it gets, you will reap the reward of your own “Pursuit of Happyness.”

5 Effective Strategies to Market Your Freelance Career

Business How To’s

25 August 2021

5 Effective Strategies to Market Your Freelance Career

  • Posted by awfis

What’s better than doing the job that you love and getting paid for it? That’s the life of a freelancer. You get the best of both the worlds where you get to mix passion and profession together. Freelancing is no magic, you can either be an individual with your own website or a part of a team who has been taking up projects from various clients for over a period of time.

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If you are a freelancer and are wondering about the next steps to make it successful, here are some strategies that we think will help you make it a long term career.

  1. Create a checklist of your deliverables:

The first step to promote your freelance career is to list down your skill set in the order of strength. It can be writing, graphic designing, creating video content or anything else that you think is your forte. Once you have this list ready, your reality will be in front of your eyes. The strengths can eventually result into a niche market of your own, via freelancing.

  1. Make sure your content reaches your target audience:

In today’s world identifying your potential client, plays key while marketing for the freelancer. In order to ensure this, make sure that your content is shared on all the social media platforms. For example, if you have created a video make sure you maximize it on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and other relevant social media platforms. With this you can increase the visibility of your content and influence them with your content.

  1. Do not forget to focus on e-mail marketing:

E-mails are the best way to reach the correct target audience. The click through rate might be less compared to other social media platforms but around 90% of the audience using e-mails check it daily. People sign up for various sites knowing that they would be receiving mails from that particular website. It is the easiest way to cover a large network area. If you are a little shy or lack the opportunity to connect with the right market, cold emailing will be the best way to reach out to your target.

  1. Maintain your website traffic and Inquiry section efficiently:

The easiest way for people to contact you is through the inquiry section on your website. Do respond to inquiries as soon as you can as this will uplift the credibility of your brand. Along with that make sure Search Engine Optimisation and Search Engine Marketing for your page/website is up to mark. As they say, optimizing the page is better than being lost somewhere amidst millions of similar searches.

  1. Get referrals from your clients:

Referrals provide authenticity to your work. Word of mouth is better than any other form of marketing. Use it as an advantage and get credibility for your work. Effective relationships are built over a period of time. They not only enable you to reach out to your potential clients, but also motivate you to perform better. Do not hesitate to get testimonials from clients you’ve delivered great service to!

Using these strategies will prove beneficial for kick-starting your freelancing career. If you are ready and confident about your freelancing skills, it’s time to implement these strategies in reality!