The 5 Pillars That Define a Modern-day Workspace

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20 November 2019

The 5 Pillars That Define a Modern-day Workspace

  • Posted by Awfis Editorial

In a world that is increasingly becoming more connected, only businesses that leverage the emerging ecosystems can stay relevant. For businesses to thrive – not just survive – in this competitive environment, it’s important to embrace the changing realities at work. With the contemporary rules of work, a coworking space could well be the conduit that germinates a good idea, giving it wings or wheels. The Awfis centre located at Sreshta Marvel in Hyderabad is a fine example of such a modern-day workspace. Here’s looking at the five pillars that support the making of successful modern-day workspaces:

Driving the spirit of innovation

 * Location
As cities expand in all directions, location is a vital factor that cannot be over-emphasised. Since attracting the best talent is key for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to stay ahead of the game, having an office in a strategic location is often critical to success; such a location offers easy commute as well as a business address that’s synonymous with ambition. The latest Awfis centre at Sreshta Marvel, in Gachibowli, Hyderabad meets the ideal location parameters and offers a prestigious business address which also serves as a window into the business’s vision for growth among potential clientele.

With its 200+ workstations at reasonable and flexible rental charges, located strategically in the heart of Hyderabad, the Awfis centre’s fully functional offices with hi-tech infrastructure invite a diverse workforce. The area isn’t just home to some of the city’s best IT and corporate parks, but also offers ample of recreational opportunities for professionals. This promotes interesting collaborations, networking and business opportunities between uniquely skilled individuals.

*Work-life balance

The nature of entrepreneurial work, whether you are working independently, with a start-up, or a mid-sized company, demands that you have a dynamic and flexible schedule.  Therefore, it becomes important that offices factor in this need for work-life balance or even better, work-life integration.

Ingrained in Awfis’s brand ethos, which is ‘Where work meets life’, the Gachibowli coworking space offers such a unique work environment by offering a sense of quiet as well as the opportunity to unwind with various formal and informal events. In fact, the collab zone is a dedicated area designed for professionals to come together and not just ideate, but also unwind together. It is often used to host community experiences, retail popups, festive celebrations or simply for networking within the community. Further, the centre’s location makes it plausible for professionals putting in long hours to step out for recreation and relaxation without losing precious time on commute.

* Design Philosophy

Conventional office spaces that house single organisations invariably suffer the brunt of hierarchy, isolation, and low self-motivation levels. On the other hand, community working promotes harmonious co-existence and collaboration opportunities, facilitating professional growth. Individuals thrive when they have an elevated work experience and exercise a degree of autonomy, essential qualities for a modern organization to succeed at fast decision making and agility.

Therefore, the centre is designed in a manner that individuals have equal access to both – a sense of privacy and quiet as well adequate interaction areas for discussions and inspiration.  It features functional seating plans, armed with contemporary work stations as well as a thoughtfully designed collab zone, cabins and meetings rooms. Bright, uncluttered and spacious, the coworking space adapts to the millennial mind-set. Sound-proof meeting pods on the other hand ensure adequate privacy for those one-on-one undisturbed conversations.

* Aesthetics

Aesthetics also play a key role in defining the energy of any work space and subsequently, those who work there. The Awfis centre is based on inspiration drawn from warehouse-type architecture known as industrial chic. The use of raw wood, industrial light fittings, Brooklyn-glazed partitions, texture paint, etc. create a mood that’s synonymous with collaboration. There’s ample storage space to eliminate cluttered work tables. The fixed desk spaces and premium cabins offer pedestal storage, white boards and pin-up boards, while flexible desk spaces are spread across the vibrant community table setup. Low-hanging bulbs adorn the ceilings, complementing the earthy hues of the mustard and grey interiors.

  * Products

Agile businesses demand access to state-of-art technology and infrastructure facilities, such as high-speed WIFI, video projection, video conferencing, high speed internet, laser printing and the like. The option to work beyond conventional office hours are the other vital demands.

 

Entry into the Awfis premises is allowed only through Near-Field Communication- (NFC) based access cards. This allows each member to work without any disruptions, and conveniently at the pace they choose. Just-in-time booking through the Awfis mobile app makes it easier than ever before to book the coworking space. What’s more, all members get access to the Awfis Rewards program. As South Asia’s largest co-working space, AWFIS is committed to delivering impactful and memorable coworking experiences.

 

Conclusion

Change is inevitable, but progress is not. Coworking spaces are paving the way for informal work environments that facilitate maximum productivity and nurture a learning-rich community of modern professionals. Because work should be a pleasurable activity, not a chore. Only then, can those great ideas translate into remarkable realities.

 

If you are looking for such a coworking space in Hyderabad, browse through the Gachibowli Awfis centre here.

5 Work Practices that will Stay with Us Post COVID-19

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27 July 2020

5 Work Practices that will Stay with Us Post COVID-19

  • Posted by Awfis Editorial

As the world order continues to change, pushing us to a whole new system of working, it has given rise to new trends and practices that will define the future of organizations. Employers will need to rethink operations with a new perspective, make it more purpose-driven, explore newer possibilities, and harness the potential of this new system to work and make it effective. From employee management to process planning, performance evaluation, and customer experience, major business functions are going to see a new day.

Some of the major long-term changes that are imminent are:

Being Digital-first

Businesses have been toying with the idea of transforming themselves to fit into the ever-expanding digital landscape. Now, it has become more of a need than a want. Particularly the customer-facing service industry has woken up to the critical benefits of being digital-first. By integrating cloud-based operations, process automation, machine learning, etc., businesses will not only improve their functions but will also manage their costs better, boost productivity, and balance human and tech resources.

Complete digitalization of day-to-day work practices will continue, whether it is in a physical or virtual office space. Daily functions like project management, customer/client interaction, evaluation, feedback, etc. will also see heavy usage of digital tools in the coming years.

Decentralized and distributed workforce

In the wake of the pandemic, businesses have learned that distributing your human resources will only make your business stronger. The virtual work environment will continue and provide more opportunities for temp roles, independent contractors, stay-at-home parents, etc., thus amplifying the culture of remote working. This will allow businesses to expand operations across geographies without any hefty establishment costs or entry barriers. Thus, the new workforce will be diverse in their skills and can support customer/client needs across different locations, eventually boosting production volumes.

Increased focus on employer branding

The new generation workforce seeks transparency, inclusivity, and security. And now more than ever due to a major health scare. Employees today want to be part of an organization that pays attention to their lives and not just job skills. Organizations which openly communicate about the physical and mental impact of the current situation will stand out to be the progressive ones. Focusing on establishing an employer brand that nurtures and nourishes its human resources, amid all odds, will also attract top talents when hiring and help retain them.

Transition from readiness to resistance

While operational efficiency is essential, resilience is needed to sustain the efficiency. And resilience comes from agility. As of today, companies that have made themselves adaptive to change are stronger than ever and are the ones who can thrive better in the future. The agility of business functions comes from cross-functional training and expanding skillsets of your workforce. There will be more emphasis on skill upgrade and flexible work practices so they can thrive despite disruptive scenarios.

Evolved work ethics

The pandemic has brought to light a lot of ethics concerns with respect to work practices, organizational decisions, and overall employer-employee experience. This has been a learning period for all, and organizations are now realizing its impact on the bottom line. In the coming time, we can expect to see more well-defined work ethics in terms of awareness and being proactive to health and safety, work-life balance, and improved organizational culture.

Some of these trends can be seen as an impact of current circumstances, while the others are only a step- up from earlier practices that were long due, only accelerated by the changing times. No matter what the cause, the effect will only be of an evolved work landscape.

How to keep your team connected when working remotely?

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20 July 2020

How to keep your team connected when working remotely?

  • Posted by Awfis Editorial

In the wake of the global pandemic, many organizations are now working remotely from their homes. While the work environment has changed, the need to keep it running smoothly hasn’t. In fact, constant communication, especially within teams, has become more necessary than ever. Despite innovative tools and techniques, people still feel something is amiss in the new set up. Whether you are a seasoned remote worker or a WFH newbie, virtual team management could be a challenge and yet is vital to ensure that the new work setup is a success.

Here are a few tips to make your internal communication more effective and teams more collaborative.

Make the most of communication tools

While working from home, one of the major issues that both employers and employees face is staying connected constantly. Thanks to online communication tools that issue can be easily dealt with. As of today, almost every office operation can be managed using collaborative tools for project management, communication, meetings, and more. You might not have the flexibility to talk across your desks and get an instant response, but you can still recreate the same system using instant group messaging tools like Slack and Google Hangouts. To make the most of team meetings, use video calls and conferencing apps instead of audio-only options so you can maintain your original team environment.

Be responsive at all times

Whether you are a team lead or manager or just a team member, being responsive is vital to stay connected to your coworkers and ensure that work is flowing smoothly. However, since WFH keeps you away from a visible office environment, it can make you lax. To avoid that, be online at all times and respond to queries and approvals instantly, so your team knows you are around and available. It also helps in resolving issues and addressing problems without any time lapse.

Set meeting schedules

WFH or virtual office is still pretty new for a lot of people. To streamline the workday, it is important to set a schedule and maintain a routine, just like you would in a physical office space. If you used to have a daily team meeting at the start and end of the day, then continue to do so, only inform your team in advance and stick to the set times, unless, of course, there is an emergency.

Be proactive

Being proactive is the key to an organized work practice but more so when you are away from your team and other coworkers. When taking breaks, inform your team members, so everyone is aware and know when and when not to expect you. Encourage the same from other team members as well.

Be inclusive

Social distancing doesn’t mean social isolation. People might be working remotely, but they still have the need for socializing and sharing their day-to-day events. Encourage people to interact with their work buddies as much as possible. If feasible, plan group lunches on a video call and use the time to talk about things of common interest and bridge the gap that often comes with a virtual work environment. From problem-solving to brainstorming creative ideas, do it as a group, and bring the human touch to your team communication.

Making your team members feel connected and included at all times, especially in these challenging circumstances, would only ensure better coordination and thus higher productivity.

6 Must-Have Remote Work Tools to Help You Work Seamlessly from Home

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24 June 2020

6 Must-Have Remote Work Tools to Help You Work Seamlessly from Home

  • Posted by Awfis Editorial

Although the idea of virtual office space and remote working is no unicorn in the professional landscape, the Coronavirus pandemic has pushed us to adopt this culture more widely and seriously. And now that it has become a norm, it’s important to master the practice and use the right tools to increase productivity and continue to work efficiently.

Here are some of the best remote work tools to have:

TeamViewer

If you need basic desktop access, this is the perfect tool to use. With instant file transfers, clipboard transfers, and video-enabled interactions, you can easily replace your physical office space. Maintain social distance and yet be present for your team. TeamViewer is available for Windows, OS X, iOS, Linux, and Android, and it is free for personal use.

Slack

Contrary to its name, this communication platform will never let you slack on your work updates. You can create workgroups, lock confidential messages, alter message retention for security, and integrate it with your Google Drive, Dropbox, and Mailchimp for instant file transfers and uploads. It also allows you to enable instant notifications on your email or phones while you are away from your work desk.

Zoom

Video conferencing is now made easy with apps like Zoom. It is best for teams that require frequent meetings. It’s an open-source app, available for all devices, so you don’t have to spend a dime. You can enable chats while conferencing and ensure 360-degree communication. Zoom meetings are now password protected, which makes it more secure than ever.

Drawpile whiteboard

Sometimes, while briefing, it is easier to draw it out than talk or write. Whether you miss scribbling notes in a meeting or pen down creative ideas, Drawpile lets you present your thoughts graphically. It also fulfils the need of a whiteboard in a meeting room. It’s real-time, allows collaboration from other connected users and is great for designers, planners, and work that requires artistic application/visual presentation.

Basecamp

Ever since it was launched, this web-based project management platform has been a go-to tool for people working virtually. With key features like task management, instant messaging, email, team collaboration, file sharing, message scheduling, creating reports and more, it makes your day to day office tasks easy and efficient. For an annual cost of $99, and available for unlimited users, Basecamp also makes it worth the investment.

Toggl

While instant communication and seamless project management are essential in a virtual workspace, it is also important to keep track of how everyone is utilizing the available time. Toggl works as a time tracker to assess the work hours spent and find out how productive you have been. It is great for time-bound projects, and it’s a free tool, available for all devices.

Whether you are working out of your home office space, or in a co-working space, these essential work tools and software will keep you connected to your teams and make your remote working as much effective as the physical one.