Five features of future workspaces - Technology set to redefine the idioms of work and life

14 July 2017

Five features of future workspaces - Technology set to redefine the idioms of work and life

  • The Hindu

Five features of future workspaces

Technology seems set to redefine the idioms of work and life

  • The Hindu, 12 Jul 2017, Amit Ramani

Technology is going to transform not only businesses, but also the individual’s working environment, in ways that have not been envisioned before. No matter how much information we have to be able predict it, the future will have a bit of haziness to it. However, through this haziness, five features of the future office are already clearly visible.

Smaller work desks

As a result of rapid technological changes, the work-desk has shrunk from 8’x8’ to an average size of 5’x2’.

With this, the per-person density has now dropped to 100 sq.ft from 200 sq.ft in the 1990s. In the next few years, this density is expected to drop down further to 60 sq.ft per person, as the need to provide every employee with a dedicated desk will get replaced by activity based settings. The major enablers of this change are: reduction in the number and size of devices, millennial’s focus on open informal work settings and the need on the part of businesses to reduce their real estate spends.

Shared economy spaces

With telecommuting, remote working and freelancing on the rise, dedicated office resources will remain idle for a major part of their lifetime as employees get work done outside the office at convenient locations such as cafés, lobbies, airport terminals and home. Industry leaders and planners across the globe have realised that reducing travel time and ensuring work-life balance are at the centre of talent retention and increased productivity. As a result, organisations will develop workspace solutions that integrate offices with shared economy spaces including co-working spaces, hotel business centres, and work from home/near home option. The gains from such a move are two-fold: Besides reducing the real estate portfolio footprint by 50%, this will contribute to greater employee satisfaction.

More transport options

Transportation options will revolutionise travel. The plethora of options will include driverless cars, drones and even rockets, besides an increasing range of regular transport options, which include trains, taxis and personalised transport. All these options will coexist and allow consumers to pick the mode based on distance, thrill and cost.

Vertical, horizontal and lateral means of transport will cross-connect into cities, buildings and workspaces. This revolution in the transportation sector will be built on the foundations of an extremely efficient and eco-friendly methods to get users from Point A to B. The designs will be in harmony with individual requirements and the natural environment to promote sustainable living.

Well-being solutions

Buildings and Workspaces will be designed keeping the individual at the heart of all solutions. Workspaces will have multiple options that encourage individuals to sit, stand and be mobile during the work day. This will be achieved by providing walkable work desks (treadmill workstations), pedal collaborative solutions (pedal tables) and posture and massage seats. Furniture will be designed as devices that promote health and well-being. Big data and analytics will ensure mass customisation as well as individual-driven well-being solutions.

Flexible spaces

The final frontier for the transformation is allowing fixed assets to be transformed instantly based on user needs. Currently, all assets that provide work, life and play solutions are idle 25% to 50% of the time. Current estimates show that cities are responsible for 60% to 80% of total energy use worldwide. While individuals work, their homes remain empty; when the same individuals retire to their homes, their workspace remains idle. It will not be long before we witness spaces that could act as workspace during the day, change to entertainment zones by evening and sleep zones by night ensuring 100% utilisation of the asset with zero dormant periods during the 24-hour cycle.

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Co-working space provider Awfis opens its seventh centre in Chennai

10 June 2022

Co-working space provider Awfis opens its seventh centre in Chennai

  • Posted by Awfis Editorial

Awfis Space Solutions Pvt Ltd, a co-working space provider, has launched its seventh centre in Chennai at Prestige Metropolitan on the busy Anna Salai.

Spread across 45,000 sq. ft., this space will have over 650 seats. This particular co-working space is part of Awfis’ premium workspace offering called Awfis Gold which aims at tapping the premium segment by offering unique workplace experience.

“We entered the Chennai market two years ago with around 1,000 plus seats. And currently we have around 6,000 plus seats,” Amit Ramani, Founder and CEO, Awfis, said during an interaction with The Hindu. “For the seventh centre, we are in advanced stages of discussion with clients from IT/ITeS, e-commerce, supply chain and health and wellness sectors,” he added.

The live centres in Chennai in micromarkets of Nungambakkam, T. Nagar, Chetpet, Guindy and OMR are operating at over 90% occupancy. Awfis has plans to open four more centres in the Chennai market by the end of 2022.

Mr. Ramani said that places like OMR, Guindy and Nungambakkam have the potential for more co-working spaces and they were studying the lay of the land. He said that Coimbatore was a lucrative market and his teams wee zeroing on locations there too.

Awfis’ clientele in Chennai boasts a mix of fast-paced start-ups, SMEs and MNCs. Some of the prominent brands that have taken up space with Awfis in Chennai include Sony Pictures, Suzuki, Lenovo, Practo, WayCool, NTT and Safari. At the national level, it has 131 centres with 75,500 seats across 14 cities and intends to establish a network of 200 centres by the end of 2022.

This story appeared in the 10 June, 2022 issue of Quick Info and was originally published at: Co-working space provider Awfis opens its seventh centre in Chennai, The Hindu

Co-working space provider Awfis opens its seventh centre in Chennai

08 June 2022

Co-working space provider Awfis opens its seventh centre in Chennai

  • Posted by Awfis Editorial
Co-working space provider Awfis expands in Chennai market

04 February 2022

Co-working space provider Awfis expands in Chennai market

  • Posted by Arathy Nair

Awfis Space Solutions Pvt Ltd, a co-working space provider who entered the Chennai market in 2020, has now added three more locations to its network. The firm has picked up space at two spaces at Prestige Cosmopolitan at Saidapet (1,250 seats) and one at Prestige Metropolitan, Mount Road (500 seats). With this, the firm has six centres with over 4,000 seats in Chennai.

“All our centres are currently running at 80-85% occupancy across Chennai and we are looking to continue expanding further in the city,” Amit Ramani, Founder and CEO of Awfis said. He added, “The COVID-19 pandemic, despite the challenges that it hsa posed, also played a significant role in transforming the workplace strategy of many corporates, where they started realizing the drawbacks of traditional offices and became more open to adopting shared workspaces as a more cost-effective and flexible option for the evolving needs.”

To a query of sectors that are picking up seats at co-working spaces, Mr. Ramani said 50% are MNCs and large corporates, 35% are MSMEs and SMEs and 15% are start-ups and freelancers. Fujitsu, WayCool, Manpower Group, Sony Pictures, Suzuki, Lenovo are some of the firms which have picked up space at Awfis. The firms is now looking at expanding to Coimbatore, in addition to expanding its network further in Chennai.

This article was originally published  on 1 December 2021 at :Co-working space provider Awfis expands in Chennai market – The Hindu