The Future Of Work Is In A Mobile Office

10 October 2016

The Future Of Work Is In A Mobile Office

  • The Hindu Business Line

Workplace-on-wheels to drive employee productivity in tomorrow’s world

Pro-working start-up AWFIS has just launched a mobile office: a van equipped with Wi-Fi; teleconferencing, printing, CCTV and pantry facilities; and even a meeting table for the use of companies that want their employees’ commute time to be used productively.

So, traffic snarls and bad connectivity can no more be excuses for missed deadlines.

Says Amit Ramani, founder and CEO, AWFIS Space Solutions, “The reality of working today is that there is so much downtime travelling. With the mobile office, a three-hour non-productive commute between Delhi and Gurugram and back can become 100 per cent productive.”

Rethinking the workplace

Ramani, an architect who went on to specialise in workplace strategy, founded the India office of global workplace design firm Nelson. In 2015, AWFIS was set up with a seed capital of $10 million with investments from Ramani and Radha Kapoor, daughter of YES Bank founder Rana Kapoor.

Ramani feels that the mobile solution will be timely in an era of driverless cars. “By 2020, driverless cars will be a reality. What will people do when they get into the car? The space and use of a car will certainly undergo a change,” says Ramani, adding that the van has been launched also as an experiment to study work habit behavior on the go.

Now on its pilot run, the van is open only to AWFIS members. Typically, small and medium businesses use AWFIS’ pro working spaces spread across 20 centres in five cities, although corporates like BNP Paribas, firms like Snapdeal, OLX and Digital Vidya, as well as freelancers use the premises.

“Eventually, however, the mobile office solution will be on the AWFIS app. If a non-member would want to book it we could consider it,” says Ramani.

Rental rates have not been decided, but Ramani says the pricing plan will offer both hourly and full day’s rental options. There are no ride share options: a company will have to book the entire 12-seater.

For now, AWFIS uses a Force Traveller, with its interiors redone to include a pantry and a washroom. Going forward, subject to demand, it will introduce 24-seaters.

“We could even consider smaller options such as SUVs,” says Ramani.

(The above article titled “The future of work is in a mobile office” was published in The Hindu Business Line on 5th Oct, 2016)

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Book a plug-and-play office for ₹300 a day

25 August 2021

Book a plug-and-play office for ₹300 a day

  • Posted by awfis

Now, hire an office space for the price of pizza.

Targeted at nimble and sprouting start-ups across the country, Awfis Space Solutions has launched a mobile-based application to book office space with Wi-Fi and other basic facilities at ₹300-500 a day in Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru.

Promoted by Radha Kapoor, daughter of Rana Kapoor co-founder of YES Bank and emerging entrepreneur Amit Ramani, Awfis provides 1,500 office cabins, table space and meeting rooms for as low as one hour to 11 months across seven centres in three cities. The promoters have made an initial investment of ₹65 crore and plan to enhance capacity to 3,500 seats by March.

The company has drawn plans to set up 10,000 seats across 60 centres in Chennai, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Pune and Kolkata by end of this year. It plans to raise $40-50 million (about ₹330 crore) by the end of next year to fuel growth.

Awfis has also tied up with Trident, Hyatt and Lemon Tree to list 100 meeting rooms at select locations on its platform.

Speaking to BusinessLine Ramani, CEO and Co-founder, said the just-in-time office space concept has already received good response with 12 start-ups in Bengaluru hooking in through Awfis.

“In fact, some of the venture capitalists before investing are insisting the start-ups to use our services as they do not want them to splurge capital in deposit, rentals and maintenance of own office space at the initial stage,” he added.

This apart, he said, Awfis is also in talks with top insurance company and audit firm to lease out space for their marketing staff.

It has also signed strategic partnership to provide allied services such as accounting, legal, recruitment, payments, web services, mail management, healthcare and insurance.

Interestingly, Ramani said about 60 high networth investors, who invested in real estate boom have approached Awfis for partnership as it assures steady return for them.

“Unlike other office space providers, we do not insist on one year rental agreement or take any security deposit in advance. With the planned 10,000 seats, our business has the potential to generate revenue of ₹10 crore a month and break-even with 40 per cent occupancy,” he said.

Remote working helping employees save 1.47 hours travel time a day: Survey

23 February 2021

Remote working helping employees save 1.47 hours travel time a day: Survey

  • Posted by Arathy Nair

Survey conducted in June, July across 7 metros and 1,000 employees; 3/4th of respondents willing to work from home

Awfis, India’s home-grown flexible workspace provider, unveiled the Awfis Remote Working Report, to offer a glimpse into the changing needs and preferences of the urban Indian workforce concerning their place of work post the Covid-19 lockdown.

The online survey has highlighted various challenges and opportunities that employees have faced while working remotely.

The pandemic is only the tip of the iceberg that the country’s cash-poor airlines — both regional and national — have run into

The survey was conducted over a period of two months (June and July 2020) across seven metros in India, and analysed inputs from 1,000 employees across diverse industries.

According to the survey, 74 per cent of the respondents are willing to work remotely, and 80 per cent pointed out that their job roles can be performed from a remote environment.

It revealed that 29 per cent of respondents reported saving ₹3,000-5,000 a month as a result of working from home, which was otherwise spent on commuting, clothing, and food, among others.

Sixty per cent of the employees usually spend more than an hour in commute to and from office. Therefore, due to work from home now, on average, an employee saves 1.47 hours of travel time every day. This translates to time worth 44 additional working days in a year.

Key challenges

Work from home has its challenges, too. The survey said 27 per cent of the employees felt they lacked opportunities for engaging with colleagues and developing strong networks. The inability to meet and collaborate may have impacted employees’ creativity.

The survey also said 43 per cent of the employees reported the inability to maintain their work-life balance while working remotely.

While 47 per cent of the employees surveyed report a lack of comfortable desk and chair, 71 per cent felt they would be successful in working from home if they had a dedicated work space.

Commenting on the survey, Amit Ramani, CEO & Founder, Awfis, said in an official release: “The current situation has given way to a new style of working — Work from Anywhere. Organisations and individuals are gradually adjusting to this new normal. To be effective, organisations across diverse industries need to understand the changing requirements and challenges faced by their employees and provide them with the required resources.”

He added: “By means of this survey, we were able to deconstruct the employee perspective and share critical insights that would help managers and organisations devise sustainable remote working strategies.”

This story appeared in the 1 September , 2020 issue of Hindu Business Line and was originally published  at : Remote working helping employees save 1.47 hours travel time a day: Survey – The Hindu BusinessLine

Awfis turns profitable, set to expand to 5 more cities

18 March 2019

Awfis turns profitable, set to expand to 5 more cities

  • Posted by Awfis Editorial

Awfis, the co-working spaces and solutions provider, has turned profitable in little over three years since its commencement .

The company, which could be considered a startup, has grown to 30,000 seats across 10 metros and cities with 63 centres up from 3,000. It is now looking at entering five more cities with its co-working spaces.

Amit Ramani, Founder and CEO of Awfis, said, “Awfis spaces and ‘Autonomous Work Space solutions’ have been now operational across 10 major metros and cities and we are looking at making entry into five Tier II cities during the year.”

These cities include Indore, Ahmedabad, Bhubaneshwar, Kochi and Jaipur. This will enable us to take our presence to 15 cities with over 100 centres with total seating capacity of 60,000 seats, he said.

Explaining how the company, which employs about 210 people, is working towards its growth plans, Ramani told BusinessLine, “We have turned profitable and expect to close the current financial year with revenues of ₹160 crore up from ₹1.2 crore, ₹18 crore and ₹56 crore respectively over the past four years. And we are on course for a turnover of over ₹200 crore logging about ₹17 crore per month.”

“Our plans is to grow the business at a rapid pace and take the company to an IPO within the next three years,” he explained.

Mentioning about its Autonomous Work Space Solutions, Ramani said “a registered user can check into and walk out of a workspace without any human interface and carry out his business. By simplifying processes, we have acquired a strong customer base which includes the likes of Amazon and Microsoft among 1700 other companies and firms.”

In India co-working space is poised for growth and the enormous opportunities it presents Awfis will enable us to consolidate and expand at a rapid pace. We had raised over $ 51 million and the growth momentum continues, he said.

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