Workspace Design Trends in 2023

 

Workspace Design and Trends in 2023:

3 Office Design Themes To Look Forward To In The Coming Year

As 2022 comes to a close, hybrid work has gone from cautious experiment to a matter of fact. Covid-19 forced flexible work arrangements on almost everyone, and the impact has been deeply and widely felt.

48% of all companies worldwide now have distributed workforces, compared to 30% pre-pandemic, Statista reported. Meanwhile, the Institute of Policy Studies found almost half of all employees want flexible work arrangements to be the new norm in Singapore.

The lifting of Covid-19 restrictions has seen the office re-emerge as the locus of work for many organisations again. However, its role has been permanently disrupted by the pandemic.

In Microsoft’s survey of 31,000 people across 31 countries, over a third (38%) of hybrid employees reported their biggest challenge is not knowing when and why to come into the office.

The brief for business leaders managing a hybrid workforce is, therefore, clear: define the purpose of in-person collaboration, create team agreements on when to come together face-to-face, define hybrid meeting etiquette, and re-think the role of space in supporting the new models of collaboration.

Colourful discussion pods

Colourful discussion pods form a meeting neighbourhood at the JustCo centre at The Centrepoint,

 

Towards More Human-centric Office Design

Sylvia Bay, JustCo’s Vice President and Senior Director (Design), Workspace, believes that a human-centric design of the office space is critical to drawing people back to the office again.

We’re asking people to come into offices, but why should they if the office doesn’t support how they work and connect? We need workspaces to be flexible enough to cover a range of individual and team modes for every employee.

Be it quiet zones for focused work, collaboration areas that enhance discussion and participation, or a social nexus for building social capital, so much of the work we do at the office today isn’t solo – it requires working with others. As such, we’re designing workspaces that reflect an understanding of how people work today and tomorrow.

Nearby Lumpini Park frames a couple of neighbourhoods for discussions and relaxation at the JustCo centre at Silom Edge

“So much of the work we do at the office today isn’t solo, it requires working with others.
We’re designing workspaces that reflect an understanding of how people work today and tomorrow.”

– Sylvia Bay, Vice President and Senior Director (Design) of Workspace, JustCo Global

Office design trends in Singapore, and the world are constantly evolving. Thanks to new aesthetics, ways of working, as well as research,  there is always a fresh take on designs of the commercial workspace. So what are some of the innovations in workspace design that we can look forward to in 2023? 

Here are three office designs we think you should keep a lookout for:

 

The Hotelification of the Work Place

Colleagues enjoying coffee in the office

The JustCo centre at 447 Collins St brings luxurious cafe fittings to its office pantries

As a consequence of pandemic-induced Work From Home, many employees not only developed a taste for working in comfortable and non-sterile environments, they also began to value health and wellbeing over work.

Highly sought-after talent are making deliberate choices to step into the office; therefore their workspace needs to be designed as a destination that conveys  warmth and hospitality.

You can also expect to see an increasing number of companies invest in amenities that create warm, welcoming environments by drawing inspiration from bars, cafes, hotels, homes, and even spas.

Going beyond soothing colour palettes and visual cues, hotelified offices will also incorporate scents and sounds to stimulate a range of moods and feelings across different office settings – from vibrance and upbeat energy in the collaboration spaces, to calm and focus in the quiet zones.

Sleep pods in an office

The JustCo centre at The Centrepoint has a nap room where members can recharge in the middle of long shifts

But workplace designers aren’t simply theming these spaces – it’s  also about animating them. By programming spaces with curated hospitality experiences, companies can take on a more active role in looking after the well-being of both employees and guests.

Imagine this: a meditation suite where clients and employees can go to recharge themselves in between meetings, under expert guided meditation. Or perhaps stepping into a café-styled desk lounge with a barista preparing your aromatic and robust cup of coffee, just the way you like it.

Women chatting in a coworking space

In fact, JustCo already offers these elevated experiences for members. The JustCo centre at 15 William Street in Melbourne has a full-fledged café where members can enjoy the sounds and aroma of freshly-roasted beans transforming into their special brew while they enjoy beautiful skyline views across the city and Yarra river.

“Rice Sommelier” Kubota-san lovingly prepares Omusubi rice balls for members at the centre at Shibuya

Meanwhile, the JustCo centres in Tokyo practice JustGohan breakfasts, where a renowned “rice sommelier” serves nutritionally-rich and heartful Omusubi (traditional Japanese rice balls) to busy members who frequently skip meals.

 

Biophilic Design

Wooden desk in office

The beautiful grain on the desks at JustCo’s centre at UIC Building offer a lovely natural accent in the office

 

Interest is also growing in biophilic design to foster physiological, psychological, and cognitive benefits in the office. Psychoanalyst Erich Fromm coined the term “Biophilia” around the idea that humans are genetically coded to thrive in natural settings because they evolved in nature and, therefore, should occupy spaces that have direct and indirect connections to the natural world.

For example, it has been widely reported that employees who work in offices with access to natural light sleep an average of 46 minutes longer than those who work without natural lighting.

Biophilic strategies have already infused hospitality and home aesthetics, and workplace planners have also begun to incorporate natural light, ventilation, materials, flora, and fauna into office designs. Sylvia points out, “Especially following the pandemic, organisations are bringing nature into their internal spaces, as they recognise this offers opportunities to improve occupants’ health and well-being and provide respite from the density of the urban environment. We turned to biophilic design principles as our centres evolved over time in the past few years. We want to create the most desirable working environments filled with nature-inspired spaces that bring our members into the centre and help them engage with each other and their surroundings.”

Live plants help to build a sense of nature at a productivity pod at the JustCo centre at GranTokyo South Tower

The new JustCo centre at International Plaza is a good example of biophilia in the workplace. Designed as a green oasis within Singapore’s high-dense CBD, live plants flourish all across 50,000 square feet of space, providing a welcome relief to the sterile urban environment outside. A giant Dieffenbachia tree greets members and guests at the reception area, inviting them to step into the lush tropical garden within.

Designers even introduced a native green moss Reindeer Moss (Cladonia Rangiferina), into the landscaping to enhance the connection with nature. An upshot of all this greenery is the natural filtration of carbon dioxide for the 180 studios at the centre.

 

Check out the biophilic elements at International Plaza!

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Micro Spaces and Neighbourhoods

Phone booth with discussion areas

Another trend set to take over 2023 is the rise of Micro Spaces. Open floor plans have diminished in appeal, especially over the pandemic. In their place, a design consciousness aimed at prioritising individual flexibility and privacy in the workspace has gained ground, fuelled in part by the surge of  the popularity of co-working..

When designing for micro spaces, separate zones for focused work, collaboration and recreation are clearly distinct and with boundaries in place. . The use of hot desks and other flexible furniture is used to help reduce the reliance on fixed workstations, and therefore open up room to organise more areas imaginatively around “neighbourhoods”.

These “neighbourhoods” might be set up in a conventional organisation around job roles and departments. In this example, a self-contained Marketing neighbourhood would include a few hot desks surrounding a whiteboard for brainstorming and visualisation. A focus area as well as phone booths would be within easy reach.

Since many tech companies are now organised around “tribes” of cross-functional mini-teams, neighbourhoods can help to cluster them together for stronger face-to-face collaboration while maintaining their access to other shared amenities.

The chief benefit of micro spaces is the lowering of desk density. As dedicated workstations are removed from the office plan, the “sea of desks” is optically transformed into oases of productivity.

Sylvia adds: “Micro spaces and neighbourhoods are seamless working environments that look great on the eye. They promote collaboration among employees while simultaneously accommodating their unique work styles.

Not only do they foster productivity, but they also improve the well-being of individuals. A hotelified office with well-planned neighbourhoods is a great advertisement for some of the  brightest talents today.”

Watch These Office Designs Come To Life At JustCo

The office promises to feel more comfortable and natural in the coming year, with planners paying close attention to individual work styles and personal wellbeing.

For a glimpse of how these work trends and office designs might transform your workspacebook a tour at your preferred JustCo location in your city today.

A hotelified office with well-planned neighbourhoods is a great advertisement for the best and brightest talent today.”

– Sylvia Bay, Vice President and Senior Director (Design) of Workspace, JustCo Global

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A Closer Look at Our Coworking Space on King Street, Sydney

If you’re seeking an incredibly convenient location for your team’s operations in Sydney, consider JustCo Australia‘s striking option on 135 King Street. This sleek three-storey coworking and serviced office space combines amenity and accessibility to benefit freelancers and businesses alike.

As flexible work arrangements become the norm for many companies in Australia, this location enhances your employees’ productivity in myriad ways, with its 24/7 access and security, private meeting rooms, fully stocked kitchen, and outstanding end-of-trip facilities.

We’ve delved into the details below to help you understand this modern Sydney office space a little more. From its scenic, accessible location to its surrounding amenities, 135 King Street is a top-notch choice for businesses searching for an ideal flexible office space.

At The Heart Of Sydney

Set in Sydney’s bustling CBD with exceptional transport options just around the corner, getting to and from 135 King Street is a breeze. There’s no need to navigate Sydney’s hectic traffic when travelling to the office with just a three-minute walk from Martin Place Station or a seven-minute walk from Wynyard Station.

Your team is also in luck if they ride to work. With on-site showers and storage lockers, your active workers can cruise to the office before getting comfortable for the rest of the day.

Top-class business amenities also surround this location. With many of the world’s largest organisations in nearby streets, your workers are never far from a service that makes their lives easier. Meanwhile, meetings with clients and partners are also simple when you’re encircled by celebrated restaurants, cafes, and hotels.

Where Nature Meets Architecture

Finding the ideal serviced office or coworking space isn’t just about the facilities inside. Being close to nature is also crucial as studies have found people who work near nature are more productive and creative, with an overall improved wellbeing.

Set between the skyscrapers and heritage-listed buildings that adorn Martin Place, you’ll find the sprawling greenery of Hyde Park less than a five-minute stroll away. As Australia’s oldest parkland, there are ornate fountains, manicured gardens, and wide-open spaces to enjoy on a sunny day.

A 10-minute walk also immerses your team in the renowned Darling Harbour Precinct. Here, they can find delightful dining options, nightlife venues and boutique shopping, not to mention the beloved waterfront adorned by landmarks including King Street Wharf, Pyrmont Bridge, and the Australian National Maritime Museum.

Work and Lifestyle Unite

Ready to base your business on 135 King Street? You have the choice of four membership plans, each dedicated to businesses of varying scale.

  • Virtual office: A business address with basic mail handling services.
  • Desk: Suitable for individuals looking for a hot desk featuring 24/7 access, shared amenities, and unlimited monthly usage.
  • Standard office: Perfect for teams between two and 20 workers, you can determine the layout of your standard office. This lockable office space also offers unlimited 24/7 access, personal branding, and shared amenities.
  • Enterprise suite: Choose a private and customisable enterprise office space if you have over 20 staff. Here, you can choose the layout while benefiting from 24/7 access, private meeting rooms, waiting areas, and more.

Sign Up For A Coworking Space On King Street, Sydney With JustCo Australia

Get in touch with the friendly team at JustCo Australia about any of our high-end serviced offices and coworking spaces in Sydney. Whether you’re a sole operator looking to grow your business or a large-scale organisation wanting to dominate the market, our first-class office spaces for rent are perfect for your needs.

How Workspace Design Supports Productivity

When most people think about the relationship between work and productivity, the first thing that comes to mind is the type of work being done. But there’s another critical factor to consider: the workplace itself.

No one ever expects their office to be their biggest distraction. In fact, the way we design our workspaces can have a significant impact on our productivity. Yet, so many of us find ourselves constantly battling against the piles of papers, the never-ending emails, and the general sense of chaos that pervades our working environment.

By taking three simple steps to organise and optimise your office space, you can set yourself up for success.

How To Create A Productive Workspace 

Studies have shown that the right mix of layout, lighting and colour as well as furniture in the modern shared office space can boost productivity and encourage greater collaboration.

1. Layout of the coworking and office space

The layout of a workspace can influence how productive we are. A study found that employees who had access to both private and shared modern office spaces were more productive than those who only had access to one or the other.

The key is to strike a balance between collaboration and privacy, allowing employees to control their surroundings and minimise distractions. Having access to both types of space gives employees greater control over their work environment, which can lead to increased productivity.

For example, private spaces like JustCo Australia’s meeting rooms provide a place for workers to focus on their work without distractions. Meanwhile, public spaces allow for collaboration and social interaction, which can help to generate new ideas and solutions. 

2. Lighting and colour of the modern shared office space

Other than layout, good lighting is also essential for any workspace, but it’s crucial for office settings. Studies have shown that workers who have access to natural light in their office space are more productive than those who don’t.

One way to ensure that your office has good lighting is to design the space with natural light in mind. For example, you can use light-coloured paint on the walls and ceiling to reflect light and make the space feel brighter. You can also invest in task lights for individual workstations. These lights provide focused illumination that can help reduce eye strain and headaches. You can even improve the ambient lighting in your office by adding mirrors or installing dimmer switches.

By working with JustCo Australia’s in-house design team, businesses can ensure that their workspaces are both on brand and conducive to productivity. We have various options, such as private offices for smaller companies or enterprise suites for larger businesses.

3. Furniture in the coworking and office space

Ergonomic furniture is designed to help people work more efficiently. For example, a good chair can help you to maintain good posture and minimise discomfort, while a standing desk can help to combat fatigue.

When employees are not worrying about pain or discomfort, they can devote all their energy to their tasks. JustCo Australia provides high quality and ergonomic furniture like steelcase chairs for all our members by reducing stress and stress on the body, promoting correct posture and improving circulation.

Create A More Productive Coworking Office Space With JustCo Australia

By considering how workspace design can support productivity, we can create environments that encourage us to be our best selves.

Why not consider renting an office space at a coworking centre? At JustCo Australia, we provide our members with an all-access membership in Melbourne and Sydney at premium business locations. Even better, enjoy the convenience of having direct access to different train stations and trams. Our customisable office layout, furnishings, and accessories can help you create an environment that is both comfortable and conducive to work.

Get in touch with us to learn more.

3 Reasons Why Enterprises Need Coworking Spaces

The traditional office space is rapidly evolving in Australia, with cubicles giving way to open floor plans, employees increasingly working remotely, and the rise of flexible workspaces.

A flexible workspace, also known as a coworking centre, is a type of office space that can adapt to businesses and employees’ changing needs. It is usually furnished with a mix of private offices, individual workstations, meeting rooms, and common areas.

These workspaces can be rented by the day, week, or month from the providers, with a variety of amenities such as WiFi, printers, and pantries. They are often located in central business districts in Australia, making them convenient for meeting clients or attending business lunches.

For large businesses, flexible workspaces can be a cost-effective way to provide workstations for employees in different parts of the country or world. For employees, flexible workspaces offer the opportunity to network with other professionals and access a variety of amenities that can boost productivity.

Here are the three main benefits of flexible workspaces for large enterprises in Australia.

1. Increased Productivity

One of the greatest benefits of coworking  and shared office spaces is that employees can get more work done. When workers have the freedom to choose their work environment, they are more likely to be comfortable and focused, leading to higher productivity levels.

Some workspaces like JustCo Australia even provide members with the ability to design their own work environment. This allows them to create a setting conducive to their individual needs and work styles, which leads to higher levels of productivity.

Flexible workspace providers often also have a variety of amenities such as pantries and breakout rooms that can further boost productivity. For example, there is even an in-house café in JustCo’s coworking space at William Street.

2. Enhanced Creativity 

Other than increased productivity, a wider range of working options can encourage greater collaboration between employees. This type of environment has been shown to promote creativity and innovation, giving employees the freedom to move around and mix with different people.

For example, with event spaces, comfortable lounge areas, and dedicated spaces for meeting and brainstorming at JustCo Australia, there is greater social interaction and networking amongst employees, which can lead to the exchange of new ideas.

It can also help to boost morale and build team spirit as employees feel more engaged with their work. Members can even tap JustCo’s 100,000 members-strong business network, connecting with each other to share ideas, network, and collaborate on projects.

3. Greater Flexibility

Flexible workspaces providers offer a high degree of freedom, which is appealing to many workers who appreciate being able to control their own schedules. Employees have greater opportunities to work in the way that suits them best, whether that means working from home or in a different location in Australia altogether.

Get the Flexibility You Need With JustCo Australia’s Coworking Spaces

Enterprises today are under pressure to do more with less. They need to be agile and adapt to changing markets and customer needs. That’s why more and more of them are turning to flexible workspace providers that bring a lot of benefits.

As the workplace continues to evolve, these coworking and shared office spaces in Australia are likely to become an increasingly popular option for businesses and employees alike.

Whether you’re looking for a place to conduct business meetings or simply want to get some work done in a new setting, a flexible workspace provider like JustCo Australia can offer the perfect solution, with an all-access membership to over 40 locations in Melbourne and Sydney.

Get in touch with us to find out more. Check out our social media pages like Facebook/Meta and Instagram to keep up with our latest updates!

Mental Health: How Workspaces Affect Employees’ Well-Being

The nature of work has evolved considerably in recent years, with workers and businesses increasingly recognising the need for positive mental well-being. Although drive and productivity are required to reach the pinnacle of any industry, it doesn’t have to come at the cost of employee personal health.

Businesses that view their workers as human beings find that achieving their goals is more than possible, as their employees feel treated with respect and get the rest they need. The design of workspaces is significant in this equation, with the advantages of coworking spaces having a big impact on the future of work.

Importance Of Mental Health In The Workplace

Over the last couple of decades, businesses have learned to appreciate that physical health matters to their employees’ productivity. This means many now offer their workers free healthy lunch options, discounted gym memberships and other perks that enhance efficiency and focus.

However, in recent times, mental well-being has become a vital part of the conversation. Although the above measures help employees in numerous ways, other aspects like a supportive work environment, workplace get-togethers and confidential in-house counselling staff also improve business outcomes.

According to research from the World Economic Forum, every dollar spent on producing a positive workplace for mental health results in a four times increase in return on investment. So, not only is caring for your team’s mental health good for them, but it also helps your business gain an advantage in a competitive industry.

How to Create a Workspace That Promotes Employee Well-Being

Creating a healthy workplace means planning and executing a positive mental health strategy. Alongside exercise classes, support staff and more, you must carefully decide how to design your workspace.

With the ideal workplace leading to reduced absenteeism, increased employee engagement and group productivity, the environment where your employees’ work can make a big difference to their personal and professional success.

So, what do you need to consider?

1. Physical environment

Workplaces must be easy to operate from to foster positive mental health. That means they must be clean and comfortable, with break-out areas for your workers to get away from their computers from time to time. There should also be plenty of fresh air and natural light to keep your employees feeling connected with the outside world. For example, JustCo King Street  is located right between the sprawling greenery of Hyde Park and the waterfront of Tumbalong Bay. The biggest advantage of this coworking space is its incredible, calming views for any worker to rest and recharge.

2. Layout of your space

The layout of your office is also crucial. A cramped and overbearing space is bound to leave workers mentally and physically exhausted by day’s end. However, a thoughtfully designed coworking space is advantageous as employees can comfortably engage with team members and get a moment’s peace, resulting in a more positive mental well-being.

3. Furniture and equipment

Employees need the right equipment to work productively. Ergonomic furniture and adjustable workstations ensure they don’t experience common workplace injuries, while noise-cancelling headphones minimise distractions. Alongside thoughtful, pleasant touches like plants, social games and healthy snacks, employees find spending time in the office much easier, which in turn promotes better mental health.

Make Mental Health a Priority in the Workplace With JustCo Australia

JustCo Australia‘s modern coworking spaces, private offices and enterprise suites prioritise employee mental health. Featuring the advantages your team needs to thrive, workers getting down to business in our warmly decorated spaces will bask in natural light flooding in through floor-to-ceiling windows.

Meanwhile, our spaces are also equipped with outstanding end-of-line facilities so employees can exercise before, during and after work. Plus, our high-end hospitality amenities ensure they can grab a tasty bite to eat with their coworkers during their break.

Alongside comfortable and well-equipped meeting rooms and event spaces, JustCo Australia’s adaptable office spaces are perfect for businesses operating at every scale. Get in touch with our friendly team to discover more about our private offices and coworking spaces today.

The Business Landscape In Australia

The business landscape in Australia is highly competitive. With a strong economy and a well-educated workforce, companies in Australia have to be innovative and agile to succeed. In recent years, there has been a rise in the number of small businesses and startups as well as an increase in foreign investment, creating a dynamic and exciting business environment.

Australia offers incredible opportunities, with countless chances for established companies and budding entrepreneurs to build something special. Benefiting from a stable political climate, a high standard of living and a population of 25 million, numerous industries are looking to capitalise on this productive business landscape.

If your company wants to get involved, supporting your team with a wonderfully designed private office, enterprise suite or coworking space helps your organisation reach peak performance. Here, we delve into the trending industries carving out space in the Australian market and explore how JustCo Australia‘s solutions allow your business to thrive.

The Business Landscape: Trending Industries in Australia

The resources sector and construction industry have long dominated the Australian business landscape. However, several industries are now making waves and changing the business landscape across the country. Consider how a flexible workspace or serviced offices benefit organisations in these sectors.

1. Financial services

Although the financial services industry has been booming in Australia for some time, it’s expected to undergo an increasingly fast acceleration in the years ahead. With customers young and old making the most of digital banking and payments, traditional financial institutions are investing heavily in digital infrastructure to offer their customers a raft of convenient and easy-to-use services.

However, fintech start-ups are also becoming increasingly common in the space, constantly evolving the financial business landscape in Australia. With many of these organisations being agile by nature, shared office space provides numerous benefits that keep these start-ups moving forward. By making it simple to increase or decrease the scale of your business as required, meeting the demands of your operation becomes much simpler with a flexible workspace.

2. Tourism

The bustling Australian tourism industry is no secret, with stunning scenery and an alluring climate attracting millions of visitors from around the globe. Yet, following the troubling times caused by the pandemic, several new opportunities have emerged for businesses looking to build their reputations in the space.

Cultural tourism has experienced outstanding growth recently, with the country’s world-class arts and sporting sectors providing exciting possibilities for forward-thinking companies. Supported by an airy and inviting shared office space, you can foster seamless collaboration and stand out against the competition. There is definitely tremendous potential for tourism businesses to succeed in the Australian business landscape with the right strategy in place.

3. Healthcare

The healthcare sector is another trending industry ripe for growth in the years to come. With approximately 16% of Australia’s population aged 65 and older, this segment will increase the demand for high-quality healthcare services. With the pandemic causing unprecedented stress on the healthcare system, finding a better way to navigate such times is essential.

Virtual healthcare services like online consultations and digital diagnosis are also becoming increasingly common. The coworking spaces and flexible workspaces at JustCo Australia make it easy for healthcare companies to decentralise their operations and drive innovation. This way, you can work towards servicing the complex needs of patients in Australia and around the globe.

Drive Innovation With JustCo Australia’s Flexible Workspaces

The business landscape in Australia is highly diverse, with businesses ranging from small family-owned enterprises to large multinational corporations. JustCo Australia’s coworking spaces, private offices and enterprise suites help companies achieve their goals, no matter their industry. Whether you’re a budding tourism organisation or a digital-first medical service, having a flexible workspace that fosters productivity and performance is crucial to your success in this dynamic and competitive business landscape.

Our flexible workspaces are designed to meet the needs of modern companies and their workers. Featuring contemporary fit-outs, natural light, fresh air and plenty of space, getting your team to collaborate effectively is simple. Alongside high-tech meeting rooms, you can plan and execute your next project with ease.

In addition, JustCo Australia’s shared spaces and services offices feature excellent end-of-line facilities to enhance your workers’ physical and mental well-being. Meanwhile, hospitality features and event spaces ensure you develop a thriving organisation that competes with the best.

Get in touch with our friendly team now  to discover more about our flexible workspaces and serviced offices.

The JustCo Story

JustCo to me is more than an exciting job; it is a business that my husband Wan Sing KONG founded, and I am blessed to have been involved in his entrepreneurial journey right from the start. Prior to joining JustCo, I was working at Proctor & Gamble. In 2011, I moved from my much-loved American life and embarked on this journey with Wan Sing in Singapore.

Like many start-up stories, the initial years were marked by a lot of dreams and doubts, ups and downs, exciting and exhausting moments. During the early years of JustCo, we knew that the entrepreneurial journey would not be easy and we did face many obstacles – but the sense of fulfilment was something I would not find elsewhere. JustCo makes my life even fuller and more interesting every day.

My role in JustCo is to foster a community of talented and like-minded individuals and businesses where members can tap into to seek new connections and explore business opportunities through engagement activities like specially-curated professional and social events. Our members get to fully experience the benefits and network effects within JustCo’s large community of more than 17,000 members. This is not different from the atmosphere I fell in love with when at Columbia Business School, where students collaborated to complete projects, and tapped on each other’s expertise to learn and grow.

At JustCo, we offer people a range of options; they can work and socialise in either their own offices or hot-desks in the common area, either behind their computer screens or while using our shared facilities like ping-pong tables, foosball, arcade games, and swings (yes, like the ones you see in a park). They make friends, network with industry peers, attend thought-provoking events, gain advice from a host of senior business figures, or learn to pitch their business ideas. Every day, the community grows, expands and new connections are created; with kudos also to our Community Team – made up of passionate individuals who work closely with our members and understand the needs. I had never dreamed that I could have so much fun (and yes, sometime stress too) at work.

Thinking back, I am very grateful with how everything came together. I’ve not only been part of building a business, but more importantly, I get to nurture start-ups, support freelancers, and help many large organizations change the way they work and grow.

Over the years, JustCo has achieved great milestones, building the name to be recognised as one of Asia’s leading premium flexible workspace providers. We now have presence across Asia, including key cities like China, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, South Korea, Australia, Taiwan, and more to come.

I had never dreamed that I would be doing this with the most important person in my life, my husband, or ever thought that our personal and professional lives would be so intertwined. Every day I feel truly blessed, to continue to grow as a person and a leader in a business where there is so much passion, support and collaboration. I look forward to welcoming and meeting you in the JustCo community.

 

Lu Liu

Understanding the Hybrid Work Model

With certain regions of Australia entering a state of snap lockdown once again, it is clear that businesses need to start planning for a permanent pandemic by rethinking their organisational models. However, without a playbook on what the future of work might look like, businesses can only collectively track the pace of change while experimenting with and piloting different working models to accommodate both employees’ preferences and business needs.

While the 100% remote work model proves effective in facilitating safe distancing, some cracks are beginning to emerge as the experiment stretches on. With work and personal lives shoved under the same roof, 73% of Australians indicated that their stress levels have skyrocketed, and work-from-home fatigue has gradually set in.

At a time where organisations are shifting their focus to building the muscles for a truly effective operating model, there is one that appears to be the most optimal in the current climate and for the foreseeable future. That is – the hybrid work model.

What is a hybrid work model?

With an emphasis on flexibility, inclusivity and support, the hybrid work model is one that accommodates a main office for business visibility and flexible workspaces that conform to employees’ varying needs. The latter can include coworking spaces, public spaces and homes. In a hybrid workplace, employees are given the autonomy to pick between working in a central office and off-site – or shuffle between both, depending on the demand of a given day.

Evidently, it is an intuitive and dynamic model that offers both sociability and flexibility. Organisations that can successfully respond to this new workflow will likely enjoy a competitive edge. Read on to find out why.

Why is hybrid an effective operational model?

Better position your real estate portfolio for agility

With the purpose of the workplace evolving dramatically over the past year, traditional offices with oversized footprints may no longer be required.

Furthermore, the conventional practice of leasing a traditional office is often tied with an inflexible long-term agreement, which makes it challenging for organisations to upsize and downsize as needed. A hybrid work model, on the other hand, gives organisations better control over their capital expenditures (CAPEX) and operating expenses (OPEX). This enables the level of flexibility required to boost top-line growth and bottom-line efficiency in today’s world of work.

It adapts to how individuals work best

The hybrid work model is all about balancing personal flexibility with team collaboration and creating the best work experiences for everyone in the organisation. Employees with various personal commitments can opt to work at on-demand spaces near their homes, while those who thrive better on-site can head back to the office as and when their schedule permits. By adopting this fully flexible model, organisations can emerge from the pandemic with mentally healthier employees and better performing teams.

Is the hybrid work model suitable for you?

Whether you are running a matured startup with a growing member base or a large corporation with a geographically dispersed team, the unprecedented level of flexibility that the hybrid workplace offers proves that it can best support the changing face of work. Leverage on JustCo’s extensive network of coworking spaces across 9 cities globally for an elevated hybrid work experience.

From the organisation’s perspective, not being chained to a rigid lease term means being able to save a fortune when it comes to real estate. Tap on our economies of scale for office set up procurement, and save cost by renting the spaces you need and leverage on our communal facilities. For employees, the hybrid work model grants them a sense of control and better work-life balance. It boosts productivity and empowers them to do their best work despite being miles apart.

Give your employees the tools they need to stay productive

The hybrid work model is a vital ingredient in meeting the work demands of today and tomorrow. Organisations looking to embrace this singular opportunity to reposition their real estate strategy need adaptable workspaces that can help support all types of collaboration. Here is where JustCo comes in.

Offering a suite of plans coupled with thoughtfully designed workspaces and modern business amenities like fully equipped meeting rooms and high-speed internet, JustCo has all you need to run your business more profitably and efficiently. With a diverse community of like-minded individuals, JustCo also opens up greater opportunities for collaboration and innovation.

Discover a new way of work with JustCo – redeem your free trial today

A Guide To Coworking Spaces in Australia

Table of contents:

  1. What are coworking spaces?
  2. What are the common features of a coworking space?
  3. For startups
  4. For SMEs
  5. For Enterprises
  6. Why choose coworking spaces over other remote work alternatives?

The work landscape we know is undergoing fundamental shifts. Driven by the recent pandemic, the traditional notion of a workplace is transforming at unprecedented speed, spurring the demand for flexible real-estate strategies which is proving to be a viable solution for the workforce of the future. With a 41 per cent increase in coworking spaces across Australia in 2019 alone, it is evident that businesses find merits in more flexible work arrangements that such avenues offer.

But how effective are coworking spaces and how can they help you in your professional pursuits in Australia?

We’ve put together a detailed guide to understanding what coworking spaces have to offer, and how we at JustCo can help you jump on the bandwagon and reap the benefits of a collaborative work environment!

What are coworking spaces?

A coworking space is a membership-based working environment in which diverse groups of professionals from all walks of life come together to work under one roof.

Designed to foster collaboration between the like-minded and boost productivity like never before, these offices are the driving forces of the future of work. Whether you opt for any of the hot desks or head straight to the private office suites, the various solutions offered within the coworking space are meant to drive business productivity and efficiencies at streamlined costs.

What are the common features of a coworking space?

A few common features make the coworking space unique – here’s a quick snapshot of what you can expect at JustCo’s locations across Melbourne and Sydney.

1. Hot desks

The hot desk provides you with an ergonomically-friendly office set-up, comprising a spacious table and a comfortable chair. On top of having a productive workspace to tick off the to-do list, the hot desking arrangement fosters collaboration between different individuals working around you. Maybe a conversation with a neighbour may just spark ideas on your next project or give you more inspiration as you complete an ongoing task.

This solution is not only ideal for solopreneurs and solitary freelancers in Australia. Hot desks can also serve as a third space for growing startups, small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) and large enterprises that are looking to embrace the hybrid work model – a fast-rising new way of work that grants a geographically-dispersed workforce the autonomy to choose where they wish to work.

At JustCo Australia, you can hire a hot desk for monthly use with the JustDesk Basic plan in case you don’t require a workspace frequently. However, if you want to gain access as and when you need it, go for the JustDesk Unlimited plan. For those who have a favourite location within our Melbourne and Sydney offices and need a desk all set up and ready, the JustDesk Dedicated plan is the one for you!

2. Private office suites

Should privacy be important to you and your team, there are private office spaces within our centres in Melbourne and Sydney to cater to your needs. Perfect for teams working with confidential and sensitive information, or startups looking for a conducive work area for their growing teams, the private studio suites ensure there’s ample space for people to work on their tasks and discuss projects within a productive environment. If this is what you need, the Just Studio plan will have you sorted!

3. Meeting rooms

We know how important it is to communicate effectively with your clients and stakeholders, so we make sure you have the space to set up meetings whenever you need to. With pay-per-use meeting rooms available across all our coworking locations, you won’t have to sit in noisy cafes to discuss projects. All the necessary equipment is at your fingertips, so you can focus on getting the best out of each meeting. In addition, these meeting rooms are great if you need some quiet time to complete a task or two!

4. Fully-stocked shared pantry

Over the years, we’ve seen businesses in Australia devoting more time and effort to creating a better work environment for their employees. Common spaces such as the humble pantry have become an integral part of the workspace.

Boasting a fully-equipped pantry filled with free artisanal tea, coffee and more, your employees no longer have to leave the office for a nibble outside of lunch hours.

Moreover, it’s a perfect time to network with others occupying the same coworking space – this is what JustCo is all about: creating opportunities for connections!

5. Entertainment areas

Apart from the communal pantry, you can further unwind at the entertainment areas within the coworking spaces. It could be a game of ping pong or a challenge at foosball – there’s something for you to find some respite away from the hustle at your desk.

6. Printing & scanning facilities

If you’re setting up your business in our coworking spaces, you and your employees can access all our printing and scanning facilities for free — there’s no need to invest in additional equipment at all! That means you save a lot more on operational costs, making coworking a cost-effective option for entrepreneurs, startups and SMEs.

For startups

Australia is the fifth startup-friendly country in the world, making it a popular base for such businesses. For startups looking to establish themselves professionally here, the coworking space is a great way to do so. Whether you occupy several hot desks or sign-up for a private studio, you are not only investing in a conducive work environment that can cater to your growing team but also a suite of amenities that are all at your disposal. These include a business address and mail handling services, IT and printing facilities, as well as fully-equipped meeting rooms to invite potential stakeholders for discussions.

Coworking space vs incubators

While incubators are common to beginner startups, especially in the research and development phase, coworking spaces elevate the experience by bringing them closer to market. The shared areas within the coworking offices allow members of startups to interact with professionals, bounce ideas off and explore strategies they have never considered before.

Plus, with a curated range of professional services and rates exclusive to JustCo members such as those from Amazon Web Services and HubSpot, startups have all the industry tools they need to bring their business to greater heights!

For SMEs

According to a report by Coworking Insights, SMEs make up the largest share of the demographics (37.3%) that use coworking spaces, followed by startups (27.12%). One of the biggest reasons why SMEs opt for coworking spaces in Australia is its cost-effectiveness.

Coworking space vs traditional office

Traditional long-term leases bring about more challenges to SMEs, especially when they require more space to accommodate growing teams. Being bound to lease terms for several years does not provide SMEs much flexibility to upgrade and downsize whenever they need. Let’s not forget the operational costs entailed when maintaining an office space, plus expenses incurred for fit-out projects. With coworking spaces, businesses can scale effectively – they can take up the amount of space they need, and gain access to all the business amenities that constitute a fully-functioning office.

SMEs that find it hard to decide between both can also consider embracing coworking spaces alongside the traditional office space – a hybrid, “best of both worlds” approach with the former serving as a viable alternative to a home office and the latter as a central headquarters. Given the flexibility of a coworking space, companies can scale with ease without litigation risks.

For enterprises

When the pandemic forced employees in Australia to begin working from home, many found merits in the flexible work arrangements. At the same time, it became important to implement effective measures to scale, owing to unused spaces within the traditional offices brought about by social distancing requirements. This pushed enterprises to relook at their workplace policies to cater to the changing preferences of employees and corresponding business needs.

Coworking space vs serviced office

For enterprises to make the best of their resources, they can opt for the ‘core and flex’ strategy. The ‘core’ refers to a long-term office space that allows enterprises to maintain business visibility, while the ‘flex’ refers to plug-and-play workstations at different locations – otherwise known as satellite offices – where employees can jump on and get started on work.

Opting for our serviced offices or private office suites as the ‘core’ takes the planning off the hands. Fully-furnished suites and ready office supplies means less is spent on operational costs, so enterprises can channel more resources to areas that matter.

With a total of five locations across the Central Business Districts of Melbourne and Sydney, employees have the versatility to choose where and how they wish to get work done. Plus, there’s no need for enterprises to spend enormous costs on fitting out office spaces to cater to large teams!

Why choose coworking spaces over other remote work alternatives?

Coworking spaces cater to various profiles, from freelancers right up to enterprises, providing tailored solutions that address specific business needs. Whether you’re from the tech industry working on a new prototype or part of a global consultancy managing a variety of clients, there will be something in the realm of coworking that will suit you. However, how do they fare against other remote work alternatives?

Working from home

One of the most common remote work solutions among professionals, working from home sure has its perks. There’s no need to travel to the office and the kitchen is just there for you to whip up a meal for lunch. However, the work from home model isn’t always favourable, especially among those who do not have sufficient space to set up a workstation. With a fully-furnished office and important amenities readily available, coworking spaces make for an ideal remote working environment. Plus, they ensure that you’re free from distractions that pull you away from your work – whether it’s a family member switching on the television volume at its loudest or renovation works taking place at your neighbour’s house.

Working from cafes or restaurants

The ‘work from cafe’ culture has experienced a burst of popularity in Australia. However, working from cafes can be particularly challenging given that one often has to deal with a saturated number of external stimuli that could take a toll on productivity, engagement and wellbeing. A coworking space, on the other hand, is fitted with quiet meeting rooms and private studios that allow one to be free from distractions or when there is a need for privacy.

What’s more, you’ll get 24/7 access and security when you sign for a hot-desk or private office plan.

Make coworking spaces work for you

As we embrace the future of work, making impactful decisions for your professional pursuits is essential, whether you’re a new entrepreneur building your empire or a seasoned business practitioner. Get a headstart with our free trial and find out how our coworking spaces can work for you!

5 ways coworking can foster business growth in 2021

The coworking profile in Australia today is changing. As identified in a 2019 coworking report by Office Hub, close to 40% of Australian companies with static business growth have enquired about coworking services. This indicates that established enterprises are looking towards flexible workspaces for greater business success, traditionally a strategy leveraged by startups and entrepreneurs.

To understand the various ways coworking facilitates such growth, we have identified five touchpoints that paint a promising picture of workplace flexibility in 2021 and beyond.

1. Seamless transition to digital

The rising demand for flexible workplace policies and the corresponding drive to implement hybrid work models prompts the need for a solution that enables a seamless transition to the remote work ecosystem. This entails having the means to keep a dispersed workforce connected, and that starts with digital connectivity.

Filling the cracks in the work-from-home model are coworking spaces with all the amenities for easy plug-and-play. Employees who choose to work away from the headquartered office and at any one of the flexible workspaces acquired by the company will have all the necessary resources to remain productive. From high-speed internet and business-grade printers to fully-equipped pay-per-use meeting rooms, employers can reap the benefits from the digital world of work more quickly than imagined. JustCo also offers a suite of professional services from industry partners — from AWS to HubSpot, you will have all you need to make that business plan a reality.

Opting for coworking offices brings greater cost-efficiencies, especially useful for growing small/medium businesses who may not have sufficient budget to implement digital-first policies at work. Enterprises in Australia looking to expand beyond geographical borders can do plenty with coworking too. JustCo Members can access any office within Sydney, Melbourne, and across 8 other Asia Pacific locations. This creates ample opportunities to set up virtual offices in new markets and kickstart growth plans, putting the business on the global map. 

2. Reduced wasted expenditures on real estate

The conversation around hybrid work models is never complete without discussing its impact on real estate. Rigid traditional leases that bind businesses for years inhibit effective scaling, which spells problems for businesses looking at rapid expansion. JustCo’s “Space-as-a-Service” alleviates the financial burden of long-term leases by offering agreements on shorter terms — as short as six months — with all the necessary office equipment for a smooth operation. On top of the cost savings, the flexibility of rightsizing whenever makes coworking an ideal choice in present fast-evolving market conditions. Whether you need to upgrade to a larger private suite, rent more hot-desks to cater to new remote hires or downsize to suit your business needs, we will help you manage your hybrid workspace at no additional fee. For a little more flexibility, consider JustCo’s “Space-on-Demand” platform, SWITCH, which lets you pay only for the time spent in the booths.

With resources saved from wasted expenditures, more can be channelled to other areas of the business to drive growth. Spend on robust employee wellness programmes to keep your teams healthy, both mentally and physically, or invest in the latest technologies to streamline your business processes.

3. Unceasing networking opportunities

Forging connections is essential in growing a business. The collaborative environment of coworking spaces speeds up networking among the like-minded. Topped with business events, workshops and programmes hosted by JustCo, members can come together, exchange ideas and establish partnerships, all aimed for greater success. Plus, with the ability to hop into any centre beyond Australia, you can reach out to our global pool of members for an exciting project or two!

4. Upskilled manpower

At the heart of a successful business, of course, lies talent. The importance of continuous skills upgrading to stay relevant in a volatile world means employers must take the initiative to consistently sharpen the competencies of their workforce. We noted earlier how the collaborative nature of coworking spaces enable members to learn from one another -JustCo takes this experience a notch higher with the JustCo Campus, a series of online and face-to-face workshops that help members in both their professional and personal development. With a skilled workforce that is economically relevant, you can trust them to meet your organisational goals.

5. Attraction & retention of the best talent

With coworking spaces gaining popularity across various industries, it has become a growing nest for the best talent in the market. From freelancers looking to land their first full-time role to experienced practitioners who may bring incredible value to your business, the space is the perfect playground for headhunting.

The coworking concept is also an effective workplace strategy to attract and retain talent. The flexibility of choosing where to work allows one to establish a better work-life balance. Have a peace of mind knowing that you’d be closer to your child’s school or your elderly parent’s house since you can drop into an office that’s just a stone’s throw away.

You get to plan your work around life, instead of the other way round.

What does this entail? Happier employees, of course! It is an incredible perk to keep top talents with you, knowing you can count on them to bring their best to the table.

If supercharging your growth strategy is all that is on your mind today, explore JustCo with a free trial or special rates and find out what coworking can do for you and your business.