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

JustCo 的故事

JustCo 于我而言不止是一份令人兴奋的工作;它是我丈夫龚万鑫创办的一家企业,我很庆幸自己从一开始就参与了他的创业旅程。加入JustCo之前,我曾在宝洁公司工作。2011年,我离开了自己深爱的美国生活,跟万鑫在新加坡一同创业。

正如许多其他创业故事一样,在最初的几年里,公司经历了许多梦想与忐忑、成功与失败、激动与失落。创办之初,我们知道创业之路并不容易,确实面临许多阻碍,但克服之后获得的成就感是在别处找不到的。JustCo使我的生活更丰富、更有趣。

我在JustCo负责为才华横溢、志趣相投的个人和企业组建社区,让社区成员能通过专门策划的职业及社交类活动来拓展新的人脉并发掘无限商机。凭借JustCo逾17000名会员组成的庞大社区,我们的社区成员可以充分体验到其带来的优势和网络效应。这与我在哥伦比亚商学院(Columbia Business School)所喜欢的氛围一模一样。在那里,学生们会合作完成项目,利用彼此的专长学习和成长。

在JustCo,我们为会员提供多种选择;工作与社交可以选择在自己的办公室进行,也可以选择在公共区域的共享办公桌上完成;可以通过电脑完成,也可以通过使用共享设施,如乒乓球台、游戏机和秋千(是的,与公园里的一样)来实现。在这里,您可以交朋结友,与业界同行建立人脉、参加启迪灵感的活动、从众多资深专家那里获得建议或者学习推销自己的商业理念。我们的社区每天都在发展壮大,建立新的人脉关系,这还要归功于我们的社区团队,他们跟社区成员密切协作、深谙其需求而且满怀激情,备受赞誉。我从未料到工作能带给我如此多的乐趣(当然,有时也是压力)。

回忆往昔,我非常感激一切都进展得那么顺利。我不仅参与创办了公司,更重要的是,我开始培育初创企业、支持自由职业者并协助许多大型组织改变他们工作和成长的方式。

一路走来,JustCo取得了巨大成功;使我们得以维持市场地位并成为亚洲领先的优质灵活办公空间运营商之一。如今,我们的业务遍及亚洲各地,包括中国(大陆和台湾省)、新加坡、泰国、印度尼西亚、韩国和澳大利亚,未来还会拓展到更多的国家和城市。

 

Lu Liu

Co-working Spaces Promote Creativity and Innovation

Today, there’s a high premium placed on creativity and innovation, and co-working spaces are proving to be the best enabling environment for these skills to flourish.

Co-working spaces are fostering ingenuity for an increasingly flexible intellectual labour force. As a feature published by the Harvard Business Review argues, co-working spaces are reminiscent of the Renaissance “bottega” of 15th-century Florence. These Florentine workshops were spaces where artists, engineers, and scientists met for inspiration and knowledge-sharing.

This Bottega Renaissance of sorts is best exemplified by the rise of flexible workspaces in Asia, which hinges on the burgeoning startup and freelance market. In fact, SCMP reports that the market for co-working spaces in the region has outpaced its global counterparts. Many of the 8,600 centres found across Asia-Pacific are targeted towards flexible office arrangements.

SPACE FOR CREATIVES

One key factor in the swell of flexible workspaces in the region is the growth of the creative industry and its demand for venues that cater to their needs. This has also meant that co-working spaces had to offer more than just available desks and tables.

CNN Travel reports how flexible spaces in Hong Kong now offer overnight and dynamic venues that can cater to a range of creative needs. This can include studios for podcast recording, green screen rooms, and even urban fitness centres. A key reason for this is due to the city being the centre of Asia’s social media scene. Hong Kong-based digital marketing experts Ayima detail how the region hosts social media giants Baidu, Facebook, and WeChat. This allows western countries greater access to invest in markets in Hong Kong, and vice versa. The percentage of social media penetration is expected to increase to 64% by 2023. This has made the city a hotbed for social media professionals—many of whom work freelance.

Similarly, more professionals and startups in Jakarta and Shanghai are paying a premium for spaces with better working environments that focus on building a community. Melbourne is now the city in Australia with the most co-working spaces as it’s at the centre of the country’s growing tech industry. One reason for this, as we put in our location guide to Melbourne, is that it is a city with a “vibrant mix of cultures and community” – with the co-working spaces being at the heart of many of these communities. Massive disruption in several key industries have also opened up opportunities for startups to flourish – most of which need more flexible arrangements.

The inherent flexibility of the creative and technology industries are shaping the spaces they operate in, which, in turn, are opening up new opportunities for growth across Asia.

INCUBATING INNOVATION

As mentioned above, startups are also a huge contributor for this shift to co-working spaces. The decisive push for governments in Asia to support startups has also catalysed the proliferation of spaces that cater to these innovation centres. This is why more companies like Singtel are also embracing the change, as it will help cultivate an innovating culture necessary for growth.

The JustCo Labs in Singapore, for one, helps both enablers and accelerators to reduce innovation risks and costs of setting up shop. It also offers exclusive programs to aid SMEs in reaching their target markets and find good hire opportunities. This model is currently being replicated across the region, as more economies rely on innovation.

GREATER POTENTIAL, GREATER VALUE

It’s not surprising that collaborative spaces are making a comeback at a time when great ideas command value. Co-working spaces encourage flexibility and the potential for interaction. Innovative layout and mindful design spark conversations and ideas. More than anything, they’re a space for more connections that can foster a strong network of entrepreneurs and business leaders.

This potential, as shown by more pro-active space providers, can be cultivated by building a community around the service provided. Some offer networking events, training programs, and social events so people can connect beyond eight-to-five meetings.

In fact, JustCo enables its members to work anywhere in its 40 centres around Asia-Pacific – providing greater flexibility and connections. The only Asian co-working space provider with a multi-city presence in the region, JustCo is also planning to extend its reach to Japan and other areas in the Asia Pacific this year.

Flexible work venues provide exactly what modern creatives and businesses need—space. This is especially true for the younger entrepreneurs coming into the workforce. As innovation leads today’s economic growth, the environment that nurtures it will expand further.

Keen to connect with a diverse community of 25,000 members? Contact us today to find out more!

 

Exclusively written for JustCo

By Jillian Davis

5 surprising perks of hot-desking

Sheree McIntyre, Vice President and Head of JustCo Australia, highlights some of her favourite hot-desking perks and sheds light on the upside for businesses.

  1. People talk to each other

Co-working spaces can be really social environments as well as spaces to discover new business opportunities. But you can also have peace and quiet if you want it, with phone booths and free private breakout areas away from the hive of activity.

You can also bid adieu to the dark ages of awkward networking breakfasts. The JustCo App has a “Just Connect” function that allows members to browse profiles of potential partners, strike up conversations on the app to discuss ideas, and establish new business collaborations within JustCo’s community across Asia Pacific.

That’s a global index of contacts you’re getting without having to make small talk over the breakfast buffet or wait for tradeshows to meet.

  1. The views are dreamy

Enormously high rent does not always equal great views, but at a coworking space, some of the best views in the world are available to you without the big price tag. For example, Level 19 of JustCo at William St overlooks the Yarra and Melbourne city skyline (better than the view from the home garage or study!).

William-St-view-photo--400x800

A killer view of the Yarra and Melbourne city skyline from JustCo’s newly opened workspace at William St

  1. It’s good for your posture and your business

Hot desking spaces offer the benefit of not having to sit in the same tired seat day after day. Investments in ergonomic furniture by co-working companies pay off – and you can save on your physio bills! The inspiring art and décor are also great to absorb while you stretch your legs.

  1. Hot-desking isn’t a ‘singles-only’ activity

 Plenty of large and small companies are opting to hot desk rather than face paying increasing rent for a traditional cramped and isolated space. Being around a group of other talented and diverse individuals can mean curtailing the dreaded stagnation that can affect a small group in a lonely office.

Many people who can work from home opt for a hot desk instead in order to escape the distractions of the home, work from a more professional environment, meet new people, and to simply encourage creativity.

  1. It saves your business a ton of hassle

Contrary to popular belief, going down the hot-desk route isn’t only about cost savings. Time is money, and getting on board a co-working space will save you both. A co-working space such as JustCo takes the hassle out of every day office operations, allowing companies to really focus on their business objectives. From IT support to electricity and a reception to greet your guests – we’ve got you covered.

Interested to find out more? Book a tour with us today!

Sheree McIntyre is currently the Head of JustCo’s Australian division. Backed by Frasers and GIC, Singaporean-born JustCo is Asia Pacific’s leading co-workspace provider. Under Sheree’s leadership, JustCo is on a fast trajectory of growth in Australia, with five current locations and a goal to open five more Australian office spaces by Q2 2020. Sheree understands the importance of building offices with quality materials and close attention to detail, and believes firmly in JustCo’s sustainable business model and refusal to cut corners.

The psychological effect of the colour green

And 3 reasons why you need to have it at work

 

Think of the offices of many of the world’s most successful and innovative companies today and it’s likely that vertical gardens, lush landscaping, and green nooks also come to mind.  

It’s not just trendy design either – from giving the office a more ‘homely’ feel to acting as a natural air filter – plants are more staples than finishing touches of interior design now. In 2017, Apple famously bought out over 3,000 trees for its new Cupertino headquarters in the pursuit of a literal ‘greenest building on the planet’, according to CEO Tim Cook.  

At JustCo, we also believe in the power of green, which is why our open office spaces feature strong greenery to inspire our members. Here are five reasons why being surrounded by the colour green will improve your workday:  

 

  1. It increases productivity and creativity  

Colour psychology suggests that our moods and emotions are affected by the colours that surround us. For instance, white might invoke feelings of calm, and stillness.  

Green is associated with nature and life, and invokes feelings of tranquillity, energy, and calm. Many studies have shown that bringing plants into the workplace increases productivity by at least 15%, while helping to decrease stress and agitation throughout the day.  

 

The views from JustCo at Marina One (East and West Towers) offer an awe-inspiring blend of twisted metal and full, lush greenery  

 

Workers have also reported a better flow of creative and new ideas when surrounded by greenery. In one study by German researchers, people glanced at the colour green for two seconds before doing a creative task, and concluded that it boosted their creative output more than other colours did.  

 

  1. It attracts the right talent  

If you’re a company looking for creative and spirited talent to inject a breath of fresh air into the team, having a plant-filled office might help you find some. Green, open offices have come to be associated with fun, open-minded work culture, and this in turn will help attract the kind of people you are looking for.  

 

JustCo at 6 Raffles Quay features a lush green nook for members to enjoy

 

  1. It improves the well-being of your employees 

Science already dictates that plants can improve air quality at the office, a place where most people spend a large part of their day. Poor quality air often leads to health problems such as headaches, eye fatigue, throat irritation, and asthma. Plants are said to reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and improve general mental health.  

This means an enhanced quality of work life for your employees, and less sick days for the organisation.  

 

JustCo has over 35 co-working spaces around Asia-Pacific’s major cities. Explore our network here to find a location that suits you.  

Inspired to make your work better? Get in touch with us today to arrange a visit.  

A special partnership with Dropbox

Su Hock Koh, Dropbox Head of Local Business and Partners (Asia) believes in harnessing the power of networks for doing good as well as to create extraordinary possibilities for greater economic, social, environmental and human good. So it’s no surprise that he loves working in a coworking space and chose JustCo as home to Dropbox’s Asia headquarter. “Not only does JustCo offer beautifully designed spaces and attentive community teams at each location, it also engages its members with regular events and offers services which are both professional and personal.” Su Hock and his team are no strangers to the coworking concept as they had worked at another smaller coworking space before moving to JustCo. When their team outgrew the space and they needed a new location, they were impressed by JustCo’s personalized service and access to senior management: “Everybody made us feel welcome from day one. Not all coworking spaces have this service attitude and attention to detail so it was a pleasant surprise and a huge pleasure to work with the JustCo’s team – they are really the perfect embodiment of the JustCo brand story”. But Dropbox is not just a member, it is also a partner to JustCo. Dropbox provides cloud computing and collaborative tools to all JustCo employees and offers exclusive benefits to JustCo members. “From the beginning we realized that both us and JustCo are really in the business of connecting people and making their work faster, easier and more productive. JustCo does it through space, we do it through the power of the network”. Currently, Dropbox houses its Asian HQ at Marina One, where they lease a beautifully appointed office. “Besides our own private suite, we often use other common areas, from casual and semi-casual spaces to formal meeting rooms or phonebooths when we need more privacy. Having partnered with JustCo for so long, we have seen how JustCo is constantly evolving their product to cater to their members’ needs” says Su Hock. “What we appreciate the most is that they really listen to feedback and always endeavour to improve their members’ experience.” This partnership extends to events, which are a centrepiece of the JustCo experience. “We organize regular events at JustCo, where we invite panelists on a range of topics from new technologies to the future of work. JustCo has a variety of spaces that fit our needs.” Dropbox is just one of the examples of how JustCo builds and nurtures amazing communities at its coworking spaces. Join the JustCo community now!

SMUAA Start-Up Hub powered by JustCo

In September 2018, JustCo is delighted to announce a collaborative effort with Singapore Management University Alumni Association (SMUAA). Established since July 2005 and run by alumni volunteers for alumni, the SMUAA leads SMU alumni in creating social impact and harnessing the power of the alumni network. Overseeing all local and overseas SMU alumni groups and chapters, the SMUAA facilitates networking between alumni groups, nurtures and supports alumni leaders, and grows the alumni network. SMUAA comprises future leaders, adventurers, explorers and budding entrepreneurs, poised to take on leadership roles in their organisation and in society. They also possess the determination to embark on entrepreneurial endeavours. Singapore has grown to become a hub for aspiring entrepreneurs and a recent finding from Channel News Asia revealed that, start-up founders based in Singapore were the youngest in the world, with a median age of 28 and 32% saying they started their current business while they were still studying. Whilst all entrepreneurs face challenges when starting their own business, young entrepreneurs face fiercer complications. More often than not, these new start-ups are short of suitable office spaces, network connections, proper tools, equipment and resources; which are easily accessible in today’s co-working model. Hence, in support of these young entrepreneurs, JustCo unveils its latest exclusive collaboration with SMUAA, named the SMUAA Start-up Hub powered by JustCo. Located within JustCo’s newest and largest co-working space at Marina Square, the SMUAA Start-up Hub powered by JustCo will occupy a dedicated area of the centre. What’s more? SMUAA members will be automatically connected to JustCo’s large community of talented and like-minded businesses, where they can explore new business opportunities and leverage on a common pool of resources to drive success to their business. This start-up hub ultimately aims to encourage interaction, knowledge sharing and collaboration amongst entrepreneurs through regular social and professional events organised at JustCo! In addition, as many entrepreneurs are constantly seeking for workplace flexibility, members are not limited to work from Marina Square’s co-working space only. JustCo is also value adding members by offering complimentary hot-desking work stations across seven co-working centres in Singapore, which aims to increase productivity among members! Started since 2015, JustCo has always been connecting vibrant and dynamic communities in open, conducive and creative work spaces and we look forward to welcome SMUAA as part of our ever-growing community! This exposure can bring needed awareness and inspiration, so they can find purpose and meaning in their own work. It can also help them expand their network and meet new people. Moreover, coworking spaces encourage collaboration and learning among its members which helps business managers and employees alike learn the value of helping one another and working harmoniously to achieve desired goals. If you are a freelancer, an entrepreneur, or a manager who is looking for a virtual office in Singapore that would be most beneficial to your line of work, get in touch with JustCo today. JustCo offers premium coworking spaces and shared offices to suit your needs.

Co-working Spaces Promote Creativity and Innovation

Today, there’s a high premium placed on creativity and innovation, and co-working spaces are proving to be the best enabling environment for these skills to flourish.

Co-working spaces are fostering ingenuity for an increasingly flexible intellectual labour force. As a feature published by the Harvard Business Review argues, co-working spaces are reminiscent of the Renaissance “bottega” of 15th-century Florence. These Florentine workshops were spaces where artists, engineers, and scientists met for inspiration and knowledge-sharing.

This Bottega Renaissance of sorts is best exemplified by the rise of flexible workspaces in Asia, which hinges on the burgeoning startup and freelance market. In fact, SCMP reports that the market for co-working spaces in the region has outpaced its global counterparts. Many of the 8,600 centres found across Asia-Pacific are targeted towards flexible office arrangements.

SPACE FOR CREATIVES

One key factor in the swell of flexible workspaces in the region is the growth of the creative industry and its demand for venues that cater to their needs. This has also meant that co-working spaces had to offer more than just available desks and tables.

CNN Travel reports how flexible spaces in Hong Kong now offer overnight and dynamic venues that can cater to a range of creative needs. This can include studios for podcast recording, green screen rooms, and even urban fitness centres. A key reason for this is due to the city being the centre of Asia’s social media scene. Hong Kong-based digital marketing experts Ayima detail how the region hosts social media giants Baidu, Facebook, and WeChat. This allows western countries greater access to invest in markets in Hong Kong, and vice versa. The percentage of social media penetration is expected to increase to 64% by 2023. This has made the city a hotbed for social media professionals—many of whom work freelance.

Similarly, more professionals and startups in Jakarta and Shanghai are paying a premium for spaces with better working environments that focus on building a community. Melbourne is now the city in Australia with the most co-working spaces as it’s at the centre of the country’s growing tech industry. One reason for this, as we put in our location guide to Melbourne, is that it is a city with a “vibrant mix of cultures and community” – with the co-working spaces being at the heart of many of these communities. Massive disruption in several key industries have also opened up opportunities for startups to flourish – most of which need more flexible arrangements.

The inherent flexibility of the creative and technology industries are shaping the spaces they operate in, which, in turn, are opening up new opportunities for growth across Asia.

INCUBATING INNOVATION

As mentioned above, startups are also a huge contributor for this shift to co-working spaces. The decisive push for governments in Asia to support startups has also catalysed the proliferation of spaces that cater to these innovation centres. This is why more companies like Singtel are also embracing the change, as it will help cultivate an innovating culture necessary for growth.

The JustCo Labs in Singapore, for one, helps both enablers and accelerators to reduce innovation risks and costs of setting up shop. It also offers exclusive programs to aid SMEs in reaching their target markets and find good hire opportunities. This model is currently being replicated across the region, as more economies rely on innovation.

GREATER POTENTIAL, GREATER VALUE

It’s not surprising that collaborative spaces are making a comeback at a time when great ideas command value. Co-working spaces encourage flexibility and the potential for interaction. Innovative layout and mindful design spark conversations and ideas. More than anything, they’re a space for more connections that can foster a strong network of entrepreneurs and business leaders.

This potential, as shown by more pro-active space providers, can be cultivated by building a community around the service provided. Some offer networking events, training programs, and social events so people can connect beyond eight-to-five meetings.

In fact, JustCo enables its members to work anywhere in its 40 centres around Asia-Pacific – providing greater flexibility and connections. The only Asian co-working space provider with a multi-city presence in the region, JustCo is also planning to extend its reach to Japan and other areas in the Asia Pacific this year.

Flexible work venues provide exactly what modern creatives and businesses need—space. This is especially true for the younger entrepreneurs coming into the workforce. As innovation leads today’s economic growth, the environment that nurtures it will expand further.

Keen to connect with a diverse community of 25,000 members? Contact us today to find out more!

 

Exclusively written for JustCo

By Jillian Davis

5 surprising perks of hot-desking

Sheree McIntyre, Vice President and Head of JustCo Australia, highlights some of her favourite hot-desking perks and sheds light on the upside for businesses.

  1. People talk to each other

Co-working spaces can be really social environments as well as spaces to discover new business opportunities. But you can also have peace and quiet if you want it, with phone booths and free private breakout areas away from the hive of activity.

You can also bid adieu to the dark ages of awkward networking breakfasts. The JustCo App has a “Just Connect” function that allows members to browse profiles of potential partners, strike up conversations on the app to discuss ideas, and establish new business collaborations within JustCo’s community across Asia Pacific.

That’s a global index of contacts you’re getting without having to make small talk over the breakfast buffet or wait for tradeshows to meet.

  1. The views are dreamy

Enormously high rent does not always equal great views, but at a coworking space, some of the best views in the world are available to you without the big price tag. For example, Level 19 of JustCo at William St overlooks the Yarra and Melbourne city skyline (better than the view from the home garage or study!).

William-St-view-photo--400x800

A killer view of the Yarra and Melbourne city skyline from JustCo’s newly opened workspace at William St

  1. It’s good for your posture and your business

Hot desking spaces offer the benefit of not having to sit in the same tired seat day after day. Investments in ergonomic furniture by co-working companies pay off – and you can save on your physio bills! The inspiring art and décor are also great to absorb while you stretch your legs.

  1. Hot-desking isn’t a ‘singles-only’ activity

 Plenty of large and small companies are opting to hot desk rather than face paying increasing rent for a traditional cramped and isolated space. Being around a group of other talented and diverse individuals can mean curtailing the dreaded stagnation that can affect a small group in a lonely office.

Many people who can work from home opt for a hot desk instead in order to escape the distractions of the home, work from a more professional environment, meet new people, and to simply encourage creativity.

  1. It saves your business a ton of hassle

Contrary to popular belief, going down the hot-desk route isn’t only about cost savings. Time is money, and getting on board a co-working space will save you both. A co-working space such as JustCo takes the hassle out of every day office operations, allowing companies to really focus on their business objectives. From IT support to electricity and a reception to greet your guests – we’ve got you covered.

Interested to find out more? Book a tour with us today!

Sheree McIntyre is currently the Head of JustCo’s Australian division. Backed by Frasers and GIC, Singaporean-born JustCo is Asia Pacific’s leading co-workspace provider. Under Sheree’s leadership, JustCo is on a fast trajectory of growth in Australia, with five current locations and a goal to open five more Australian office spaces by Q2 2020. Sheree understands the importance of building offices with quality materials and close attention to detail, and believes firmly in JustCo’s sustainable business model and refusal to cut corners.

The psychological effect of the colour green

And 3 reasons why you need to have it at work

 

Think of the offices of many of the world’s most successful and innovative companies today and it’s likely that vertical gardens, lush landscaping, and green nooks also come to mind.  

It’s not just trendy design either – from giving the office a more ‘homely’ feel to acting as a natural air filter – plants are more staples than finishing touches of interior design now. In 2017, Apple famously bought out over 3,000 trees for its new Cupertino headquarters in the pursuit of a literal ‘greenest building on the planet’, according to CEO Tim Cook.  

At JustCo, we also believe in the power of green, which is why our open office spaces feature strong greenery to inspire our members. Here are five reasons why being surrounded by the colour green will improve your workday:  

 

  1. It increases productivity and creativity  

Colour psychology suggests that our moods and emotions are affected by the colours that surround us. For instance, white might invoke feelings of calm, and stillness.  

Green is associated with nature and life, and invokes feelings of tranquillity, energy, and calm. Many studies have shown that bringing plants into the workplace increases productivity by at least 15%, while helping to decrease stress and agitation throughout the day.  

 

The views from JustCo at Marina One (East and West Towers) offer an awe-inspiring blend of twisted metal and full, lush greenery  

 

Workers have also reported a better flow of creative and new ideas when surrounded by greenery. In one study by German researchers, people glanced at the colour green for two seconds before doing a creative task, and concluded that it boosted their creative output more than other colours did.  

 

  1. It attracts the right talent  

If you’re a company looking for creative and spirited talent to inject a breath of fresh air into the team, having a plant-filled office might help you find some. Green, open offices have come to be associated with fun, open-minded work culture, and this in turn will help attract the kind of people you are looking for.  

 

JustCo at 6 Raffles Quay features a lush green nook for members to enjoy

 

  1. It improves the well-being of your employees 

Science already dictates that plants can improve air quality at the office, a place where most people spend a large part of their day. Poor quality air often leads to health problems such as headaches, eye fatigue, throat irritation, and asthma. Plants are said to reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and improve general mental health.  

This means an enhanced quality of work life for your employees, and less sick days for the organisation.  

 

JustCo has over 35 co-working spaces around Asia-Pacific’s major cities. Explore our network here to find a location that suits you.  

Inspired to make your work better? Get in touch with us today to arrange a visit.