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Overcoming challenges in the age of COVID-19

30 Sep 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted and reshaped how people work and live across the globe. As companies undergo transitions between remote working and on-site work, many have gotten to learn the benefits of flexible work options and how co-working space companies, like JustCo, can help in future-proofing their businesses in the long-term.  

In a post-COVID world, flexible workspaces will be more relevant than ever. We are likely to foresee businesses housing employees in flexible workspaces – not limited to business continuity plans, but also remote working and workforce decentralisation; which will serve as an effective solution with maximum flexibility, for businesses of any shape and size to respond to an ever-changing global business landscape. 

Ramping up Virtual Offerings in the New Normal 

With the rise of remote work or work-from-home measures set in place, many of us are craving the social interaction, collaborations and relationships with people at the workplace. Humans are social beings, and the element of human connection plays an imperative part of our work experience. 

In today’s age of COVID-19, physical events have been reducedThe demand for virtual events have also grown significantly as businesses are moving towards digital platforms to seek connections, network, and stay ahead of the latest happenings in their industries.  

(Above: A virtual conference on Creative Destruction in a Pandemic, which brought together more than 100 attendees from start-ups, enterprises and large corporates.) 

For those looking to access a wide range of masterclasses, dialogues at curated panel discussions or business consultations in both the virtual and physical spaces, JustCo Campus is a multi-format learning hub perfect for businesses and individuals who are looking to learn and connect with a broader community. Members can also expect exclusive access to networking opportunities such as Power Breakfast and Power Lunch with industry thought leaders, C-suite decision makers, and future collaborators, where exchange of insights and ideas begin.  

Each membership includes up to two virtual masterclasses per month, and unlimited virtual conferences to network, and group mentoring sessions to learn and connect with peers. By signing up with JustCo Campus, members can connect 1-on-1 cross-borders with others whom they see synergy with – extending across the eight major cities in Asia Pacific where JustCo has presence in, such as Bangkok, Jakarta, Melbourne, Singapore, Seoul, Shanghai, Sydney and Taipei.  

In a time like this, it is an especially fitting platform for people to stay connected virtually, and to ensure that learning continues in the digital space. 

Standing Strong with the Community  

If there’s one thing COVID-19 has taught us, it is to never take good times for granted. Ever since the outbreak of COVID-19, businesses from all across the globe have taken a great hit with most of them struggling to stay afloat 

With JustCo’s “community-first” philosophy, the needs and interest of its members are always prioritisedAs such, JustCo rolled out a new JustCo Cares Social Responsibility Campaign to better support the well-being and business recovery of its members across all markets.   

Through JustCo Caresthe JustCo Indonesia team organised Rice Donation Drive where members were encouraged to purchase packets of ricewrite motivational notes and donate them to its beneficiary, Nurul Iman Orphanage and its surrounding neighbourhood who were affected by COVID-19Also, the funds raised from the Rice Donation Drive went directly to the orphanage.

(Above: JustCo Indonesia team donating rice packages to an orphanage through the JustCo CaresRice Donation Drive) 

In Singapore, surgical-grade face masks were donated to charity organisations nominated by JustCo members and the public, through a Mask Donation DriveThese face masks were from JustCo’s sponsorship towards Singapore’s first fully automated mask manufacturing line, led by Razer. In Thailand, Mirror Foundation Thailand hosted The Pantry Of Sharing together with JustCo, by turning the common areas in all JustCo’s co-working centres into a donation space. Necessities and dry food given by JustCo members were passed to the Foundation to help people effected by COVID-19. This month, members in JustCo Australia are encouraged to join September for a fundraising challenge to walk, swim, ride, wheel or spin to 10,000 steps per day in 28 days in September. The proceeds raised will go to support children with celebral palsy, the most common physical disability in childhood. 

These Social Responsibility Campaigns aim to not only safeguard the community within JustCo, but also reaching out to protect the communities around it.  As the COVID-19 pandemic changes our historyJustCo looks forward to Make Work Better, Together with its members and partners

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About Brandon Chia

Brandon Chia, Vice President & Head of JustCo Singapore and Indonesia, joined the JustCo team in 2013, where he managed the sales and operations of co-working spaces in Singapore market during its early years.  

Today, Brandon oversees over 20 co-working centres in both Singapore and Jakarta markets – offering small and large businesses with flexibleproductive, and conducive workspace solutions. He believes that the co-working space model will continue to lead the Future of Work – one that provides clients with a large diverse community across Asia Pacific, allowing them to explore collaboration opportunitiesfind community engagements and eventually drive success to their businesses. 

Prior to joining JustCo, Brandon worked with property investment firm Mapletree and also has experience with local pension manager, Income. Brandon also holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) focused in Banking, Corporate, Finance, and Securities Law from Singapore Management University.