Shared Office Space is the Future of Work in Bangkok
Prior to the onset of COVID-19, businesses started to notice a new trend emerging in the workplace. The stuffy, cubicle-laden offices with hard-nosed bosses immortalised by movies like Office Space were long gone; in their wake came open-plan offices with lounge areas and a more community-like feel amongst the staff. Even then, the digitalisation of work and processes meant that many employees in a number of industries were able to be flexible with when and where they did their work. Modern companies started to do away with the “deadline” model of business and began promoting a “results-based” system. Catering to skilled Millennials and Gen Z workers entering the workforce, this new approach empowered all employees to work smarter rather than faster. The future of work started to become a bit clearer for some industries: if employees could produce quality work outside the traditional office environment, did companies need an office at all? The answer to this question arrived swiftly and abruptly when the spread of COVID-19 infections caused sweeping shutdowns. In order to survive, businesses and workers were forced to adapt to a fully remote working environment. Many are still working remotely without a hitch over one year later, with some even going remote indefinitely.