Improved Collaboration & Communication in an Open Office Just a Myth?

In the early aughts, when tech companies were booming, we were shown their workplaces and it looked like nothing compared to the “traditional” offices in the 80’s and 90’s with the endless gray cubicles. These offices, with its open plan concept and jean-wearing employees, looked so ideal that everyone wanted to work for these companies. These places made it seem like actual work is fun.

 

 

For a while, it became the dream office design. Managers are not secluded in their offices and are now approachable. The open office seemed like the perfect solution for collaboration and camaraderie amongst employees. It takes away the formality of interacting with a coworker when you can easily reach them rather than having to knock on doors. Plus, it is a whole lot cheaper to build.

 

However, if you have read any of the articles about open office spaces in the last few months, it seems it is all just myth after all.

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Essential Tools for Co-Working

 

No matter what line of work you are in, your skills, intelligence, talent, or even luck may not be always enough to help you succeed or reach your goal in a short amount of time.

 

There will always be a need for tools — whether hardware or software — that will help you manage the little things more efficiently and effectively, so you will have more time to deal with the big things and do what you do best.

 

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Co-work to Connect, Collaborate and be part of a Community

Still not convinced why you should pay to rent a desk to get work done when you can just go to the public library and access Wi-fi for free or to your favourite coffee shop in your neighborhood?

 

 

Well, you are never guaranteed that you’ll get good seats in a coffee shop that are right next to a power outlet. Yes, a library would be a great place that is quiet to let you focus on your work, but then that is all you get. Continue reading “Co-work to Connect, Collaborate and be part of a Community”

Co-Working: The (Near) Future of Work?

Co-working has come a long way since, well, depending on your point of view — it’s either 1995 if you are looking at the advent of the co-working movement with independent workers/professionals, more specifically hackers, or 1962 if you are taking the serviced offices angle.

 

 

If you are interested in looking at the co-working timeline, deskmag created a 1995-2013 timeline here as an article, and as a visual timeline here (unfortunately the images that used to be there are missing now, but it’s still useful). You will find the 1962-2017 flexible workspace timeline created by allwork here.

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No Freelancer Is An Island

As mobile technology becomes more advanced and Internet access increasingly ubiquitous, working remotely has become a more viable and oftentimes more practical option for a majority of the always-connected workforce. Additionally, it seems the freelance economy is on the rise, with a growing number of people preferring freelance work where they have the opportunity to earn more compared to traditional jobs. Hence, there are more professionals working from home or coffee shops than ever.

 

 

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Special Promo on Select Workspaces (until August 9th only!)

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Feeling uninspired and unable to get any work done in that crowded and noisy coffee shop?

 

Or are they just too many distractions at home or at the office?

 

Fret no more! AnyWorkspace and a number of our Space Providers in Hong Kong are offering a special 10% discount to customers who will book their space from now until August 9th.  Continue reading “Special Promo on Select Workspaces (until August 9th only!)”

Must-Haves for an Engaging Work Space (Part 2 of 2)

 

In our previous post, we focused on the physical or environmental attributes of workspaces that make them more conducive to productivity and collaboration.

 

In this installment of our two-part look into the must-haves for a more engaging work space, we take into consideration the community building and leisure amenities that will set your work space apart from the rest.

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Must-Haves for an Engaging Work Space (Part 1 of 2)

So, you thought that a few desks and chairs, a broadband Internet connection, and a coffee maker are all you needed to open a co-working hub. However, you have zero repeat customers despite your sought-after location and the few that visits your establishment looks miserable and uninspired.

 

 

Fortunately, you can still transform your space to attract more customers, inspire creativity and productivity, and have them spread the word that your co-working space is the place where they can get work done and enjoy doing it.

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Bust these Myths About Co-working Spaces and Start Being Productive

The more you learn about the advantages of co-working spaces, the more it sounds too good to be true. When something has been hyped up over and over again, you start to wonder what could be wrong with it.

 

 

Flexible workspaces have their share of naysayers and their opinions may give you pause in patronising such establishments. However, let us help you alleviate your fears as we debunk popular myths regarding co-working spaces.

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Why Co-Working is Now Everyone’s Cup of Tea (or Coffee)

It is a well-known fact that space is a luxury in Hong Kong, whether it’s residential, commercial or office space. According to both CBRE’s semi-annual Global Prime Office Rents survey and JLL’s Premium Office Rent Tracker report, Hong Kong remains the world’s most expensive office market in 2017.

 

A few extra square feet here and there could easily eat up the finances of start-ups or freelancers who could invest that money into growing their brand rather than paying an exorbitant monthly rent for office space.

 

 

A “work-from-home” setup seems like an inviting solution but, let’s be honest, working on that business proposal while sitting on your bed or in your living room is hardly conducive to productivity. There’s always the temptation of putting off work due to the myriad of distractions in one’s home.

 

 

Your neighborhood coffee shop might be a tempting workspace, however, how many cups of coffee would you end up ordering to justify hogging that corner table with the lone charging dock? Imagine the dirty stares you get from other patrons waiting for you to vacate your seat. Not to mention the heavy foot traffic of customers coming in and out can derail your train of thought. Plus you will be the unwilling subject to whatever muzak the barista has chosen to play for hours on end.

 

So, where does that leave you, our intrepid entrepreneur?

 

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