IWG: The shift towards flexible workspaces for all generations

Working smart not hard is the new trend in business as generations strive for coherency and work life balance

With the shift of consumer preference towards personalization and everything customizable, people around the world, in all generations are starting to adapt to the use of flexible working spaces as the new ideal.

At the forefront of the industry is Regus, the world’s largest provider of outsourced workplaces for businesses of any size. For the past 30 years, as part of IWG, Regus has been paving the way for the future of workspace – as a place to work smart and be more productive. Offering flexible commitment, packaged solutions and a global networkof workspaces, with the launch of first Regus Centre at the central business district, Bangkok M Thai Tower in 2009.

In today’s society, flexible working options is consistently coming up as one of the most important factors in recruiting talented people. As a result, companies must adapt to the new working landscape, in order to attract and retain quality employees.

Lars Wittig, Vice President of Sales in ASEAN, Taiwan, South Korea, IWG said: “Regus provides a workspace solution that is well suited for all generations. Baby Boomers that were born between 1946 and 1964 can enjoy the tranquility of Regus’s network of private offices and no-frill meeting spaces. On the other hand, Generation X, born from 1965 to 1978 can enjoy a mix of online-offline working. From the secluded offices to a mix of innovative technology such as integrated hardware, secure high-speed WiFi, adjustable seating, and spaces that contribute to their productivity. Last but not least, Generation Y, or commonly referred to as Millennials can benefit from the flexible working hours, innovative technology and open office design. There is also the added benefit of the Business Lounge and public kitchen area, where individuals can work, relax or collaborate, fostering the exchange of ideas and business opportunities – as Regus makes it more feasible for companies to employ a range of generations within a workplace.”

In Thailand, the demand for flexible workspace has soared dramatically within the past five years, supported by growing demand of Thai and international firms, SMEs and individuals. According to Colliers International, the global real estate consultancy, co-working spaces in Thailand are expected to increase by 25 per cent this year.

“Co-working is here to stay. Addressing the pain points of modern day businesses that demand for affordable office space, flexible lease and strategic locations. To keep up with the growing demands of quality co-working space, in the past year alone, Regus Thailand have increased our office space by over 50%, with a total of 21 branches extending across Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai and Si Racha,”Lars said.

“In addition, to address the range of clients and varying demands, IWG is always increasing our segment, to provide users with a range of budget and style choices for their ideal flexible workspace. Businesses and individuals have an option to choose from a range of brands that extends beyond Regus. Hence, in Thailand, we have opened up the Spaces and HQ brands, as part of IWG that caters towards the demand of a younger generation looking for office space in and outside of the city,”Lars added.

There is also the addition of technology to better facilitate the demand of tech-savvy clients. Such developments include the Regus mobile application or ‘Regus App’ that provides customers with all of the necessary tools to find on-demand workspace and book it in moments – wherever they are. With a global network of over 3,000 locations worldwide, the Regus App allows members to book for rooms instantaneously. Highlight features of the application include the ability to look for available space, adding items for the meeting needs, getting useful booking reminders, access to exclusive benefits and tools as well as managing your account to review bookings and account details.

“Now is an exciting time for businesses to seize the opportunity to become part of the ever expanding workspace revolution. Regus is proud to be part of Thailand’s vibrant, evolving business landscapethat has a hand in supporting business development and expansion. Bangkok garners an on-going demand for co-working spaces, as a growing centre of commerce in ASEAN with an expanding start-up culture.Therefore, to keep up with the global trend, Regus is committed to providing flexible office space solutions, with a commitment to continually expand into strategic locations across Thailand. Fostering enterprises into profitability and success, by controlling costs whilst enabling growth, productivity, and an abundance of networking opportunities for businesses to truly strive and expand,” Lars Wittig added.

IWG Thailand has a network of 25 workspaces from the Regus, Spaces and HQ brand that spans across Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai and Si Racha.

For more information on Regus Thailand and leasing opportunities, please visit: www.regus.co.th

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