What does flexible working mean for your business?
Flexible working has attracted more and more attention in the market, but what does it mean for your business?
Recently, Lawrence Lok, Associate Director of M Moser Associates, was invited to participate in the Flexible Space Seminar held by JLL in Guangzhou. He introduced M Moser’s extensive experience in successful co-working projects and analysed the difference between co-working and flexible working. In addition, he explained the core nature of flexible working spaces on a practical level and shared examples of how M Moser applies flexible working strategies to projects, to create efficient and innovative work environments.
Flexible working should work for the nature of your business.
We are not looking at the flexible office as a “magic solution” to business innovation. Lawrence explained that M Moser advocates creating a spatial model that fits the company’s own nature, not just a movable table or chair, or simple space sharing. This approach needs to take into consideration the company’s business development, corporate culture, technology incorporation, and so on. Technology start-ups need to be flexible, and the needs of a century-old financial giant are becoming the same. Designers need to provide different flexible working strategies for different industries and different natures of business.
Beautiful design is easily imitated, so, M Moser focuses on understanding the existing needs and potential development of clients, to bring innovative practices to their projects and help them to be “transformers”.
Flexible working should enhance efficiency and maximise the competitiveness and potential of people within the space.
We have entered a mobile internet era, where the market is becoming more open and the competition is becoming more intense. Talent is undoubtedly the company’s greatest asset and has become one of the keys to business success. We need to understand what kind of working space employees need in the knowledge economy. Lawrence shared that flexibility does not mean blindly promoting open-plan space without partitions. It is guided by the true respect and consideration of the real needs of employees, as well as the behaviour patterns of each of these users.
Flexible working needs to start now and focus on the future.
The flexible office also represents the resilience of the business to cope with future development. The market and traditional enterprises are changing. While consolidating their position as a veteran in their market, traditional enterprises are also pursuing innovation and flexibility when they were during “start-up” period. Lawrence highlights, “The market is full of ‘variables’, many companies with more than 20 years of history have begun to feel that they are old. We are dedicated to providing clients with flexible space ideas that can still meet business development needs after ten or twenty years.”
At the same time, he shared that M Moser is no longer satisfied with pure, flexible office space, and has begun to build flexible office campuses. “We hope, that by working together with our clients, we can respond to the future with the office spaces we design and build!”
Photography by JLL.