Flexible Working

COVID-19 in CRE: What managers need to know for transitioning to a flexible workplace

Flexible Working


The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has officially been categorized by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a pandemic which has led to an unprecedented shift in the way most of the organizations in the world work. It’s hardly arguable that coronavirus is going to fast track companies’ transition to a flexible workplace. 

High-profile companies such as Google, Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, and Facebook are encouraging or mandating their staff to adopt a work-from-home policy. For modern tech companies, the policy and resources needed for remote working are already well established. For others, it could be a potential opportunity that has been forced upon whether they are ready or not. 


Can this be an assessment of flexible working practices?

The mandatory work-from-home policy implemented for the next weeks/months will have new benchmarks on how various organizations consider moving from a traditional to a flexible workplace. A lot of organizations couldn’t realize the benefits of flexible working until now. 


Clear advantages of flexible working practices can be:

More Collaboration

Cross-functional collaboration plays a key part in most organizations, but difficult to achieve while working remotely. Flexi-desking helps here and in some cases, requires employees to interact and engage with different people. Apart from productivity and knowledge sharing benefits, this can help in enhancing company culture and values. 

Cost Savings

Adappt’s occupancy studies reveal that businesses typically need less space than what they pay for. For most of the organizations, this can translate to thousands of dollars in savings per month as this includes occupancy, energy and overall sustainability cost of the workplace. With the use of Adappt’s smart sensors for occupancy and energy control, companies will be able to eliminate underutilized space and can have a significant energy saving of 20-40%. 

Remote Capabilities

Flexi desking is ideal for businesses that offer part-time remote working opportunities, or for those that have a large number of mobile team members like sales, technicians, investors, etc.  Instead of having them find available space in your workplace, they can find suitable workspace when they need it.

Occupancy patterns will change forever

Workspace Occupancy will be lost for a long period of time. Companies can adapt to an activity-based working environment coupled with work-from-home. With the use of occupancy sensors, companies can track and optimize their space utilization over time. 


Looking forward..the way ahead

The way we work will change, we need to get more efficient at working remotely and need to prepare for any such events in the future. Workspaces should be equipped to support flexible working.

With many flexible working solutions and smart occupancy analytics showing cost-saving opportunities for organizations, work-from-home has become an opportunity in disguise for organizations to transform from a traditional workstation to a smarter workspace. 

Adappt is inclined to redefining how organizations manage their workplace assets and make workplace work smarter. Our comprehensive occupancy studies and Flexi desking solutions can help you achieve those goals right away. Our team is here to support your company’s occupancy planning and workplace strategy. 

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