We’ve all seen the change in workforce over the last few years. With the rise in digital communication, the need for a standard brick-and-mortar office that everyone on your staff reports to has become less of a necessity. As a company, you can even lose out on some excellent talent trying to hold on to the rigid ways of the past. Working 9-5, in the same cubicle/office, has become much less of a satisfactory outcome for many young people entering the workforce. These days, it’s less about where your operations take place. Rather, it’s more about the freedom you can offer. Flexible workspaces can give you that freedom but, if you’re new to the concept, here’s a few traits you can look for when choosing a flexible workspace in Toronto for you and your team:
The only way a flexible workspace works for any company is the ability for various technology to operate as it would in a regular office. This means the digital infrastructure needed to handle the basics (phone, computers, internet) while also offering the ability to host in-person meetings and video conferences. This may seem basic, but many who promote flexible workspaces do not even have a meeting room with digital hookups to perform a basic slide presentation to potential clients. In order for your flexible workspace to work for you, you have to be able to have a seamless operating method that includes the technology needed to make your arrangement work for prospects and clients from a technological standpoint.
Flexible means giving people the freedom to come to work as well. While many freelancers and travelling consultants enjoy working from home, there is also a group of individuals who prefer to perform their daily tasks during set work hours and then leave everything at the office to enjoy what they feel is a better work-life balance. Collaborative workspaces that fit these needs provide a standard-office space area where these employees (and most likely you as a manager/owner) can work together. Collaborative workspace is often a great way to house a few employees who can then also brainstorm ideas for maximizing client spends to ensure your customers are always happy with what you’re providing them. Most importantly, they also give employees who need to have a staff member or two around them at all times the chance to have interaction outside of video conferencing and email.
- Location, Location, Location
Where are most of your clients located? This is vital to you keeping a standard meeting schedule with the people who are trusting you to get the job done in a way that makes them comfortable. Often, this means many meetings or, at times, even drop-ins. Having a flexible workspace agile office near where most of your clients are located helps create a comfortable and convenient place for you to conduct business with them. If your clients are mostly in Toronto and your flexible workspace is in Vaughan or Brampton, that inconvenience can create a void that someone else in your industry can fill not by doing a better job – but just by being closer to their general vicinity.