Coworking supports a hybrid workforce in South Africa by giving both employers and employees flexible, on-demand access to office space.
Why it’s time to embrace a hybrid model
Employees want the freedom to work in different places.
According to a recent US survey, a good three-quarters of workers would part with benefits in return for being able to choose their work environments. More than 60% agreed that they would pay for access to office space of their choosing.
Similarly, more and more South African employees are splitting their time between traditional office spaces and working from home or other locations, like managed workspace.
South African employers are catching on too. In a 2021 study, as many as a third of South African companies indicated that they would retain hybrid working models after the pandemic.
Coworking supports a hybrid work model in a number of ways.
On-demand use of furnished, professional workspace
Coworking spaces are modern, stylish and fully-equipped alternatives to traditional offices.
Hybrid workers have on-demand access to a high-end workplace, but without having to carry the usual set-up and maintenance costs of a home office.
Unlimited or restricted use of meeting rooms, boardrooms, canteens and indoor and outdoor leisure amenities are typically part of the coworking arrangement.
Flexible costs based on use
Shared workspaces operate on a pay-for-use basis. Rates are charged month to month and correlate with either hot desking or dedicated desk requirements.
Hybrid workers can use coworking as one of several different “office” locations. They only pay for actual hours spent onsite. Alternatively, they can choose to fund unlimited access to their own desk in an open-office environment.
In both instances, the monthly overheads are fixed, predictable and affordable.
Reliable work-based resources
Workspace providers invest in quality resources required to maintain optimum workflow.
High-speed, fibre internet and – critically in South Africa – a reliable power source are both part of a typical coworking package.
Other workplace locations favoured by the hybrid workforce are not always as well resourced. Inverters, generators and consistently functional online connectivity are often out of the financial reach of coffee shop and café owners. They may also cost too much for those working from self-funded home offices.
Distraction-free workspace located closer to home
Employees who are easily distracted by the daily demands of kids, dogs and friendly neighbours are better suited to the calm, work-oriented coworking environment.
As more and more coworking facilities are established in residential areas, hybrid workers can enjoy the benefits of an office ecosystem that’s closer to home.
Shared onsite business services
The coworking office model isn’t exclusively based on supplying shared workspace. A full range of business services is available to support workers, either as optional value-added extras or free benefits.
From reception, courier and security services to printing, copying, binding and laminating, everything required to run a business is onsite.
Access to multiple network properties
Workspace suppliers typically operate a network of shared offices, located at branches nationwide.
Rather than accessing only one or two alternative workspaces in fixed locations, hybrid workers can use all network properties at no extra cost.
At The Workspace, we offer affordable, fully serviced offices and coworking that’s ideal as part of a hybrid workforce solution. All our members have access to fast internet, reliable power (with generators), meeting rooms and a range of business services. For more information or to arrange a tour of one of our branches, call us on 087 059 7777 or contact us online.