Recently, Mike Gedye, senior director of the Global Corporate Services Department from the consultant CB Richard Ellis has published a Report suggesting ten resolutions to meet the challenges in the real estate area for 2011.
This Report is particularly interesting because the presented resolutions establish a parallel between situations adopted for daily life and we conclude that any resemblance is not purely coincidental…
Resolution number 9 is inserted in the chapter “Improve Communication” and has as theme” Work Smarter”. Gedye highlights that currently there are flexible work organization solutions and reinforces the importance of companies to focus on their main activity, and for that they should bet on an effective management premises and of work spaces: organizations may effectively take advantage of flexible work organization solutions by adopting a more effective environment which may be tuned with the business needs and equipped to improve productivity and cost efficiency.
According to CB Richard Ellis, if companies adopt these strategies they will increase their productivity levels, taking advantage also of the mobile technology and of higher tendency for the use of wide and collaborative spaces (also named of coworking spaces), in case companies do not need permanent offices to work.
Answering to companies’ needs searching for efficiency in their work places and of costs rationalization without prejudice for the team motivation levels, there are several solutions that can be adopted in our market. Office Centers position themselves as a valid alternative, offering services in outsourcing based on a turnkey philosophy, both at office rental, coworking and personalized secretariat levels.
In practice, a company may install itself on a serviced Office in a space like Avila Business Center, with leading edge technology, administrative support and meeting rooms, having a monthly fee and working on flexibility optics, namely on what concerns transition to bigger or smaller spaces, accordingly to the market and the company evolution.
Besides physical offices, companies may choose the virtual office solution, with more accessible costs (between 50 Euros and 85 Euros plus VAT per month). The Virtual Office allows the use of temporally work spaces, plus a prestige address, professional telephone answering and correspondence reception with online notifications.
This is an innovating concept where Avila Business Center and Swipe Twice, two Portuguese companies, are pioneer and are at the vanguard at a worldwide level: currently exists an application named "myOffice" which allows access to your office wherever you are, being available in the App Store for iPhone and iPad users. Soon, naturally, appear new versions for Android or Blackberry devices.
These are just some opportunities examples in the real estate and work space management areas, at a time where the access to credit for office acquisition is very limited and companies have a liquidity need to develop their businesses, searching solutions that contribute to improve their productivity.
Ávila Business Center CEO