The resilience level of an entity is directly dependent on its degree of flexibility. In this sense, organizations that exhibit excessive rigidity, lacking the necessary adaptability to withstand the various internal and external circumstances that unfold over time, are much more susceptible to failure and even disappearance. Flexibility in aspirations, methods, timing, and, in certain companies belonging to particularly dynamic environments, also flexibility in spaces. In the latter, flex spaces offered by companies like Utopicus play a key role. Let's explore what they bring to both companies and their employees.
Influence of Flexible Workspaces on Employees
If all employees were offered two workspace alternatives—one being a small almost hermetic room to work alone for eight hours and the other an open space with various work structures to connect with other colleagues—most would choose the latter. And for multiple reasons. The first is the sense of autonomy provided by flex spaces. By having the freedom to sit at a high table, a conventional desk, or even a sofa, individuals feel that their comfort is important, and the company grants them the privilege to seek it at any time. They don't feel controlled.
Furthermore, spaces provided by companies like Utopicus also contribute to better work-life balance, increased socialization with all its associated benefits, reduced monotony, decreased stress, increased intrinsic motivation, stimulation of creativity and innovation, overall productivity enhancement, and importantly, greater commitment to the organization leading to better talent retention. Especially in premium flex spaces like those offered by Utopicus, a part of Colonial.
Influence of Flexible Workspaces on Companies
Many benefits of flexible workspaces for companies stem from the benefits for employees. The attraction and retention of talent, as mentioned earlier, allow organizations to build high-quality teams to pursue their business objectives. In addition, motivated employees who identify with the company's policies deliver better performance. The sustainability of Colonial-managed buildings by Utopicus also plays a key role: it's clear that the 21st-century worker cares about the environment.
But the influence on organizations goes beyond this. Flexible spaces also promote interconnectivity among workers and departments, leading to collective enrichment that stimulates inventiveness. We know that creativity is the most relevant value in the contemporary business market. Additionally, dynamic and collaborative spaces organically provide employees with a more cross-functional vision and competencies, undoubtedly adding value to companies by increasing the flexibility of their teams and enhancing their ability to respond to challenges. And beware: challenges often arise.
Moreover, the over 36,000 square meters provided by Utopicus for companies enhance their agility and provide greater adaptability to changing needs. In other words, many companies feel that time and the changes it brings demand fluctuations in space management and wish to have the authority to implement them. This, combined with cost reduction in rent and operational expenses due to the sustainability practices of the Colonial-managed offices, significantly increases profit margins.
Flex Spaces or Traditional Offices?
All these individual and organizational benefits of flex spaces do not automatically make them the best choice for companies by default. After all, traditional offices offer alternative advantages such as greater order, a more predictable and measurable workflow, or greater concentration capacity for workers who need it. In this sense, the key is to understand the merits of both systems, analyze each company's ecosystem, and choose the most suitable one for each. The customization of these decisions is crucial in the pursuit of success. We live in an era of possibilities.