The future of office space is in limbo, but many believe that flexible workspaces will rise to the occasion and become the ideal option for companies large and small. As companies adopt more flexible and remote working arrangements, the need for short-term offices will grow.
Andrew Kupiec, CEO of CBRE’s flexible office brand Hana, agrees and said that the company is expecting growing demand for these workspaces from employees who want flexibility, employers looking to optimize space, and landlords with various assets.
Hana gears its services to the enterprise crowd who can access a community and shared amenities, while still feeling like the space is their own with dedicated suites.
“We’ve been asking ourselves how we can help landlords in particular, asset owners, in this volatile time where some coworking flex providers might close because of financial issues, or give back space to consolidate their footprint, and landlords that operate their own flex spaces might not want the operational overhead,” said Kupiec, adding that Hana is able to “offer continuity” through operating defunct offices.
For companies located in large, dense cities like New York and San Francisco, Kupiec believes that offices in the suburbs will start growing as workers avoid public transportation. Hana in particular has been rotating when employees come in and encouraging them to walk or bike to the office.