Finding new working models after COVID-19
To address the need for shared workspace for businesses and mobile business individuals, IWG (Regus) Nigeria, has opened a new modern co-working space in Lagos.
Speaking at the launch of the new centre at Regus Vibranium Valley, Ikeja, Lagos, Vice Chairman, Regus Nigeria, Ayo Akinmade, said COVID-19 has forced businesses to re-evaluate their business models and question the need to operate big offices from one location.
He said to increase productivity, alleviate stress and bypass the challenges of hour-long traffic gridlocks, corporate organisations are beginning to look at the advantages and ease of having their staff work from a shared workspace in locations closer to them.
“We see the trend, with COVID-19 showing people that they can work from home. A lot of businesses are evaluating whether they need a big office and the demand we are seeing is people coming to us to ask for 10, 20 or 30 desks. They will say ‘but we want it in all your locations. I don’t need my staff to come to one location, they can be spread all along with your locations,” he explained.
Akinmade said the country’s drive to attract investment has received a boost as global brands can now operate in Nigeria without worries about setting up the physical location and all the challenges that surround setting it up.
He said the model is also crucial for SMEs to scale up, noting that a typical small business does not have adequate facilities to start operation.
The vice-chairman, who said Regus now has six of such work environments located in Lekki, Ikoyi, Victoria Island and Ikeja, added that each location is fully equipped with constant electricity supply and Wi-Fi connectivity for seamless work-related activities.