First there was WFH, now there’s WFA (Work from Anywhere). The more extreme or say more flexible work arrangement, giving employees the freedom to work where anywhere they want. Companies like Spotify announced this month that it will allow all its employees to work anywhere they want once the pandemic is over. This further evidences that companies will take advantage of what they have learned during the lock down.
The principles that Spotify applies to its WFA (Work From Anywhere) policy are very simple and make perfect sense: first, that work is an activity, not a place, and its effectiveness should not be measured by the number of hours we spend in an office. Second, that giving people the freedom and flexibility to choose where they work increases their effectiveness, because it underpins a better work/life balance. As such, the company now defines itself as a distributed organization, one seeking better and more efficient ways of working through the use of communication and collaboration practices, processes and tools.
Spotify now joins organizations such as Tata Consultancy Services, Twitter, Facebook, Shopify, Siemens, the State Bank of India or some that were already applying WFA before the pandemic, such as the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), GitLab or Automattic, all of which are part of a trend that could see working from home or anywhere become a permanent feature of life.
Virtual Office and Co-Working Shapes the New Work Environment
As WFA has been tested and proven to be productive, preferred and cost-effective in many industries, we can expect to see this model continue to expand in the months ahead. It is entirely possible that in the near term, the future of office culture will be a shift in which offices become like gyms: a place where members pay to go to accomplish specific goals, perhaps every day for some and once a week for others.
Many professionals will want to continue to work from home with a desk downtown where they can handle sensitive business, meet in a professional environment and go heads down. As with the gym model, we’ll see some spaces that opt for a mentality of pricepoint over product, while others will provide an elevated private office experience that’s tailored to the needs of specific industries.
In some ways, this is already the case within the coworking industry. In 2021, as people continue to be empowered to determine where they work best, this model will cause a wave of disruption in the commercial real estate market.
This March, vOffice among the leading Virtual Office providers in South East Asia will roll out a Virtual Office package that includes business relocation assistance. Basically helping companies or individuals transfer their registration from their once physical office to their new Virtual Office address.
With this aggressive move, vOffice aims to help people decide that switching to a virtual office is the right decision given that WFH and WFA will now be the new work norm. Gone are the days where we sit in a cubicle. But the need for a business address and an occasional physical meet and greet is required.
Virtual Office provides the perfect solution at the most practical price point. Retaining your business address, your business registration, a mail box and an on demand meeting space.
visit www.voffice.com.ph or call 63-2-3224-2000 for for information on Virtual Office and the the business relocation assistance.