Common Ground, Malaysia’s largest leading coworking space, has launched an on-demand, pay-as-you-go service called the Corporate Flex Solution that allows users to drop in to use their award-winning spaces and fully-equipped facilities for as low as RM2.50 per half-hourly blocks.
The service piloted in February and gives users access to Common Ground’s fully-equipped workspaces, meeting rooms, and also photocopying, printing and courier services across all its retail outlets.
“As companies have started reopening up their businesses, we see a growing demand for a ‘third place’ to work,” says Yvonne Lee, Country Head of Malaysia for Common Ground. “Most people are familiar with the hybrid of working from home or working from the office but now, we’re introducing a new flexible space option for corporates and its employees that is neither home nor office. It’s the added option of working near home.”
How Common Ground’s Corporate Flex Solution will work
“If you already have some commitments or a HQ, Corporate Flex gives your teams a ‘third workspace’ in addition to working from home,” Lee explains. “This workspace is available to them how, when, and where they need it. They can access any of Common Ground’s locations that are nearest to them and in micro blocks of 30 minutes.”
For employers, it’s easy to book a Corporate Flex Solution membership package for staff, paying a base membership rate per employee. This will grant companies access to all Common Ground locations in Malaysia, Thailand, and The Philippines.
Team members will then be able to check into whichever outlet they choose, using the facilities as and when they need to. Companies will pay only for the time and facilities that their team members use, whether they need to book a meeting room, host a series of calls, or just pop in to use the printer. Companies can even put a cap on how much credit can be utilized per staff member per month.
“The aim of Corporate Flex is to give great companies the best of in-person and remote work so that their people can enjoy their work, collaborate with their colleagues, and continue to perform at their peak,” Lee says.
Working from home is good, but working near home is better
The events of 2020 have shown the world that flexible or remote working is not only possible, but can be productive. However, it’s clear that improvements can be made. According to a recent survey by Ipsos Malaysia, two out of three Malaysians struggle with working from home, and 62% cite an inadequate home office setup or equipment as the reason.
Lee further elaborates: “As a boss, you may be fielding complaints from your team about poor Wi-Fi connections or a lack of privacy from which to conduct client calls. Maybe they just really want to be able to use the office printer again. How do you balance the safety of your team members against their productivity? And if you’re not prepared to fully reopen your office space, what can you do to provide the resources and space they need?
“Corporate Flex Solution is therefore perfect also for companies that are currently in limbo as they reflect on their office leasing strategy and how best to keep productivity up while saving costs and keeping employees safe.”
About Common Ground
Co-founded by Erman Akinci and Juhn Teo, Common Ground is Malaysia’s largest leading coworking space that prides itself on not just being a premium workspace, but also a synergistic community that cultivates a vibrant ecosystem of diverse and driven minds across various industries.
Since its launch in March 2017, the game-changing business has since acquired over 5,000 members across 13 venues in Malaysia, four venues in the Philippines, and two venues in Thailand.