A conducive environment is equally important to the other factors that contribute to a productive offsite meeting. A well-designed space can make attendees feel more comfortable to freely engage in conversation. It also helps attendees to focus solely on the agenda of the meeting, which greatly facilitates the brainstorming process for business strategies and innovative ideas.
We've all been there - caught in a chilly, windowless training room with other participants, tuning in to some moderator ramble on about who knows what. As you've presumably accumulated from that poor soul, it's not always easy to lead trainings, meetings, or conferences. Truth be told, it tends to be a difficult task to keep the crowd engaged (and alert) while covering all the vital information.
Every human being has all sorts of needs whether they live in town or out of town. “Working alone, together” is a phrase that actually portrays the primary needs of most freelancers, startups, or digital nomads that most of the serviced offices can address. Loneliness or isolation is the reason why people are opting out from a 9-5 corporate job in a traditional office.
At some point we've all experienced meetings that drag on forever, meetings that lack an agenda, and meetings that fail to have an actionable conclusion. Don't worry, you're not alone, the statistics have spoken. In a survey of 182 senior managers across different industries, 71% said meetings are unproductive and 65% said meetings keep them from completing their work. Having said that, meetings are essential and beneficial... if done correctly. It helps to ensure alignment and communication in the organization. It also fosters teamwork, creativity, and proper information exchange amongst the other known benefits. The challenge is how do you realize them. Meetings are often done too often, badly timed, and badly run leading to an unproductive meeting.
As today's technology has developed, and continues to develop, so have our workspaces. In tandem, we've experienced a shift from the traditional 9-5, 5-days-a-week method of working to a much more flexible routine. This means that we're witnessing more people working from home a couple days out of the week, setting up shop in a coworking space, or even working remotely from a beach in Bali.
Jakartans are no strangers to the odd-even policy which has been implemented since May 2016 to replace the 3-in-1 policy. In preparation for hosting the 18th Asian Games, the Indonesian government has intensified the policy as a necessary means to anticipate and accommodate the increased traffic flow in Jakarta. By now most of you should already be aware of the alteration made to the rule but for those who aren't, the vehicle restriction odd-even policy area has expanded to include places such as Arteri Pondok indah, Jl. Rasuna Said, and more. To top it all off, it will be in place for 15 hours a day (including weekends), starting from 06:00 - 21:00 with the intention to ease mobility for travelling athletes and officials. Refer to the map below for more information.
Catering to the increasingly young and tech-savvy population now entering the workforce, coworking spaces have sprouted up all over Manila. However, they’re more than just places to work - they’re community builders that integrate the feel of your neighborhood coffee shop with the functionality and professionalism of a traditional office. As each of them is unique in the spaces or services they offer, you’d be hardpressed to not find a coworking space suited to your needs.
Co-working has become increasingly popular in other parts of the world. Now it is gaining momentum in Asia through FlySpaces, an online marketplace offering short term rentals for work and event spaces in the Philippines and Singapore. Co-working is a solution for entrepreneurs, freelancers, startups and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) who don’t want to sign long term leases for office spaces at sky high prices. With FlySpaces, you now have access to spaces that work for your business.