Thursday, 9 August 2018

(NST) Regus aims to open three more flexible workplace solutions this year

KUALA LUMPUR: Flexible working solutions provider Regus Management Malaysia Sdn Bhd, targets to open three flexible workplace centre in Malaysia this year, to catch up with the growing global trend of companies operating in a more flexible way.

Regus Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei country head Vijayakumar Tangarasan said the company is looking to add one flexible working space in Klang Valley, one in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah and one in Johor.

“We are opening more in areas where there are high volume of working people. And we are looking at centres which is equipped with transport hubs and shopping malls, where people can easily commute and find place to eat, basically.

“The expansion will be across our network. We have covered more states in Malaysia, except for the East Coast, Perak, Negri Sembilan and Melaka,” he told reporters during a briefing here today.

Regus recently launched its new business centre at Menara Summit in Subang Jaya.

“Subang Jaya is a fast-growing hub for business and light industry in the Klang Valley. With many major international companies setting up their headquarters here, Subang Jaya is enjoying high economic growth.

“As local and multinational companies look to manage rapidly increasing real estate costs, the need for flexible workplace solutions is rising. Our centres will allow them to scale up or down depending on their needs and market conditions,” he said.

Subang Jaya, a suburban city with a population of more than 700,000 has become a self-contained community with strong economic growth, making it one of Klang Valley’s most attractive areas for business.

Earlier this year, Regus opened two centres in Penang, bringing its total flexible working space to 33, including one in Brunei.

Vijayakumar said overall, the 33 flexible working space have an occupancy rate of 73 per cent.

Meanwhile, the expansion in the number of businesses in Klang Valley means increasing numbers of people travelling to work – and that means ever-worsening traffic jams.

“More and more enterprises are realising that utilising remote working solutions is far more effective in terms of productivity and work-life balance than facing traffic-choked streets every day.

“The nature of work itself is changing. With the rise of digital natives, there is a growing trend for people to work in more flexible ways," he said.

Vijayakumar further said digital technology makes it possible for people to work productively where they want.

"Our new centre will support this demand for flexible working, giving workers the opportunity to use our first-class business facilities when they need them,” he said.