1 June, KUALA LUMPUR – Common Ground, Malaysia’s largest coworking space provider recently launched its Business Continuity Packages (BCP) targeted at companies who want fast solutions in supporting their workforce post Movement Control Order (MCO).
These packages offer move-in ready and fully-equipped business suites, private offices, hot desks or meeting spaces that can be rented out for a short-term period. The packages include daily, weekly or monthly passes and is especially relevant for businesses who now want to execute quickly on their split-team operations. Due to Common Ground having the biggest combined floor space spread across Klang Valley and Penang, this makes it very suitable for companies to split teams and just deal with one office space provider.
“It’s very interesting to also observe that most recently, we are seeing a surge in requests from companies who need to place their workforce in alternative office spaces quickly or implement split-team structures. As these companies prepare their teams for going back into work, they’re looking for flexible office spaces without crowding their own,” said Juhn Teo, co-founder of Common Ground.
“What we’ve seen coming out of this Covid-19 pandemic is that larger corporates have approached us to assist in their new shift to a ‘core and flex’ workplace approach, whereby their HQ is reduced for core teams or back office, and the rest of the workforce is given the flexibility to work from a variety of Common Ground’s suburban locations.”
As a flexible office space provider, Common Ground is fundamentally built for situations like this.
Erman Akinci, co-founder of Common Ground adds: “Between our ample venues, spacious workspaces, split-team operations responses, flexible membership types, and short-term leases, we are optimized for alleviating the business-operations aspect of pandemics.
“We’re confident that if we can demonstrate we have good safety and hygiene best practices implemented, the public will be quite keen to be back in the office. In fact, once we opened up (since 4th May, 2020 under CMCO) and were able to do a few tours of our spaces, we managed to close several new membership contracts already.”
“I think our strongest chance at surviving this pandemic is if we work together as a community. That means we’ll continue to give back to our members, especially with supporting local SMEs, for example through our Common Ground Stimulus and the many events, workshops, newsletters, and partnership deals we’ve secured.”
On predicting the demand of offices post MCO, Juhn Teo said, “The general population is concerned about returning to their offices and that is completely understandable to me – that’s why as a team we’ve taken substantial measures to mitigate these risks. The safety of our members is top priority, which is why even before the pandemic started, we were already taking steps to protect our community. For example, we were already taking temperatures at the front entrance, requesting for everyone’s travel history, offering medical masks and hand sanitizer, sending out health guidelines, sanitizing our spaces heavily, and so forth.
“Once we resumed our work schedules at our venues during MCMO, Common Ground implemented an even more stringent system to further ensure the health of our members. In these past couple of weeks, we have already meticulously planned SOPs for when we reopen – these include all of the measures we were taking prior to the lockdown, with further steps including setting separate entrance and exit doors, having markers for a one-direction traffic flow, and “decommissioning” chairs with a sign for social distancing, opening empty offices so teams can spread out, comprehensive logging of all members and visitors for contact-tracing purposes if needed, and more.”
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