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Workthere Coworking Wellbeing Awards: The Results

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30/9/2019

Workthere has released the results of its inaugural ‘Wellbeing within flexible offices’ ranking*, which reveal that the top three serviced / coworking spaces for wellbeing in Singapore as:

  1. csuites, 2. 2 Tanjong Katong Road, #05-01 Paya Lebar Quarter, PLQ 3, Singapore 437161
  2. WeWork City House 50 Raffles Place, L19 & L30, Singapore Land Tower, Singapore 048623
  3. Compass Offices SLT, 36 Robinson Rd, Singapore 068877

The flexible office specialist invited providers of serviced and coworking spaces that it works with to take part in the survey, which weighted a number of metrics including: indoor area per desk; outdoor area per desk; showers per desk; number of bicycle lock-up spaces; quiet rooms / booths per desk; number of community event per week; gym membership discount; onsite gym; frequency of air measurements, plants and the availability of a wellbeing app.

Cal Lee, global head of Workthere, comments:

Wellness and wellbeing have progressed from being ‘buzzwords’ to topics that are firmly on the agenda of employers and therefore being taken very seriously in the workplace. The wellbeing of employees can positively, and indeed negatively, impact their productivity, engagement, absenteeism and overall happiness. It can also be a deal breaker in terms of attracting and retaining new talent. We therefore wanted to get a greater understanding from the providers we work with across the UK and the globe to see what measures they have in place to support wellbeing in the flexible office arena. I would like to thank all those who took part in the survey and also congratulate those in the top three rankings.

Yann Deschamps, Head of Workthere Asia Pacific, says:

Coworking is here to stay; with the many economic and environmental benefits, the net lettable area of coworking spaces in Singapore has more than tripled since 2015. This means a more competitive landscape for coworking providers to differentiate themselves from the competition. Apart from the price factor, we will also need to consider the office of the future where experience-driven workspace matters. Human experience and wellness will gain increased focus in Singapore’s growing millennial economy, and a well-designed workspace helps with talent attraction and retention. Offices of the future will need to be more agile and adopt a more human-centric design, which focuses on user experience as well as on the integration of technology which helps stimulate a conducive and collaborative work environment.

Using the survey, Workthere also produced respective Wellbeing rankings for the global cities in which it operates (the Netherlands, France, Germany, Ireland and the US), which it combined with the UK results to create an overall global top three:

  1. Olympisch Stadion 24-28, Amsterdam by Offices For You
  2. 180 Borough High Street, London by Fora
  3. 11-15 Tara Street, Dublin by The Tara Building

Jessica Alderson, global research analyst at Workthere, concludes:

Flexible offices are doing a lot around wellbeing. 62% of those who took part in our survey measure their air quality at least every
month and 38% have a gym in the building that they’re based in. As anyone who has been in a flexible office will know, they’ve fully embraced the concept of biophilia, with 98% of them containing plants. However, there are still ways for flexible offices to differentiate themselves in terms of wellbeing, such as by offering sleep/relaxation pods or offering a towel service to encourage workers to exercise on their way to work. Some flexible offices even have dedicated wellbeing apps.

It is sometimes assumed that integrating wellbeing into an office is going to be expensive. Of course, sometimes this is the case, but there are also some easier wins such as offering free fruit, filling a space with air purifying plants or hosting wellbeing seminars. Quite a few flexible offices now partner with local gyms to offer gym membership discounts, which makes a lot of sense.

*The analysis in this report includes survey results from 103 flexible offices (including both serviced and coworking spaces) across the UK, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Ireland and the US.

Read the full press release here.