Co-working property segment to emerge victorious post-pandemic

As businesses resort to more flexible working schemes

A physical co-working space to meet, work, learn, and collaborate. MikeDotta/Shutterstock

Despite the current shortage of co-working users, investment management firm UBS Asset Management predicted that this property segment will substantially succeed once the world has recovered from the COVID-19 pandemic, reported Commercial Real Estate.

Shaowei Toh, head of real estate research and strategy in Asia Pacific at UBS, said that in the past month, the regulations imposed to address the outbreak have promoted emerging trends in the real estate sector, particularly when it comes to flexible working.

“Before this epidemic, working from home or mobile working was arguably more a concept that was ‘good to have,’ but never really implemented in a big way, at least in most of APAC,” explained Shaowei.

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“When this COVID-19 outbreak is behind us, we believe many office tenants will review their fixed real estate space requirements, especially if this involuntary experiment with mobile working has resulted in comparable levels of efficiency.”

Large Australian corporations have already started to enforce flexible working policies in the past week, from asking the entire staff to work remotely to dividing workforces into various locations and rotating teams to work from home.

“The notion of mobility and flexible working is being truly tested during this COVID-19 crisis,” he added. “As countries seek to limit human-to-human contagion, many companies have activated business contingency plans and home-based working is becoming a daily routine for many workers.”

“In other instances, employees are dispatched to alternative work locations where they can perform the same functions with the aid of technology.”