Flexible Office Becomes an Office Trend During a Pandemic

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JAKARTA – Impact Covid-19 pandemic impact on the property industry. In general, the hotel and shopping mall sector was hit hardest as activity and travel was restricted.

This follows the implementation of the second phase of large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in Jakarta and the implementation of curfews in Jakarta’s buffer cities. Meanwhile for the office sector, developers and managers continue to seek negotiations with existing tenants by offering competitive rental prices and discounts to maintain occupancy rates and cover operational costs. However, behind the health crisis, as with other crises that have occurred before, there are always new breakthroughs, opportunities, needs, and trends that developers take advantage of. (Read: Respecting and Glorifying Neighbors)

According to the Director of Research Consultancy Savills Indonesia, Anton Sitorus, the future trend for the office sector is more towards flexible offices to accommodate the needs of companies that implement a work from home (WFH) system.

However, not all companies have the ability to provide infrastructure to support the smooth running of WFH for their employees. Therefore, the option of having an office in a coworking space will be considered.

This co-working space trend will experience acceleration. Along with the use of information technology and digitization, especially for service-based companies.

“The need for flexible offices and coworking spaces is increasing. The operators and developers of these coworking spaces will make adjustments to new trends,” said Anton. (Also read: Fortify the Body from Covid-19 with Exercise)

This adjustment is made so that the spaces offered are more comfortable, safe, and hygienic, in accordance with the need for health during or after the Covid-19 pandemic. According to Savills Indonesia’s records, until the first semester of 2020, there were 200 coworking space operators. As many as 90% or 180 of them are in Jakarta.

Based on location, most or 64% of co-working spaces are in the Central Business District (CBD) area. Meanwhile, in the non-CBD area, South Jakarta, has the largest portion of workspace supply, at 18%, followed by Central Jakarta at 7%.

Then North Jakarta with a percentage of 6% and West Jakarta as much as 5%. The supply in East Jakarta is the least compared to other locations.

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