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Tomorrow’s office today – MisterWatch Editorial by Tudor Popp

Working from home can be challenging and has left people isolated and ineffective. New ways of working are emerging and they allow people to work from pleasant and safe environments where creativity and productivity is boosted. The concepts of work and the office will never be the same.

When we started Hotspot I knew the office concept will change and evolve, even without the “help” of the pandemics. But the unexpected reality of the generalized “work from home” situation accelerated a scenario where a large and pure functional office space could become useless.

The recipe of Hotspot was focused since the inception on a mix of ingredients that highlight the office as a statement and social center for companies. It is still about work, as it includes workplaces, meeting rooms, collaboration and services spaces. But then, we added the energy coming from the various events like conferences, product launches, art exhibitions, corporate events and even wine tastings and movie screenings. The relaxation and wellbeing
plays an important role in the success of the general concept as the idea of “office” shifts dramatically from everything we knew before. The “workhub” or the “flex-office”, as people tend to name the new face of “office”, includes also quiet areas where you can read or listen to music but also a Café to enjoy your specialty coffee or tea, fancy breakfast or a quick lunch made of organic, fresh and healthy ingredients.

I don’t think the future may be translated into an office space without taking care of our most precious resource: our health. The health of Hotspot is built around the ergonomics of its spaces, the high quality of the furniture, the good mood of its design and the efficiency and comfort of using the office only when and for how long it is needed. All this features have been awarded with the first WELL Health-Safety certification for a flexible office in Romania.

The key to flexibility is also being able to meet people’s needs by offering support in everything, besides strictly work related matters. Hotspot proves itself a scalable concept as well as fully adaptive to the particular needs of various companies. It may be enjoyed as a flex office center/headquarter like the one we have already established or as proximity small workhubs that serve as working spaces offering the same high quality standards already associated to our brand. These proximity offices, located in dense residential areas will offer their neighbours a pleasant work environment with no commuting time and plenty of features – meeting rooms, Café, professional printers, interactive whiteboards etc. Everything is designed to be a better alternative to working from home.

The future of offices is hybrid as studies show that companies expect approximately 40% of employees to utilize a remote working model in the future. 37% of companies expect that more than one quarter of employees will work in hybrid models that combine remote and onsite work. The benefits are obvious and one of the most important advantage consists in the cost reduction as real estate and resource usage. Most of the execution tasks are likely to be performed remotely (up to 78%) while the office remains essential for the strategic and talent management (76%), business development (69%) and creativity (65%).

But the office is no longer a place, but an experience. New business models like the Proximity Offices and the strong shift to Office Hospitality will completely change the office landscape in the following years. And I believe that the entire Real Estate Food Chain – from baks to investors, to developers and asset managers will have no choice but to adopt and adapt.

Hotspot comes as a strong example of how tomorrow’s office will look like. And we already have it ready for you, today.

Source: MisterWatch Magazine – The Magazine About Time Well Spent

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By Constantin Baches

Editorial by Tudor Popp – Founder of HOTSPOT Workhub

 

Business Talk: The Future is Hybrid

We invite you to a much needed business talk that touches the HOTSPOT of today’s business field – The Future of Working.

Free Registration by completing the online form – see below!

OUR QUEST
In these challenging times we can transform the way we see and do business, while striving to have more safety, productivity and life-work balance. All these points are interconnected and we can unify them by open discussions and knowledge sharing.

In collaboration with leaders in real estate, management consultancy and HR we will explore what changes in work really mean, and how the workspaces must adapt.

The offices we once knew are transforming into more flexible and fluid shapes. This is only the beginning of a new working era – more businesses realize the importance of providing the best quality environments and cultivating the best cultures for their employees, so they can thrive.

But how can we imagine the future offices? Will we be able to transform mindsets and cultures by transforming an environment? How can we react to these transformations? What is the impact on productivity and well-being. These are questions we will answer and debate in an interactive AGENDA.

HOW TO ATTEND
(Free Registration)

For presence on the spot, please REGISTER here:
https://app.smartsheet.com/…/b88df1d597c44f79a2f8f26bb9…

! The spots are limited and after they are filled, registrations will be just for online presence.
Our live transmissions will be Powered by Rodax and will be on Zoom & Facebook Live.

JOIN ZOOM Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82565677158…
Meeting ID: 825 6567 7158
Passcode: 003350

LOCATION: Bucharest, Romania, Calea Grivitei 82-98, 1st floor, Podium building, HOTSPOT Workhub – Conference Room

AGENDA:
09:30 – 10:00 Registration & Coffee
10:00 – 10:10 Welcome Message
10:10 – 11:00 Speakers Presentations
11:00 – 11:30 Discussion Panel
11:30 – 12:00 Q&A Session
12:00 – 12:30 Networking & Snacks (by Spoonful)

WHY TO ATTEND:
▌ Hear from leaders in the industry about the new trends in working spaces in Romania
▌ Discover how to maintain high productivity rates while optimizing Real Estate costs
▌ Learn how to adopt new workspace strategies
▌ Understand the value of sharing working space with a community of like-minded people
▌ Understand what makes an office safe in a post-pandemic world
▌ Find out how to inspire your employees to remain motivated, flexible, and productive
TOPICS:
▌ The impact of COVID on the Romanian real estate market.
▌ The advantages of flex space and hybrid working from the employee perspective.
▌ The role of the office in the post-pandemic times.
▌ How did the crisis change the basic principles of workplaces design.
▌ How can companies move from traditional ways of working to new, flexible and hybrid ways.
▌ Moving to the new type of office: What your team might be concerned about
▌ Tips to successfully manage the office transition.

SPEAKERS:
Pauline Roussel – Co-founder & CEO, Coworkies
Alexandru Orzea – Tenant Representation, Consultant, JLL
Andrei Cretu – Co-founder, Pluria
Sandra Jitianu – Management consultant, IDEOGRAF
Alexandru Ionescu – Country Manager, Trenkwalder
Tudor Popp – Founding Partner, Hotspot Workhub

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:

Pauline Roussel: Co-founder and CEO at Coworkies and community passionate. Co/Author of “Around The World in 250 Coworking Spaces”. Over the last 5 years, Pauline dedicated her time and effort to better understand the world of modern workspaces with the mission to teach people and companies about it and help them attract and retain talents by being one step-ahead when it comes to their workplace strategy.
Topic: How can companies move from traditional ways of working to new, flexible and hybrid ways.

Sandra Jitianu: Management consultant, IDEOGRAF
Sandra is a management consultant, business coach and trainer with functional expertise in change management and HR. Sandra has 14+ years’ experience delivering transformation projects to over 50 clients ranging from large international companies to local companies and entrepreneurs in industries like IT and engineering, financial services, professional services, manufacturing, utilities and retail.
Topic: Moving to the new type of office: What your team might be concerned about + 5 tips to successfully manage the transition.

Alexandru Orzea: Consultant Tenant Representation – Romania JLL. Alexandru is currently working as a Tenant Representation Consultant within the JLL’s Office Agency and Tenant Representation Department covering both Romania and Bulgaria. In his work history, Alexandru has been exposed to various business areas which helped his grow exponentially.
Topic: The impact of COVID on the Romanian real estate market. The consultant’s opinion on the transformation of offices.

Alexandru Ionescu: Country Manager TRK Professional – Recruitment & Staffing. Experienced Country Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the human resources industry. Strong business experience, skilled in Negotiation, Business Management and Planning, HR Consulting, Sales, and Customer Relationship Management.
Topic: The advantages of flex space and hybrid working from the employee perspective.

Andrei Cretu: Co-Founder of Pluria and of 7card. As an investor Andrei was the Co-Founder of V7 Capital, a start-up studio focused on Romanian ventures.
Consultancy background: 8 years of management consulting in Europe, with a focus on strategic and commercial topics (growth, market entry, commercial due diligence, pricing, impact study, scenario modeling etc.).
Topic: New ways of working and how can corporations offer total flexibility.

Tudor Popp: Founding Partner at Hotspot Workhub & Managing Partner at REC Immpuls. After over 10 years of experience in the Austrian real estate market, Tudor Popp founded REC immpuls in Bucharest in 2006 together with German partners and together, in 2019, they launched a new brand in the coworking market – Hotspot Workhub. Hotspot set new standards in terms of quality, technology and design.
Topic: The role of the office in the post-pandemic times. How did the crisis change the basic principles of workplaces design.

EVENT PARTNERS
JLL, COWORKIES, REC, Trenkwalder, Pluria, HOTSPOT Workhub, Spoonful.

See you at the event!

 

BOOK Launch “Around The World in 250 Coworking Spaces”

We welcome you to the fascinating journey of two entrepreneurs who travelled around the world and gathered a whole bunch of know-how and interesting stories about flex working and travelling.
They will be here, in the welcoming space of HOTSPOT Workhub, to share all their knowledge with all the guests.

 

Location: HOTSPOT Workhub – CALEA GRIVITEI 82-98, 1st floor, Podium, The MARK Building

 

The book is the outcome of 5 years of traveling, exploring new types of work environments to understand their impact on people and cities.
“Its purpose is to inspire the curious, give knowledge to the seekers and encourage the indecisive.”

 

AGENDA
11:00 – 11:30 launching the book “Around The World in 250 Coworking Spaces”, a Kickstarter project
11:30 – 12:00 Q&A session with the Authors
12:00 – 13:00 networking and lounging in the safety of our Café
(with nacks by Spoonful)

 

SURPRISE Tombola
For all the offline attendees, there will be a tombola. We have 5 prizes that await you: 5 DIGITAL52 free subscriptions: for one year, subscribers will receive a story from the book + some behind-the-scenes and access to additional content in their mailbox.

The event will also be available for online presence. Our live transmissions will be Powered by Rodax and will be on Zoom & Facebook Live.

 

ABOUT THE BOOK
A comprehensive guide of 250 stories, a unique journey, meeting the founders and makers of coworking spaces of all kinds, learning about the process of starting, designing and growing such types of work environments.

TRAVEL to different cities and explore a diverse set of coworking spaces
LEARN the entrepreneurial stories of the people who made them
GRASP a global view of what is coworking and get a better understanding of the impact it has on cities, communities, and people
143% Funded on Kickstarter!

 

ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Pauline Roussel and Dimitar Inchev met in a coworking space in Berlin back in 2015. Triggered by what they experienced within the space they belonged to, the duo got curious about understanding the added-value of coworking spaces and collaborative workspaces on people.
Using Berlin at first as their exploration playground, interviewing people running and using those spaces, they furthered their journey across Europe and, with time, across other continents.
Overall, Pauline and Dimitar have visited over the last 5 years, 420 coworking spaces across 47 cities from Tokyo to New York.

The event is part of Design Go, the official Romanian Design Week 2021 circuit (June 3-14): https://romaniandesignweek.ro/…/jurul-lumii-prin-250-de…

See you at the event!

The Office is dead! Long live the Office!

Most major changes in society have been induced over time by painful events. Among the beneficial results of the preoccupation to prevent plagues, we can find the invention of waste management, the introduction of broad boulevards and wide public spaces, the birth of urban planning, the inclusion of public parks, together with the radical upgrades in the cities’ sewage system. In like manner, we expect the current COVID-19 crisis to influence our cities in terms of further rethinking the public spaces and transportationfocusing on making buildings healthier and significantly redesigning the hospitality services

In parallel, work-from-home is the new trend and some companies have even “zero office” strategies. Real estate cost savings and flexibility are here the most important drivers. There has been a notable explosion in all the online collaboration technology, which not only supports remote working, but in certain situations, actually enhances productivity. However, employees suffer from isolation and miss social contact, corporate cultures and identities are in decline, training of employees is difficult and creativity and teamwork very limited.

We predict that the long term impact of COVID-19 on the real estate market will be similar to a major earthquake. Some buildings will completely lose their occupants and, consequently, will need to be retrofitted so they may accommodate the new requirements. Furthermore, entire business districts will need to change and adapt their function and configuration for mixed uses.

The future is hybrid

With all these changes happening the purpose of the office will evolve even faster from mainly “a place of production” to more complex objectives like Client Interaction and Representation, Innovation and Creativity, Culture & Branding, Socializing, Satisfaction and Retention of Personnel.

The  consequent new requirements for the office must be linked to flexibilitytime efficiency, safety & hygiene and constant adaptability. The majority of real estate players expect a space reduction as a result of changing working patterns. However, these changes are also supported by the significant changes in technology and companies anticipate a substantial increase in IT costs in parallel with the reduction of real estate costs.

In other words, the future is hybrid. Overall, we expect that up to 40% of employees will utilize a remote working model. People will work remotely, especially in the realm of execution tasksOther tasks like strategic and talent management, business development, and creativity, require much more on-site presence. The more collaborative and creative jobs are the less suitable they are for remote working. However, hybrid work models will have to be incorporated within each company culture.

We predict that the spread of the emerging concept of “hub & spokes” will be strongly accelerated in the next period. The Hubwill be represented by the headquarter and it will serve as the “hive” of the business, while the spokes will be a geographically distributed network of offices, usually based on talent distribution and client needs. The headquarter will consequently be placed in a core location, accessible to public transportation and will act as the cultural center of the business. The Spokes – aka the satellite offices – will be spread around the city, close to residential districts. 

Major or minor ROCHADE?

COVID-19 will not kill the office, but will transform it to become more dynamic than ever, while causing its fair share of disruption. Some workspaces in central business districts may become housing, and some housing in residential areas will become workspaces. The magnitude of this shift is still to be determined. The ability to work remotely will not drive most people away from cities and offices, but it will allow many to live and work in new places. 

Traditional office leases have a significant negative impact on the agility, flexibility and crisis fitness of companies.  Therefore new office concepts with flexible spaces, private or shared offices, shorter-term leases and complex hospitality services will spread even faster. On the long term, traditional office leases for 5-7-10 years might become the exception.

Consequently, the whole real estate „food chain“ will have to adapt, with banks and investors searching for the (currently non existing) flexibility to finance these new business models and to stay relevant and up-to-date.

 

Tudor Popp

REC Partners and founder Hotspot Workhub

 

About REC Partners

REC Partners is an international team of engineers, architects and economists. Founded 2004 in Germany and 2006 in Bucharest, REC has been supporting clients all over Europe to develop, operate or improve real estate properties of over 10 million sqm over the last 16 years. Clients include investmentd funds, banks, real estate developers and corporations searching to improve the efficiency of their real estate assets.

 

About Hotspot

Opened in 2020 in Bucharest, Hotspot Workhub is the first of a series of high-standard coworking spaces based on the innovative and open-minded business concept developed by REC Partners. The space incorporates the company’s vision of flexible working and office hospitality, creating a unique mixture designed for productivity, community and lifestyle. 

 

Remote work turns green: Hotspot Workhub Bucharest certified BREEAM Excellent

  • Remote working is on the verge of making work not only flexible, but also very well-being and environmentally friendly oriented
  • Hotspot Workhub is among the early adopters of sustainable flex-work environments and it was recently certified as BREEAM Excellent.
  • The consultant that coordinated the certification process was BuildGreen, leading advisor in the field of sustainable development in Central and Eastern Europe. 

Bucharest, December 3rd 2020 – Hotspot Workhub, the office space dedicated to flex-work right in the heart of Bucharest, Romania, has recently obtained the BREEAM Excellent certification for sustainable fit-out. Hotspot is thus one of the early adopters of “green” remote work environments, adding a higher level of comfort and efficiency to the standard design, development and management of sustainable office buildings.  

“The implementation of sustainable principles already became a widespread practice on the real estate market. With office buildings as icebreakers, sustainability is today’s strategic element in the development and management of all types of properties – retail, residential, industrial, mixed-use, factories or public buildings.

Going further, sustainability exceeded the standard approach in the real estate market, went beyond the doors of office buildings and offered owners and occupants a new perspective on their work environment. Hotspot Workhub is among the early adopters of sustainable fit-out concept and an active promoter of remote work that offers both flexibility and business performance”, stated Razvan Nica, Managing Director BuildGreen.    

Hotspot Workhub is the newest and most modern flex office space in Bucharest, offering premium workhub services and facilities. Hotspot comes with a high-quality mix of flexible team and bright open-space offices with access to high-tech conference rooms, events area and a live streaming Studio around a spectacular lobby with reception and speciality coffee. The space of around 2,000 sq.m is located in “The Mark”, one of the most stylish and state-of-the-art office buildings in Bucharest CBD. 

The exclusive central address of Hotspot Workhub opens up new perspectives on working: Hotspot combines productivity with clever details and flexible office equipment. It’s also a place with international flair, an inviting lobby area, and array of upscale and useful features. “An office is not only about work, it’s about lifestyle” Norman Foster

“As a German company with 15 years of experience on the Romanian market, we welcome amongst our members the Romanian-German Chamber of Commerce and multinational companies that appreciate quality and efficiency. Our first concern was to configure the work space for safety and well-being and now we have the only fit-out that is under BREEAM Excellent certification in Romania” says Tudor Popp, founder of Hotspot, the flex offices pilot project of REC Partners. REC’s team of experts, or “buildings’ doctors” as they are called,  is specialized in consulting, planning and project management and has been involved in major construction, refurbishment and successful fit-out projects all over Europe. 

High certification levels were obtained in the following categories: Health & Well-Being, Water, Waste and Pollution. Energy, Transport and Management of the space also obtained very good scores. The assessment has been carried out according to the technical manual for BREEAM International Refurbishment and Fitout 2015: Office.

BuildGreen assisted the client from the start, offering consultancy and assessment services in line with BREEAM requirements, advice for sustainable design and acquisitions, as well as BREEAM strategy definition, energy performance, natural water and ventilation optimization, materials, waste management etc. 

Founded in 2010, BuildGreen was involved in the first certification of a green building in Romania; its expertise now covers over 17 countries in Central and Eastern Europe. In its 10 years of activity, BuildGreen managed the sustainable development and certification processes of over 200 real estate projects, with a surface of over 5 million sq.m. and an overall investment value of over €8 billion. Razvan Nica, founder and managing director of the company, is also the first BREEAM International Quality Auditor outside the UK, a position from which he supervises BREEAM certification processes across the entire Globe. 

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