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Headquarters (HQ): are they necessary today? 

This may not be a hot topic to talk about, but it’s still a relevant question today.

We know that headquarters offices are usually centralised in big buildings. But the pandemic has pushed to change. Now with more companies downsizing traditional office leases and more employees are working remotely, it’s likely that the typical big headquarters will not be big anymore.

In fact, they might slowly turn to small-scaled, mini-HQsomething that we have not seen before. 

The Old, Large-Scaled HQ Model

Old, traditional HQ departments were expensive, immovable and outdated. Everything – from equipment to workforce must strictly be centralised in a big building. This is good in a way that it gives employees the security and stability that they need. But this also means inflexibility. If the company is bigger, then more employees need to move away from their homes and families to live near the building. Employees are not free to work independently and remotely. This is not suitable in this fast-moving age where being dynamic is a competitive advantage!

We know the saying “going big is to lose big” – it makes a lot of sense with large-scale HQ. When we are too dependent on a single big entity, the workforce community will be at big risk as well. What if one tech giant crashes? The whole workforce community crashes too. So to say that large-scale HQ gives security and stability to employees is ironic. Big HQ can put much pressure on the workforce community that are highly dependent on it. 

Coworking Spaces: The New, Mini-HQ Model

But what does the old HQ model have to do with coworking spaces?

From Covid-19, many businesses downsized their office leases in facing economic challenges. Remote-working has made the big office leases unnecessary. Now they are looking for cheaper and flexible solutions, namely, flexible coworking spaces.

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Now this is where coworking spaces can be optimistic!

Coworking spaces can serve as the physical hub where remote professionals can fall back to. 

This makes coworking spaces very suitable for the new, mini-HQ model. Companies can save so much overhead costs and better manage their finances in recovering from economic losses. If a big industry downsizes and closes completely, it is not likely to affect the whole workforce in a single coworking space. 

A mini-HQ that supports remote-working is more suitable for the more adaptable and remote workforce today, rather than the strict office HQ which requires a big (and long-term) physical presence and commitment. If many companies establish their HQ in the same coworking space, we can solve all the problems coming from big HQ. We can save on cost of living, reduce pollution, minimise traffic, and boost mental and physical health for employees. If the employee wants to settle down and start a family, a mini-HQ will not have to pressure him to relocate. Hence, it’s safer to say the new mini-HQ model can give employees the independence, happiness and in the long run, economic stability.

Now you understand how coworking spaces can support the mini-HQ model, it’s time to take a step back and rethink your strategies. If it means moving away from high fixed-cost, then be it. You will never go wrong with flexible, cheaper solutions with our coworking space! At NOVUX, our dedicated team will ensure you have your needs for you to focus on what’s most important – YOUR BUSINESS!