Flexible workspace giant IWG has signed agreements with three large companies in the first quarter of 2021, making this a record-breaking start to the year for the organisation. In February, the flexible workspace operator signed with the London-based Standard Chartered to give its 95,000 employees access to 3,500 IWG workspaces worldwide.
In March, the company struck its largest deal to date with NTT (Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation), enabling its 300,000 employees to work from IWG’s global network of offices. More recently, Nestlé – the world’s largest food and beverage company – signed an agreement to provide its employees across China with access to IWG’s network of flexible workspaces.
The enthusiasm for flexible workspace is clearly linked with a general, global shift towards a hybrid style of working, says Mark Dixon, Founder and CEO of IWG Plc. “One of the lasting legacies of the pandemic will be the ability to work in different ways, in different places, and more companies will have distributed workforces empowering their teams to work closer to or from home,” he explains.
As the benefits of a hybrid model become apparent, IWG expects to see a growing number of companies opening up their workplace options to a more widespread, global network – increasing employee satisfaction and widening the search for global talent.
“The benefit of these solutions will extend far beyond the employee experience and will have a positive impact on our individual and collective carbon footprint by empowering people to work closer to home,” says Mark La Neve, CEO of NTT Global Sourcing. “These will not only reduce commute times, but lower travel costs and provide a safe and convenient location for our people.”