In today’s difficult economic climate, every penny counts, and more and more businesses are choosing alternatives to traditional D.C. office space. When it comes to running a business, the costs involved are huge, and many of those pertain to the upkeep of the office environment. From the extraordinary cost of leasing real estate in a neighborhood that gives the company the appearance of clout and success it needs to cultivate clients and customers, to the multitude of equipment and security required to keep an office running, even older companies with a proven track record are looking for new ways of doing things.
On the same token, young start-ups are finding it impossible to break into the market in a recession-weary environment where loans are limited, and the price of necessities is a constant. One solution to this is to think differently about the concept of the traditional working environment, and redefine the modern D.C. office space.
Many companies, large and small alike, are changing their approach through the use of on-demand office space, a shared work environment where the company literally only pays for the amount of time spent in the office, and the services that are utilized. Rather than paying the cost of the lease, security, equipment, catering, and other fees to separate services, one monthly payment is made to the D.C. office space provider.
This not only saves time and money through consolidation, it eliminates the hassle of constantly dealing with and staying on top of all the different services your workspace needs. On-demand office space is the model of efficiency, and allows both employer and employee greater freedom, and fewer limitations.
When employees are in the office, they enjoy all the benefits of the traditional office environment. Everything from individual offices and cubicles to conference rooms and administrative support staff is included. These shared office spaces boast amenities such as on-site Starbucks, kitchen staff and catering services, and even a health club and rooftop deck in some locations. Meeting rooms are available at all times, and employees are allowed 24/7 access to office space. For organizations that require a bit more security, private areas with extra key card entry points are available, and include a separate administrative staff and receptionist.
One of the changes that’s come out of this revolutionary new way of doing business is that not only are companies saving tremendously on the costs of D.C. office space, but employees are being allowed more freedom and greater work-life balance, a win-win situation for all involved. Most companies utilizing on-demand office space allow employees to work from home at least a few days a week, cutting down on the stresses and expenses involved with long commutes and the inability to simply take off when the kids are sick.
An increasingly technologically advanced world has engendered greater independence, and with on-demand D.C. office space, the way business is done in traditional corporate environments have finally caught up. Employees are more productive, more efficient, and in being better able to juggle their time between work and home, end up being happier at both. Companies are able to stay financially secure in a difficult economy, and actually excel at a time when prosperity is rare. For many, on-demand D.C. office space isn’t just changing the face of business, but changing lives.
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Kathlene Buchanan is the president and founder of Metro Offices, one of the premiere, women-owned, executive office centers in the Washington, D.C. Metro area. With presence in 8 different locations throughout the capital area, Metro Offices offers a full range of innovative business solutions and advanced technologies to help businesses compete in today’s transitioning business environment. Buchanan has been in the industry since 1979, and Metro Offices has been operating since 1989 with locations in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.