Coworking Space in Bangalore - MD Speech

Top Quote Workafella's founder and Managing Director, Gurbinder Rattha credits its success to the lower real estate prices in OMR: "We can offer rates under ₹12,000 per seat, versus ₹13-14,000 in our offices in the city. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) February 01, 2019 - With office robots, chair-yoga, and even cab bookings on offer, co-working spaces are the new mantra, and OMR the new hub

    In a few months, if you find yourself inside the Smartworks complex, make sure you say hi to Smart Mitri, the friendly office robot zipping down the halls. The co-working space on OMR is set to launch an AI robot to meet and greet visitors at its Chennai offices.

    Who wouldn't like a robot in their office? Coming to think of it, a cafe in the corridor would be nice too. As would ergonomically-designed monochrome offices, food courts, indoor games and after-hours parties. These are features that most co-working spaces on OMR boast of. In fact, the companies maintain that their clients perform better with the distractions!

    More than workspaces
    Smartworks claims its USP is its 'SmartWeekenday' program. Everything from stand-up comedy, dance, and live music to meditation, chair yoga, and pet therapy is offered.

    It helps perk up your mood and is a great way to de-stress from work and daily routine," says client Dushyanth Jayachandra, Zonal Sales Manager at OLX.

    Another co-working space on OMR, Workfella (https://www.workafella.com/co-working/), is sprawled over 120,000 square feet of campus. It reaches out to SMEs and entrepreneurs through its concierge services, including HR recruitment, training, hotel, flight and cab bookings. It is also looking to add a first-of-its-kind health initiative by 2019.

    Another big factor that attracts clients to these workspaces is their ability to hold the fort down in case of natural disasters. After Cyclone Vardah, Workafella tenants could pick up their business at centers in any other city as well. This built goodwill, which in turn, convinced clients to continue renting the space out.

    Dilip Balakrishnan, President at Serendebyte Inc., who rents space at Workafella, says, "I think co-working is a great concept. When I first started my company five years back, my plan was to use a co-working office for the first couple of years until we reached around 15 to 20 employees. Then we could switch to a traditional rental model. We found the model so beneficial, that today at close to 100 employees, we are still here."

    Workafella's founder and Managing Director, Gurbinder Rattha credits its success to the lower real estate prices in OMR: "We can offer rates under ₹12,000 per seat, versus ₹13-14,000 in our offices in the city."

    The co-working major also provides free conference space to women entrepreneurs and reaches out to all-female start ups a gesture that's been good for business.

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