The as-a-service (AAS) business model has evolved at great speed to disrupt and transform the way companies of every size operate.

Richard Morris of Regus

Today, as the number of flexible workplace stories in recent editions of Property Week shows, forward-thinking businesses are applying the AAS model not only to how they work but also to where they work.

Workspace-as-a-service is a strategy that is causing decision-makers to re-evaluate operations.

One critical factor to emerge over the past five years has been the importance placed on flexible working. In a recent Regus survey of UK professionals, more than nine in 10 stated that if offered two similar jobs they would select the one offering flexible working.

Workspace-as-a-service enables businesses to flex to meet employee needs rather than demanding that employees conform to a rigid working structure. If the right person for the job happens to be based 200 miles away, so what?

Spaces, Regus

Regus’s Spaces concept offers a wide range of different workspaces

For smaller businesses, the first few years of operation are often ‘make or break’. Workspace-as-a-service allows them to focus on business-critical frontline tasks rather than wasting time and resources dealing with admin relating to premises or technology.

In short, workspace-as-a-service is opening up new opportunities for businesses of every size. Those adopting the model are becoming more agile, intelligent and robust. Operations are becoming more employee focused without sacrificing efficiency or quality.

Indeed, any business that does not adapt - and refuses to move away from its legacy models - is putting
itself at risk.

Richard Morris, UK chief executive, Regus