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Joining the conversation about the future of work, ClayWorks cofounders’ Rahul Singh and Abhijith Shashidhar expound on the most notable workspace trends and how they need to be addressed.

It’s 2022 and we are still being badgered with the reality of the “new normal”. We have seen a complete shift in the way we work in the last two years. Some are wondering if the changes we’ve witnessed are just passing trends? Will work-from-office be once again reinstated as the norm? The consensus lately has been that work-from-home (WFH) and co-working spaces are going to replace the typical office culture. However, we believe that reality cannot be boxed in generic trends.

Workspace trends will vary based on organisation and teams. What works for one team may not be as effective for another. According to us, it isn’t just about remote or co-working, the future of work is all about understanding the dynamics and need for hybrid, flexible workspaces. We have to recognise the need for flexibility in the way we ‘office’, and that it extends beyond the four walls of the office. It’s going to be about curating a unique company culture that best understands and, thus, responds to the needs of its diverse teams, be it WFH, WNH (work-near-home) or WFO (work-from-office). To accommodate this diversity, we see four types of workspaces gaining precedence.

“Workspace trends will vary based on organisation and teams. What works for one team may not be as effective for another.”

There is a need to balance the digital workplace with the physical workplace. Adaptive workspaces essentially provide the freedom and flexibility to work based on the strengths and the well-being of the teams. But it also takes into account the need for community and collaboration within an organisation. Hybrid workspace strategies are effective for both the people and the company. Each company will need to devise a strategy:

  • How many days should we work from the office?
  • Which teams work best from home?
  • Which teams need access to nearby coworking spaces?
  • What type of office layout and seating arrangement works best for us?
  • What kind of support do WFH teams need?

A complete WFH culture is proving to be detrimental for many companies, resulting in disconnect, loss of camaraderie among teammates, and weakened collaboration. Hence, curating an adaptive workspace is essential for them. Such a workspace will take into account the most productive environment for its people, ensuring they are not needlessly burdened or stressed. It would translate into flexible work hours or workdays, dedicated work-from-office days, and WFH options. In this setup, the physicality of the office will also need to be transformed. The company may need fewer seats, more huddle spaces and better team-building zones. 


We definitely see WFH becoming integral to the office culture regardless. Especially, when we take into account the new hiring practises. Companies are no longer bound by geography and are recruiting skilled professionals from all over the world – without relocating them. It has resulted in a next-gen workforce who, while benefiting from the perks of remote working, also face unique challenges. WFH teams are compelled to carve out a ‘workspace’ in their, often, compact, urban homes. Besides access to technology, efficient digital workspaces, we believe that WFH teams should be supported with the right ergonomic home office solutions as well. 

“Companies are no longer bound by geography and are recruiting skilled professionals from all over the world – without relocating them. It has resulted in a next-gen workforce who, while benefiting from the perks of remote working, also face unique challenges.”

With the geographical lines blurred, the need for workspaces has not been completely eliminated. On the flip side, it has generated more interest in neighbourhood workspaces. The pandemic has shown us how cutting down on traffic helps the environment and eliminating/reducing commute time improves quality of life. WFH has its obvious benefits but it can also be frustrating dealing with internet and power failure, distraction and disturbances, all associated with residential areas. This is essentially where neighbourhood workspaces can step in and provide accessible offices with amenities such as high-speed internet, power back-up, printing and conference facilities, to name a few. Employees can receive all the support of an office environment but in a convenient location. These spaces are also perfect for quick collaborative sessions with the teams.


Talking about the future of work would be incomplete if we don’t acknowledge the rise in virtual offices. When the pandemic compelled companies into remote working, some realised they can continue to work remotely for the foreseeable future. Virtual offices were once a cost-effective option for startups in their initial phases. Today, many small and mid-size companies have opted out of their leases and work exclusively from digital workplaces. The capital saved is now diverted into investing in the company with just a fraction of it spent on digital tools and services. However, digital workspaces also need certain advantages of a physical workspace, mainly a registered professional business address, inventory and document storage, and occasional access to conference rooms. 


From the beginning ClayWorks has been committed to creating HyFlexTM managed workspaces, In fact, we coined the phrase HyFlexTM even before the pandemic altered our collective perception of offices. So what is HyFlexTM? It is about fusing hybrid and flexible work strategies that best meet the requirements of an organisation and its unique office culture. We can no longer box everyone in standard offices. Hence, we started offering solutions like Clay/Exclusive, Clay/Studios, Clay/Fluid, Clay/Shadow and Spotch (our patent-pending workspace for home and hybrid offices). Our goal is to help companies realise the future of work in their own organisations in a seamless and stress-free manner. 

You can learn more about our services at or feel free to reach out to us on LinkedIn. 


Rahul Singh has over 16 years of experience in technology, financial services, private equity and real estate sectors. His passion for real estate led him to launch ClayWorks, where he oversees business strategy, sales and finance. 

Abhijith Shashidhar is passionate about building amazing products out of India. Before ClayWorks, he was a real estate advisor and consultant to clients such as Mitsubishi Electric. Now he oversees the operations, projects, marketing, and tech departments of ClayWorks.


Not your ordinary coworking brand, ClayWorks understands the potential and need for a hybrid, managed workspaces in India. The Bengaluru-based firm crafts workspaces that reflect their clients’ unique work culture, while also incorporating sustainable workspace strategies. Its signature HyFlexTM model (Hybrid+Flexible) also ensures that modern offices are adaptable and future-proof. Known for its earthy, nature-filled ambience, ClayWorks is redefining offices in more than one way and establishing itself as the favourite neighbourhood workspace.

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