Everyone Needs a Workstation

SHARED WORK SPACE HAVE BECOME THE TREND IN NIGERIA AS BUSINESSES ARE OPENING UP THEIR SPACES TO OTHERS.

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Every superhero needs a lair, an army needs a base, a workforce needs a workstation but the trend we are beginning to notice is that these workstations are now being shared. Take a moment to imagine Batman and Iron man sharing the same lair, or the Zimbabwean army sharing a base with the Tunisian army, it might be chaotic at the beginning but for the mere fact that they are working towards a common goal, they’ll eventually find a way co-exist. Remember we’ve seen superheroes share the same lair in Justice League and The Avengers.

This workstation sharing trend is largely being observed in Nigeria as there are a number of businesses who have opened up their spaces to be used by other organizations; mostly startups. The workstation or shared workspace idea is highly appreciated by the fast-growing middle class in the country because it is a more cost-effective way of doing business as you do not have to spend so much money acquiring a space, just share it. You’ll also have ad-hoc staff as well as basic needs like the internet, office equipment at your disposal, all you need do is pay the cost the service provider has requested.

My colleague went to visit a friend of hers who just begun his startup, his organization has only one staff – him, but when she got there, there were quite a number of people. She inquired and found that the space was being shared.

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Initially, When this trend was about to hit the ground some time ago a couple of people kicked back, saying it wasn’t going to work solely because the environment cannot be controlled. What they meant was, there’ll be more than one C.E.O; nobody would be the boss of anybody except for those who work directly with them – no holds barred. In order to curb such problems from arising, shared workspace or workstation providers made rules and policies that one must agree to before renting a space. Those policies have helped to foster peace as well as grow the business.

Just so you know, I’m writing this article from a shared workspace also known as a workstation.

Brace Yourself for the Future of Work

THE CHANGE IS HERE AND WE CAN NO LONGER IGNORE IT, THE FUTURE OF WORK SHOULD BE PREPARED FOR OTHERWISE, YOU’LL PHASE OUT VERY QUICKLY.

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In today’s world where digital has utterly disrupted the business landscape and hiring the right talents to help boost your company has increasingly become a challenge. If you and your organization aren’t agile enough to meet this trend head on it will certainly pose a problem to your venture.

As our obligation is here at TINK, we’ll bring you trends as they unfold so when they eventually hit you, you already heard it here first.

The future of work is a much talked about trend in the world over and Africa is no exception. The world is gearing towards

flexi-hours: having staff work favourable hours and not the daunting 9 to 5 we are all used to,

remote working: no matter where you are in the world you can work for whoever it is you may choose – this in my opinion is fantastic,

automated workforce: there has been so much talk about machines taking the jobs of humans – hate to be the bearer of bad news but that is not about to stop, in fact, it’s about to pick up pace. Many more people will yet lose their jobs to machines.

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Someone said the major driver of this change is time and I totally agree. With time comes change, which is why we use seasons to depict time in many cases. Well, for the purpose of this article, the time has ushered in a number of drivers that are championing this cause (Future of Work) and they are:

1. The growing population: In a little over the next ten years, the world's population will grow by another 1.15 billion people, reaching a total of 8.5 billion by 2030, with 97% from developing countries. Africa's population will double by 2050, while Europe's will shrink. Median ages will also diverge: Japan's median age will reach 53 by 2050, while Nigeria's will be 23. Africa's big challenge will be to create the right policy conditions to maximise returns from its younger population – PWC.

2. Urbanization: with an increased level of development in Africa and unrelenting traffic conditions it behoves businesses and the government to find other ways to help people do work and save time. It seriously doesn’t make any sense for one to sit in traffic 6 hours or more a day just to commute to and fro work.

3. Health and climate change concerns: the increased movement of the work population from one place to another is causing an increase in carbon (iv) oxide emitted from the combustion of car engines. This contributes to climate change concerns and also impacts negatively on one’s health.

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4. Tech and expertise: technology has recorded amazing successes in recent years that have helped to shorten the distance between teams and get real-time updates on tasks and projects. You can now have meetings and collaborate from any location around the world. Also, it may sometimes be difficult to get the right talent to fill a job role; technology helps you connect with that person seamlessly.

We are surely in for a great ride in the coming years and only businesses well suited for the change will win in the future of work.

The ROI of Sleeping

SLEEPING IS ACTUALLY AN INVESTMENT THAT ALWAYS CERTAINLY YIELDS MAXIMUM RETURNS.

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For a while now, TINK has turned its attention to emerging trends among entrepreneurs. Well who wouldn’t? This section caters for the largest source of employment across Africa and accounts for an extensive percentage of the GDP and according to Mckinsey, 22% of the African working age population are starting new businesses every year. This definitely is something to pay attention to.

I am certain you must have heard the phrase “you snooze, you lose”. This phrase turns out to be the unspoken mantra amongst entrepreneurs these days. There’s always something to do, some task to kill, some deadline to meet, and as such, forget to leave sufficient for sleep. In fact, sleeplessness is being romanticised across the continent. You hear two young people having a conversation and one of them is proud of how he hasn’t slept in the past 3 days. If you are found to have slept a whole eight hours and you are assumed to be a business owner, it always comes off as a shocker.

Doctors have said that on the average a person needs between 7-8 hours of sleep but trust me, in Africa those number of hours are too expensive and there are only a few entrepreneurs who can afford the luxury.

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There are a number of benefits having a good sleep can give you, and they include as proposed by Health Line;

Regulating your weight

Poor sleep is strongly linked to weight gain. People with short sleep duration tend to weigh significantly more than those who get adequate sleep. In fact, short sleep duration is one of the strongest risk factors for obesity.

Helps you eat healthy

Studies show that sleep-deprived individuals have a bigger appetite and tend to eat more calories. Sleep deprivation disrupts the daily fluctuations in appetite hormones and is believed to cause poor appetite regulation. Sleeping right helps you eat right.

Improves Concentration and Productivity

Sleep is important for various aspects of brain function. For you to function optimally you need adequate time to shut down your system and let it reboot.

Improves your health

Poor sleepers have a greater risk of heart disease, stroke, and a cold. It’s known that sleep quality and duration can have a major effect on many health risk factors as a healthy sleeping culture helps your body repair itself.

Keeps you mentally healthy

Poor sleep is linked to depression. Mental health issues, such as depression, are strongly linked to poor sleep quality and sleeping disorders. It has been estimated that 90% of people with depression complain about sleep quality. Poor sleep is even associated with an increased risk of death by suicide. Those with sleeping disorders like insomnia or obstructive sleep apnea also report significantly higher rates of depression than those without.

Affects Emotions and Social Interactions

I for one I’m usually tired, hungry, and upset when I don’t get sufficient sleep. Sleep loss reduces your ability to interact socially and affects your emotions negatively.

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So dump the competition of trying to out unsleep your friends, colleagues, and competitors. Try to get some sleep every now and then, it keeps you vibrant, healthy, and most of all, it gets you paid.

What is your Profession? Freelancing!!

WITH ORGANIZATION ADOPTING THE TREND OF WORKING REMOTELY, WE ARE SURE TO SEE THE RISE OF FREELANCERS.

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Late nights, mugs of coffee, and take outs are characteristics of the life of a freelancer. These days, there are freelancers everywhere you look; everyone is ready to do everything and anything from a remote location. Certain organizations in Africa – Nigeria and South Africa precisely – are embracing this mode of operations. Organizations in a view to attaining agility are employing means and strategies to make their team leaner, meaner, and more nimble.

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The opening paragraph simplifies the reason we TINK freelancing is the new trend wave brewing to blow across Africa. As we currently invest in building top talents in every facet of the economy, freelancing seems be the go to source as they have a large network of fellow freelancers who are equally top talents.

So until organizations are able to bring in such quality of talent they may have to resort to freelancers. However the case, we need these freelancers to consolidate efforts and mental capacity in order to build successful companies as well – this will definitely impact the economy a lot more, but until this is done, freelancing is the new cool.

Africans With Benefits

AFRICA IS TRENDING TOWARDS ENSURING ITS PEOPLE ARE THE FIRST BENEFICIARIES OF ITS AWESOMENESS.

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Ever seen a home that cooks dinner and immediately after it is ready, it serves it on a platter and then takes the meal outside to be consumed by total strangers? Yeah this almost never happens, when it actually does, the home would have first ensured that the immediate inhabitants have a full belly or theirs’ are already stored away. Well Africa is like that home that cooks dinner and immediately takes it out to everyone else but those in house. Over the years we have seen African resources being shipped off to other countries and then later shipped back to us for example Nigeria’s oil, Ghana’s gold, South Africa’s platinum, Sierra Leone’s diamonds and so on.

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However, the new business strategy being adopted within the shores of Africa is ensuring that the goodness of Africa is first felt within Africa and by Africans; the rest of the world can make do with whatever we give them.

Africa seeks to ensure it continually grows in strength, financial stature, and competitive innovations. Therefore it is important that the continent begins to look inward to tap from its inherent resources. This is going to improve the business landscape for entrepreneurs and business owners alike.