Real estate disruption company Worq Coworking Space recently launched its new Worq Subang site at UOA Business Park, following on the success of its first facility in Glo Damansara Shopping Mall in Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur.
Officiated by Deputy Minister of Family, Women and Community Development Hannah Yeoh, the brand emphasises the fostering of hyper-localised working communities throughout Malaysia’s urban centres, suburban areas and small towns.
Workspaces With Women In Mind
“I’m here because of the safety features highlighted in this working space, such as a mother’s room for those who need to breastfeed, as well as its emphasis on keeping workspaces free from sexual harassment. I do hope the culture of creating a safe working environment for ladies will continue, as well as the hiring of mothers returning to the workforce,” said Yeoh, speaking at the 5 October launch ceremony.
“At this time, there are no laws or specific bills governing the area of sexual harassment, but there are provisions in the Penal Code and Employment Act addressing the matter for the private sector, with guidelines regulating the issue for the public sector. However, awareness remains low.”
Serving as community centres as well as meeting and activity spaces for entrepreneurs, business people and freelancers, Worq is conceptualised as a conduit for the business community to leverage on diverse strengths and resources, supported by training classes, start-up competitions, advisory sessions and more.
Its business model also addresses rising concerns regarding oversupply in the domestic office segment, while tailoring its offerings to the surrounding urban context.
“There are a lot of office spaces now that are empty, and we can assist building managers in securing tenants and bringing vibrancy back to their properties,” says Worq CEO Stephanie Ping.
“With regard to Subang and Shah Alam, for example, the nature of businesses is more towards logistics and industry, and we have tailored Worq Subang’s content to what these businesses need,” adds Worq CFO Andrew Yeow.
Partnering with industry associations and financial institutions such as the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), Endeavour, Cradle, Enterprise Singapore and the UOB Group, Worq will host a networking initiative dubbed the Worq Business Block Party on the first Friday of every quarter at the Worq Subang site, namely 4 January, 5 April, 5 July and 4 October.
Moving forward, Ping and the Worq team have plans for a third Worq outlet launch in the Bangsar area in Q1 2019, as well as a fourth outlet planned for the mid-term. Aside from co-working spaces, the company is also exploring additional gaps and opportunities in the real estate industry, with announcements on further ventures to come.