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Study: More Area Businesses Providing Unique Spaces For Their Employees

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By Jericka Duncan

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A new study finds that more businesses than ever before in our region are providing unique work spaces for their customers and employees.

Kathy Bass from Regus, the world’s leader in flexible workspace, showed Eyewitness News a video conferencing room used by anyone who is willing to pay to rent the space.

“We’re seeing more and more businesses being able to be more profitable working this way,” said Bass.

Right now, more than 100 companies utilize the 36th floor of One Liberty Center as a temporary place for employees and customers to meet, on an as-needed basis.

“They can stay home and work from home, but they get the business address that they need,” said Bass. “We provide them what they need, when they need it.”

Regus recently sampled nearly 150 Philadelphia business owners and found that 80% of them work away from the office now more than ever. Seventy-four percent believe their company is more productive as a direct result of flexible work practices, like working from home.

“It’s more convenient this way,” said Tinyan Nwafor.

Nwafor, of Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, works for an insurance company based out of New York. The mother of a two-year-old–who is expecting another child this month–says she’s been working from home since September.

“I have a computer, phone, laptop, everything is connected back to the office,” said Nwafor. “My son is in daycare all day, so I can concentrate on work. I still have meetings on the phone through instant messenger or email.”

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