RELEX Solutions offers their employees full freedom to choose to work from home, the office or flexible workspaces
Collaboration with Finnish flexible workspace platform Spacent gives RELEX employees hundreds of choices for their most optimal workspace for the day.
Finnish market-leading, unified supply chain and retail planning platform RELEX Solutions has started collaboration with a flexible workspace platform Spacent. Thanks to the collaboration, the employees now have a freedom to choose the best place to work, according to their needs. Spacent offers RELEX employees 150 offices in 50 cities.
RELEX has put a lot of effort in assuring that their employees have a chance to work remotely in the best way that fits them. Employees can order furniture to their home easily from a partner and the company processes have been built to support freedom of choice, when it comes to choosing your workspace. After COVID the trend has been to limit the location or ways of remote work to some extent, but RELEX decided differently.
RELEX wanted to give more options in addition to working from home. A questionnaire made by RELEX revealed to main reasons to leave your home office: desire to meet other people or do deep focus work.
“What is important, is that our employees enjoy their workspace and feel good.”
“People have very different preferences on their own workspace and the needs can change daily. Others concentrate best at home and others feed their creativity by going to a new space. Some feel that RELEX office is the best place to work. It’s not important to us, where you do your work. What is important though, is that our employees enjoy their workspace and feel good“, Tiia Rapeli, the HR director of RELEX explains.
The amount of Spacent users has grown steadily after the COVID restrictions were lifted. Right now over a third of RELEX employees has taken the flexible spaces into use. RELEX employees have spent over 1500 days in the Spacent network.
“When a company grows, it’s very challenging to provide an office that works for everyone’s needs. Offices can be in non-optimal locations or be the wrong size. We see this especially with companies with teams that move around a lot to meet customers. Through Spacent you get access to quality workspaces that are suitable for both focused work and teamwork. We’re a platform that provides employers enough of flexibility in terms of office space”, says Eetu Ristaniemi, CEO of Spacent.
“When a company grows, it’s very challenging to provide an office that works for everyone’s needs. Offices can be in non-optimal locations or be the wrong size.”
With Spacent, RELEX employees can easily choose and book their workspace for the day and invite their colleagues to join to work together. Spacent provides data for the employer organization about the utilization and needs, to support the planning of the future workplace. For example for RELEX, the use of flexible workspaces reduces the employees’ needs for commuting with approximately 3 million kilometers a year.
The use of flexible spaces has been a significant part of RELEX’s growth in 2022. During 2022, RELEX has hired over 600 new employees and the amount of global hires is expected to grow to 700 by the end of the year. Overall there are over 1700 RELEXians all over the world. The company has been valued for over 5 billion euros – and while they continue to grow, they want to ensure the wellbeing of their people.
“There is no need to choose permanently between the home office, flexible workspace and the HQ.”
“We continue to grow strongly through our business and employee count. We make decisions on our future workspaces and ways of working based on the data we gather. With Spacent we follow and analyze the data of the utilization of our own office spaces and the flexible workspaces and continue to ask our employees about their wishes and preferences. This way we can ensure that everyone at RELEX will find their own best way to work and a suitable space to go with it. There is no need to choose permanently between the home office, flexible workspace and the HQ”, Rapeli closes.