The workplace that we know today is very different to what it was a decade ago. Through the impact of digitalisation, we have seen the workplace mobilise and move away from its traditional form. Revolutions have taken place through technology, a shift in work culture has occurred, and the physical spaces around us have changed. One of the dynamic revolutions in play is that of flexible co-working spaces.
Traditionally, co-working workspaces were used for young start-up companies, freelancers, and entrepreneurs who sought after low-cost workspaces. However, with the changing structure of the workforce, the popularity of co-working and shared workspaces has increased.
A co-working office space typically involves a daily or monthly lease and offers all the necessary resources that a conventional office space offers, from conference rooms, meeting rooms, and lounge areas to WiFi, kitchens, and coffee shops in some. However, co-working spaces also offers you a chance to network, and to work in a flexible way so that you adapt your work around your life, contradictory to the traditional way of the past: revolving your life around your work. In fact, with the rise in popularity of flexible co-working spaces, competition has led these spaces to offer perks that not only add value to your working environment but your lifestyle as a whole.
So what is causing the shift towards flexible workspaces?
The drive behind flexible co-working spaces is linked to the changing structure of the workforce, as mentioned. Its rise in popularity is also largely due to the benefits it creates. Some of these benefits include:
- Increased collaboration: A co-working space allows for networking which can form collaborative relationships between organisations and individuals within the workspace.
- Increased Productivity: Research has shown that employees are happier when working in inspired, innovated space. This increases motivation and results in employees taking fewer breaks, and less sick leave.
- Work-Life Balance: A bigger emphasis has recently been directed towards the work-balance and wellbeing of employees, as happier employees ultimately lead to a more productive space. This often stems from the workspace being closer to home.
- Environmental Sustainability: Many of the new co-working office spaces are being sustainably designed to reduce the environmental impact by lowering energy consumption.
The more the economic, personal and environmental benefits of flexible co-working spaces grow and become known, the more popular they are becoming. It leaves you wondering what the workplace will look like 10 years from now…will the traditional workplace have been completely eradicated, with flexible co-working spaces taking over, or will there be something new to revolutionise our working world?