There’s something special about a coworking space. The sound of quiet chatter, the hum of the coffee machine, the tap-tap-tap of fingers on the keys of a computer. Different companies, different industries and different freelancers working autonomously or collaboratively, but all sharing the same unique space. Studies show that between 75% and 90% of coworkers love the personal connections that coworking makes possible, while statistics reveal that around 3.1 million people are currently using coworking spaces around the world. With this number estimated to grow to over 5 million in the next few years, it signifies more than just a trend, but a significant change in work culture.
Remember the classic sitcoms from the 80’s? If you’re too young to remember don’t worry they’re all on Netflix, but here’s a snapshot. Colleagues from a fictitious company would huddle around the water cooler gossiping about the interpersonal relationships of their fellow employees, or plotting their next move up the proverbial corporate ladder, before returning to their cubicle farm of desks to hammer away at their computers. The moment 5pm hit, they would clock off and head to the closest bar to continue the aforementioned conversation. If you think it sounds amusing, you’re right. You just have to look past the 80’s dress sense. But the office buildings of the 80’s and 90’s are disappearing. More and more people are moving away from the constraints of a typical office environment. According to recent research, only 6% of workers in the UK adhere to traditional working hours and they’re not alone. The future is flexible. Flexible hours, flexible work spaces, flexible bosses. Companies big and small are now part of the global economy. Modern technology means these companies are able to hire talent on-demand and these employees are able to work from anywhere. The rising remote work revolution has certainly meant more flexibility, but it has also left many employees isolated. Working remotely means that your colleague is no longer a few desks away and while the traditional job landscape is changing, one thing remains the same, the need for connection.
We’re all aware that connection is vital. Not just between employers and employees or co-workers, but between people. Being connected to others is important for our mental and physical wellbeing and has been proven to improve our overall happiness. And happy people are more productive people. Happy people collaborate more effectively, knowledge share more openly and put more time into nurturing workplace relationships. The corporate world is modernising and coworking spaces ensure the connection we crave isn’t lost. With lounge areas, hot desks, glass-walled private offices, write-on-the-wall board rooms, an abundance of greenery and a slew of inspirational quotes dotted around, coworking spaces not only bring people together, they promote productivity. The popularity of the coworking space is showing no signs of slowing. Businesses and individuals are revelling in the constant supply of networking opportunities and the ability to foster new business contacts or collaborate with like-minded professionals in a modern upbeat environment that is highly motivating. With the annual Global Coworking UnConference reinforcing the values that the coworking movement aspires to, including community, collaboration, learning, and sustainability, it’s no surprise the popularity of the coworking space is on the rise.
Dolly Parton knew long before the rest of us that working nine to five was no way to make a living. With 24 hour access, coworking spaces give us the flexibility to work when we want and the wellness and work-life balance to keep us happy. What could be better than that……
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