Co-working is increasingly accepted as a legitimate option for businesses and individuals. As companies face ever increasing rents for dedicated office space in prime locations, company owners and directors are starting to see the benefits of operating from shared work spaces. Co-working sites provide the facilities as and when needed, often with flexible tariffs that can be tailored to meet the needs of companies and specific employee roles. They provide an atmosphere fuelled by the creativity and focus of entrepeneurs and freelance specialists who need to deliver results. When embraced and shared, such an atmosphere can prove a powerful tonic to employees who may previously have stagnated in a dedicated office facility.
Such sites also provide a better alternative for company managers than allowing their employees to work from home. Whilst from time to time, working from home can be a productive change for employees, there will always be personal distractions and after a while, productivity may be harmed by the lack of social interaction. Co-working sites offer daily interaction with people from different backgrounds and industries, so workers will always have an active and positive social environment awaiting them. Furthermore, the focus is on work, not on the laundry, cooking or cleaning.
For some, the choice to downsize and use a co-working space might be seen as a failure. However co-working is part of the modern business and is here to stay. It is more flexible and fair to individuals and smaller companies looking to expand. It serves a purpose and challenges the established way of working. With several thousand sites already established around the globe, it is only going to grow from strength to strength, so why not embrace it?