As all freelancers know, the nature of work is changing. It’s no longer somewhere we go, but something we do.
There’s no doubt that there’s a definitive shift away from the traditional styles of work, such as the nine-to-five working day and the fixed desk. With more people demanding flexibility than ever before, companies have to stay in touch with their employees’ needs, which now include adaptable hours, working remotely at least part of the time and job-sharing.
This evolution in working styles has had a huge impact on the office dynamic, and in turn the physical environment, so it’s crucial that businesses adapt accordingly to be able to offer more value to employees. It’s also from this mindset that the concept of ‘co-working’ has been born.
The uptake of flexible working in Australia has been recognised globally, with international workspace offering, Spaces, selecting Australia as its first intercontinental location with a recent launch in Richmond, Melbourne, followed by Sydney’s Surry Hills later on this year.
Pioneered in Amsterdam in 2006, Spaces heralds a new, creative and collaborative way of working for entrepreneurs and established businesses alike, with a focus on providing a lifestyle-driven all-inclusive professional working environment.
Co-working is beneficial for both SMEs and big businesses as it forms a community that values being entrepreneurial, collaborative and autonomous. In fact, a recent survey commissioned by global workplace provider, Regus, found that collaborative workplaces made the ideal breeding ground for innovation (74 per cent) and entrepreneurial spirit (72 per cent), along with being a valuable way of creating connections with partners (79 per cent), providers and suppliers (81 per cent) and even potential clients (80 per cent).
With that in mind, here are the five reasons why businesses should consider the move to a coworking space:
One of the most important fundamentals of any business is networking, and at a coworking location you don’t even have to try. The environment is specifically created to enhance the ability to interact with others in a professional and productive setting. Spaces has monthly workshops, seminars and events for those who wish to embrace the community aspect of the brand.
With the lengthening daily commute leaving employees exhausted – and even deterring prospective talent from joining businesses – many employers are now happy to introduce some degree of remote working. Thanks to tools such as Skype, WhatsApp, WeChat and Google Hangouts, workers can stay in touch with their colleagues, desktops and servers wherever they choose to work.
- No guilt
Have you ever set up shop at a café and felt obligated to order everything on the menu? No need for that at a co-working space. The environment is developed especially for flexible workers to drop in and out as they need, without the pressure to order that extra muffin to keep their spot. In fact, at Spaces Melbourne there’s an in-house Café Deli which serves complimentary freshly ground coffee from local roastery, Where’s Marcel?, and healthy snacks from boutique suppliers.
Most people will agree that working from a great space that’s aesthetically pleasing, tidy and free from distractions helps with productivity and workplace happiness. There’s nothing quite like an office that’s both ergonomic and practical to get the creative juices flowing.
- Work/life balance
From research conducted by Regus, we know that a change of scenery is one of the major reasons remote and freelance workers are seen as happier than regular fixed-office employees. In fact, 74 per cent of Australian respondents said changing up their location significantly helped improve work/life balance, which is why co-working spaces – like Spaces – are taking off.
So, given they offer increased productivity, work/life balance, cost effectiveness and possibly even healthier, happier employees, maybe shifting into a co-working environment is something you should consider?
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