24 Jan COWORKING AND SPACES WITH FLEXIBILITY
The coworking concept is in full expansion, since it started a few years ago in the office world as a new way of understanding the workspace. During this time, the target has been growing and changing and the offer, both of services and spaces, has adapted to the new market demand.
The benefits compared to traditional offices have intensified and more and more entrepreneurs, professionals and freelancers are betting on coworking centers for the daily development of their business with a flexibility that allows them to face and assume new challenges that are presented in an increasingly changing world.Environments created to measure for people, thinking about people, where the loyalty of the users goes through the excellence in service and functionality that these spaces offer.
With a careful design, these spaces house different situations every day and the conditions that allow each one to carry out their work in the best possible environment, contemplating every hour and every need that the user requires, sharing spaces such as meeting rooms, cafeterias, dining rooms, or leisure areas. This also facilitates networking with other companies and users who share this space, which are undoubtedly a synergy for the business and for the person.
Cooperation vs competition
Coworkers promote cooperation and stay away from competition. They encourage collaboration, connecting people of different skills to work together. In many cases, the choice of one space or another is decided by evaluating factors such as design, colleagues or activities that can be accommodated outside the usual work disciplines. A synergistic effect between companies and professionals who share this space.
The furniture is a great presentation card of these coworking spaces. Furniture helps to create atmosphere, facilitates comfort, improves concentration and brings light and colour to the overall design benefiting people’s professional growth, providing performance and flexibility, encouraging creativity and collaboration.
Spaces where the furniture acquires a protagonist character contributing value and functionality to the different rooms, which are transformed according to the needs of the companies and adapted to the requirements of each project.
Furniture that moves away from the traditional office where the main focus was on the operational work area with offices, tables and ergonomic chairs. Now this space only occupies a percentage of the available metres, where the comfort and ergonomics of the work chair continue to be important, but it is no longer seen as a position in which the user remains for a whole working day without moving from his or her post, and the friendly areas that humanise and bring life to the space take centre stage.
Location and size
Location and spaciousness are the two characteristics that best differentiate good coworkings from the most common ones, because having a good location is very important, since you must be able to easily and quickly reach your workplace. Your collaborators and clients will appreciate that it is in a well-known street and since you share space, it is interesting and recommended that you have a spacious place, with good lighting and where you feel comfortable throughout your working day. The spaciousness allows for shared rooms that support both the occasional and daily needs of businesses and people.
In a coworking the collaborative spirit is breathed in every corner and relations between coworkers and external professionals are actively encouraged.
It is an ideal place to connect with different professionals, knowing also their personal side. It is easy to increase your networks without effort, just by talking to other users.
Spaces that suggest not only a workplace, but a way of life and relationship adapted to the new times, which humanizes and brings people closer, avoiding falling into only a digital communication, which is effective and necessary for the agility of a business, but without forgetting the need that human beings have to contact and relate physically with people. These spaces contribute to people’s wellbeing and to a social good.
Coworking spaces are usually equipped with top quality equipment. Nowadays, it is mandatory to work with a good internet connection. For that reason, almost all coworkings have high-speed fiber-optic Internet connections.
In addition to the necessary equipment to carry out your work, such as functional and quality furniture, pleasant decoration, computer equipment, projectors, videoconference rooms, meeting rooms, photocopier centres, messaging services, etc.
The technological services that these spaces place at the service of their clients are without a doubt a key and necessary factor that facilitates the development of any activity.
The future of flexible offices
The growth forecasts that were projected some years ago are still valid today. Although the concept of coworking was launched by freelancers and startups, industry experts believe that large companies will be the ones to drive it in the coming years.
Coworking spaces hand in hand with architecture and interior design.
Without a doubt, everything begins when the coworking is designed and when the first potential cowerkers begin to be interested. The space must be flexible in order to adapt to each change and to each business model it accommodates. A successful coworking requires hiring a professional to design and project it.
This is well known by the expert designers and interior architects who take on this challenge of designing a coworking. But every space is different and unique. To design it, it is advisable to go hand in hand with an architect who knows the philosophy of coworking. Experts who will ensure that the project is a success, taking care of and coordinating every detail: creating a corporate identity; distributing and optimising the space; taking care of the flexibility of the space to adapt it to new coworkers; good lighting; choosing the furniture; creating and caring for the access areas and relaxation zones, as well as shared areas. A single planned vision.