About time we simply accepted that coworking and flexible working are the new normal.
Coworking and remote working have substantially risen in popularity over recent years and they are already having a massive impact on the office landscape. In these spaces, an individual will find a more social atmosphere that includes a wide variety of facilities and amenities.
Looking ahead, it’s likely that we will see more people moving away from the traditional office and instead using some sort of coworking space. Employers will be focusing on staff engagement and motivation, while still trying to retain their culture and identity.The coworking and remote working movements have their origins among freelancers, entrepreneurs, and the tech industry.
However, an increasing number of companies are incorporating coworking into their business strategies.Since the launch of WorkClub, we’ve seen a dramatic increase in the use of the space by enterprise employees. We see companies encouraging their employees to use WorkClub’s on-demand coworking spaces and meeting rooms as an alternative to coming in to the office everyday of the week. We have members from companies of all sizes who use our network of coworking clubs and meeting rooms to allow their distributed workers to get productive work done wherever they are in London.
By offering a coworking membership to employees, it also attracts new talent that demands flexible workplace and work time.We are also witnessing growth in the number of remote workers who are becoming members of WorkClub as it gives them an affordable base to work from, everyday of the week. Spending time away from the office in a coworking space can also spark new ideas.
Chris Beach, founder of Find My Office, explained how his team have started using WorkClub on an ad-hoc basis - “since offering our staff a WorkClub membership, we have seen a dramatic increase in motivation and creativity.”
Secondly, it’s important to encourage flexibility that promotes positive mobile working. It’s equally important to offer the right kind of work environment that provides all the facilities employees would expect from any workspace. In reality, people need to be able to craft their work in ways that give them purpose and meaning. They should be given control and flexibility in their work environment.
Companies are also trying to enable more connections, helping their employees to interact and build their networks beyond the office. External coworking providers, like WorkClub, are the best place go for this. We offer members access to networking events, training programs, social events and more.
Our research suggests that the combination of a comfortable work environment and a well-curated work experience are the reasons why people who cowork demonstrate higher levels of success than their office-based counterparts. But, what matters the most for high levels of success is that people who cowork have substantial autonomy and can be themselves at work. Our advice to traditional companies who want to learn from coworking spaces is to give their employees the option to work more flexibly.
The goal is to give employees the space, the flexibility and support to allow them to produce their best work. The answer is WorkClub. As a result, employees who feel more committed to their company will be more likely to bring their best energy and ideas each day. Even if it is in a remote coworking space near their home.