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Food For Thought

Time to swap corporate for co-working?

The movement of co-working has been gathering momentum across the globe and reaping far more benefits than mere productivity…

For generations the building centric focus of work has created the space first and then imposed their business into it. A compact efficient space into which we, the brains and energy, must conform. Not only are we constricted by space, but also by time, a nine to five work day topped and tailed by a congested commute.

Yet in the last decade the traditional office environment has been evolving.

This has been brought about by a shake-up in work habits. These changes are the result of cost cutting, technology and generation Y and Z looking for flexibility and challenge in the workplace. In Australia it is estimated that three in ten employees work in a freelance, contract or contingent manner. This number is expected to rise and is already accepted as the norm by many employers. Working part time, working from home or having more than one job role is not unusual.

Now flip your thinking. What if the brains and energy created the work spaces? What if you had control over your work space and time? Sounds like a fantasy? Far from it, the movement of co-working has been gathering momentum across the globe and reaping far more benefits than mere productivity.

Co-working is the gathering of independent working people who are interested in working alongside each other. Co-working offers a solution to the problem of working in isolation and allowing them to escape the distractions and limitations of home. Co-working spaces are purpose built and available to rent on a casual or fixed basis, long or short term and even by the hour. Meeting rooms are usually available as well as communal café areas. The emphasis is on creating a working community with shared values in an inviting and inspiring environment.

Co-working spaces are springing up from inner city areas to regional towns.

Co-Working centres welcome people to work productively together whilst sharing energy and local knowledge to better serve their wider communities. People who co-work report that their productivity increases, their business grows and their general wellbeing improves from working in a social environment.

The provision of co-working spaces is now in itself a multi dollar business. Perhaps it is ironic that a growth business in 2017 owes its success to a dispersing working population rather than a conglomerate business locating to a CBD?

Who benefits from co-working?

Micro businesses, sole traders, freelancers, contractors, small business owners, artists, commuters, entrepreneurs, local producers and anyone requiring a work space.

What do co-working spaces provide?

A workspace, desk space, meeting areas, printing facilities, internet connection, clean modern environment, long or short term use, interaction with like-minded people.

ProLocal is compiling a list of co-working spaces for its members. If you run a co-working space please contact us so we can promote your space.

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