The Future of Coworking and the Top Trends to Watch Out for in 2019
Both 2017 and 2018 have been huge years for the coworking industry, with more users than ever before clocking in and out of the office. Could it be that traditional workspaces are becoming a thing of the past?
We are lucky enough to be at the heart of one of the biggest business movements of the 21st Century, with London being described as the global capital for coworking spaces, ahead of New York! So what does this mean for the future of coworking and what are the today’s trends indicating for the industry?
One of the major trends amongst coworking spaces is technology, which is advancing at a lightning speed rate, but it seems as though coworking joints are managing to keep up!
Gone are your tired fax machines and slow internet; coworking offices offer top of the range technology from equipment that is fast, and reliable to internal management systems to ensure everything runs smoothly. In an age where digital nomads rule the scene, the need for an environment that lends itself to the millennials that account for almost half the coworking population is paramount.
The rise in coworking tech means that members can benefit from booking rooms, checking stats and keeping up to date with the latest community news and events on the go. It is a way to stay connected with work 24/7 (if that is what you wish), that can be accessed as and when suits you.
According to Deskmag’s 2018 Global Coworking Survey, this year will see an even bigger effort to produce sustainable community building! What this means for those benefiting from our desk sharing environment is more opportunities, better contacts and lifelong relationships at the centre of it all.
Times have changed, coworking spaces aren’t just for your freelance writers and business start-ups anymore, but instead are hubs of intermingling industries working together. Usually situated at the centre of the community, with strong connections with other local independent businesses and organisations, coworking is the step in the right direction towards a sustainable community environment both internally and externally.
With the members at the heart of it, creating amazing places to work as well as offering a place to build entrepreneurial and sustainable communities is at the forefront of what coworking should all be about.
Raising Awareness of Coworking as a Concept
For those who work for themselves, or even as part of forward-thinking companies, coworking will be a familiar concept. However, for the vast majority of those working in more traditional workplaces, the idea of coworking is alien.
You’d be surprised how many of our members had never heard of coworking before entering into self-employment, and this is something set to change in the upcoming years!
With coworking spaces in London having grown by 73% over the past three years, and more jobs becoming remote than ever, it seems things are on course for even bigger numbers in the coming years, which means we get an opportunity to share our amazing spaces with even more people!
We like to think of this as a productive circle; the more awareness there is out there on the types of communities’ places like Areaworks build, the more diverse and unique our community will become, and the more partnerships that can take place within our walls as a result!
The Coming Together of Coworkers and Corporations
As the coworking world has adapted and changed over the years, we have seen many big collaborative office spaces taking a more corporate approach to business. Whilst those not in the know consider desk coworking as just for freelancers or creatives, those within the community know it to be a crucial step towards sustainable business.
Whilst your average coworking spot may have the odd office dog roaming, and on-site foosball, there is still a strong element of professionalism that is largely borrowed from the corporate world. Similarly, corporations have begun adopting many of the main selling points of coworking offices, namely a more flexible approach to working, doing away with strict assigned seating, and offering a more laid back dynamic.
Over the past five years or so, we have seen a rise in huge corporations making use of coworking and collaborative spaces, namely the likes of IBM, Microsoft and Barclays who have all set up shop in a collaborative workspace!
There’s a better way of working, and Areaworks is here to make it happen. A coworking community where business balances perfectly with pleasure. It’a bit of a no-brainer. When you enjoy something, you put your heart and soul into it. So Areaworks coworking spaces are about creating welcoming, vibrant and, dare we say it, happy offices – places where you can thrive. And feel alive. It’s not just about getting the basics right – the location, the comfort, the creative inspiration. It’s about the extra support. The support of a collaborative community. The support of training, events and wellbeing to keep you inspired. And the support of a team obsessed with doing things better. So swing by to discover your perfect work-laugh balance.
Areaworks currently has four coworking spaces in prime London locations. The first resides in Manor House, an area very close to our hearts (and where it all began). Our second space recently opened in Hackney, one of the fastest growing areas for all things innovation, in London. If you are looking for a coworking space in London, which provides you with the environment and opportunity to collaborate with like-minded individuals, then we have the perfect place for you.