The Rise of Office-Sharing in the 21st Century
Written by Wes Towers
Wednesday , Sep 18, 2013 1:00
As many of us who have ever had a job in an office will know, there can be some real downsides to it. These might include ” among other things ” peak hour traffic, public transport delays, office politics, a “trapped” feeling due to inflexible work hours, and the feeling of being watched and not trusted to work autonomously.
As a result, many people might dream of being their own boss, and working from home in their pyjamas if they so choose, while saving money on petrol and avoiding the feeling of a supervisor breathing down their necks. And many in fact do leave their jobs, and start their own businesses, or to go into freelancing.
Working from home can have some real advantages, but it can also have its down side. Working with other people in an office or office-like environment can be stimulating and motivating and conducive to actually getting the work done something which can be sorely lacking in doing one’s work from a kitchen table or corner of the living room.
In recent years the concept of co-working or office sharing has taken off, enabling independent workers or distance employees to share office space and make use of a dedicated workspace as an alternative to either an isolated home office or a stressful place of employment. The benefits of this type of arrangement can include:
- Opportunities for collaboration, networking and ideas-sharing.
- The synergistic effects of innovative or entrepreneurial people working within the same space.
- The opportunity to build social and business relationships.
- A sense of belonging as opposed to home isolation.
- A good “match” for the modern post-Fordist more flexible and mobile ways of working.
- Improvements in productivity, confidence, creativity and concentration.
- Lower cost than leasing commercial premises.
Office sharing might well be the way that many of us work in the future. For a small business wanting office space or an employer looking to decentralise, office workstation rental might provide the ideal solution to improving productivity and income.