Does this sound familiar? You enter your office with your employees in it, only finding them uninspired on a Monday. There is no interaction, no engaging conversations, no sparks of creativity that your office once had. Well, imagine what some of the biggest companies in the world, such as Microsoft, IBM, and even HSBC, have to deal with on a day-to-day basis. This is why these and others like them choose to work in coworking spaces.
When you are starting a business, have you ever thought to open your first office in cities like Surabaya, Penang, or Davao? In most cases, people opt to not choose those locations because they are what is referred to as secondary cities, or tier-2 cities. If the budget allows it, most enterprises would like to headquarter in the capital cities, such as Jakarta, Manila, Kuala Lumpur, or Singapore because of its abundance of resources. However, coworking spaces are predicted to change said mindset by not only providing enterprise solutions, but actually transforming those secondary cities, and here is why.
The landscape of the traditional workplace is currently changing and the usual cubicle-clad offices we’ve become accustomed to are being reimagined as a collaborative environment where professionals and small businesses co-exist, collaborate and build a new type of community. Welcome to coworking, the future of office spaces.
“Succeeding in business is all about making connections.” ~Richard Branson.
Growing your business entails networking with other people from diverse backgrounds. So, you need to be with those individuals who share the same vision with you. Coworking can help you grow your business in many ways. You may do it yourself, but it would take you longer than it has to be before you achieve it. Learning from others allows you to discover the best and fastest route.
Co-Labs, Utropolis Shah Alam
Without a doubt, there are a few people who need to make tracks in an opposite direction from work while they're out of town. Yet, an increasing number of individuals, whether digital nomads or business travellers, need to discover approaches where they can find a balance with working and being on holiday.
Coworking is the fastest growing trend in the business world. Like any sort of work, it requires attention and complete focus of the individual which cannot be guaranteed when working from home. This is why we are seeing freelancers, small businesses, entrepreneurs, and other startups across Southeast Asia increasingly moving towards coworking environments.
Every human being has all sorts of needs whether they live in town or out of town. “Working alone, together” is a phrase that actually portrays the primary needs of most freelancers, startups, or digital nomads that most of the serviced offices can address. Loneliness or isolation is the reason why people are opting out from a 9-5 corporate job in a traditional office.
Procrastination is a near-universal phenomenon. Who doesn't find their minds wandering, scrolling through their phone, or even working longer on one task to avoid starting another?
Common Ground, Kuala Lumpur
Congratulations! If you're reading this means you've stepped into the future... of workspaces or perhaps you are already here. As cliche as it sounds, there's some merit to that. According to a report by JLL, up to 30% of commercial real estate could be flexible by 2030!