March 28, 2017
It’s no secret that the idea of the traditional office has changed, especially over the past few years. Many start-ups are opting for the open space plan that promotes more collaborative efforts and also puts everyone essentially on the same playing field (in many instances the boss is no longer separated from the employees, but rather right in the mix with them). Established companies are also taking the leap and either revamping their current space, or relocating to something more conducive to collaborative efforts.
Here are some of the benefits of collaborative work spaces and why they are the future of the office environment:
There are definitely financial advances in this approach. On average the cost of locating in a shared workspace is estimated at around 15 per cent lower than a traditional office set-up. This is cost effective, while also allowing the flexibility to relocate within a small amount of time if necessary. Entities and individuals can not only reduce their overall fixed costs but allow them to incubate projects and allow for more flexible and organic growth should they need additional space. They are often not tied to long leases or high fit-out costs and that way can expand, contract or even completely redefine their workspace, almost overnight.
Shared workspaces are thriving off a cultural movement and the social fulfillment they are providing through connectivity. If a shared workspace is curated with care, the result is the creation of a community where it’s the norm to help each other without any expectation of benefit in return. Most shared workspaces have areas dedicated to a more social use, where residents can break away from their work and chat to others, sharing frustrations but more importantly, ideas. The beauty of this lies in the fact that they will be talking to an objective party, most likely one who holds a vastly different experience and/or contacts. The problem solving and innovation that arises from this interaction is not one that can be replicated easily in an office filled with one’s close colleagues.
Individuals operating in shared workspaces appear to hold a unified commitment and work ethic. Perhaps this is down to the sheer number of business owners and entrepreneurs who dominate these spaces, creating an atmosphere of responsibility, vision, personal commitment, but more importantly self-direction. (Claire Turner, stuff.co.nz)”
At Burovision we can help your company either re-design your current space or develop a new environment from the ground up that will promote a productive and healthy work experience for everyone.