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12th May 2017 | 3 min read
Coworking has taken the world by storm by introducing new ways to work and being an integral part of this current shift in office design and culture. Research from Deskmag, Gensler and beyond have published the sheer growth of coworking spaces over the past few years, so it’s no secret that flexibility and cost-efficiency is rewarded with popularity. However, it takes more than just lower rent prices to become leaders within the workplace world. With such a variety of coworking spaces across the globe all supposedly offering something exclusive, how do you know which one right for you and your business?
To get ahead, office design needs to be structured around the four work modes: focus, collaborate, learn and socialise. One open-plan room just won’t cut it now people have had a taste of the bold and inventive workplaces springing up.
The Collaborators: The pioneers of walking meetings – these individuals don’t like settling in one place, moving around the office to constantly change up their scenery. Communal, collaborative areas combined with reliable connectivity and cloud storage and desktops give these wanderers the freedom to travel anywhere without losing access to necessary data or network drop outs.
The Focused: The individuals who prefer lower noise levels and privacy. Communal spaces tend to hinder their productivity, so strategically positioned alcoves, soundproof chairs and small cornered off areas are features that kick privacy up a notch without completely isolating them. Offering them a private network with an assigned usage to each device means they won’t get slowed down by bandwidth hogs.
Community & Events
Most coworking ventures promise this, but what kind of community do they offer? For some, their global community is their pride and joy, their free 5pm beers and pizza networking events ‘connect’ people together. For others, community is taken more seriously, with strategically planned events, targeted guest lists, and educational topics which enables like-minded people to learn and connect with each other in order to make a difference.
Coworking spaces are similar to campuses if done right. They offer coffee, food, regular events throughout the day, even gyms and showers – members can get everything they need from one place.
Wi-fi – check. Meeting rooms with conference facilities – check. What about tech support, security or interrupted connections? Most ‘serviced’ and leased office spaces don’t provide enough to help a business to succeed. With workplace technology constantly evolving and advancing, coworking spaces are too by offering members the opportunity to progress and bring their businesses into the modern world.
Coworking spaces have a mission: to create a workplace people will want to work in, as opposed to an office they’re forced to work in. Next time you visit or spend time in a coworking space, have a look around – notice the design elements, facilities, location and overall environment that’s been created, guaranteed everything has been done for a purpose. So, why do coworking spaces work? They offer a space that is specifically targeted to each member, to advance work performance, their social life and their business.
The lines between professional and personal lives are becoming blurred, offices and companies that act on this will be the ones that go the distance. Co-working ventures have a mission to create a workspace people want to work in, not one they’re forced into – to do so, they must put the needs and wants of the members first in terms of facilities, design, location, and community. While private offices are beginning to take the hint, only co-working has the adaptability to create adventurous, stylish spaces which break the rules and spark ideas.
90 High Holborn, London, WC1 6LJ
136 High Holborn, London, WC1V 6PX
15 Southampton Pl, London, WC1A 2AJ
54-56 Camden Lock Place London NW1 8AF
15-19 Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2TH
Camden Lock Market, Chalk Farm Rd, London, NW1 8AB
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Hot-desk in any of the LABS lounge areas, complete with fast Wi-Fi, barista-made coffee and beautiful surroundings. This flexible membership offers 32 hours of lounge usage per month.
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Unlimited access to any of the LABS lounge areas, with full use of the fast Wi-Fi and barista-made coffee. Perfect for those who love to connect with new people in an environment that inspires.
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Secure a desk of your own and a place to call ‘second home’, with this membership. Any of the LABS lounge areas offer a change of scenery, as well as curated events and workshops.
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