THE FUTURE OF COWORKING
It is difficult to predict the future or furthermore make any claims, but one thing is for sure and that is that the coworking will be there and probably would not be an alternative or a second option but an only option and first choice. The employment trend is changing fast and the way we work and the way we approach our work is that the increased number of people will be self employed professionals. Professionals under contract for certain projects.
Today we have over ten thousand coworking spaces and over half a million people that use it on daily basis. The year 2016 was one of the best years for coworking sector in respect to number of new places that opened and number of people that started and continue to work from shared space. The projections are that by year 2020 there will be over thirty thousand coworking spaces and that more than three million people will use shared space for work. This being said is that the coworking spaces in the near future will be larger and offer bigger number of desks, private offices and smaller meeting rooms. Even, regular office space and companies will follow the trend and redesign their premises to look and feel like the coworking space and this is for the result and benefit that at cowork the productivity can be higher due to constant exchange of ideas and views.
During our parents days, it was natural to work for the same employer for years, decades or even until retirement, today the average is four and half years that a single person is working for the same employer. In the future this average can only decrease. This leads that the definition of professional will change and that it will be more independent and that the employment will be based on providing its skills and consultancy for particular mandate. This will further result in transforming the office and working environment that we know today into more flexible, vibrant and dynamic. By flexible is meant that the physical office premises would change in something that we call today coworking space and vibrant and dynamic are what the people bring with them when they come to work at the cowork space.
All in all, the future will define and reshape the way we work and where we work and we can only presume that it will be fun and enjoyable. We can’t wait!