There are over 14,000 Shared Workspaces globally.
Members of these spaces will rise to 3.8 Million by 2020 and 5.1 Million by 2022.
Flexible Workspace has become the workplace of choice.
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Shared Workspace has now become the new normal and today’s workforce now both prefers and expects it. People are just plain working differently than we did in the not-so-distant past. In fact, today's coworking phenomena officially started just less than a decade and a half ago in 2005 (although the serviced office industry goes back many decades). But coworking is unique, it’s about community, creativity, productivity, and flexibility all wrapped up in one. This has also been spurred on in conjunction with the ‘gig economy’ which is a way of working that is based on a more independent contractor model versus a single employer model. The shared workspace movement is being boosted by large employers as well. It is noted that by the year 2020, 50% of those large companies will utilize some form of shared office space. Many already do and even offer employees a per diem to work remote (home office, shared space, or other). This has a 2-fold effect for larger companies: first, the cost per desk per employee is reduced and second productivity per employee goes up when allowing for your teams more flexibility and autonomy.
To sum it up it is easy to see why this new way of working has gone from trend to mainstream.