Co-working Spaces: Achieving more together
A workstation on short-term rent, a sophisticated infrastructure, an environment which encourages creativity and fellow occupants who are there to offer advice, practical help and even the odd order? Yes, that exists! What co-working looks like in reality and what we at Klöber have to do with it – that’s what this article is all about. Happy reading!
In the Beatrix quarter of the Dutch city Den Haag, a building is attracting attention: De Haagsche Zwaan, which takes its name from the swan-like architecture. And the inside is just as exciting as the outside, since the ninth floor is occupied by The Office Operators (TOO). In this building and in 14 other locations in Belgium and the Netherlands, the company offers flexibly rentable office space – known as co-working spaces.
What is a Co-working Space?
Co-working is a style of work that involves a shared working environment. At first sight, the name may seem misleading, since as a rule it’s the self-employed and start-ups who work in a co-working space, pursuing their own projects. But more and more, medium-size and large companies are discovering this type of working environment and now use co-working spaces for projects involving more than one department or for large team meetings. According to the last Global Coworking Survey, there are some 7800 co-working spaces worldwide. And the trend is increasing.
Whether you are self-employed, a start-up or an established company, this rentable office really lives up to its name when co-workers from different industries lend each other support, exchange their professional capabilities and thereby build a useful network.
Co-working – flexible and affordable?
Another advantage of the co-working concept is financial, since the self-employed and start-ups benefit from flexible leases, which – depending on the co-working space concerned – can run by the month, week, day or even hour. With this alternative to conventional leases, the space only costs money when it is actually in use. For example, established companies use co-working spaces while relocating or renovating offices.
Just as important as the networking among co-workers or the flexibly rentable space is the excellent infrastructure which comes with a co-working space. The standard offering includes an official address and telephone number, the use of general services such as post and telephone via the building’s exchange, cutting-edge conference technology, and up-market and well-equipped offices.
In the TOO branch in Den Haag, the fit-out company selected two of our chairs. With its automatic adjustment to each new occupant, the multi-talented ConWork is used in all project and conference rooms. And the Klöber Mera visitor chair, a stackable cantilever model, is flexible in use and looks at its best in the generously proportioned meeting rooms.
Conclusion: Co-working spaces – a temporary fashion for our times?
The obvious advantages of co-working spaces cannot be dismissed out of hand. For the self-employed, start-ups and established businesses they bring many advantages and options, including well-equipped and attractive office space, flexible and cost-effective rental agreements, and the opportunity to network across other industries with other co-workers. Even in the context of sustainability co-working is an advantage, since existing resources are being shared. Co-working spaces – not just a passing fad!