As part of Vancouver’s efforts to keep pace with global changes in working trends, the city has become home to a growing number of coworking spaces in recent years, enabling solo workers and small companies to share desk space in a communal and collaborative environment.
Flexibility for workers and real estate cost control for employers is a potent mixture fueling the growth of shared workspaces. The rise of these workspaces, being used increasingly by independent workers, professional service firms and remote employees at public companies and multinational corporations, have created a lot of choice for the consumer. In order to ensure continued success, shared space providers will need to focus on evolving their designs, furnishings and amenities to differentiate themselves and provide a superior experience for their clients.
iQ was recently featured in a Globe and Mail article exploring the growing popularity of alternative commercial work spaces. Author Leah Eichler explores how coworking helps companies with shrinking or remote staff streamline their expenses, increase employee productivity and enjoy a sense of community.
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One of the selling points of working in a shared office environment is flexibility, especially for companies that need different work options as they grow. Dean Morrison could be the poster child for workplace flexibility at iQ Office Suites.
A graphic designer with 18 years of experience in the creative industry and print services, Morrison launched Utopia Creative Group three years ago as a freelance business from his home.
“Home offices are great if you have the right set-up, the right kind of space and the kind of work that gets you out of the house every once in a while,” he says. “But unfortunately I didn’t have enough space or easy access to all the resources I needed, and the home office wasn’t a great place to invite clients for meetings.”
For anyone who works from home, they know that the smallest distractions can become a big nuisance and affect productivity. Another downside of home-based work that’s not commonly realized: Isolation. It can zap focus, emotional stability and even networking skills – a prerequisite for most industries in the professional world.
Understanding the loneliness that comes along with working from home, entrepreneurs, small businesses even satellite locations of major corporations are increasingly moving their teams into coworking spaces – professional environments ideally suited for organizational structures that are flexible, as alternatives to traditional offices.