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Evolution of the office environment: Five trends surrounding co-working spaces

In the last few years, we’ve seen co-working spaces grow from strength to strength. In London alone, there is estimated to be over 1,000 co-working spaces and the capital was recently cited as the leading global market in this sector.
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In the last few years, we’ve seen co-working spaces grow from strength to strength. In London alone, there is estimated to be over 1,000 co-working spaces and the capital was recently cited as the leading global market in this sector.

It’s also a similar picture in metropolitan cities around the world: anywhere that has a thriving startup and business scene is also likely to experience a rise in the amount and variety of co-working spaces available.

In fact, it’s such a growing trend, we’re also seeing it impact not only on the way in which people work and do business but also on how they live and travel too. Based on these insights, we’ve compiled a snapshot guide to the latest developments and opportunities in this continually evolving sector.

The rise of the “workation”

It’s not only the traditional office but the entire way in which we now work is changing with co-working spaces. The old nine-to-five style approach of keeping work and life completely separate is developing into something quite different, representing a real cultural shift.

Along these lines, one really exciting trend we’re seeing is a new wave of travel inspired co-working experiences and retreats or “workations” that are springing up.

These co-working spaces are catering to those companies and individuals who are looking to combine their day-to-day business with a sense of adventure.

CoBoat co-working spaces

This undoubtedly beats taking the tube to work

For example, unique opportunities such as Coboat are now available, offering bespoke co-working trips on board a fully equipped (and of course WiFi-ready) catamaran, which regularly sails around the Mediterranean.

Furthermore, longer programs, such as Remote Year, can serve as incentives to keep talented employees from jumping ship or starting their own business.

Continue reading on the next page as we shift from co-working spaces to co-living spaces.

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