The Office Group out of London, England. One idea turned into -29 buildings, 12,000+
Coworking, workplace of the future.
Alex Rollings is the co-founder and co-CEO of Creative Debuts, an innovative platform for the art world’s new talents. Founded in 2014 by Rollings and friend Calum Hall while both were still at university, Creative Debuts became a full-time concern last year. Here he tells us about their journey.
Shared work spaces are popping up far away from urban cores. by Pooja Makhijani for CITYLAB
When Anju Kurian works, she fires up her computer at Serendipity Labs, a co-working space in Rye, a Westchester County suburb of New York City. “Work is everywhere,” says Kurian, the co-founder of Vermilion Talent, a business that helps women reenter the workforce after leaving corporate life to raise their children.
For many, the word “co-working” still conjures up images of skinny-jeans-clad, cold-press-swilling tech types in a downtown warehouse. But the practice has grown by leaps and bounds in a short period of time. According to a study by the magazine Deskmag, the number of co-working spaces worldwide is expected to increase by 22 percent in 2017. And as it has grown, co-working has spread to the suburbs.
Here are a few facts about coworking you might not already know.
In 2005, there was exactly one coworking space in the United States.
Emergent Reseach has compiled a study of coworking spaces around the world. As of 2016, the number of coworking facilities stands at around 11,000 with 976,000 coworking members worldwide. By the year 2020, this number is expected to increase to just over 26,000 coworking spaces and just over 3.8 million members.
The Harvard Business Review found such staggering benefits to coworking that they decided to study the impact even further. “As researchers who have, for years, studied how employees thrive, we were surprised to discover that people who belong to them (coworking spaces) report levels of thriving that approach an average of 6 on a 7-point scale. This is at least a point higher than the average for employees who do their jobs in regular offices, and something so unheard of that we had to look at the data again
According to HBR “….the people we surveyed reported finding meaning in the fact that they could bring their whole selves to work. They have more job control. And while coworkers value this autonomy, we also learned that they equally value some form of structure in their professional lives. Too much autonomy can actually cripple productivity because people lack routines. Coworkers reported that having a community to work in, helps them create structures and discipline that motivates them. Thus, paradoxically, some limited form of structure enables an optimal degree of control for independent workers. But what matters the most for high levels of thriving is that people who cowork have substantial autonomy and can be themselves at work.”
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