Here are the top companies allowing workers to enjoy the special atmosphere of coworking energy
Coworking is a popular trend in times when the freelance and gig economy are on the rise. It defines the work of different professionals under the same roof. They share space, facilities and equipment, but may not be connected by any corporate affiliations.
Somehow, people working for different companies in the same premises tend to be more effective. Furthermore, the employees of the same organisation that work in such pop-up collaborations are generally happier than their counterparts at traditional offices.
Freelancers often find it tiresome to work at home where there are also numerous distractions. When they’re surrounded by other working people, professionals tune in to the enthusiastic spirit of co-creation.
Here are the top companies allowing workers to enjoy the special atmosphere of coworking energy.
WeWork. The company may be going through rough times at the moment, but their 500+ locations in 65 cities are still the largest commercial real estate aggregation of this kind. Their spectacular fall happened within 2 short months. The coworking startup’s valuation crested at $47 billion this year with SoftBank’s investment, when they announced their IPO plans, and then plummeted to $7.8 billion. WeWork has dismissed over 2000 employees and is scaling back operations. However, SoftBank, led by Japanese billionaire Masayoshi Son, plans to spend somewhere in the region of $4-5 billion on new funding and existing shares, thus, receiving 70% or more control of WeWork. So far, the company has given their clients access to serviced offices with a wealth of workplace amenities like staffed kitchens, creative and comfortable lounges, and printing facilities. Some locations include exercise rooms, swimming pools, valet parking, or hammocks. Hopefully, the business won’t just shut down their operations. The change of CEO may bring fresh corporate perspective.
Regus. A reputable international company is a part of the IWG plc holding group. It offers flexible workspace solutions, including mobile and virtual offices, meeting rooms, videoconferencing suites, and business lounges for rent. Their professional spaces are based in city centres, suburban districts, retail outlets, business parks, airports, railways and service stations. On the total, Regus has a network of 2,600 locations in 106 countries. This helps saving time on commuting and contributes to a better work-family balance. Founded in 1989, Regus runs its business smoothly and makes nice profits. Uber, Amazon and LinkedIn are on their client list. In June 2008 Regus introduced Businessworld, a multi-level membership service which allows users flexible access to services in any Regus location worldwide, intended for frequent travellers. In 2014, Regus partnered with Swiss automaker Rinspeed to develop the “XchangE” concept automobile based on the Tesla Model S to help people work on the road. This innovative model of omnipresent workspaces was truly fascinating. Exhibited at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, the self-driving car has front seats that swivel backwards allowing four business travellers to meet face-to-face without a driver. So to say, a mobile meeting room.
Impact Hub. The United Nations Office in Geneva acknowledges Impact Hub as a driver of community engagement directed to tackle the Sustainable Development Goals via entrepreneurial and innovative solutions. Sharing workspaces is just part of Impact Hub’s agenda. They also provide support to startups and organize global programs and events to promote sustainability. Their coworking spaces are aimed at entrepreneurs and employees wanting to make a difference. The company offers a powerful ecosystem of resources, inspiration, and collaborative opportunities to support social businesses. Their network of 90+ locations around the world supports a global community of more than 15,000 individuals who have a shared goal of making the world a better place.
Talent Garden is Europe’s largest network of coworking spaces, with 23 campuses in 8 countries. The company focuses on developing the digital tech community, rather than renting spaces per se. In order to achieve this, they are partnering with Google, Cisco and BMW. Besides coworking spaces, the members of Talent Garden get access to courses, bootcamps, masters programmes and training in Innovation School to learn today’s most in-demand skills and become leaders in the digital world. The educational programs focus on coding, data, design, marketing and business. The community participants can also take part in tech events and networking activities to celebrate innovation, learn about new tech trends, meet potential partners and boost business connections.
Ucommune is the largest coworking network in Asia. The company offers shared spaces with hot desks, fixed desks and team tables; private offices; customised office floor plans; private headquarters that occupy the whole floor; additional business services and solutions. UCommune’s facilities also allow hosting private or public parties and events (e.g. an entire day seminar, team building workshop, or even a company milestone party). Their network unites 120,000 members from 10,000 enterprises who can work and gather in 200 locations in 37 cities. This year, the company received the Global CSR Innovation Award at the 2019 United Nations (UN) Global Corporate Social Responsibility Summit for significant contributions to the sharing economy.