Open plan designs encourage collaborative and creative work, boosting innovation and the flow of ideas. This can make them perfect for businesses in the creative industry, many of whom prefer a shared workspace to traditional rigid workplace structures. A flexible workspace can help to foster interdepartmental collaboration and is a great way of encouraging communication across different teams.
Flexible, co-working spaces are also particularly effective if some or all of your employees are remote workers, as has increasingly become the case across companies of all sizes. Integrating co-working space within your existing office space can be an agile, cost-effective, and efficient use of space, helping your business to keep its overheads down.
Tom Carroll, Director of EMEA and UK Corporate Research, JLL, says: “We’ve seen a significant rise in serviced office, flexible and co-working space in London over the last five years and we expect to see that continue, because that flexibility will become increasingly important to how organisations operate going forward.”
"Ultimately, any business with a more dispersed workforce that employs freelancers and home workers who occasionally need to touch base at the main office can benefit from a shared workspace."
A flexible workspace office model requires the right infrastructure in order to be a viable option, and as such, it can be ideal for businesses in the IT and Technology industry. However, flexible working is being adopted far beyond this and across multiple industries. In fact, at JLL we predict that by 2030 office space will become 30% more flexible.
A mobile workforce needs a diverse range of devices that can be used for work, as well as accessible charging points and docks. While a report from the RSA indicates that the education, transport, distribution, and storage industries were amongst the lowest adopters of flexible workspaces, there is evidence across industries of the successful adoption of more flexible concepts within their office space.
In the future, the workplace is likely to become even more fluid and flexible, with a shift toward core locations in strategic centres and a higher number of freelancers, resulting in the organisation being reorganised. According to Citrix, 91% of businesses worldwide are adopting mobile workstyles, a figure we only expect to increase.
- For more information about office space in the UK, see the JLL serviced office collection.