The shared office space concept has risen steadily in popularity over the past decade, and by 2020 more than 26,000 co-working spaces will be in use globally, according to Small Business Labs, which tracks trends in small businesses.
Those co-use office locations will be the work base for 3.8 million people – over double the number in 2017.
The rapid growth of shared office space has sparked an evolution in how buildings, work environments and special features are tailored to this relatively new category of worker.
“Shared office space can make a real difference in your career, giving you space, information, culture and connection,” says April Zimmerman Katz, president of the Zimmerman Companies, a property management company in Columbus, Ohio, and co-founder of Versa LLC, a provider of shared innovative work space in Columbus.
“People can find both the business and human empowerment they need through welcoming and functional workspaces with multiple resources. Collaborative spaces attract innovative and creative people looking for a unique environment.”
Katz lists four benefits workers seek in collaborative spaces:
“Shared office space is a more sophisticated vision of collaboration and networking,” Katz says. “You can find the ideal place to do good work, and there’s help in numerous ways to grow professionally and personally.”