In recent years, business creation has been on the rise. According to a study conducted by INSEE in January 2020, 815,300 companies were born in France, an increase of 18% over the previous year. More flexibility in the organization and the opportunity to develop a new market, entrepreneurship seduces and makes its place in the job market. The question then arises of the installation of the new company in a suitable space. Choosing a work environment is a key issue, especially since the first years of a company’s existence are decisive in terms of its sustainability. This is why some workspaces develop and meet with significant success: coworking.
A social and budgetary response, between communication and cocoon
Coworking spaces are places that were created in France in 2008, with the opening of the very first space in Paris, “La Cantine”. They allow small businesses, self-entrepreneurs or freelancers to be able to rent offices and work freely, as in traditional offices, the only difference being in the presence of many companies from different sectors of activity.
This solution allows all these actors to fight against isolation, meeting other people while expanding their network of professional knowledge. The advantage for these small companies to settle in coworking spaces is primarily financial.
Indeed, it is more advantageous to rent a small office in a coworking space, where everything is included (internet, electricity, furniture and various equipment) than to have to find a commercial space of its own that you would have to equip yourself.
This allows corporate clients to control their budgets, and to be able to really focus on their core business. This advantage is reflected in the demand, as there are currently 120 coworking spaces in France spread over the territory.
Countering offices that are too expensive, or rare
Coworking is also a comfortable solution to the scarcity of offices and commercial spaces, especially in major metropolises such as Bordeaux, allowing companies not to have to concentrate. However, by moving into a coworking, contractors seek calm in order to be able to work and concentrate, making office layout essential.
Actors in this market offer coworking designers to match the different spaces available using, for example, Hoyez’s removable partitions,ideal for both acoustics and aesthetics.
Sound disturbances due to the conversations of nearby teams, ringing phones, travel, but also stress and concentration problems are disadvantages that can be encountered in poorly designed and designed coworking spaces, and having an unprecedented impact on everyone’s productivity.
This type of bespoke layout also applies in all industrial spaces in order to be able to separate the different spaces with higher partitions, responding to the constraints of the premises having several levels.
Landscaping solutions designed for well-being and productivity
The layout of a coworking space is essential for everyone to feel good about it, and to be “in their bubble” without hearing what is going on around them. Installing glass panels, for example, separates two separate spaces without completely insulating one or the other, and does not alter the brightness of the rooms.
This is, for example, what is offered in the Mama Works coworking space in Bordeaux, where the offices are located in a workspace made with a majority of glass panels. The installation of sliding bays also saves space, avoiding the opening of traditional doors.
In addition, it is possible to infinitely modulate spaces, for example by creating individual offices for the self-employed or larger offices for teams or meeting spaces.
But partitioning and rendering the rooms soundproofing isn’t everything. Indeed, although the need for isolation, calm for concentration is essential, the need to interact with others is still very important to break the isolation and the fact of running one’s business alone.
It is for this reason that a good coworking space must be able to meet all these requirements, through layouts and a configuration planned for all situations. As mentioned above, everyone must find their own space with the necessary calm.
Innovate, exchange, coworker…
For this reason, some coworking, like the Meetropolitan located in Bordeaux, have chosen to create spaces specific to certain uses, such as “telephone booths” dedicated to calls and completely soundproofed to maintain confidentiality while not disturbing its employees.
More or less large offices can also be rented for business meetings, for a variable duration (from a few hours to a whole day or even more) or spaces with different atmospheres, more formal or more relaxed.
To encourage exchange and interaction, coworking also relies on places where everyone can meet, relax and exchange in a more informal way, such as rest areas with furniture dedicated to relaxation (comfortable chairs, cushions…) and a dining area with all the necessary.
Faced with the success of business creation and the interest of investing a coworking space in the face of the scarcity of own office offers, the development of this type of configuration still has a bright future ahead of it.
Some coworking chains have also been created, allowing members to access any space of the chain anywhere in the world, such as the Regus Group, which has nearly 3000 business lounges in 120 countries, including five offices in Bordeaux alone and conveniently located near train stations, airports or in the city centre so that access is only easy.
An ideal solution for all entrepreneurs nomads who are constantly having to move, removing the constraints of renting traditional commercial offices, and allowing employees in different cities to have access to a workspace without the need to travel to different cities or regions, making work more enjoyable, less stressful and above all much more flexible. An effective way, therefore, to refocus on the essential: its activity.
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