The growth of flexible workspace has altered the way that companies are procuring and utilising space. Our latest market report, commissioned in collaboration with workplace consultancy HLW, examines the evolution of this market from the perspective of landlords, operators, corporate occupiers and end users.
The rapid increase in the number of flexible workspace options is undeniable but we wanted to discover exactly how it is impacting users of this space and those that provide it.
Many of the respondents cited greater work flexibility, expanding professional networks, business opportunities and greater levels of energy at work as some of the many reasons companies are now seeking flexible space as a primary option.
Positive impacts from the development of flexible space and co-working included:
Corporates are flexing
Corporate clients are also reporting significant benefits from flexible workspace; albeit, they are coming at the market from different angle.
Nearly 60% of corporates believe that flexible workspace has benefitted their business in one way or another by giving them something they’ve not had before; agility and flexibility.
Corporate are revelling in the choice that the flexible workspace market provides.
How is demand shaping flex workspace?
'The growth of flexible workspace is having a positive impact on how people work' - 72% of survey respondents including operators, landlords and corporates agree.
The areas which they feel the market can improve include; workplace design, community values and service improvements within flexible and co-working spaces.
What does the future hold?
Our research shows that those using flexible workspace will continue to do so - and even encourage others to explore this increasingly popular option.
There was a clear understanding that oragnisations are seeking a more agile approach when it comes to workspace, and this is a trend that is growing year by year and is viewed by the market as an option for the long-term.
Lease lengths are now, on average, at 5.2 years whilst some operators, for example The Office Group, have an average tenure at around 36 months. The gap between “flexible space” and “conventional” is closing.
Read the full report
Download our full report to explore more about the drivers of the industry, what companies want from their office and what the future holds for flexible workspace.
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