The spaces of coworkinging are increasingly popular (there arecurrently more than 600 in the hexagon, they multiplied by 10 since 2012). Flexible office spaces, which allow self-employed workers and employees to work where they want and when they want, are a real craze. They allow companies toadjust the cost of their real estate, while clinging to the search for freedom and autonomy of many workers. The demand for flexible offices transforms the professional real estate market in a radical way.
Flexible offices, a new economy for businesses!
For a long time, office real estate was not seen as an expenditure item on which it was possible to make strong savings or even regular adjustments. with a 3/6/9 lease, and many fees needed to get started, tenants could feel they were "prisoners". If a company bought its premises, it had to "do with", until the time when the purchase of another space became necessary... to deal with an important recruitment.
Everything's changed. today, many companies seem mature to the idea that fixed offices are not always the norm, and that it is necessary to think space efficiently, to optimize it. The unassigned offices are multiplying in the companies, they are now spaces dedicated to specific tasks that appear. A room for brainstorming, a meeting space, a creative area or an area with office space in a cocoon atmosphere. A multiplication of spaces, with the objective of a specific need. Each one can go from one space to another according to his need, and no longer needs to be frozen behind his fixed post.
According to several experts, from Classic Office to flexible offices, the space requirement is reduced by 10% on average for the same number of employees. 10% to rent or to buy less as a surface, it is an economy that is not negligible.
The need for offices is no longer linked to a number of employees
This demand for agile offices brings profound changes in the way space is used, but also on how it is offered for hire or sale.
Thus, there is a real decorrelation between the number of employees and the need for office space. Some companies use self-employed workers or assemble teams especially for projects. Their need in space is therefore not a proportion of their employees, and is not a "fixed" need. Rather, it is a need related to projects, their importance, growth. The real estate has to adjust.
The second significant change in the office demand is that customers are looking for quality, and even very high quality spaces. New or old renovated, but always with a high level of equipment, and neat spaces.
The technological equipment (biometrics, videoconferencing system, large screen) as well as the smaller ones (coffee machine, snacking) fit into a global package. companies, start-ups or large groups, seem to be looking for this increase in the range of services brought ! Flexible offices change the deal and dust off the "traditional" market, from the "plateau" desk without equipment.