Coworking with petsCoworking is about rethinking all the existing rules of work. One of the unquestioned rules of a traditional office is “no pets allowed”. So it makes sense that many coworking spaces throw out this standard prohibition and allow members to bring their dogs to work. But are animals in the workplace a help by creating a friendly communicative atmosphere or do they create more problems than they solve? Deskmag spoke to several pet-friendly spaces about their experience with coworking canines.
The development of Coworking SpacesMost coworking spaces have more members than desks, yet the effective use of their desks is just under 50% since not all coworkers work at the same time. The majority of workspaces therefore seem to have room for more new members. This article in the series of the global coworking survey results looks at the development within coworking spaces themselves.
Coworking: Half the cost of a traditional workstationDesk rental in a coworking space costs half as much as maintaining a workstation in a regular office. The real average cost of both coworking and regular office space has been compared for the first time in a global study of desk rental figures. The result is that coworking beats office rental by more than 50% in most cities where the shared workspace concept is active.
More members than desks: Survey confirms coworking’s successCoworking spaces are mostly small, full, privately-run and unsubsidized, earning money from a combination of desk and meeting space rental. And the number of spaces in Europe has grown rapidly, from under 20 before 2008, 80 in 2009, to at least 150 today. Some predict the growth curve to maintain its steep ascent. That’s the picture that emerged through a survey of coworking spaces, released on the weekend at the Coworking Europe conference in Brussels.
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