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Why go to the office, if work is digital?

Most of the startups always have modest beginnings. There is always a story of an amazing founder who started his company in his house or a café, found a great team and went on to take over the entire globe. At the initial stage of a startup, working from home or a café is always fine. However, there comes a time when there needs to be a change. Café’s cannot be the places where client meetings can always be taken care of. In the same manner, productivity can surely be hampered with social distractions at home. All such problems and distractions can be avoided by moving to a physical space.

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Humans are social creatures by nature, and will continue to require the physical space and cluster. A physical space will all be important, no matter how technology advancements make it less important.

In today’s era, technology allows global and instant communication, but most of us still commute to offices for work every day. Telecommuting has not picked up as much as many thought it would. Meanwhile, lots of large companies are investing in new or renovated office spaces located in the commercial districts across the globe.

By thinking about why we shall go to office, if work is digital, we are missing the fact that even if we can work from anywhere, it does not mean that we want to. Every human strives for places that allow them to share knowledge and generate concepts and work on ideas. It give the way of work a whole new perspective by inducing human friction and interaction of minds. This being one of the major reasons why the quality of a physical workspace is becoming more important than ever. It has led the workspace industry to become more of a want than a need.

A transition has already moved into effect with the old, stuffy cubicles moving out and more sociable, dynamic and flexible spaces being created across the globe. The coworking industry has helped fuel this transition, demonstrating the value of sharing a space with a community of like-minded people.

Millions of people have to move around to find work globally. Co-working has embraced the collective of Digital Nomads and Working Travellers, whose foremost requirement is a work environment with high speed internet and a like minded community of individuals. As such individuals are not required to work at a desk doing a 9 to 5, they still require places where they can get their work completed, reliably and efficiently along with meeting new co-workers along the way. About 60% co-workers are flexible and mobile. The life of a digital nomad can become quite lonely, hence co-working spaces act as physical spaces to fill that void.

Workspaces are being provided “where you want and how you want”. This gives working professionals an opportunity of being part of a vast network of individuals, who share the same mindset. In the recent years, Coworking spaces in Mumbai have had a great influence on how traditional offices are being converted into more flexible spaces, thus improving productivity of the workforce. A crucial component for designing and operating next-generation offices is to understand how the workforce connects with a more flexible work environment.

Various companies have accepted the coworking trend for most of their employees who would work out of office most of the time. Companies are adapting to offices in different ways - as a site for creativity, platform to welcome clients and partners, and to host meetings and events.

Physical Spaces and offices are laying down principles on how people would interact with each other in the near future and embalming a sense of community as well as shared economy.

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