Blog: The Co-Workspace Boom


This project is about designing a Co-workspace brand. A Co-workspace is office space that can be rented out either by a group/company or by an individual and doesn’t come with long demanding multi-year rental agreements. They are viewed as a flexible alternative to traditional office rental. The biggest appeal is to smaller workforces and individuals who don’t require or don’t have the financial resources to rent office space. The monthly fees and non-binding contracts appeal to these small businesses that have small workforces.

The number of co-workspaces has exploded over the last few years as work habits have started to shift and computers and technology have modernised office work. This has been accelerated over the last couple of years with the pandemic. A lot of people moved to working from home and grew to like the flexibility and comfort of it. This means that many don’t want to return to an office full time and so co-workspaces could offer a good alternative. The individuals can use the office whenever they want, and the businesses can rent as much space as they need for as long as they need without long expensive real estate rental agreements.

The job market has also been affected by what has been dubbed the ‘Great Resignation’. Record levels of job dissatisfaction means that large numbers of employees are quitting their job or moving on to a different job or career. May employees already disgruntled with how they were people treated felt what happened during the pandemic as the final straw. This mass movement has meant that people more closely examine jobs and are more critical of employers.

Whilst employers have been exploitative and negligent for as long as the west has had mass employment under its capitalist economies. Recent movements towards improving people’s mental health and older movements around employee rights have led to more awareness of bad practices. But with a lot of things in our economy, if there are enough people desperate for the work/money and a lack of political interest in action, things don’t change. Only when a truly world altering event like the pandemic happens, do things get put into perspective for a lot of people. People got to see what life was like without a horrendous morning and evening commute, they got to work outside of an office environment. And a lot of people got to see the true priorities of their employers as they were forced back into the workplace and danger or laid-off at as soon as things looked bad.

A co-workspace must then factor in this new mentality and help accommodate change.The
job market has also been affected by what has been dubbed the ‘Great
Resignation’. Record levels of job dissatisfaction means that large numbers of
employees are quitting their job or moving on to a different job or career. May
employees already disgruntled with how they were people treated felt what
happened during the pandemic as the final straw. This mass movement has meant
that people more closely examine jobs and are more critical of employers.

A co-workspace must then factor in this new mentality and help accommodate change.



About

I’m Aidan Moore, a Graphic Design student at University Centre St Helens.

Contact

Any questions or queries, get in touch in the following ways.

amooredesign@outlook.com

Location

Based in St Helens, Merseyside, UK

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