Future Forecast: Major Trends You’ll See In Co-Working Spaces

As we search our weather apps for signs of spring, it is clear that 2019 is well underway, as are its trends. From tech trends to fashion and lifestyle, the new year is showing major signs of integration and revolutionary ideas, and co-working spaces are no exception to those innovations. 

While co-working spaces are still a relatively new concept to the working world, they have slammed the gas pedal from the get-go and are constantly evolving at a rapid rate to make an entirely new experience for the upcoming generations of career-hungry entrepreneurs. What started as small, convenient spaces for growing businesses has quickly turned into modern work environments, complete with top of the line tech and designed to promote productivity and a new-age way of office operations. As the evolution of work spaces continues to snowball, here are some of the top trends we see coming in the co-working forecast for 2019 and beyond. 

Restaurants, Food Vendors & Bars

While some major co-working spaces have already started to integrate small cafes and food vendors into their locations, more and more are on the rise. Currently ranging from artisan lattes and muffins to small scale lunch spots, you can definitely expect see a major rise in this department. Allowing for working lunches, lunch meetings and every fuelling those late work hours, it won’t be long before you see full-scale food vendors moving in, and even major corporations such as Starbucks jumping in to monopolize on the work week traffic. As far as alcohol goes, many offices have Friday cocktails or even a company beer fridge, so it’s no surprise that vendors with a liquor license offering an end-of-day draft beer will be popping up more and more. Talk about Fri-YAY. 

Health & Wellness

As the job market and career world grow to be more competitive and hands-on for those climbing the ladder, a huge focus has been on health and wellness, both physically and mentally. With that idea, more workplaces are adding outlets to help promote better wellbeing for their employees. One of the biggest trends you can expect to see in the upcoming years in co-working spaces are things such as gym equipment, meditation rooms and even yoga areas. In fact, we predict that group yoga sessions and instructed meditation to be a massive trend before 2020 in shared work environments. This type of mental health awareness in the workplace can help to relieve mid-day tension, stress and anxiety, not to mention add a great social aspect to a workplace. We’re all for it, so start stretching and save us a spot!

Female Only Areas

It is no secret that 2018 was definitely the year of female empowerment, and it shows no signs of slowing down in 2019 and onward. As women continue to flourish, more and more businesses are designing their practice to include women-only aspects. Female-dominated gyms, fitness centres, and even co-working areas are massively on the rise to ensure women feel comfortable and encouraged within the workplace. While the debate on equality’s reflection of women-only topics is still a bit sensitive, the concept of designating a women-only area in an office, especially co-working spaces which combine varying company values, are going to a huge trend in the near future. While women continue to step up to the plate with their voices and ideas, a safe-space concept is still a major interest for new business and work environments. 

Childcare

Plenty of internet jokes and memes are floating around taking aim at millennials not being able to afford to have children in today’s economy, and they aren’t totally off-base. However, as the idea of a household with just one working parent went out the window, integrating convenient childcare into the work place came rushing in. While the trend is still very new, you can expect it to pick up steam quickly. Co-working spaces offering in-house daycare centres, most for an additional fee, will not only help parents with full-time work schedules, but also allowing an easier management of family lives, without interring with a productive workday. While it still may seem like a questionable concept, we see it as fantastic new take on a traditional idea and project it become extremely popular in the upcoming years. 

When something as revolutionary as co-working spaces starts to make headway, there is no shortage of expansions that can be made. From health and wellness to easing the lives of employees, the major trends of these office environments are showing the modern day advancements our economy needs. By updating the structure of how business and employees operate to match today’s societal and economic needs, it can allow for a limitless amount of growth and prosperity across the board. Thinking of making the switch to co-working for your business? Take a look at the huge variety of spots Spacie has to offer, all designed with you in mind.

Co-Working: The Rise of Mental Health In The Workplace

Depression. Anxiety. Poor sleep habits. Low self-esteem. What do all these things have in common? Each can be a symptom of poor mental health directly related to your work environment. First, rewind for a second to the golden age of baby boomers in the workplace, where tiny cubicles and fluorescent lighting were the sign of a modern day office. Separation from coworkers, quiet buildings and minimal natural lighting was very often seen as standard work space. Flash ahead to 2019, and studies have shown that secluded, silent offices flooded with an overhead white glow can actually lead to less productivity among workers, and a diminished state of mental health over an extended period of time. As we roll into the future, bringing in new work environment concepts, the major features of co-working spaces are being proven to help reduce things such as anxiety, depression, fatigue and even promote productivity, just to name a few. How, you ask?

Segregation VS Networking

The original concept of the cubicle was designed to give workers a sense of their own office, without having to actually contract dozens of tiny offices across the floor. The cubicle gave privacy, while also cutting off communication from other workers while on the clock. However, more recent studies have shown that workplace integration and shared idea spaces actually creates better results. Open spaces, which allow for casual chit-chat, networking of projects, ideas and contacts showed results of workers being more productive, less fatigued and having less anxiety about meeting deadlines and completing tasks1. The co-working open concept has also shown to help businesses meet goals faster and more efficiently than those separating employees into private, individual spaces. Not to mention, employee retention within co-working spaces skyrocketed above those using separation in a 2018 study2. Based on the idea that social interaction can boost your mood and lower anxiety and work-related depression, co-working spaces are using this idea to create a more well-balanced work environment, to ensure maximum productivity, while still putting the mental health of workers at the forefront of priorities. 

Socialization & Collaborations

Coming into the new millennium, when someone used the term “collaboration” it was often in reference to two major music artists creating a track together. But, in 2019, the idea of a “collab often reaches the everyday workplace, making shared spaces a vital part of idea creation and workload contribution. Much like removing segregation of employees, the concept of shared spaces often snowballs into ideas, discussions and contributions from other employees and even other businesses. This type of socialization has been shown to reduce social anxieties, mind blocks, and even create some of the biggest product ideas of the last year3. In fact, even major companies such as Apple, Google and Amazon continue to take the traditional idea of group brainstorming and modify it into open work and discussion spaces, allowing employees and fellow businesses to fuel and feed off each other’s ideas. 

Working From Home, At Work

We’ve all had the Sunday Scaries. That overwhelming gloomy anxiety at about 7pm on a Sunday night, knowing you have to return to work in the morning and start the week all over again. But what if your office felt more like home? More like a social gathering with laughter, conversation, productivity and flow of positive accomplishments, topped off with pingpong and Artisan lattes. Welcome to the world of co-working spaces. Shared work spaces are taking the data derived from workplace studies, and creating environments that give a more home-like feel to employees. This idea of modern styles, comfortable furniture, extra curriculars such as ping pong or rooftop patios, showed in several 2018 studies to reduce the Sunday night stress of employees4. Gone are the days of flicking fluorescents and grey cubicles. Today’s co-working spaces offer bright, natural lighting, cityscape views, topnotch boardrooms, comfy armchairs and even touch screen coffee makers. These types of small changes are throwing out the idea of office space, and creating a more positive, home-like feel for employees which is starting work weeks on a positive note, and continuing that upbeat feel through to Friday afternoon. In fact, most businesses that switched to co-working spaces, found their employees to be happier, more relaxed, and even working longer hours on their own volition. 

As the world and the workplace take more and more notice of the effects of mental health, many businesses are turning to simple solutions with immediate results. Co-working spaces across the country are showing such a massive spike in employee health, happiness and productivity, as they continue to grow and expand to make every office a place where “going to work” doesn’t feel like a punishment. Thinking about making a change for your business? Take a look at all the unique co-working offices Spacie has to offer in Toronto and other major cities!


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https://allwork.space/2018/08/promoting-mental-health-in-the-workplace/ (Accessed March 2019).

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https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbesnycouncil/2018/06/18/how-to-change-your-office-to-attract-and-retain-employees/#28c720b77045 (Accessed March 2019)

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The 5 People You’ll See At Co-Working Spaces

Coworking Space

In a world where nearly an entire generation is separated from excessive face-to-face interaction due to the limitless abilities of technology, one area is rebranding and reinventing the idea of mixing social and professional qualities. That being, co-working spaces. These new-age shared workspaces are popping up across major cities and revolutionizing the way small businesses, freelancers, start-ups and entrepreneurs create their office environments.

One of the most commonly heard of co-working environments across Canada is WeWork. Offering an open concept office space for up to 25 people, per business, at an affordable price tag, co-working spaces help to cut costs, boost productivity and give new business a professional environment, already built and ready to move in to. 

While co-working spaces are open to all types of businesses and walks of life, there does seem to be some common elements across the board. The trendy style, the groovy furniture, and of course, the top 5 people you will inevitably meet at nearly any co-working space. 

The Healthy Hippie

The great thing about shared work spaces is that you get a very social environment, especially when it comes to the kitchen and lunchtime, which is where you’ll meet The Healthy Hippie. This particular workspace dweller will almost always be inconveniently prepping their elaborately green lunch, while simultaneously be telling the people in line for the toaster the importance of hemp hearts and how disappointed they were with the organic chives at the farmer’s market this past weekend. Don’t be fooled, The Healthy Hippie doesn’t just drone on about their superfoods and antioxidant-filled bowl of  what appears to be grass, they are inconspicuously judging your hot pocket in the communal microwave. Snacker beware, The Hippie’s eyes are everywhere. 

The Shockingly Young Entrepreneur

Kid jumping in puddle

Co-working environments are almost perfectly designed for a young, fresh entrepreneur. Offering them a professional space, without the cost. Thus, in every WeWork across the country you are bound to find the trendy, yet stressed out, Shockingly Young Entrepreneur. They can easily be spotted by their casual attire and expensive accessories, whether it be a Gucci wallet or brand new, just released iPhone, The Shockingly Young Entrepreneur keeps very much to themselves. Constantly offering mystery as to how they made it happen for themselves, but you will rarely see the young entrepreneur standing around socializing. Friday afternoon ping-pong? Not a chance for the token Shockingly Young Entrepreneur. 

The Floater

Annoying coworker

Not unlike going to a high school library or cafeteria, there is constantly one person who drifts from group to group, offering no major loyalty or productivity to any group in particular. The Floater is always very social, seemingly friends with people from all corners and work areas, chatting and offering lively small talk about local events, restaurants, Netflix specials, you name it. The true mystery behind The Floater is that while they offer a personable distraction when that Venti Double Shot has your mouth running a mile a minute, you never really see them accomplish anything nor even truly learn what they do for a living. But you have to admit, they’ve got the entire recap on the last season of Games of Thrones when you need a refresh. 

The Random Dog

Cute pug

Always. There is always a dog. In nearly every office in major cities, people are bringing their dogs. I mean, who wouldn’t want to break up their workday with some puppy petting and snapping some solid IG content of a golden retriever sitting at a computer? The owner of The Random Dog is usually somewhere in the office, but nobody is ever quite sure who the pet-parent of the office dog is, as everyone seems to jump in and care for the pooch at every chance they get. You will notice though, The Random Dog  almost always has an adorably ironic name, and is usually the most socially well-behaved being in the entire building. Just sayin’.

The Anti-Socials

Too serious office worker

The cool kids. The mean girls. The group that deep, down wishes they had the office to themselves. There is always one, and usually a small one, group of workers who live in a bubble of ignorance to those around them. They look like the studious adults you’d find in the U of T library, and they are never caught aimlessly cruising websites not related to their work. Hats off to the professional mindset, and don’t take it personal. Let them work, watch them from a safe distance, and if you find a great sale suddenly happening at Zara, tell the floater instead. 

As the working world continues to evolve and expand, the idea of open concept and co-working environments is becoming more and more of a hot topic. Providing equal opportunity to small businesses to have access to professional work spaces, board rooms, interviews areas and more, there is no limitation as to where to the world of co-working will go. See for yourself by checking out the wide range of shared working environments in Toronto which Spacie has to offer, perfect for businesses of any size.