When should I consider coworking?
The eventual choice of coworking must respond to a multiple strategy of the companies (real estate, financial and HR strategy in particular).
We observe 3 contexts in which locating headquarters functions in a coworking center makes sense:
A premium location for the entire company
Companies with a substantial budget can opt for private workspaces in a premium setting, as much for the location as for the care given to the furniture, the diversity of spaces and the qualitative services offered and managed by the coworker.
In this context, this premium coworking space can become the head office of the company where all the collaborators would be grouped in one place.
A SOLUTION FOR EVERY SITUATION
Parella accompanied a company in the finance sector in the context of a takeover of another company. Our client was already occupying space in a premium coworking facility in the center of Paris. Satisfied with this experience, all the teams were grouped together in the same coworking space to encourage synergies. This choice allows them to take advantage of a work environment that meets their business requirements and to welcome their clients in the best possible way.
A buffer space to accommodate enrollment growth
If you are short of space in your current office, and do not yet have a clear vision of your medium to long-term real estate strategy, coworking centers can help you accommodate your growing workforce.
It is also a good solution as a temporary space during works on your own site.
A SOLUTION FOR EVERY SITUATION
We assisted a client who, following the merger of several start-ups, was faced with the challenge of bringing the teams together and creating a common corporate culture. As each entity's contracts were about to expire, coworking appeared to be a temporary solution. This while waiting to frame the ambitions and needs of the long-term project. The speed of the transaction was a strong point. Our client took advantage of this temporary solution to test the uses. This made it possible to determine the "long-term" layout of the future premises.
A complementary offer to provide a diversity of workplaces
Following the forced telework during the Covid crisis and its constraints (loss of social link, degraded working conditions...), the subscription to coworking is of more interest to the HRDs to answer the punctual needs of the employees, in particular in the following situations
- A significant distance between home and headquarters
- The need to work in an adapted place between 2 professional meetings
- In telecommuting, a preference for these third places rather than the home to separate work and private life
- In addition, a space better equipped and more comfortable than the home to work efficiently
- Easier to receive clients outside of one's own premises
- For the company, the possibility to enlarge its professional network and its visibility thanks to its coworkers
- To create project spaces.
Thibaud Poirier for Parella
Attractive offers with specificities not to be overlooked
We accompany our clients to help them analyze the advantages and disadvantages of coworking, compared to a "classic" commercial lease.
A central location
One of the added values of coworking lies in its attractive location because it is very central and therefore accessible to the greatest number of people. In Ile-de-France, 75% of coworking spaces are located in Paris, 2/3 of which are in the Central Business District. In addition, the international deployment of coworking spaces is attractive to large groups wishing to expand abroad.
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Location and accessibility remain the number one choice criteria for 51% of managers and 54% of employees (source: Parella x CSA Barometer, end 2022).
Coworking offers are often praised for the flexibility they allow.
- Flexibility on the duration of the contract
For the majority of coworking spaces, the minimum commitment period (1 to 6 months) is reduced compared to the classic commercial lease model (3 to 6 years).
- Flexibility in managing workforce growth
The regular movement within the coworking space, generally allows to find easily space within the building.
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In return for this flexibility, restrictive clauses can be integrated into the service contracts. For example, the possibility for the coworker to substitute one office space for another.
In addition, the coworking service offers users a turnkey solution.
This solution is interesting if the existing arrangements proposed by the coworker already correspond to your needs. However, a reorganization and personalization of the space may require an accompaniment that you should anticipate in your budget.
In addition, coworking offers an already established image. Although in vogue, it does not reflect the specific identity of the user. The latter may wish to personalize his spaces in line with his DNA and his corporate culture. However, the user cannot "brand" the building to his image because he shares it with others. Moreover, the coworking, because of the turnkey, impose constraints limiting the personalization.
If you want to have a headquarters that embodies your DNA and culture, it is better to prefer the "classic" lease of a building, with a custom design approach that will enhance your brand: our Global Design approach (learn more)
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Coworking solutions are generally sold on the basis of dense layouts:
- A surface area per workstation below the ratios observed in private office projects and smaller furniture (1m to 1m20 wide)
- There are few meeting rooms in the private areas. However, you can use the credits, which you benefit from according to your contract, to use the common rooms of the center.
Thus, the costs increase exponentially when your project requires adaptation to your specific needs. Bringing more comfort to your employees will be an investment to be taken into account.
The recurring changes in working methods and employee aspirations are having an impact on companies' real estate strategies. In response, companies are looking for flexibility in their choice of location and diversity in the work spaces they offer.
If coworking is an attractive solution, companies must first ensure that this real estate option actually meets their challenges and the needs of their employees. Coworking can make sense in a short-term strategy (1 to 2 years). However, there may be limitations in the long term (financial cost, lack of comfort due to the density of the spaces, limited degree of personalization) and push towards the "classic" lease of a building.
The diversity of coworking offers and the plurality of issues specific to each company require an analysis and framing work in order to avoid mistakes.
In 2022, Parella, a player dedicated to users, accompanied several clients in defining their real estate strategies. Are you facing this challenge? A Parella expert will be able to accompany you and advise you in identifying the best solutions according to your challenges.