Workers opt for shared, flexible workspaces

Updated: Apr. 11, 2014 at 4:59 PM EDT
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The days of spending your work day in an office cubicle are changing. As more people are telecommuting, working mobilely, or starting their own businesses, the traditional office space is evolving.

Brandon White started his business Allied Staffing from home. But as he needed to meet with clients and hire employees, he needed office space without the high price tag.

"We pay one fee and they take care of everything," said White. "That includes all the amenities, the kitchen, faxing, all the day-to-day operations are taken care of by Regus."

White rents office space at Regus, a shared, flexible work environment, where other companies have set up shop, too.

"No company advertises their company here, so people don't know that this is a shared office space. For all they know this is all Allied Staffing," explained White.

Regus just opened a fourth location in Greater Richmond, in the downtown SunTrust Center, as more start-ups and contract workers are looking for office space that's not located in their homes.

Said Regus General Manager Landon Combs, "We offer a full-time administrative staff to help them with their needs and we offer top of the line IT and phone services, as well as mail handling."

Community work spaces are a new trend, whether it's in one company, such as Snagajob's recently remodeled Henrico headquarters, or where different entrepreneurs share space.

"It allows them to network and collaborate with someone who may be in the same industry or maybe in a different industry," said Combs.

Companies including Regus, Neuehouse, LiquidSpace, and Marriott's Workspace On Demand are all tapping into the need for shared, temporary, or flexible space, particularly for younger, digitally connected and mobile workers.

"To help entrepreneurs and corporate businesses be able to work wherever they're at," said Combs.

In fact, White says his company may never lease its own office, opting instead for a shared floor plan of flexibility.