“Hybrid working, co-working, flexible offices and community spaces allow us to take a different approach”
Our ways of living and working, established in more affluent and predictable times, no longer fit our needs. In particular, we now think differently about where to work and commuting – not the least because of the waste of precious time, extreme increases in fuel prices and the scarcity of old, new, and electric cars.
Work from home mandates opened our eyes to alternatives.
Our priorities and property requirements have now changed. City apartments and offices are not as valued as they once were, and there is no going back.
Australian demographics expert Bernard Salt estimates that “border closures converted a long term net migration gain (say, 240,000 a year) into a net migration loss (say 90,000), which has resulted in a net loss of 330,000 potential workers in the 2022 market.”
This loss has compounded the decline in our cities, and not in an even way. Some suburbs, far from established centres and many regional towns, have blossomed. Their shopping centres have responded to cater to both click and collect, new enriching lifestyle experiences and opening their spaces to the local community.
Hybrid working, co-working, flexible offices and community spaces allow us to take a different approach.
Once thought the realm of smaller businesses and start-ups, co-working spaces increasingly attract businesses looking for flexibility.
With the rise of hybrid working, flexible office providers look well-positioned to take advantage of the growing need for adaptable spaces, says Anne Flaherty, Economist, REA Group.
Similarly, community spaces, church halls, CWA, Memorial and Scout Halls, and Surf Life Saving clubs are in an excellent position to accommodate businesses of all sizes, from the sole trader needing a safe, quiet space to do emails to larger workforces.
These spaces are local and affordable.
They are perfect for board meetings, brainstorming, client meetings, creative meetings, group work, inductions, off-sites, planning sessions, training, and team meetings.
Next time you need a space for work, book a community space. Your team will enjoy a unique experience, and you will create new revenue for the community organisation to deliver on its core purpose.
CEO and Founder