Co-Working Defined

Technological advances have given employees more independence and mobility to work from nearly any location at any time. Large and small employers are permitting and even encouraging their employees to work from out of office. This growing trend has even birthed a new niche market — co-working — as more entrepreneurs and traditional workers, needing only Internet connection, choose to live alternative lifestyles which let them dictate their location and hours.

An article in Harvard Business Review titled, “Workspaces That Move People” describes the origin of co-working as coming from San Francisco, Berlin, and London in 2005. “Technologists, programmers, and creative professionals wanted to work outside confining office environments but also to avoid the isolation of home offices,” wrote its authors. What they formed is now called co-working.

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