The Rise of the Collaborative Workspace

By 2020, Millennials will make up 46 percent of the workforce. This is an incredible statistic because as most every article out there about Gen Y says, they aren’t satisfied with the typical 9-5 job. For the most part they crave autonomy and lean toward contracting or freelancing because of the freedom that comes with it.

Which is likely a part of the reason that collaborative workspaces have been on the rise lately. While Millennials are independent they are also very collaborative and like to create networks, and collaborative workspaces are the perfect place for such interactions.

Opinions on the productivity of these workspaces are varied, but for the most part it seems as though the reviews are good. On coworking, this article says, “The movement is not only a great alternative for independent workers, but it has been proven time and time again to be a sustainable and clearly identified solution for entrepreneurs and freelancers looking to build a network and collaborate with like-minded people.”

In the Twin Cities area alone (where PredictiveTalent is located), coworking spaces are popping up all over the place. The most notable here is CoCo, which has a location in uptown and downtown Minneapolis as well as in St. Paul. There’s also WorkAround located in the North Loop region of Minneapolis.

We think it’s safe to say that the coworking spaces will continue to blossom as long as the freelance economy gets stronger. And by the looks of it, this is our future.

What do you think about collaborative workspaces? Have you ever been to one? Why did or didn’t you like it?

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