IWG to open 12 shared office centers in Greece in 2020
Switzerland's serviced office space provider IWG plans to increase the number of centers it operates in Greece to 15 next year, from 3 currently, in line with rising global trends for flexible work environments, said Christos Misailidis, CEO of Asia Pacific and Middle East, IWG.
In comments to greekguru.net on the sidelines of a conference held by the Urban Land Institute (Greece and Cyprus) in Athens on Wednesday, Misailidis said that work on the new work places is currently at a constructions phase in Athens and Thessaloniki.
As technology changes the habit of workers, the demand for office space is shifting with flexibility being a key requirement. Workers want to have an office that is closer to their home in a bid to secure better work-life balance and companies want to set up operations with as little set up costs as possible.
"Co-working is a product of the sharing economy," said Misailidis. "On a global level, surveys shows that 30 percent of offices will provide flexible spaces by 2025, up from 2 to 3 percent currently."
IWG, which owns Regus, is present in more than 110 countries. With Greece's economy starting to recover, demand for flexible work environments is starting to catch up with levels seen in other European markets. Industry officials point out that the culture towards shared office areas is changing in Greece.
The flexibility brought on by the sharing economy, however, may go beyond companies sharing a restaurant or meeting area.
"We'll also start sharing resources. This is not happening now. Down the track, we'll see businesses in a co-working space also share marketing and accounting services," adds Misailidis.
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