August 23, 2019 Coworking spaces and the future of work in Pakistan
Co-working spaces have truly challenged the traditional thinking of the office space. As a result, the use of space has more focus on flexibility and collaboration.
The startup ecosystem and the growth of the gig economy has led to the idea of a modular, convenient shared office space with amenities giving an exponential rise to these spaces. With the start-ups booming, subsequent global successes of companies like Uber, Indiegogo, Wanderfly, Spotify were intriguing to investors and users internationally as they only grew from shared offices by paying rent.
The concept of co-working has become well-known and is part of the new lingo with millennials. The workspaces in Lahore are changing to meet the requirement of the worker and metamorphose the question of ‘Where do I find work’ to ‘Where do I set up my workstation and what services will I be provided’? Co-working spaces are providing the infrastructure a location completely independent to your career path. Moreover, they provide you with amenities that equip you to be in competition with the big wigs. The new standard for the 21st century is the human capital and co-working spaces help you refine it by providing you with a concrete network, attainable resources, and amenities that increase your economic value.
The workforce has redefined the future of work. Gone are the days of the assembly line where everything was a part of a mechanical process. The evolution of the workforce from the structured to disrupted has highlighted the necessity of co-working spaces in Pakistan. A survey from Clutch found out that 53% of workers assess workspaces on the basis of flexibility, comfort, and agility.
Certainly, everything today is more connected, shared and different from the intractable systems of the past economy.
Whether one is a freelancer, from a startup or an investor, at a co-working space one should learn to embrace the new and become adept at dealing with individualistic ideas and encourage them rather than fight them.
Seems like there is a significant change in the Pakistani workspace culture especially in cities like Lahore, Karachi, and Islamabad as there co-working spaces that are popping up in every area. We don’t have the option of transforming but we do have the question of how well we change with it.
The time has come for Pakistanis to adapt to this change in workspaces and understand the significance of co-working spaces in Pakistan.