An overall investment of $3 billion in office-sharing company WeWork by Japan's SoftBank shows the market's confidence that the growing trend of flexible office space is here to stay, writes Herbert Lash in Reuters. WeWork has proven that coworking spaces provide a great solution, especially for startups. Commerical real estate brokers confirm that shared office spaces are growing more and more mainstream.
Coworking spaces may bring more problems to workers than benefits. Sharing an office space with other workers can be challenging and may hinder productivity, especially if noise and activity intereferes with concentration levels and become too distracting, writes Lydia Dishman in The Guardian. Plus, sharing a business space can mean feeling negative vibes permeating from others in common areas if things aren't going well for them.