By Ok Diario.

Coworking spaces have expanded in recent years effectively putting an end to the solitary form of work. These places give the opportunity for professionals, entrepreneurs, and freelancers from different fields to work under the same roof.

While just as entrepreneurs and freelancers could work from home, coworking areas allow immersion into a productive work environment and share much more than a room: they reap the benefits.

First, the cost of bills is reduced by sharing expenses. Workers who use the space need not worry about paying infrastructure or operating costs. For example, renting one of these “offices” in Madrid costs 200 euros per month, according to data from Cink Emprende. In the Spanish capital and in Barcelona, this type of space grew 40% in 2018.

Workers are able to establish professional networks and contacts and share projects and ideas that can later be shared with other coworkers. It also provides the daily motivation of learning something new and of putting an end to the routine.

In addition to establishing professional relationships, there are also personal reasons. Coworking spaces create communities made up of very different people. Thus, leisure and productivity among employees is encouraged. Shared spaces can usually be used to conduct training courses, hold private events, debates… Professionals from different fields can contribute their knowledge and opinions.

Another of the benefits of coworking places is that, by having a place and fixed working hours, it becomes easier to balance personal and professional life.

Space adapted to your needs

Although coworking spaces encourage collaboration between professionals, companies, and freelancers, recently they have been customizing and adapting to personal needs.

That’s why we find spaces especially made for innovation with a spirit of sustainability, development of budding projects, and open to foreign ideas.

Coworking: what the big companies are counting on

It has been more than ten years since the first shared offices began to open up in Madrid and Barcelona. Today, many companies are counting on them to be the next big thing.

This is the case of Santander Bank, which has opened its first “Work Café” in the Plaza de los Sagrados Corazones in the Spanish capital. It is a space available to everyone, where clientele work comfortably, attend events, and can make financial arrangements. This encourages a more personal service with clients of the bank.

“Work Café” in Chile

Santander Bank imports to Spain its Chilean model. The bank has 24 such spaces in the country and they have proven to be 20% more productive than the traditional workspace.

“Work Café” has responded well to Santander’s commitment to innovation and the prosper of people and businesses. A model in which the client can choose how, where, and when he wants to have a relationship with the bank.