I think it does not happen to me alone, to think about moving is a mess — the furniture, jobs, office materials, telephones, change of address, and so on; and because of our DNA, we are a group with a high tendency to change.
Finding a space with a traditional model that adapts to all the changes that a company undergoes over the years is impossible. If you already know us a little, you will know that one of our values is “we adapt to change”, and this requires us to make decisions that make us more and more flexible. Having your own office is the opposite, is the extremely rigidity — long-term contracts, reforms that condition a period of amortization, and what that implies — limitations in the number of positions, mobility, etc.) —, a concept totally antagonistic to this value.
As our needs change, the number of people on the team will continue to do so; I believe that (finally) we have found a space that is very close to covering all our current needs, and with great flexibility to adapt to future ones.
And with all this together, the decision was clear, our new office had to be something different, and that’s how our new “home” in Madrid is Spaces – Atocha, for those who do not know, it is a company founded in the Netherlands and acquired by Regus in 2015, with more than 100 offices spread all over the world, 3 of them in Spain, 2 in Madrid, and one in Barcelona. And this, beyond a significant amount in terms of size, is an asset for our group, because being a Spaces customer gives you the right to freely access the Bussiness Club and book rooms in any city where Spaces is present. In this way, tomorrow, we can organize a meeting or work in “our office” in San Francisco, London, Sydney, Johannesburg, or Lima for example.
The trend in the use of this type of workspace is irreversible —from freelances to mega companies such as Facebook or Airbnb have made a clear commitment in this regard. You only have to observe the number of available coworking spaces —in 2010 there were 600 worldwide and by 2018 there are more than 18,000. The numbers leave no room for reply. The data of one of the benchmark of this model, WeWork, speak for themselves. A company who in little more than seven years has a valuation higher than 26,000 million, becoming the third startup in valuation in the USA only behind Uber and Airbnb.
different spaces for leisure or relaxation — table football, ping-pong, cafeteria, and complementary activities such as yoga, tai chi, stretching, etc., and weekly events of training or inspirational talks, etc.
I also find it very interesting the ease that occurs in this type of work environments to promote synergies and collaboration between members of our team with teams from other companies that are established in the building. Who knows what can come of all this? Knowing the nature of the group and myself, the probability that we launch a joint project with someone we have met at Spaces is very high.
Mind you, this not only happens in Madrid! as I said, the availability of access to other spaces in other locations greatly encourages networking. In large cities, it operates even within the same city, for example, the London Spaces has 7 centres, if we need to reserve an office to meet with a customer in that city, we are sure that one of them will suit us well.
Either I am wrong or this is a trend that within Grupo VIKO has come to stay. Honestly, I believe that we will no longer return to private offices under the traditional concept. In any case, as this post began, one of our values is “we adapt to change” and without a doubt, this is a change, we had to try it!