Sharing is an ever present in our lives, whether it's tear-and-share breads to eat with dinner or twin bars of chocolate. But now some offices are going as far as applying the sharing concept to use of the desks and computers. This is possible thanks to flexible working conditions, writes Joanne Hunter.
If circumstances allow it, employees can split their time between the office and working from home. The arrangement can cut travel costs, take a few cars off the road and for some will fit in better with family life and commitments.
Along with job-share opportunities, the move is all part of the so-called sharing economy.
Now it's the turn of under-used office space to be the focus of entrepreneurial people with ideas on how to optimise a major real estate asset.
Where there's a business opportunity for the space provider, there's a chance for someone to find a home to kick-start a new enterprise - or “pop-up company”.
Arriving with a partner in a new location, you don't have to put your own dreams on hold. With broadband and a fully-formed office to share the use of, you can hit the ground running.
When a scheme called ShareDesk recently came to my notice it reminded me of shared office-space that passes between journalists in Brussels. In which case you'll be sure to bump into fellow freelancers and like-minded independents who'll help show you the ropes.
Redundant office space is wasteful in so many ways when it could be put work 24/7 helping people to fulfil their ambitions.