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Flexible office space; how adapted is your business?


Flexibility in the work place is the hot topic of the moment, but is making it a reality something accomplishable?

Get inspired with Watch Out #3 by BNP Paribas Real Estate

In a 2017 Global Co-working Study by Deskman, it was found that in just five years the number of people using co-working spaces worldwide has grown 15 times over. This means that 1.2 million people are now regularly accessing these areas resulting in greater collaborations between users and 71% of people making co-working spaces part of their routine at least three times a week. There’s no denying that workplaces are driving innovation and creativity forward and many companies are responding to that.

With only 5% of French companies being considered 100% flexible, this BNP Paribas Real Estate edition of Watch Out  looks at international companies such as Danone, AXA and Coca-Cola, who have made huge waves in terms of restructuring and redesigning their offices. Danone for example has dramatically cut down their private, closed-off offices from 75% to 1%, with 95% of employees saying that they are very satisfied with the changes.

So whilst this is indeed a hot topic, flexible office spaces are carving their way into the future.  Our way of working is changing and other organisations will be following in the footsteps of those already offering greater flexibility and co-working opportunities for their staff.

The Future of Work: 25 businesses and experts shared their experiences

In this addition of Watch Out we were lucky enough to talk to a range of business and experts who shared with us how they are using their offices in new and innovative ways.

Renowned architect Philippe Chiambaretta, tasked with designing the future Total Tower and which will house Facebook and BlaBlaCar’s headquarter shares his research, looking at our relationship with nature and how in a period of environmental change, this is being altered.

In a business climate that is becoming more and more focused on co-working and in which start-ups are craving flexible and dynamic office space, Founder and CEO of Bureaux à Partager, the co-working leader in France, Clément Altheresco talks to us about the huge growth spurt in co-working spaces.

Michel et Augustin, the French baked goods brand, which ranked fifth in the Universum 2017 list of the World’s Most Attractive Employers, has recently created offices that aim to reflect their business. By designing offices the way their product packaging is designed and using the kitchen as a meeting room for product tests and training, the company aimed to create a unique working environment for its employees. In this edition of Watch Out, CEO and founder, Michel de Rovira speaks about how and why Michel et Augustin went about creating this culture in their headquarters in Boulogne-Billancourt.

Do you have a co-working project that we can help you with? Get in touch with our expects here.

Vision of BNP Paribas Real Estate

Watch Out #3 gives a brief snapshot into the ever-evolving real estate sector, helping demonstrate how society and culture is influencing our needs. At BNP Paribas Real Estate, we are committed to understanding tomorrow’s vision of the real estate sector which is why we aim to cover all types of innovation and forward thinking within the real estate sector.

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