The CoWorking Revolution has begun….

by pbyrne

The CoWorking Revolution has begun….

“CoWorking offices are a great way for entrepreneurs and small businesses to thrive in a community of likeminded people” stated Paddy Byrne at the recent launch.

A first for Carlow, the team behind ‘The 059’ CoWorking Space have worked hard to create a productive, comfortable and inspiring work environment. The aim? To help businesses flourish and succeed, and succeed they did.

At their recent launch, it was very clear that ‘The 059’ was designed around community, productivity, comfort and more. It was Paddy’s own entrepreneurial background that led him to create Carlow’s first dedicated CoWorking Space – which offers a combination of hot desks, private offices, AV equipped meeting rooms and community spaces to encourage networking and collaboration. This CoWorking venue was an idea that Paddy had considered for several years.  At the launch, Paddy commented “I often joke, give me my laptop, a good internet connection and coffee and I’m ready to take on the world. However, I believe this is a growing sentiment felt by many of Carlow’s young and talented workforce” – and how right he was.  On the night, there were many representatives from the new wave of remote workers from the region and Carlow’s impressive entrepreneurial community.

Remote Working or SmartWorking, has come to Carlow.

It was recently reported that more and more people were opting to remote work for the many benefits it offered such as no commute, achieving a greater work life balance, being there for family, enabling them to actually afford the home of their choice outside of the cities, reduction in carbon footprints, lower costs and much much more.  In fact, these are just some of the reasons that 216,000 people in Ireland, a number that is steadily growing, work remotely. It is also why companies like Shopify, Starwood Hotels and Mykidstime Ltd have large numbers and in some cases all their employees working remotely.

Wexford based, International company Abodoo have made huge waves in championing the remote working movement with their recruitment business. The model of which focusses on the huge resource of people out there who want to build careers without the restriction of the traditional office. By matching such a talent pool to the forward-thinking companies of today with benefits to both the employer and the smart worker.  Through smart working, Abodoo believe that companies can grow, and communities can thrive by allowing professionals the freedom to work and live where they choose.

Support is also coming from government bodies such as the IDA Ireland who have been quoted as saying that it is interested in remote working, be it at home or in local hubs, to both “access untapped talent” and deliver jobs on a regional basis. “Obviously it is enabled by improving broadband nationwide, while there are some challenges there.” This opinion is supported by research showing home workers deliver higher productivity than their equivalent office-based colleagues. “There are really strong business, financial, personal and social reasons why companies and individuals could look to adopt this.”

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