Shared workspaces are becoming more and more popular within white collared jobs. Not only is it just a cheaper alternative for companies, but it has also become a popular choice for small businesses, startups, and entrepreneurs. It enables their employees to have more flexibility and provides a different experience from traditional office spaces.
For starters, renting a traditional office space in Japan is typically quite expensive. Unless you are a big company like Facebook or Google, getting an office space within a budget can be difficult. On top of that, employees usually work near or right next to their boss, meaning the office layout is usually more open. There are no walls separating you from your coworkers like cubicles, so privacy is limited. Your boss can look over your shoulder any time to see if you’re slacking off. This can cause a lot of pressure for employees to work harder without taking proper breaks.
Everyone knows WeWork is one of the top leading companies in providing ambient working spaces in many countries, however, they are not the only ones. Here are some of our recommendations if you are looking for an open co-working space to work at in Japan:
Owned by IWG plc, Regus is one of the leading workspace providers. They have over 3,000 locations in 120 countries, making it very convenient for any business person to find a quiet place to work. It is one of the larger companies that has established itself in the Japanese market. They have an English friendly website and have attracted many foreign companies/workers. This is one of the more well known popular options for businesses because Regus has been around for many years and has built a solid reputation for their co-working spaces.
Although not as big as WeWork and Regus, Servcorp still has many convenient locations all throughout Tokyo. This Australian company has been around since 1978 and has been growing ever since. Like Regus, they also have a foreigner-friendly website where the user is able to switch between Japanese and English. Servcorp is an excellent choice for anyone looking for a place to get work done.
Unlike the first two mentioned, Fabbit is a Japanese shared office company, so it may be slightly difficult to navigate through their website. However, if you are looking to integrate yourself into Japanese culture and interact with more Japanese people, choosing a Japanese co-working space might just be the thing for you. You will be able to socialize and network with many other Japanese workers at social events arranged by the company.
All of these are great options for your company because they offer your employees independence and flexibility to do work anywhere at any time.