The supply of coworking spaces has grown to more than 50,000 sqm in Prague alone, complemented by another 58,000 sqm of serviced offices. Due to the growth of this concept in other regional cities, the real estate consulting company 108 AGENCY decided to launch a clear and intuitive Desking.cz - the first coworking comparison engine in the Czech Republic.
"The flexible office market has matured to the point where it offers a variety of different concepts and options. Thanks to its stratification, we decided to make it easier for potential tenants and users to navigate the offer," explains Lena Popova, Head of Office Leasing at 108 AGENCY. The company already runs successful real estate search engines najdikancelare.cz, Skladj.cz, investuj.cz and an interactive map of industrial and logistics properties.
Desking.cz offers several basic filters. Key criteria include location, number of places in demand and the start date of the lease or membership. Subsequently, a comparison of basic conditions and services will be made for the preferred centres. Desking.cz not only compares the prices of each type of membership, but also compares basic and extended services including equipment.
Interested parties can choose from minimalist concepts backed by low price and sophisticated, elite operator offerings. The site also takes into account whether an individual or a corporation is looking for options for dozens or hundreds of its employees in a continuously updated and expanded database.
"Larger companies and corporations in particular are becoming more and more common among those interested in coworking," says Štefan Ličartovský from 108 AGENCY's office rental department, adding, "Initially, corporations tended to rent only conference rooms or meeting rooms. Nowadays, they are interested in renting their own space within the centres - i.e. their own closed offices, but with all the benefits that working in a coworking space offers: flexibility, sharing, networking, creative spirit, usually premium location and great accessibility, etc."
Desking.cz was founded on the basis that even after the end of covid lockdowns, a large number of companies stayed with the hybrid model of work and continue to combine working from the office with working from home. Employees demand flexibility and the ability to work from anywhere, whether it is from the office, from home, or just from a coworking center. There is a need for fewer fixed workspaces, more meeting rooms for teamwork, informal spaces and shared workspaces.
"Coworking centers are reporting high occupancy rates. Operators also often cater to clients who have fewer people physically in their offices due to the hybrid model of working, offering more access to a given area so employees can rotate. Companies can thus achieve significant savings," adds Lena Popová, who sees this trend as a logical reaction of tenants to the uncertain development of the economy due to a number of economic and political factors.