“Flexible” isn’t often a word that comes to mind when you think of corporate workspaces, but with the rapidly growing trend of corporate coworking, flexibility is quickly becoming a priority. Driven by a global push for workplace agility and a cultural shift to more flexible offices, global corporations and top-tier local companies are enhancing their corporate real estate portfolios with coworking.
For forward-thinking organizations, coworking now plays a key role in facilitating interaction between large corporations and startups and in incubating the evolution of a new business ecosystem.
In a recent Kansas City Business Journal article, Koch Industries explains the real value and potential that coworking holds for the success of their company.
Why Koch Industries unit opened its first KC office inside a coworking studio
By Leslie Collins Reporter, Kansas City Business Journal
For its first Kansas City office, Koch Business Solutions LP took an unconventional route – opening inside a coworking space.
The Koch Industries subsidiary, which opened its area office at Think Big Coworking in June, provides consulting and support services, such as IT, to Koch Industries and its affiliates. KBS employs 10 locally, though that number probably will grow.
KBS considered a variety of options nationwide, but it landed on Kansas City because of its IT talent, KBS IT manager Casey King told the Kansas City Business Journal.
“One of the bets we made is there’s IT talent here that we’ve not yet tapped into,” he said.
A growing number of local tech startups focused on cutting-edge technology and analytics are finding success, and that type of talent signals to KBS that Kansas City is a market in which it can grow, KBS HR Manager Katie Schuckman said .
Leveraging a coworking space not only can drive innovation, but it plays into evolving work environment trends, she said.