Originally posted on Gigaom:
As the social contract between companies and employees that mandated loyalty in return for security breaks down and careers become more fluid, diverse and self-directed, more and more of us have become what Marci Alboher memorably dubbed “slashes” several years ago. Who’s a slash? Anyone with multiple career identities that can be separated by the eponymous punctuation mark – as in, ‘I’m a graphic designer/ entrepreneur/ tambourine player.’ (Sadly no, metal heads, the term has nothing to do with the former Guns N’ Roses guitarist).
Careers going slash is not exactly news (Fast Company recently dubbed the same phenomenon ‘Generation Flux’ in a fascinating series of articles) but one corollary of this shift is just getting started — the slash space. The boundaries between our different identities are blurring in time as many more of us work flexibly at multiple gigs or projects throughout the year, week or even day, and it seems the hard lines between spaces for work, family and play are also becoming less stark.
At least that’s what a spate of innovative new space ideas that blur personal and professional space begins to suggest. In Europe, for example, Regus and other flexible office space companies are tucking workspaces into transport hubs to cater to a more location independent, office hours agnostic work style. Reuters reports: