Community in CoWorking | WorkSocial

Adapted from: Success Magazine; Larry Keller

Entrepreneurs find opportunities to collaborate, network and increase their productivity at co-working spaces that have popped up everywhere. 

Coworking sites are shared open-plan areas where people work independently but communally. Members include telecommuters, freelancers and other independents weary of working from a coffee shop or home, as well as entrepreneurs looking for collaborators. Costs vary depending on the amount of use.

It’s About Relationships

Other businesses are taking notice. The Global Workspace Association—a service industry group for business center and executive suite owners and managers—has added coworking facilities to its membership rolls, and some hotels now offer space for co-working.Co-working purists say those sorts of spaces aren’t the real deal.  Survey participants cited many reasons why they worked in a public setting. Some wanted a network of people to talk to. Others found the ambient noise helpful or said that watching passersby helped them focus. Still others needed to escape distractions at home. Some co-working operators say members tell them that being around other independent workers motivates them. 

Collaboration and Productivity

People clearly are more productive when working around others. Independent workers—especially those with families—can benefit from working away from home because doing so establishes a clear boundary between their professional and personal lives.

Assisted Serendipity

Coworking sites have a number of ways to help facilitate seemingly chance encounters. Happy hours and lunches to introduce new members are one means.  Many co-working sites cropped up around the time of the Great Recession, when new college grads couldn’t find work, and workers who had jobs were losing them. Co-working spaces seemed like a good place to network at the time.

No More Traditional Employment

The Intuit 2020 Report forecasts that during this decade,“Traditional employment will no longer be the norm, replaced by contingent workers such as freelancers and part-time workers. The long-term trend of hiring contingent workers will continue to accelerate with more than 80 percent of large corporations planning to substantially increase their use of a flexible workforce.” By 2020, contingent workers will comprise more than 40 percent of the U.S. workforce, Intuit forecasts.
The Intuit report also sees work shifting from corporate offices“toward an in-my-own-place, on-my-own-time work regimen.” Many of these workers will need a place to do business. That bodes well for co-working companies. 

Community as Selling Point

Co-working isn’t for everybody. Members tend to be men in their 20s and 30s who work in digital and tech-related fields. Even with pervasive technology that enables people to communicate all day without speaking to one another, workers will continue to seek face time.“Technology changes the way we act. But there is still this innate need for affiliation, for interaction, that technology doesn’t solve. I think it’s such an important need, and it won’t go away.”

3 Benefits of Innovative Office Design

Adapted from: forbes.com

So let’s consider the “future of work.” According to Gallup’s 2014 State of the Global Workplace report, 51% of workers said they weren’t engaged with 17% saying they were actively disengaged.

So what can improve these dismal stats and increase productivity and workplace happiness?
The answer is simply office design. With the way we work changing, where we work needs to keep up.

1. Effective use of space

By having access to natural light, collaborative spaces, and private meeting rooms, you’ll increase employee satisfaction and productivity. People will feel free to move around and won’t feel tied to their desks, creating more opportunities for creative collaboration.

2. Increase in Productivity

By having workplaces that are beautiful and interesting, employees become more productive. Investing in the ambiance of your office will change the overall mood. People will look forward to coming to work instead of counting down the minutes to freedom.

3. Urge for More Collaboration

Innovative workplaces shake things up. They smash glass ceilings and break the mold of what is expected. As a result, employees in this environment adapt the same attitude. They are more creative, and people are coming together instead of working in silos to solve problems.

Office Spaces for Rent: 10 Benefits of Coworking

As an entrepreneur, freelancer or remote worker you should consider the advantages of coworking when you pick your work environment. The other solution for those who want to stay away from home or coffee shops would be renting a long-term office space which results in high costs and lack of flexibility. That’s where coworking comes in!

A “coworking space” is a place where you can go on a daily basis, sit down at a random table (or a fixed one, in certain places), and enjoy a good internet connection, coffee, a kitchen, and the company of like-minded people. Altogether, it supplies you with an office environment without the necessity of everyone working on the same project, to each his/her own, but together.

Without further ado, here are some of the main advantages of coworking:

Escaping Home Environment

If you work from home, there’s no real accountability. It’s too easy to get distracted by your bed, your TV, and fridge and lose valuable time. In addition to that, family related chores will always present themselves since if you are at home, you must be available… The separation of work from home is important for many of us and also allows you to breath some fresh air and feel alive instead of spending most of your day at home.

Reducing Costs & Adding Flexibility

 In case you have decided that it is time to get an office, a coworking space makes a lot more financial sense than renting your own office. Renting an office includes taking care of installing infrastructure and taking care of utility bills that drain cash and time. The staff in the coworking space will take care of that for everyone. Also, regular office rental requires signing long term contracts, usually for a minimum period of one year. Coworking spaces allow you to rent your Table or even a room for a few days, weeks or a month and allow you to focus on what counts: Your work.

Improving your Effectiveness

Research shows that people who use coworking spaces are more effective due to the energy and mindset adjustment that is generated by the interaction and acountability a coworking environment creates. That means that the financial costs of using a coworking space are much lower than the financial benefits it creates.

Create an amazing network

Coworking spaces will boost your network and in turn connect you with the most relevant people for your business, from potential clients, suppliers or even business partners. In coworking spaces you are guaranteed to meet high quality, talented, and like minded people to add to your network that might become critical for your business.

Improving your social life and avoid loneliness

Working alone is isolating and can affect your mood. Having coworkers and interaction is covering a social need. The idea at a coworking space is that although you are working by yourself, you are surrounded by awesome people. The members of the coworking space have picked a unique and independent lifestyle just like you, and those are exactly the kind of people you want to be surrounded by. Coworking simply makes your day more energizing, fun and happy.

One of the biggest drawbacks of leaving a 9-to-5 job is missing out on the best source of meeting new people, your office. Jobs provide us with a major source of new friends, and once you leave your work this source is depleted. A coworking place allows you to fill in the gaps and make new friends with interesting people in new places.

Accessible expert help when needed

Coworking spaces gather the best minds, each expert in their own field. After you dedicate some time to build your social network in the coworking space, you can approach your expert friends for high quality advice on a wide range of topics like social media and digital marketing, programming, design and much more. The synergies and mutual help of one member to another is invaluable.

Taking Yourself (and your Business) Seriously

This one is a little deep, so let’s start with an example: It is a common recommendation to work at home with clothes you would wear at the office. Working with flip-flops in your pajamas usually decreases your productivity as you are signaling to yourself that you are not in work mode. Using a coworking space will make you aware of your appearance and clothing, and taking the time to walk/drive to your place in addition to the money you spend on it will remind you that your work is important enough to take it seriously and value your time and skills.

Reducing Uncertainty

Trying to find the best place can create some uncertainty and frustration, since you will find yourself running from one coffee shop to another hoping that today it won’t be too crowded or loud and that the internet is going to work. In case you have to make calls, the noise in coffee shops can be frustrating to you and the people around you. Coworking spaces usually have isolated Skype booths and conference rooms for you to use. Some other reliable advantages of coworking spaces over coffee shops include access 24 hours a day (in case you are on a deadline or have a crazy schedule), and free printing (always valuable). In general, uncertainty takes time and energy that could have been put toward working for your clients, and it makes you feel less happy in general. Coworking provides your life with stability.

Build a team

Scaling and truly become successful usually involves working with others. There will be a time when it will make sense to slowly building a team and hiring a person to help your business grow. In some situations you can hire someone to hire remotely, but let’s be 100% honest, nothing beats working together in the same physical space. A coworking space allows you to invite another person to work with you without the need to rent a dedicated office. As your team grows, many coworking spaces also offer the option to rent a team room which helps your team to focus working on your projects while also enjoying the interaction and perks outside of your dedicated room.

Education opportunity and events

Most coworking spaces organize events as a critical way to both increase revenue, and market themselves. That means that as a coworking member, you will have fast and easy access (mostly free) to interesting events and education opportunities ranging from lectures about entrepreneurship and startups to yoga sessions!

Helping you Work in Comfort

Free coffee, fridges, microwaves, even full lunches. You often save money in this kind of working environment because unlike a cafe where your small costs add up without you noticing, a coworking space lets you know what you will pay upfront (coworking will probably be cheaper than three Starbucks coffees per day). Coworking spaces usually offer lockers as well, which gives you another place to store your stuff safely in case you need to go somewhere during the day.

 

WorkSocial will help you support employees in a changing market

The consumer-driven economy is forcing every kind of organization to move towards more flexible staffing models. As we expand to new social arrangements, we expect more private companies, non-profit organizations, and government agencies to scale down office facilities and rely more on temporary workspaces for flexible work models.

Some types of work may be easy for telecommuting employees to perform from home as well as headquarters-based employees, but others call for a reliable office from which to operate. Large headquarters, as well as bricks-and-mortar store locations, might become less important soon. Meanwhile, multi-use spaces that support dynamic market conditions and employee configurations should prove more cost-effective than existing facilities.

We recommend that your company does not operate permanent offices in different cities unless they are needed at multiple points during the year. By using our facilities, your organization can easily accommodate temporary meetings and workspace needs while not incurring the overhead associated with long-term facilities. We are here to help organizations maintain economies of scale.

 

For more details on booking space in a coworking environment without losing productivity, please contact us today.

 

Adapted from: www.becomenomad.com

CoWorking Spaces and Sharing Collective Ideas in a Work Environment

Your company has perhaps had to face some challenging facts recently: You need some fresh ideas, but don’t know where to turn to bring new perspectives. It’s certainly easy to become complacent when you’re so used to doing things the same for years. This is a big problem for a lot of companies who end up going into automatic pilot.

Forbes reported on the alarming nature of this a few years ago with two startling phrases:

“Leadership is in danger; Complacency is becoming the new normal.”

You simply can’t let this come about, even if it sneaks in under the radar for your employees. A solution might mean looking into a popular new concept: co-working spaces!

If you’re new to such a network, we can help at WorkSocial.

Getting Away from the Crutch of Work From Home

One thing perhaps feeding the lack of fresh ideas above is you’re allowing yourself or employees to work from home. While this can work for many to think more originally, it’s still going to mean one train of thought rather than from outsiders.

Also, it’s often noted that work from home still has too many temptations and distractions. It’s hard for someone to get disciplined on critical thinking if they have too many distractions from social media, TV, or countless other media options.

So what are the real benefits of joining a co-working space? It’s going to help you or an employee change your own perspectives on work value.

Gaining Insight From a Co-Working Network and an Array of Experts

Think of a co-working network like the best intellectual drinking establishment. While you likely won’t sip cocktails together, you’ll at least be congregating in one collective place where you can gain insights from members making up numerous companies.

These members are going to have hundreds of years of collective experience! They’ll have just as many ventures or projects on their resumes! While you’ll have a mix of newer business experts and older, all of their opinions are going to matter when discussed as a group.

Much like a business conference, where you discuss the latest trends, a co-working network is your specialized group to turn to when you’re truly stuck on an original idea.

Collaborating Together on Projects

Once you meet, it’s not just a one-shot meeting and then breaking up. Co-working means an ongoing business relationship, as in working on one project together. Bringing these outsiders into your own project is going to mean superior networking like you can’t find anywhere else.

Now you can finally breathe new life into your company thanks to contributions from those who’ve seen it all. It could take just one idea from these co-workers to change your project into something beyond your initial expectations.

To make this collaboration work well, you’re going to need a lot of good digital tools to keep you continually communicated.

Entrepreneurs Benefit the Most From Co-Working Spaces

As The Balance notes, co-working spaces are best for entrepreneurs who need expertise from people already in the trenches on how to get a good idea going.

Since this may involve a freelance schedule, it opens a more flexible schedule to work in these co-working networks.

Millennials are a big part of this universe as more of them become entrepreneurs and take on self-employed careers.

How Fast Are Co-Working Spaces Growing?

According to Dropbox, the co-working market grew at a high rate up through 2017. Last year, there were 13,800 networks worldwide and 1,180,000 members globally.


At WorkSocial, we can help you join in and finally find a way for you to get away from complacency. With our co-working spaces, you can gain valuable insights from others your own employees couldn’t achieve to maintain your company mission.

Contact us to learn more about our business that also includes virtual offices, conference rooms, and training venues.

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