Six Things We Can All Learn From Coworking Spaces
From larger chains to smaller, niche communities popping up around the world, coworking's popularity has exploded. Whether you're a coworking veteran or have never entered a space, there's a lot we as workers can learn from coworking spaces.
There has been a huge push in the modern workplace to revive face-to-face interaction. With increased technology and the break-neck pace of so many offices, isolation can set in and take a toll on employees. This becomes even more challenging for those in freelancing, working remotely, or in entrepreneurial spaces that may not have a social component built into them.
One of the major benefits of coworking is being provided with an environment to foster positive relationships and build a community. As counter intuitive as it may seem, social workplaces actually lead to higher productivity. Not to mention, they can provide valuable professional relationships.
Company Culture Doesn't Have to Be Specific to One Company
We’ve already preached the benefits of community-focused workplaces, but one of the most unique things about coworking spaces is the ability to build communities with distinctive cultures - despite having a mix of different companies, professions, ages, backgrounds, etc.
While some coworking spaces target specific demographics, those that do not still manage to build strong ties and clear cultures through cultivating conversation. Your work communities do not just have to include those directly working with you. Fitting in with company culture is extremely important to enjoying a workplace.
A Fresh Perspective Can Help
The diversity of professions and companies in coworking spaces makes for all kinds of beneficial cross-industry relationships. Whether it's finding that ideal business you’ve been looking to partner with or getting to hear an entirely different approach to a problem while talking at the coffee bar, a diverse group of people means a diverse group of ideas. When you put software engineers, marketers, health coaches, and more together in one space, the creative perspectives can make us all better workers, or at least remind us that there usually isn't one way to go about a problem.
Your Space Makes a Big Difference
By and large, coworking spaces are beautiful; but, they’re also functional. Coworking is meant to foster productivity, and most spaces have that mission designed right into them. Even if you can't renovate an entire office, taking into account functional design elements in how you choose to set up your space can help build positive, productive environments.
Flexibility Is Powerful
Here at Amity, our motto is “Work Your Way, With Others.” Flexibility to choose where you work, when you work, or how you work can be liberating. What’s more is that you have the ability to be surrounded by other people, working and hustling on equally inspiring work as you.
We aren’t all the same in how we prefer to work. Coworking embraces that concept by offering different seatings, locations, noise levels, and more to work your way. By carving out space to be flexible at work, you may find more efficient, pleasant working experiences.
There's a Time to Play at Work
Community events, happy hours, speaker series, and non-work events all draw people to coworking spaces. We spend a third of our lives at work, and dedicating some of that time to social and fun events builds community and increases motivation.
We can learn a lot from the coworking model, so why not come try coworking with us on August 7th? We’re hosting a free trial day in honor of our half birthday and we’d love for you to come out and try working your way!
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