The Reasons Why People Thrive in Coworking Spaces
According to research summarized in the “Harvard Business Review,” workers truly thrive in coworking spaces. In fact, the research revealed that people who work in a coworking space thrive at an average level of six on a seven-point scale. That’s a point higher than the average thriving rate recorded for employees who do their work in a traditional workspace.
If you’re someone who already belongs to a coworking space, it’s probably easy for you to understand why people thrive in the space because your own coworking space may be helping you do the same. If you’re an employer with a conventional workspace, you might be scratching your head and wondering what exactly the reasons are that people thrive in coworking spaces more readily than they often do in environments like yours. Keep reading to learn the common reasons people typically thrive when they work in coworking spaces.
Work is Considered Meaningful
Coworking spaces are often occupied by professionals who are involved in a wide array of industries. For this reason, most people who use a coworking space don’t have to worry about falling prey to internal politics or having to conform to a set corporate culture. Because coworking allows people to meet new professionals in unrelated fields regularly, they have the chance to share information about their work regularly, which can make their work take on greater meaning.
Collaboration also gives more meaning to a person’s work. When you join a coworking space, you become a member of a community that includes people who have different skills and knowledge bases. This gives a community’s members the chance to share their expertise and work with others to push each other toward greater success and achievement.
While “structured autonomy” may seem like an oxymoron, coworking proves that it’s not. Many coworking spaces are open around-the-clock, which means you can work when you want instead of when someone else tells you that you have to. While that’s a benefit that many workers find attractive, coworking spaces also typically provide some structure their members enjoy. That’s because this limited structure helps to keep people disciplined and motivated without limiting their ability to make independent decisions about when they’ll work.
Because coworking spaces are normally occupied by a diverse groups of professionals and companies, there are always new opportunities to explore. From new business, networking and learning opportunities and more, people thrive in coworking spaces partially because the opportunities that are contained within their walls are nearly endless.
Of course, coworking spaces offer opportunities beyond their physical boundaries as well. Every member of a coworking community has a network of contacts working elsewhere. This means that everyone who’s part of your community can introduce you to even more contacts who may introduce you to more opportunities.
Most coworking facilities have a schedule of in-house and off-site events that are a nice mix of events that are professional and social in nature. These events give community members the chance to learn new things, share ideas and network on a regular basis.
If you’re ready to get out of a traditional work environment and start thriving in a coworking space, learn more about membership options with SharedSpace. We look forward to seeing you thrive as a member of our active, growing community soon.