According to findings by Gensler Research Institute 73% of companies agree that mostly open work environments are the most conducive to productivity.
Coworking spaces are just that – they’re created with a mostly open design of pods for collaboration and individual desks for productive working. Meeting rooms set up with teleconferencing equipment bring the whole team together, no matter where they’re working.
A coworking community encourages creativity, problem-solving, and innovation by mixing various industry professionals at all company life stages in one place. Resource identification, referrals and mentoring all happen naturally in these environments.
Let’s find out why these spaces are changing the face of work and why people thrive using them.
Why Do People Thrive in Coworking Spaces?
Gensler also discovered 49% of workers surveyed said they’d be willing to work an extra hour each day if they had a better workspace environment? What about the environment encourages productivity? Satisfaction, for one.
Numerous workspace elements drive employee satisfaction, Harvard Business Review reports. A coworking space helps employees maintain a routine in a slightly less structured work environment; one in which individuals can show up as their authentic selves, which encourages creativity.
- Community Sense
The same HBR report explains that coworking spaces foster networking and community but they don’t force it. In the regular workplace making small talk and putting in facetime is an expected part of professional behavior. In a coworking space one can seek out community or stay to herself – without any judgment or consequence.
- Giving Meaning to Work
Meaning is one of the key drivers in avoiding burnout, according to research by author and organizational psychologist Adam Grant. People find meaning in their work through efficacy, which is often found in helping others in ways that may be distinct from their day-to-day work. A coworking community affords members the opportunity to share their unique talents, ideas and hard-won experience with others who seek and appreciate it.
- Control Over the Working Day
Coworking spaces afford workers flexibility to control when they work. Many spaces can be accessed 24/7, which means work revolves around your schedule, not the other way around. When companies focus on results, employees have the autonomy to deliver those results at their own convenience, which, according to self determination theory, drives motivation and engagement.
Find Solutions in Coworking
Coworking spaces are open to both the entrepreneur and the enterprise level client. Whether you want to support a remote workforce or launch a small business, a coworking community likely meets all the needs of your business. Check out our community here and contact us to learn how our solutions can help your workforce.