Coworking spaces seem to have something unique going for them. We were startled to see that members of them report levels of thriving that are close to the average of 6 on a 7-point scale, as researchers who have spent years studying how employees thrive. This is so unusual that we had to look at the data again. It is at least one point higher than the average for workers who do their duties in typical offices.
It was in order. So, we wondered: What makes coworking spaces, which are described as membership-based workspaces where various groups of independent professionals, such as freelancers and remote workers, collaborate in a shared environment, so successful? And do traditional offices have anything to learn from this?
Numerous coworking space founders and community managers from India were polled and interviewed. It was found that:
Users of coworking facilities consider their job to be necessary. The people we polled said they found purpose in being able to bring their complete self to work, aside from the type of work they’re doing — freelancers picking projects they care about, for instance. They can accomplish this in several ways.
In contrast to a traditional office, coworking spaces have members employed by various businesses, endeavours, and projects. They don’t feel they need to adopt a professional persona to fit in because there isn’t much direct competition or internal politics. Working with others engaged in different types of work might help one develop a stronger sense of self at work. Respondents were usually given a chance to describe what they do, making it seem more intriguing and unique.
The diversity of the workforce means that co-workers have specialised skill sets that they may offer to other community members. This is another way that working in a culture where helping one another out is expected, and many opportunities to do so can be meaningful.
The social objective implicit in the Coworking Manifesto, an online declaration signed by more than 1,700 working space members, can also be used to draw meaning. This is a more tangible source.
It clearly articulates the values that the coworking movement aspires to, including community, collaboration, learning, and sustainability. So, in many cases, it’s not simply the case that a person is going to work; they’re also part of a social movement.
They have more say in their jobs. Coworking facilities are typically open around the clock. When faced with a deadline or the desire to demonstrate progress. They have the option of working in a quiet room to help them concentrate or one that is more collaborative with shared tables that encourage interaction. If they need to meet a maintenance specialist or attend to a family member’s needs, they can even choose to work from home without facing any consequences.
They experience a sense of belonging. People pay to work in a shared area rather than working from home for free or renting a plain office because of the connections they make there. Each coworking space has its personality, and the managers put tremendous effort into creating a unique environment that caters to the demands of their members.
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