How Co-Working Spaces Foster Collaboration, Productivity and Great Work
Starting with research that proves the effectiveness of co-working spaces to strategies to make your co-working sessions more rewarding in terms of productivity and collaboration.
Co-working spaces are becoming more and more popular as people yearn for flexibility, creativity, and collaboration.
But what is co-working? It's a type of work that combines the best parts of working from home with the benefits of working in an office.
And these co-working spaces have proven to be a staple in today's workforce, providing an excellent environment for collaboration and productivity.
This blog post will explore how co-working spaces foster collaboration, productivity, and excellent work. Starting with research that proves the effectiveness of co-working spaces to strategies to make your co-working sessions more rewarding in terms of productivity and collaboration.
How Co-working Spaces Help People Thrive
In a study of the Journal of Organizational Behavior (2012), it was found that people who were part of co-working spaces reported levels of thriving of 6 on a seven scale — higher than employees performing their jobs in regular company offices.
According to HBR (2015), co-working members have a higher perception of their work as meaningful. They have more job control, feel more productive, and feel part of a community.
Starting from seeing their work as meaningful, co-working users have a say in the type of work they're performing, and they can bring their whole self to work.
In terms of job control, some co-working spaces are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. People may choose to work through their deadline, while others might want to take a long break in the middle of the day. This gives coworkers significant levels of autonomy.
But apart from autonomy, the structure that co-working spaces provide helps people increase their productivity levels and improve their performance.
Finally, and perhaps the most exciting one, is the community that co-working spaces can build. Each co-working space has its personality, which the managers strive to develop into a distinct experience that appeals to their members' particular requirements. And the best of both worlds is that members can choose whether to interact or stay in their corner. While certain people interact with coworkers far less than others, they nevertheless have a strong sense of belonging to the community.
How to Make the Most of a Co-working Space
You can use many strategies to make your co-working sessions more productive, collaborative, and rewarding. Let's look at a few of them so that you get the most out of our time in co-working spaces.
#1 Understand the Culture of the Co-Working Space
If you're starting to co-work, make sure you understand the community and culture of the space. You might find some spaces more or less attractive depending on their culture.
For example, co-working spaces with more of a start-up feel will be different from those with people working in creative fields. So you need to understand what the co-working space is about before committing.
#2 Be Ready to Participate and Be Open
Another important aspect is that co-working spaces are about collaboration, so you should be open. You don't want to co-work if you're going to run away from the community.
However, if co-working sounds like an attractive option, there are countless ways to benefit from them.
#3 Leverage your Productivity during Co-Working Hours
Just like co-working spaces foster collaboration, they're also very effective in helping you get more done. We all have different ways of working, and co-working spaces provide the flexibility to enable you to work productively while taking advantage of the community aspect.
A great example is when people are working on an important project or tight deadline; they might co-work at night so that there's no distraction and even benefit from some company.
#4 Attend Networking Events in Co-Working
You will often find sessions where there's no work taking place but networking events instead — it's an essential part of co-working culture. You don't want your coworkers to be just names on the company directory.
It's an excellent way to meet new people and make friends, and it could also lead to coworker collaborations or even other opportunities down the line.
These networking events may not only help you network better; they can be very rewarding in terms of productivity too.
#5 Have Initiative and Get Involved
For co-working to be a rewarding experience, you need to have initiative and get involved. You can't expect coworkers or the community to come running after you offer help with your projects.
You need to get involved and co-work smarter in these circumstances. So join meetups, attend networking sessions, help and connect people; co-working is all about participation.
You'll quickly understand that co-working spaces are not just workplaces but communities where you can progress professionally and personally, thanks to the many opportunities for interaction it provides.
Co-Working Fosters Collaboration, Productivity & Great Work.
So what do you think? Ready to join a co-working space yet?
And remember, co-working is not just about sitting together, chatting with colleagues, and getting work done. It's also about meeting new people, exchanging ideas, learning something new!
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