The growing popularity of shared workspaces over recent years is no secret. But what you still may not be aware of is why. Well there are many, many reasons why these spaces provide more than just a desk to work from. This blog is just one in a series that goes some way to explaining why.
Whether you choose to work in a co-working environment, or choose to take a private workspace within a serviced office building, you and your business can really benefit from the clear sense of community within such centres.
A Sense of Purpose
Firstly, there is the sense of purpose that they can provide businesses; especially those who are just starting to establish themselves. According to an article by HBR, ‘People who use [shared] spaces see their work as meaningful. Unlike a traditional office, [shared] spaces consist of members who work for a range of different companies, ventures, and projects. Because there is little direct competition or internal politics, they don’t feel they have to put on a work persona to fit in.’ This can also transpire into stronger feelings of personal identity. When explaining what you do regularly to new people, it begins to feel like your work is more interesting and distinctive.
A Chance to Grow Businesses
Then there are the benefits that working amongst a varied community can have on the growth and success of your business. Every individual serviced office will have its own style and identity, with many having dedicated community managers who go to great lengths to support and connect the community.
Many spaces will host regular events that allow those within the workspace to come together socially, in order to discover what they have in common on a business, personal or intellectual level. Often, serviced offices will also host seminars or talks from influential people to help businesses grow through the power of shared learning.
One thing that is important to note about shared workspaces however, is that socialising is never forced; this is another reason why the community becomes so valuable to businesses and individuals. Knowing that there is the space to work independently in quiet and comfortable surroundings allows people to feel more relaxed and happy when they enter shared areas such as the café or lounge.
The same article by HBR also found that, ‘Some people interact with fellow co-workers much less than others, they still felt a strong sense of identity with the community. This comes from co-workers knowing there is the potential for interactions when they desire or need them.’
Workspaces are more and more commonly incorporating features that encourage a community atmosphere into their environments. This both improves the productivity of businesses as well as the happiness of staff. Informal shared space, amenities such as coffee producing IPads, food provisions and plenty of space to relax such as courtyards or green rooms all help people come together.
And if you really want to enhance the community feel within your workspace, why not get the building involved in volunteer work with the local community. Supporting local projects can bring many people together as well as providing the opportunity to give back to the community.
At Officio we regularly enjoy a little team get together. What’s your favourite way to get to know somebody new within your workspace community?