What comes to mind when you think of coworking spaces? If you’re like most people, you probably think of things like cost efficiency and convenience for professionals who want an office to work from but want to save on overhead – and you’re certainly not wrong. But that’s only scratching the surface.
Creativity, innovation, community and opportunity are also huge factors in making coworking spaces and shared offices such an enticing solution for entrepreneurs, small businesses and even remotely operating branches of larger corporate companies. And while those may not be the first qualities to come to mind when you think of coworking spaces, they should be.
They Are Creative Communities
Spoiler alert: being in an office doesn’t guarantee creativity, productivity or morale. If it did, today’s business world wouldn’t be so focused on creating work environments that cater to employee wellbeing as a means to stimulate those attributes.
Coworking spaces are, by nature, melting pots of creativity, knowledge and resources. There are very few – if any – other working environments in which tenants have the same constant exposure to professionals from such a diverse range of backgrounds and industries – from lawyers to accountants to tech people to web designers, marketers, publicists, financial services and even fashion professionals, among many others.
Even the most diverse corporate office comprised of a plethora of professionals performing a wide variety of functions still share the same overarching corporate culture.
In a coworking space, professionals perform different jobs, in different industries that require entirely different sets of skills and perspectives. This type of access to alternative ideas and perspectives and outside-the-box thinking simply may not be present in a more traditional work environment.
They Are Designed to Foster Creativity and Collaboration
It’s not only the people that mould this creative and collaborative environment. Great coworking spaces are actually designed to foster a sense of community – from their layout to their shared spaces.
It’s a proven fact that intelligent office design can boost employee morale and productivity. Coworking spaces are on the cutting edge of this trend.
Today’s employees seek flexibility in their work. A great work environment is one which is conducive to many different work styles and scenarios. A variety of workspaces mean there’s something for everyone and will help maximize productivity.
Coworking spaces understand this and offer areas where people can work by themselves and be free of distraction, open areas for collaboration, and conference rooms for meetings that require privacy.
Oftentimes, they even offer spaces that can be used for social and professional events like professional development networking get-togethers.
They Encourage Social Interaction
While coworking offices offer a fantastic combination of both like and unlike-minded professionals, meaningful connections can be challenging to initiate without a social common ground. That’s why shared offices facilitate a social environment filled with amenities and common spaces that allow users to relax, network in a less-formal setting, collaborate and brainstorm freely and seek insights and advice comfortably.
From rooftop terraces with BBQs to lounges with comfortable furniture to kitchens with ample seating and even games and activities, coworking spaces foster a culture and community that extend beyond work.
They Offer Some Awesome Perks
Even a quick coffee run or snack break can end up eating 20 minutes of a workday. To alleviate this inefficiency, coworking spaces frequently provide great free perks like complimentary refreshments including unlimited gourmet coffee, espresso, cappuccino, filtered water and snacks. This means shared office users have access to the fuel they need without having to deviate from their workday.
In fact, some coworking spaces (like us) even offer weekly happy hours boasting craft beer to help coworkers unwind and socialize after a long week.
They Provide Tools to Help Stimulate Success
The benefits don’t stop at free refreshments – there are also some necessities that professionals require to effectively run a business. Coworking spaces readily offer tools like free WiFi, top-of-the-line printers and scanners and even fax machines. They even often feature presentation and meeting rooms, and silent “phone booth” areas that allow for uninterrupted phone calls.
Shared offices and coworking spaces are much more than simply a desk to sit at when you need to get work done. They foster a community environment that can be an invaluable asset in boosting creativity, output and morale for professionals of all descriptions.