Coworking members find their work meaningful - There is something powerful about working with people that find their work meaningful and useful. Freelancers and independent professionals choose to work on projects that they care about - they can bring their true self to the workplace. In a traditional office, it is the same employees everyday working on the same day to day activities. However, in a coworking space, this is exactly the opposite – members work for a range of unique companies and work on a range of different projects. Because of the lack of organisational politics, they don’t have to put on their own work persona just to fit in. Another factor that contributes to meaningful work is the culture. In most coworking cultures, it is the norm to support and assist other businesses in the coworking space. There are many opportunities to do this; variety of members = unique skill sets.
It’s not just the opposite of a traditional office and the culture that makes work meaningful. It also includes the number of coworking spaces out there that have signed the Coworking manifesto (coworkingmanifesto.com) – a document that describes values of community, collaboration and much more. Over 2200 coworking space have already signed this document. On top of that, the values of the coworking manifesto get reinforced at each major Global Coworking Conference.
There is greater job control – Due to the accessibility of most coworking spaces, members can work the whole day when things need to get done or take a gym break at lunch time. Most coworking spaces are open 24/7, including CO-HAB. Working in a collaborative space also helps with structure, discipline and accountability.
They feel part of a community – Working from home is the best option, if keeping costs down means everything to you. However, a lot of people like to work in a communal area. Members have a choice about how or when to interact with others. Some members interact much less than others in the space. Despite this, they still feel an identify with the community. This is based on the certainty that interactions are possible if needed.
Traditional offices vs coworking offices - Coworking is mainly used by freelancers, entrepreneurs and small businesses. However, coworking can become a part of an existing large scale organisation. Many businesses have already started to adopt a coworking strategy. At CO-HAB, we have several companies that use our space as an alternative place for their staff to work. Spending time away from the office to work at a coworking space opens your mind to new ideas and refreshes your Mondays. Coworking spaces provide not only the space but also the communal support for employees to be their genuine best selves - so why not adopt the coworking model in your current office? Or consider some casual coworking memberships for your staff.