Why People Thrive in Co-Working Spaces
Co-Working spaces are special. People who use co-working spaces see their work as meaningful. Aside from the type of work they’re doing, free lancers choosing projects they care about bring their whole selves to work. They’re able to do this in a few ways.
First, unlike a traditional office, co-working 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. Working amidst people doing different kinds of work can also make one’s own work identity stronger. When given the opportunity to describe what one does, they can make what they do seem more interesting and distinctive.
Second, people come from a workingman culture where it is the norm to help each other out, and there are many opportunities to do so; the variety of workers in the space means that coworkers have unique skill sets that they can provide to other community members.
Lastly, meaning may also be derived from a concrete source: The social mission. Co-working aspires to community, collaboration, learning, and sustainability. It’s not simply that a person is going to work, they are also part of a social movement.
People also have more job control. PencilWorks is accessible 24/7. People can decide whether to put in a long day when they have a deadline, or can decide to take a long break in the middle of the day to go to the gym. They can choose whether they want to work in a quiet space so they can focus, or in a more collaborative space with shared tables where interaction is encouraged. They can even decide to work from home, without repercussion, if they need to meet a repair person or deal with a family emergency.
And while co-workers value this autonomy, they equally value some form of structure in their professional lives. Too much autonomy can actually cripple productivity because people lack routines. Coworkers having a community to work in helps create structures and discipline that motivates them. Some limited form of structure enables an optimal degree of control for independent workers.
Being a part of a community is such an important part of co-working. Connections with others are a big reason why people pay to work in a communal space, as opposed to working from home for free or renting a nondescript office. When it comes to cultivating a community, it’s all about the human element.
The combination of a well designed work environment and a well curated work experience are part of the reason people who co work at PencilWorks thrive!!!
by Jamie Hodge at PencilWorks