Coworking is the Future

Imagine walking into your workplace. co-working works

You sit at a comfortable desk and get started on plans for a kitchen remodel. Top to bottom, countertop to floor, you’re going to wow this client. But you get stuck on a detail. No problem: you pop over to the cabinet designer across the room for some technical advice, and another designer nearby offers a few suggestions. You then walk to the cafe and join a discussion about building trends. Energized (from the coffee and the conversation!), you get back to your plans. This is coworking at its most dynamic — and productivity at its finest.

The future of the workplace is coworking. It’s striking the ideal balance between autonomy and community, independence and collaboration, and flexibility and structure. Quite simply, coworking works.

People who work in these community settings report significantly higher levels of “thriving” than those who work in more traditional spaces. Why?

Coworking is Collaborative — Not Competitive

Traditional workplaces tend to foster a sense of competition — and it’s not always healthy. Whether it’s vying for promotions, incentives, or recognition, it can create a sense of fear and rivalry that derails engagement, productivity, and innovation.

Coworking throws the old model out: people from diverse fields and companies come together in a shared space to work on different ventures and projects. Instead of competition and internal politics, a community emerges. As Dr. Gretchen Spreitzer, part of a University of Michigan team that researches co-working, says, this allows people to “free to be themselves.”

And when this happens, they are more willing to share ideas and give the community the benefit of their unique skills.

Autonomy and Structure

When people are in coworking environments, they have more control over their job. Why not come in a 10:00 am, leave at 4:00 pm, and then come back at 8:00? Work becomes more meaningfully integrated into their lives, and this fosters greater engagement and job satisfaction.

They also have flexibility in terms of where and how they work. When they need quiet time to focus, they have it. When they want to interact, they can join a collaborative space. Some think that coworking is constant connection; it’s not. You can interact as much or as little as you like. Research indicates that even those who interact less than others still feel a strong sense of community.

At the same time, we all know what happens when we have too much freedom! It’s actually difficult to get work done, and productivity suffers. Coworking communities provide a sense of structure. Within that structure, though, there is plenty of room for independence and autonomy.

Sharing Resources — And Ideas

Coworking spaces provide team members, entrepreneurs, freelancers, and others with shared resources. The Hub & Spoke makerspace, for example, features tools, manufacturing equipment, and art studio space, as well as educational assistance. Members can access vital tools of their trade that might not fit into the budget otherwise.

Members also share ideas. Again, because they are in a non-competitive environment, they feel able to bring their best selves to work, and they are more willing to engage with others. Whether tackling challenging problems, offering suggestions, or simply acting as sounding boards, this spurs innovation and novel solutions.

The future of the workplace is coworking — and it’s here now. Don’t wait to increase productivity, creativity, and community. Connect with us today to learn more about Hub & Spoke today and leverage a flexible, agile workspace that works.

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