Start Thinking About Coworking
The idea of sharing space with strangers is unusual or odd at first; however, this concept of ‘shared workspace’ is an escalating and thriving trend for creators, entrepreneurs, and professionals in various industries.
Private and traditional offices are slowly losing its appeal in the modern times, and coworking is coming on the rise bringing on more benefits than you’d think.
The Rising Trend
The demand for coworking spaces is on the rise as it is expanding to wider range of people and even appealing to corporate companies. The U.S. market for office space is being evolved and reshaped as more people are being aware of what coworking means. The number of people working in a shared space is expected to double in the U.S from 2017 of 542,000 people to 2022 of 1.08 million.
Furthermore, the article, “Coworking Trends Across the U.S,”complies data on why people are choosing to cowork at a space rather than the library, coffee shop, or comfort of their home:
59% say the social atmosphere
56% say the human interaction
55% say the sense of community
47% say working with like- minded people
41% say it’s good value/ price
38% say office infrastructure
35% say the sharing of knowledge
This demonstrates that creating connections holds the key to the main growth of coworking.
Community Improves Work Habits:
The control, flexibility and open environment that a coworking space offers are shown to boost productivity. 84% of people who cowork have reported that they are more productive and motivated, and 89% of people claimed that they are happier.
The coworking benefits mainly stems from the community, and the importance and value that it brings are well explained by Riché C. Zamor:
“A community is a familiar thread used to bring people together to advocate and support each other… As human beings, we need a sense of belonging, and that sense of belonging is what connects us to the many relationships we develop. Communities are also rich in resources, that is where their collective aspect comes into play.”
The community formed by creating connections surprisingly facilitates and takes a major role in motivating others by collaborating, observing, inspiring, and sharing tips and ideas.
By welcoming collaboration and networking, coworking also creates a healthier work culture. A member from The Orange Space named Marc expressed that he needs a place like this and that he loves the idea of shared space because it allows him to remember to take a break to interact with other members and not be cooped up in his own work. Having a private office may offer autonomy, but people who self- work may miss out on the sense of community by being too caught up.
Furthermore, Aude, a creative director/ designer/ business owner of AUDESIGN, is also an experienced coworker and a long- time member of The Orange Space. And, he shares why he loves to coworking community:
“I like a lot of things about The Orange Space- locale, vibe, flexible hours, and frequent inspiring and educational events, to name a few. Above all, I value the myriad potential networking opportunities and potential work partnerships through new friends I’ve come to know and respect in the short 4 weeks since I’ve joined the TOS [The Orange Space]…”
Though a shared space encourages socialization, no one actually has to feel intimidated or forced to interact. This shared setting is utilized for both collaborative work and quiet work. And, members have the ultimate choice to have and carry on a discussion. Even those who are shy and have an introverted soul feel a sense of identity in the community, and appreciate that there is the possibility in having the social interactions when they want to.
Take the Leap
If you are someone looking for a new space to independently do your work, take the leap to get a membership at a coworking space. It is guaranteed that the community and the benefits that comes with it is a plus. Coworking is not only for a specific niche, but encourages diversity for different types of professionals.