Coworking Improves Productivity
A couple of friends have reached out to me for recommendations of cafes that are conducive for working and studying. Out of curiosity, I asked them why they prefer to go to cafes to do their work rather than staying at home or go to a coworking space. Their common answer was they hated working at home or being “chained” to a desk at an office.
Now hate is a pretty strong word, but I can absolutely relate to what they are saying. Somehow, I just get more work done in a shorter time when I drag myself outside my apartment. This is not just an isolated case between me and my friends; Harvard Business Review’s Why People Thrive in Coworking Spaces revealed three motives for thriving:
- People who use coworking spaces see their work as meaningful.
Purpose is central to how people execute their jobs. The more we realize the value of our contributions, the more we become motivated to create better output. Coworking also allows us to observe people who are working on something different from what we are doing so there’s a lot of room for ideation and collaboration.
- They have more job control.
In a typical office job, chances are we’re not 100% the entire day. On the other hand, coworking gives us the control to work when we are most productive because we are not on the clock. We can take a break in the middle of the day or work on wee hours. Time does not dictate when we are supposed to be productive.
- They feel part of a community.
The energy and the environment make coworking a thriving culture. And while we are left to ourselves to work, we are also welcome to strike conversations with other people, and coffee makes them even better. Coworking spaces become an informal version of networking becoming a medium for new connections.
Co-working provides us more freedom that traditional office space often lacks, and places like coffee shops are becoming a creative space. We are more ourselves, and so we end up creating better things instead. In the article What are people working on in coffee shops, a few of them answered they are inspired by simply being around people and that was quite a revelation. Working at coffee shops is not just a fad; the fact that we enjoy the company of others who are likewise working on their own creates a working culture that is different from what we are used to.