As more businesses offer telecommuting options, and as more entrepreneurial employees branch out on their own, coworking continues to remain a top choice for professionals who want to thrive.
And thrive they do. According to a study in the Journal of Organizational Behavior, members of coworking communities report higher levels of thriving than their peers working in traditional offices.
Coworking spaces are membership-based work environments where like-minded professionals work in shared spaces. But it's not just the availability of desks and communal printing stations that make these places so valuable. The intangible benefits may actually outweigh the practical ones when it comes to thriving in the workplace.
To succeed at work, people need more than a place to sit and a high-speed internet connection. They need human connection, too. Professionals flourish in coworking environments because their workplace is steeped in shared values, supports a sense of autonomy and provides access to community enrichment.
Let's take a closer look at how and why people thrive in coworking spaces.
Like-minded people and meaningful work
Upon joining a coworking space, workers find themselves among diverse groups from all walks of professional life. Coworking peers can be remote workers, entrepreneurs, and freelancers as well as students, small businesses and even smaller teams of employees from enterprise companies.
Rather than encouraging a competitive atmosphere, this fosters a supportive and collaborative workplace culture. Community members tend to be driven and passionate about what they do, operating with a sense of purpose and finding meaning in their work. Naturally, this energetic community and positive value system permeates the workplace. Community members can draw daily motivation from this type of atmosphere. Or, they can join forces with their peers to share ideas, learn together and identify opportunities for collaboration.
Collaboration and community
It's hard to succeed without community and the sense of validation it can provide. But, in a coworking space, someone running a one-person business doesn't have to work in isolation. They can get a second opinion from another community member over lunch or connect with other solopreneurs for support.
The personal and professional growth enabled by this type of community is not possible in a traditional workplace. There, workers may not feel at liberty to discuss challenges or reach outside of their own department. Coworking can also provide more socialization than working from home.
Additionally, this sense of community can be good for business. A team in need of a graphic design partner can invite a freelancer within the community to meet at the coffee bar. Similarly, a student member completing online coursework at a coworking space can expand their network by attending events.
Within a collaborative, community-based environment, professionals can feel like they truly belong — and this makes for a productive and positive workplace experience.
Structure and autonomy
Not everyone is suited to the work-from-home lifestyle. The lack of structure and poor work-life balance can cause feelings of lethargy and demotivation. Plus, the overlap with home life and family responsibilities may put a strain on both the personal and professional arenas. A coworking space offers just the right amount of structure and discipline away from home. Since community managers take care of the logistics of running the office, workers can focus on their work without distraction.
Different membership levels can also add a level of accountability and motivation. At WorkHub in Tyler, Texas, members can sign up through the Coffee Shop plan where they'll have 8-to-5 access, or the Happy Hour plan for working nights and weekends. Either way, our members are encouraged to show up and give it their all during their chosen schedule.
Coworking also allows greater flexibility and job control compared to traditional offices. At WorkHub, solopreneurs and small teams who prefer a different style of working are free to sign up as Drop-In members or gain 24/7 access through a Flexi-Space membership. It's also possible to rent out a customizable private office space. Depending on where they feel most productive, community members can choose to sit at a desk, comfortable sofa or a meeting room. They can also take a break to clear their mind on WorkHub's walking track.
Finding a place to flourish at WorkHub
Independent contractors and employees alike thrive when they have the right level of autonomy and control over where, when and how their work is done.
This is why people thrive in coworking spaces like WorkHub. Our office is thoughtfully designed to support a new way of working and encourage community connections, allowing for a better work-life balance, increased productivity and a renewed sense of purpose.
If you're interested in joining a coworking space book a free tour of WorkHub or contact our team for your free day pass.