An article posted by the Harvard Business Review, https://hbr.org/2015/05/why-people-thrive-in-coworking-spaces, sheds some light on a new business model that has been creating some recent noise. From this new business model, often called ‘shared work offices’ or ‘coworking spaces’, companies are forming to meet this opportunity. What companies like Workville are quickly discovering is an ever increasing need for this type of space.
This makes sense considering the primary members of these coworking spaces are those within growing industries that are demanding more and more workers of the freelance, technology services and other various independent employee types. As outsourcing and technology create more non-traditional employment opportunities, more remote and freelance work, the need for this type of work space increases.
Studies have shown time and again that the optimum working condition is one that provides an individual as much freedom as possible while maintaining a structure and routine. The freedom offers employees the opportunity to be freely creative and take initiative, it allows them a sense of ownership over projects. Routine and structure help people to become more productive and efficient . Balance is the key, and these shared work spaces most often utilized by these non-traditional roles are able to get the best of both, freedom and guidance.
This is where companies like the aforementioned Workville focus all of their attention. The goal was simple and two fold. First was to create shared offices and working spaces that was conducive to a comfortable working environment. The second task was to both, create a sense of community and afford a structured workplace allowing members to build relationships, share knowledge and ideas, develop productive routines and empower every member to take control of their work and performance.
An example of shared office space in NYC is Workville. There are rumblings now about taking these highly effective benefits and practices of these new shared work spaces, and integrating them into the corporate business world. With all the changes in how, where and when people do business today, it really was a matter of time before structure and offices started to mirror some of those changes. There is certainly more to come, the only question is what will it be next and what will it look like – or to be more accurate what will your office look like?