Coworking had traditionally been a stronghold of startups and freelancers, primarily due to the budgetary benefits such arrangements provide and the networking scope. However, this is no longer true. Top corporates including industry giants and multinational companies are jumping onto the bandwagon worldwide, aiming to achieve an improved work output and optimize resources. So much so, that coworking or shared working space is actually being considered as the new ‘it’ thing in office culture, no longer limited to those with limited means or options.
So without further ado, let us take a look at just some of the benefits that the corporate workspace can gain from adopting a coworking approach.
1. Interesting Workspace:
Coworking has been known to provide a huge boost in creativity and productivity, and it is not difficult to see why. Employees are not forced to sit at their desks to churn out work; they are actually encouraged to get up from them at times.
Coworking offices are always equipped with the latest technology related to work. Along with this, they almost always include a relaxation area which may include pool tables, foosball, and even PlayStations! The people-friendly atmosphere at work, combined with the many opportunities for relaxation allows for a less rigid workspace, thereby allowing employees to break out of the monotony of work. This allows them to be more creative and more engaged in their work than they would otherwise be. In simpler terms, happy employees are productive employees, and cubicles are not fun!
2. Community Centric Workspace
No matter who you are, it is invariably going to be refreshing to meet and interact with many different minds in the same workspace. This is all the more true if you are a corporate employee, who does not seem to have much interaction with people outside their own fields. Collaborations with people from diverse backgrounds actually induce creativity and teach you new skills. What’s more, it can actually highlight an area you were never interested in, but seem to have a knack for.
Apart from this, coworking spaces often organize community events involving everyone who shares their space. These may range from interesting lectures and presentations, live events, musical gigs, picnics, group activities, etc. This sense of community gives people a sense of belonging in a community of workers, as well as inspiration to work better through friendly competition.
3. Millennial Workspace:
The technological revolution at the turn of this millennium, including the rise of the internet and social media has created an entire generation who have grown up in a world intricately connected by technology, in a world where the access to and exchange of information is no longer limited to an individual. This generation, or millennials and GenZ as they are popularly known, is today entering the traditional workspace. And like almost everything else, they have redefined the entire concept of working.
No longer is working limited to traditional workspaces, no longer are employees content to sit at their desk and work when there is so much more out there to learn and grow from! Coworking, with its very obvious benefits like innovation, freedom, and networking, seems to strike the right chords with them. It thus makes sense for corporations to change accordingly to keep up with changing times and employees.
A shared workspace thus offers people an office where they are happy to work from, thereby driving up creativity and productivity. With the freedom and flexibility it offers, coworking truly seems to be the new work order.