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The 6 Benefits of using a Coworking Space
Coworking spaces are rapidly gaining in popularity, an umbrella term for workspaces other than the office (first workspace) or home (second workspace). This is why we sometimes refer to them as the ‘third workspace’.
These kind of places are popping up all over, offering flexible working spaces to employees of smaller and larger organizations, as well as individuals, freelancers, and entrepreneurs. Take in your laptop, and you will find yourself among like-minded ‘co-workers’: your colleagues from different companies if you like.
Most coworking spaces offer different kinds of workplaces, often with a coffee corner and meeting rooms.Big names include Wework, Impact Hub, and Seats2meet, but many smaller initiatives are available.
Why would you choose a coworking space over your own office or home? Let us convince you with these six benefits.
1. New surroundings offer new inspiration
Getting out of your familiar environment can deliver a boost of inspiration. A new space with new stimuli gives you a break from the daily grind. It enables you to look at your work from a new perspective, and interact with new people.
2. Coworking spaces create the right mix of autonomy and interaction
Autonomy is a valuable part of your job: you work better when you decide how and when you work. The independence will boost your productivity and job satisfaction. However, if you work from home often, you might feel isolated at times. A lot of remote workers readily admit they need the buzz of a bit more social interaction.
A coworking space brings you the best of both worlds: you are still fully autonomous, but working alongside others. You can feel part of a community, which can increase your motivation, without the attachment and office politics.
3. Crunch that commute
With so many coworking spaces on the market, you won’t have to look far for one nearby. A shorter commute means you can be more flexible and avoid traffic. You could even meet your colleagues halfway for a bit of face-to-face at a coworking space and cut both your travel times in half.
4. Space for serendipity
Working in a coworking space means meeting new people – and especially, different people. Your water cooler moment might turn into a quick brain pick, and your desk could be right across from someone to bounce ideas off. If you are open to new ideas, your coworking space could be a treasure trove of serendipity contacts.
5. More knowledge
With so many people from different backgrounds and disciplines, a coworking space can be an untapped source of new knowledge. Creating a network of ideas and inspiration is an essential part of many coworking spaces like Seats2meet.
If you want to use a flex working space at one of their locations, you are asked to fill out a profile to show your areas of expertise. That way, all co-workers know who’s working that day and what valuable knowledge they might have.
6. Fewer distractions
A coworking space allows you to put your head down and get stuff done. Because you are not in your office, your colleagues won’t interrupt you every other minute. Also, because you are not at home, chores and cohabitants won’t distract you. You can focus on what’s important. You might be surprised to see how much you can get done in a day.
Now that you are familiar with the main benefits of a coworking space how about giving it a go and finding out what works for you? Shake up your workspace and share your experience!