Why People Thrive in Coworking Spaces

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Now I’ll admit right off the bat that I’m not a real writer, so I’ve leaned heavily on an article from Harvard Business Review. (you can find the whole article with credits here, https://hbr.org/2015/05/why-people-thrive-in-coworking-spaces)

What I’ve found through research and personal experience here at our El Camp Coworking Space is that people really do thrive in coworking spaces. They seem happy, engaged with their work, and there is always someone new to run ideas by, or just to talk to and become inspired. Creativity is the name of the game around here and nothing sparks creativity like talking to other creative type around the coffee bar.

People tend to thrive in coworking situations due to three main factors:

• People who use coworking spaces see their work as meaningful:  For example, freelancers often get to choose projects that they care about, or at least are interested in. People who work in smaller startups are often much more passionate about their work, and you’re less likely to be sitting near someone who is just trying to work any job that will make enough money to pay this week’s bar bill.

• They have more job control:  El Camp and many other Coworking spaces are accessible 24/7. People can decide whether to put in a long day when they have a deadline or can decide to take a long break in the middle of the day to go to the gym. They can choose whether they want to work in a quiet space so they can focus, or in a more collaborative space with shared tables where interaction is encouraged. They can even decide to work from home, without repercussion, if they need to meet a repairperson or deal with a family member need.

• They feel part of a community:  Connections with others are a big reason why people pay to work in a communal space, as opposed to working from home for free or renting a nondescript office. Each coworking space has its own vibe, and the managers of each space go to great lengths to cultivate a unique experience that meets the needs of their respective members.

From my perspective, I know that people can’t believe it when I mention that El Camp has weekly happy hours, hot breakfasts every Tuesday, and other fun festive activities depending on the time of year. When I hear their response of “Must be nice, I wish I worked there,” it helps me to realize that I’m in the right place and thriving.


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