The “normal” work week looks a little different these days. Working from nine to five in a traditional office setting is no longer the norm. Instead, businesspeople and creatives are thriving in a new type of workplace … the shared workspace. According to Harvard Business Review, “… people who belong to [shared workspaces or coworking offices] report levels of thriving that approach an average of 6 on a 7-point scale. This is at least a point higher than the average for employees who do their jobs in regular offices.” With 3 shared workspace offices located in Southern California and Arizona, OffiCentric can attest that member happiness and productivity varies greatly from the traditional setting.
The Coworking Difference
Decreasing (Draining) Office Politics
Anyone who has worked in a traditional office can relate: office politics can get rough. Harvard Business Review believes because coworking spaces bring together people from a range of companies, industries and projects, there is little direct competition and need for inter-office maneuvering. Instead, shared workspaces like OffiCentric breed creativity, community and growth.
Increasing (Positive) Community Vibes
Before coworking was a household word, remote or freelance professionals were often limited to their living room, a coffee shop or perhaps the library. While the freedom to choose is, well, freeing, it can also create isolation and loneliness. Shared workspaces have brought a sense of community and identity to the freelance world without limiting one’s flexibility. Harvard Business Review adds that coworking offices have their “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.”
Building (Stronger) Networks
Whether you’re renting a desk or office suite, the moment you join a shared workspace is the moment you expand your professional network. Many freelancers come from the creative professions (think: graphic design, website and UX design, or copywriting). And many of these creative professions go hand-in-hand! Just think about it: The copywriter gets a new gig, but needs a graphic designer. Or maybe the web designer has a new project but needs copywriting. Build your connections, build your portfolio and build your brand.
For information in shared workspaces in Temecula, Phoenix or Carlsbad, visit our OffiCentric Locations.