In the past decade alone, the number of sole proprietors and small businesses that utilize a co-working space has soared. In 2007, there were only a handful of spaces available. Now there are thousands, servicing 3.8 million workers in the United States. ZworkSpace is an affordable solution that wants to show Orange County entrepreneurs the benefits a co-working has to offer. With the holiday season in full swing, something a lot of business owners might be thinking about is building community and togetherness among their teams. Some may be wondering what they can do to foster this in their teams, and what benefits it can have.
Creating a collaborative culture.
Working together helps to feel part of a community and to achieve better results. One of the critical aspects of fostering an environment that facilitates this type of productivity and happiness is choosing an environment that's right for your team. The ideal setup is one that allows for a healthy work-life balance, meaning workers can openly socialize and take breaks from work while having space where they focus on projects with minimal distractions.
Collaboration boosts productivity.
Creating a robust social environment at work could help boost productivity. A recent Stanford study demonstrated that even the perception of working collectively on a task allowed subjects to work 64% longer than solitary peers. These subjects also reported higher engagement levels, lower fatigue, and a higher success rate than workers who were primed for solo work. The impact of this kind of working lasted for several weeks, showing that there are concrete, demonstrable benefits to creating a pleasant and collaborative environment for your team.
You have more job control.
Coworking spaces are normally accessible 24/7. You can decide whether to put in a long day when you have a deadline or want to show progress or can decide to take a long break in the middle of the day to go to the gym. You can choose whether they want to work in a quiet space so you can focus, or in a more collaborative space with shared tables where interaction is encouraged.
And while coworkers value this autonomy, we have also learned that you equally value some form of structure in your professional lives. Too much autonomy can cripple productivity because people lack routines. Coworkers reported that having a community to work in helps them create structures and discipline that motivates them. Thus, paradoxically, some limited form of structure enables an optimal degree of control for independent workers.
If you and your team want a co-working space that builds a community and emphasizes collaboration and networking, ZworkSpace is the place for you. For more information about our membership offerings, or a tour of our office space, contact us at info@ZworkSpace.com or 714. 253. 7788.