1. The use of an office or other working environment by people who are self-employed or working for different employers, typically so as to share equipment, ideas, and knowledge
2. Self-directed, collaborative, flexible and voluntary work style that is based on mutual trust and the sharing of common core values between its participants
3. Work with people you don’t work with
In 2019, crowd-funded, collaborative efforts to achieve a common goal are the norm in our internet-centric society. This wasn’t the case in 2005, when entrepreneur Brad Neuberg was looking to create a new environment in which to work. He called this idea “Coworking.”
For the 2019 worker, a major issue is isolation, lack of physical interaction with their peers which has a detrimental effect on their attitude about work.
Whether a modest, open-plan warehouse space, or a more corporate environment with cubicles and branches in many big cities, coworking spaces are booming in 2019. And remote workers, freelancers, entrepreneurs and creatives are flocking to them.
Core components of coworking spaces are high-speed internet, office supplies, a fixed street address for small businesses, laser printer and copier access, as well as conference rooms and meeting space. In addition, lounge areas, free coffee, drinks, snacks, regular activities and gatherings, weekly happy hours, and business centric networking/meetup events are standard fare for most coworking venues.
And the results speak for themselves:
Coworking provides an outlet that increases productivity and morale in the workplace. By working in these new spaces and engaging with new people, ideas and creativity flourish.
Schedule a tour of Container Yard or drop in for one of our Open Co-work Days to try it out for yourself!
*(Source: allwork.space, “Coworking is the new normal, and these stats prove it” 3/15/201, Cecilia Amador)