You can be Yourself and focus on doing hard job
Unlike a traditional office, co-working spaces consist of members who work for a range of different companies, ventures, and projects. Because there is little direct competition or internal politics, they don’t feel they have to put on a work persona to fit in. Working amidst people doing different kinds of work can also make one’s own work identity stronger.
The open work environment in Co-working Spaces
Meaning also comes from an environment where it is the norm to help each other out. The variety of workers in the space means that coworkers have unique skill sets that they can provide to other community members (if they want to and have the time to do so).
Co-working values governs the space
The values that the co-working movement aspires to, including community, collaboration, learning, and sustainability. When these values come through the mentality shared in the office, the perception of work and the atmosphere motivates members of coworking spaces.
Another reason if that coworkers have more job control and flexibility. Co-working spaces are normally accessible 24/7. People can decide whether to put in a long day when they 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. 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 a café or from home, without any repercussions.
While a co-working space gives its members this kind of autonomy, members can also rely on some form of structure in their professional lives through the office space they share. Too much autonomy can actually cripple productivity because people lack routines. Co-workers 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.
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.
Importantly, however, socialising isn’t compulsory or forced. Members can choose when and how to interact with others. They are more likely to enjoy discussions over coffee in the café because they went to the café for that purpose – and when they want to be left alone elsewhere in the building, they are. According to research, while some people interact with fellow coworkers much less than others, they still felt a strong sense of identity with the community, which probably comes from coworkers knowing there is the potential for interactions when they desire or need them.
So how can we respond to our initial question?
Why would working from a co-working space increase efficiency and motivation at work?
What we can say is that the combination of a well-designed work environment and a well-curated work experience are part of the reason people who co-work demonstrate higher levels of thriving.
What matters the most for high levels of thriving however, is that people who cowork have substantial autonomy and can be themselves at work. Being your authentic best self, yet having some level of structure in your work (through your membership in a coworking office) goes a long way, sometimes it just takes some time to figure this out for yourself.