Productive coworking spaces, many assume is an oxymoron. There is equal amount of room for socializing as there is for working. This breaks all traditions of an “office space”- a space typically meant for an employee to sit in his dedicated seat, having minimal movement and the infamous water-cooler conversations three times a day. How productive do we suppose a traditional office worker is? Quite. What is his productivity really like?
Research suggests that in an eight to nine-hour workday, the average employee is productive for 2 hours and 58 minutes. It is safe to conclude that five hours and two minutes in your day are spent doing non-work activities. This could be socializing, reading a BuzzFeed listicle, taking a smoke break, enjoying a board game or pretending to work when you clearly lost all motivation 3 hours 46 minutes ago.
Does it make sense for employees to have 8-hour workdays when most of it remains unproductive work-wise?
For an organization aiming to scale rapidly, employee productivity hours cannot be compromised on.
Inspite of having all the different kinds of ‘chilling zones’, coworking spaces have proven to be far more productive than the traditional setup. Let’s get into the how and why of it.
The design of the space is such that you balance work and non work activities, without having to pretend to be working. Coworking spaces have dedicated distraction-free zones. Therefore your colleague’s phone call or a team discussion is never an excuse. You can truly focus on your work. When you do want to take a break, you can always step out into common areas to socialize and network with coworkers who are also working on similar deadlines as yours, wanting to be part of a community, keeping you motivated and inspired.
According to a research by Deskmag and Deskwanted, since working in a coworking space:
74% of coworkers have been more productive,
86% have a larger business network,
93% have a bigger social network,
Over two thirds feel more creative and collaborate more on projects
A third reported an increase in income.
Apart from the networking opportunities, coworking takes away all the stress that a regular office normally takes. This could be a scanner facility break-down, internet downtime and more, killing productive work time. Undoubtedly, coworking spaces, with its focus on psychology in space design, have managed to solve a problem that has costed organizations many dollars worth of time a day. Members at our own spaces have mentioned that employee productivity levels have risen by 10%. We attribute it to our distraction free cocoons, meant for deep work. Teams from organizations like Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest that can afford to build workspaces of their own, suited to their culture are choosing to work out of coworking spaces. It is astounding how such office spaces have managed to solve concerns regarding productivity and what not which clearly goes on to validate that coworking is here to stay.