Here is the full report:
This is a great article on the power and value of working together. I see this happening in our space here. Members bouncing ideas and thoughts off other members. You can't replace the experience and value of human interaction with technology. As much of a technology geek that I am, I have to agree there is nothing technically available to replace a door jam conversation. (for the younger generation - the mere expression "Door Jam" comes from a time when we all worked in the same building and many problems were solved hanging out in someone's doorway)
"The power of presence has no simple explanation. It might be a manifestation of the “mere-exposure effect”: We tend to gravitate toward what’s familiar; we like people whose faces we see, even just in passing. Or maybe it’s the specific geometry of such encounters. The cost of getting someone’s attention at the coffee machine is low—you know they’re available because they’re getting coffee—and if mid-conversation, you see that the other person has no idea what you’re talking about, you automatically adjust."
I have seen this trend in our coworking space. It makes perfect sense that corporations would utilize the infrastructure created by coworking spaces. It's inexpensive, flexible, and a smaller commitment than traditional leases.
Here are a few tips and tricks on how to survive in the coworking environment. These are provided by Ooma.com
Does your calendar look like a solid wall of meetings?
It supersedes every other marketing tool out there when it comes to ROI and cost efficiency. It can also have a huge domino effect on driving new customers to your business.
It's called Referral marketing.
58% of high-performance employees say they need more quiet work spaces.
Our open industrial spaces are frustrating our best people and likely impacting our end products.
This is a great article on the mental jungle-gym most go through when considering using a coworking space. Why would I pay money for a work space? How did I make money before I committed to coworking?
The article ends with these great comments on coworking:
You get what you invest
I’m trying my best not to pull out a cliché here, but it’s true that if all you’re investing is money, all you can expect is a flexible workspace. If you’re willing to put some of yourself, your time, your expertise and your energy into the community, you’ll see a far greater value in coworking.
Today there are countless coworking spaces around the world where you can have your own office without actually having to have one. So how can a coworking space improve your work?
Networking, professional meeting spaces, less distractions, being part of a community. These are just a few of the things that can propel your career.
Control your meetings
and make them meaningful. Here are a few great tips on making a meeting worth attending:
- Control the count - too many people = lack of focus and responsibility
- Get people to show up on time
- Focus and have a plan for the meeting.