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Why People Thrive In Co-Working Spaces

Studies show people who work in co-working spaces are on balance more satisfied, better performers and find more meaning in their work than those working in traditional offices. “Linda Trim, Director at FutureSpace, a high-end work space joint venture between Investec Property and workplace specialists Giant Leap with two offices in Sandton said:”Co-working spaces attract diverse groups of people such as entrepreneurs, remote workers, independent professionals and people from large companies who work together in communal setting. Trim cites a study in the Harvard Business Review by researchers Garrett, Bacevice and Spreitzer which found that people working at co-working spaces were not just more satisfied and productive than those in regular offices, but were also much more engaged in shaping their and their company’s future. “But perhaps the most important factor that the research uncovered was that these people where thriving at work because they saw their work as more meaningful that those in regular offices.” Firstly, unlike a traditional office, co-working spaces consist of members who work for a range of different companies, ventures, and projects. “Working amongst people doing different kinds of work can also make one’s own work identity stronger.” Secondly, meaning may come from working in a culture where it is the norm to help each other out, and there are many opportunities to do so.

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