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5 characteristics that make good workspaces GREAT

Times are changing fast. Workspaces that people yearned for, expected and cared about a few years ago are so different than today. The first priority for founders and managers today is to create an environment where the work is both exciting and challenging. A place where careers blossom and the bottom line thrives.

So what are the essential values and behaviours that every organization must follow to thrive in the future? What can an organization do to ensure that a workspace is a place where employees want to be and not have to be? Focus on creating a workspace that goes way beyond choosing nice decor or comfy chairs.

In this article, we’ve enlisted five essential characteristics of a workplace that attracts and motivates people to come to work every day.   

Authentic leadership

The success of any great workspace arguably hinges on great leaders. From executives down to front-line managers, authentic leaders demonstrate respect, credibility, and fairness to employees and the organization.

These leaders consistently present a clear vision for their company and increase trust every time they listen carefully to employees and live up to their word. So start by identifying, hiring and promoting leaders who cultivate strong bonds with their teams, connect everyone to the mission of the organization, and spotlight team members’ successes.

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Clear purpose

A great workplace, or any workplace for that matter, has a clear and specific purpose for existing which is captured and ingrained in every action or decision a company takes. A 2014 study by Deloitte found that an organization that focuses on ‘purpose’ is an organization that inspires higher levels of confidence among stakeholders and one that boosts growth. Similarly, a 2010 Burson-Marsteller/IMD Corporate Purpose Impact study found that a strong and well-communicated corporate purpose can contribute up to 17 percent improvement in financial performance.

So make sure that your organization has a clear purpose in place. Your employees should have a clear understanding of this purpose and must be enlightened by leaders as to how their roles help to achieve the company’s purpose.

Equal opportunities

The cardinal rule of a great workspace is maximizing its human potential. When all employees are at their best at work, it’s better for businesses, better for people and better for the world.   

Create a culture that allows every employee to be innovative and contribute in their own capacity. Even Apple’s Steve Jobs firmly believed companies that want to retain great employees have to let them make decisions. IBM in 2006 invited 150,000 employees, family members, business partners and clients to an online brainstorming session called an ‘Innovation Jam.’ Participants from 104 countries responded, and their ideas led to $100 million in investments by IBM on suggested projects.

Diversity & inclusion  

With the millennial generation entering and representing the significant segment of the workforce, the expectations are changing. Workforce, today, expects their employers to create inclusive spaces around gender, race and even sexual orientation. They look forward to open and candid communication where everyone should be able to voice their perspective respectfully.  

Therefore, companies should take note and add multigenerational positions within the organization where inputs from anyone and everyone are appreciated.

Workspaces that WOW you

Employees today don’t need a lavish multi-story office to feel more productive. Design working environments that are safe, comfortable and hassle-free. Ideal workspaces are those where people feel free to move around, don’t feel tied to their desks, and create more opportunities for creative collaboration.

That’s where co-working spaces like ours come into play. Make a switch today to spaces that allow for privacy, collaboration, and networking.

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Are you the last one to leave the office? Here’s how to STOP it!

Don’t worry! You’re not alone. It’s a challenge that every working professional faces: getting out the office door on time. While some get caught in an email trap, clicking away at their computers and firing off emails way past dinner time, others linger till late, to appear committed to their jobs.

Just like the discussion around work-life balance, working late has also become the norm. But the art of ‘leaving’ on time doesn’t happen by just talking about it. It starts way before the workday does and there has to be a psychological commitment to departure time and a plan to make it happen.

Read: 4 Productivity Hacks By 4 Billionaires

In this blog, we give you that plan and steps to execute it:    

Harness the skills of time management

A study conducted by the Harvard Business Review found that working more than 40 hours a week could make professionals less productive, put them at risk of making mistakes, and create the appearance of poor time-management skills. So let’s start by understanding the cardinal rule- Your set hours are your set hours for a reason, whether you are an employee or a manager.

You need to accommodate and complete all the crucial things in the given hours. Period. Finish everything within the stipulated time, and if your current setup isn’t working for you, change it.  You also need to stop focusing on one day or one week and start planning for long-term goals.

Predict and preempt the things that will take most of your hours and start working on them backward. There could even be days where you can’t complete everything you have planned, and that’s ok.

Work is a never-ending process, and you should stop trying to get everything done in a day.   

Find the leaks

There can be multiple things that might be slowing you down during office hours. It could be chatty colleagues, noisy office spaces, lack of pre-defined work expectations, urge to take too many short breaks, unnecessary meetings and so on. Take a step back and consider your priorities. What’s the ‘true north’ towards which you’re working? If you know that these frequent workplace distractions are halting you from reaching your goals, then it’s time to stop.

Cut down on your unnecessary chit-chat breaks, find a space where you can work peacefully without any distraction, get yourself taken off from the meetings and discussion that don’t concern you. Identify these leaks and fix them before they become a part of your schedule.  

Discover the magic formula

We all have some days that are particularly productive. It could be Mondays, Fridays or just in the middle of the week. Identify these days and find those elements that made that day or days so good. Discover a pattern and try to replicate them as much as you can!  

Walk the talk

No matter what stage of your career you are in, try and walk the talk. More often than not, we see managers saying, “We don’t want our employees and people to work past 6 or 7.” But then you get an email from them at midnight.

As a manager or a senior at any level, you need to give your team permission to live the life that you want to live and expect the same of yourself as you do of them. Lead with an example and build a culture that gives them a real chance to walk out before dark, regardless of workload.  

Switch to spaces that work for you!

Whether you are a manager, founder, or an employee, you’ll agree that a place where you work, hold meetings, ideate and celebrate all the wins and some losses, play a crucial role in shaping your day and work. If you spend almost half of your day figuring out why the internet is not working or how to get a projector fixed, then you’re probably in the wrong place. A workspace should help you work better and not the opposite.

For all those who are scrambling to find this elusive work-life balance, experience our office spaces for a day for free. We believe in doing less, to do more!  

Women's Workplace Wishlist

Women’s Workplace Wishlist: Smartworks Edition

The more time we spend at our workplace, the more our desk, laptop, phone and a steaming hot beverage feel like family. In other words, our office becomes a ‘second home’ to us.

Now, if it’s a home, we’re bound to have some expectations, right?

While most offices are proactive when it comes to the needs of their female employees there is still some that lag behind.

Women are slowly overcoming years of prejudice to make an indelible impression on the corporate world, and attracting the right people to work for you is essential. Hiring and retaining trailblazing women employees is only possible if you make sure your company has what they’re looking for.

This doesn’t mean that women are seeking differential treatment. However, it is vital that organizations treat their female employees right, and take their perspective into account.

With this in mind, we have compiled a wishlist of #WhatWomenWant at their workplace.

  1. Job satisfaction
    If our day begins with a purpose, then it should end with the satisfaction of completing that mission. This becomes even more crucial when it comes to your job. Female employees feel it’s “critical” to find jobs that enable them to do what they do best.People who get a chance to use their abilities and knowledge are more likely to be satisfied and flourish at work. Businesses need to ensure that their staff, especially female employees, are placed in roles that harness the particular skillsets and capabilities of each individual. This approach helps foster a sense of purpose at work and keeps employees motivated.
  2. Work-life balance
    Whether an organization can offer an excellent work-life balance and personal well-being is another important consideration. The idea of work-life balance and well-being varies from one woman to another. Be it working mothers or women planning to start a family, an absence of a work-life balance can present a major problem. Women prefer working with employers who respect their ambition to rise to the top, without sacrificing every other aspect of their life. A company which encourages, supports and empowers women as ‘people’ rather than ‘workers’ is seen as a more favorable place to work.
  3. Equal pay
    Even after years of heated debates on the glaring disparity in incomes across the gender divide, there remains an unequal pay structure between men and women. According to a report published in ‘The Hindu’, men earned a median gross hourly salary of Rs. 288.68 per hour, while women received Rs. 207.85, or about 27% less than their male counterparts. The question here is: If women are working as much as men, and on the same field, then why the difference? While the answer is debatable, such a gap will only increase unless adequate action is taken to prevent it.
  4. Hygienic powder rooms
    Stepping into a dirty powder room is not just unsightly but highly unsanitary as well. Hygiene is a basic necessity and should be provided, irrespective of the place. That said, an unhygienic washroom can be expected in a public space, but certainly not in an upscale office space. A powder room with proper hygiene and amenities is a must-have.
  5. Transport Facilities
    Late nights or early mornings, work is work and can’t be stalled for anything. The question of safety is a pivotal concern, given the alarming rise in acts of sexual violence against women. To counter the threat, organizations not only need to beef up security but should also provide a trusted transport facility. A reliable pick up/drop service is also a great convenience for women employees who often have to juggle their work and home life. Such facilities not only make women feel safer but also allow them to concentrate on what matters: their work.
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Smartworks cuts the ribbon on its first center in Chennai

Smartworks kicked off the new year by inaugurating its very first office space in Chennai. Being India’s largest provider of shared workspaces, Smartworks decided to launch its first bespoke shared workspace centre in Guindy, Chennai.

“Guindy is the hub for small and medium-sized companies and is extremely well connected through all modes of transport, making it one of the most desired locations for setting up a serviced office space,” said Neetish Sarda – Founder Smartworks.

It’s the strategic location in Guindy, proximity to CBD, and excellent connectivity through all modes of transport, make it an ideal location for an office space. But, seamless connectivity is not the only thing this office space has to offer. The 45,000 square feet state-of-the-art centre with 900+ seats, offers world-class workspace design. A workspace that is adaptable and ergonomically sound is the sign of a great modern workspace and Smartworks Chennai does just that. Vibrant colours like red and orange line the walls, while cooler colours like green and blue evoke feelings of tranquillity and steadiness.

It also boasts of a host of amenities such as cafeteria cum lounge serving healthy food options, gaming room, gym, medical room, meeting rooms, conference rooms, AV lounge, concierge services, fortnightly community events and many other facilities to make workspaces hassle-free and aid in improving the productivity of its members. The cafe has a charm of its own. With an overall color scheme of blue and white, it brings out the aquatic theme, while inevitably promoting a peaceful and calm atmosphere. Complementing that is the colourful chairs and the hand-painted wall art. Such an exquisite combination of different materials and elements makes this cafe one of a kind.

Smartworks made its pan India foray in April 2016 and in a short span of 16 months, has emerged as India’s largest and fastest-growing player in the shared office space and co-working segment. Smartworks presently has 16 centres across nine cities covering more than 900,000 sq. ft. space and plans to expand to 3 million square feet, in over 20 Tier 1 and 2 cities, pan-India by the year 2020.

“We aspire to reinvent India’s workspaces with a simple motto – ‘Create office spaces where people ‘want’ to go, not just ‘have’ to go!’. Smartworks’ newly launched centre in Guindy offers affordability, accessibility, tailor-made office spaces and access to various community events, workshops, and seminars.

In today’s world, rich technology infrastructure is a major business driver and is one of our major offerings in all our centers. Smartworks offers a ‘futuristic workplace’ that not only offers best in class technical support to its clients, it even offers fantastic designs and personalized value-added services.” said Harsh Binani – Co-Founder of Smartworks

Another advantage of the Smartworks Chennai Office was that even before the launch, the Chennai centre already had a strong client base of companies such as Redington India Limited, Morgan Advanced Materials India Pvt Limited, Greaves Cotton Limited amongst others. Riding on this accelerating growth and demand from a strong client base, Smartworks is planning to further expand its operations in OMR, Chennai. Apart from Chennai, Smartworks also plans to expand to other parts of Tamil Nadu in the near future particularly Madurai and Coimbatore.

Here’s a sneak peek into our Guindy, Chennai office:

Inspiring Office Interior In Guindy Center

Smartworks Center In Guindy

Modern Office Space

Smart Meeting Rooms

Experience the convenience we bring with our offices with the drone shot from Smartworks, Guindy, Chennai

 

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Fun Things That You Can Do in a Coworking Spaces

The sound of your alarm buzzing at 6:00 am signifies the beginning of a long day ahead, making you wish that the ‘am’ magically turns into ‘pm’ and you can finally go back to where you belong the most- under your comfy blanket, away from the worries of the world. Sounds like a dream doesn’t it? Yet we struggle to get up early in the morning to get to work when we don’t want to. Well, there are plenty of reasons behind this struggle, one of the most prominent is your coworking spaces.

Believe it or not, but your work environment affects every aspect of your job: Your commitment, your creativity, your inspiration and your enthusiasm for going out there and making things happen.

While conventional workspaces tend to drown you easily, it’s the coworking spaces that offers you the opportunity to enhance your creativity and work shoulder to shoulder with professionals from other industries. Ultimately, life has a lot more to offer than just stressful work. In such a case, a coworking set up provides us with a possibility to do our job and have fun while doing it.

Embrace diversity: Hanging out with your colleagues is good, but going beyond your comfort zone is fantastic. Every person comes from a different background with their own story and experiences. Here, each one has the ability to give a new spin to any conversation. This novelty not only adds to your knowledge reservoir but also opens up your mind to fresh perspectives.

Meetings with colleagues in a coworking spaces

Learning the art of ‘small talk’: ‘Small talk’ is one of the most underrated weapons known to mankind. If small talk can change your grumpy old neighbor into a cheerful-helping hand, then imagine what it can do for you at your workplace? Start with a smile and then go with the flow. ‘Small talks’ have the ability to turn into great conversations, and we all know the power of a great conversation right?

small talk between employees in a coworking spaces

Inspire and be inspired: Inspiration can happen anywhere! There is no right time, but there is the right place. We work not only to sustain our life but to also evolve and grow as human beings. Inspiration is the only factor, which can make you work to the best of your abilities. Getting inspired by a coworking space is inevitable- thanks to all the ideas, good energy and the zeal to do something great wafting out of every corner of the office.

Turn labor into laughter: Work can be tough, there can be days when your frown refuses to leave your face and a smile struggles to sneak in. Unfortunately, everyone around you is probably going through the same phase so what do you do? You interact with people who are in a different stage of their work life and can lift your mood. Thereby, making coworking spaces the happiest place to work.

coworking spaces - happy places to work

Beanbags become your best friends: Now, who doesn’t like to ditch the boring old chair and settle into the warm embrace of a beanbag. This bundle of joy gives you the freedom to sit anywhere and everywhere with anyone or everyone. Thanks to cool co-working spaces we’re already reaching out to someone while you ponder over this statement!

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4 must-read tips for better work-life balance

For most of us, finding a work-life balance between the time spent on a demanding career and ever-so-important personal life is an ongoing challenge. Technology, with all its positive aspects, has added to the trouble by making working professionals accessible around the clock.

In fact, a whopping 94% of working professionals reported working more than 50 hours a week and nearly half said they worked more than 65 hours per week as per a Harvard Business School survey.

In a scenario like this, achieving the elusive ‘work-life balance’ can often feel like an impossible feat. So, in today’s ‘do more with less’ competitive world, how can a working professional manage careers and families? Here are some handy and easy-to-adopt tips to help you find the balance that’s just right for you:

 

Prioritize

This is the most important tip. It defines not only your day at work but also your life. So, simply start by identifying what and who is essential in your life and draw some firm boundaries to devote quality time to these high-priority people and activities.

This identification and boundaries will make it easier for you to see what needs to be trimmed from the busy schedule. If social media surfing sends you into a time-wasting spiral, try using some productivity software or just try devoting limited time to them each day.

Or if you feel that your time gets gobbled up, almost every day, by indulging in some less constructive conversations then find ways to excuse yourself and limit these interactions politely. In other words, try and focus on the people and activities that reward you the most.

 

Make quality time true quality time!

No matter what stage of your career you are at, it’s imperative to know when you should shut your phone off and enjoy the moment. This also holds relevance when you are at work, and personal issues throw you off balance. Try to live in the moment and make it a point to schedule time with your family and friends, activities that will help you rewind and recharge.

While most people believe in making plans over the weekend, fit in a family or friends outing during the week. If you have plans with your families on your calendar, you’ll have something to look forward to and it will act as an extra incentive to manage your time well at work.

 

Exercise & meditate

No matter how busy our lives become, we make time for the critical things in life. We eat, we sleep, we party and even watch Netflix. And yet exercise is often the first thing to go for a toss when our calendars fill up. But as per various research and experts, exercise is one of the effective stress busters for people looking to strike a healthy work-life balance.

It pumps ‘feel-good’ endorphins in your body, lifts your mood and even reflects positively in your office work. Therefore, start dedicating a few hours a week to ‘self-love’ in the form of yoga, exercise or meditation.

 

Start small

We’ve all at some point in time said to ourselves: I’m going to touch my target weight of 55 from 85 today. Will go for a run from zero miles a day to five miles a day. Spend all the weekends with family from none today. But do we really do that? Our obvious guess is no.

Therefore it’s important to start small. Start by 1 kg a week, one mile a day and one evening a week. In order to achieve the ideal work-life balance, start by taking some baby steps and experience some success and failures. Stand up again and build from there!

Factors For Choosing Best Co-working Space

Location combined with amenities stand out as integral factors in choosing co-working space

Going by famous expression coined by real-estate tycoons, three factors matter the most when it comes to real estate- ‘Location, Location & Location.’ This dictum is followed by a majority of people in the business.

While we’re no real-estate gurus, we do have an expertise when it comes to choosing the right co-working space for your business. There is plenty of advice floating around on the internet and in the real world for businesses on a lookout for shared spaces. Mostly this information is either too amateur or too complicated to decipher and follow resulting in a confused business, unable to make the right decision for their selves.

We, at Smartworks, to make it easier and precise skip the technical and cumbersome jargon and shift our focus to only two factors. The first, passed on to us by real-estate legends- Location. Second, a factor we figured out with our experience in the business- Amenities/ Facilities.

Why Location?

A centrally located office is largely significant in how much value you get out of your membership. A location, having good transport connectivity, nearby entertainment facilities and convenient stores, decent restaurants, parks or other reputed companies is a win-win situation for your business. An impressive neighbourhood or a prestigious cyber park not only impresses potential clients but serves as a lucrative factor for the prospective employees as well. A short stroll in the park post lunch or an evening out at a nearby restaurant with colleagues serves as a welcome break from the mundane routine at the office.

On the flip side, choosing or getting a centrally located office space is no easy feat. Every location requires a thorough research and some ground-breaking determination to finalise. When it comes to a co-working space, the importance grows manifold.

For instance, at Smartworks, we make sure that our offices are located in the heart of the city to cater to the needs of a majority of businesses. Yet, an essential factor to remember is that every business has its own requirements so always choose a location that works for you and the needs of your business.

What to look out for?

  • Easy to reach
  • Good parking facility
  • Superior connectivity to public transport
  • Safety and security precautions
  • Convenience

Why Amenities/ Facilities?

Does your business require a fast Wi-Fi connection, access to an excellent 3D printer, Skype room for client calls, suitable space for brainstorming sessions? Or you need something for yourself like a cup of coffee or tea early morning, a cafeteria offering healthy food or home-cooked food options? Clean toilets?

First of all, it’s quite challenging to work in an office not offering facilities which are a necessity for your business. Secondly, it’s equally difficult to work in a space which does not cater to your basic needs as well. Every office-goer has some requirements to be fulfilled. It’s simple logic- the more needs met means an increase in the happiness index of employees which automatically equals better performance at work and an increased job satisfaction. That is precisely why it’s also important to find a co-working space that gives you everything else you need to maximise your work experience.

The creation or complete destruction of the value proposition of office space depends entirely on the infrastructure and amenities it has to offer.

Ideally, a business should look for a co-working space that caters to all their needs by providing a membership plan which makes you productive sans lucrative extras you will never use.

A co-working office space like Smartworks offers all the basic as well as luxurious amenities like a Smart cafe or a weekly entertainment session. On top of that, a co-working facility like ours helps balance the work/life equation and provides a daily dose of fun as well!

What to look out for?

  • Engaging working environment
  • Good internet connection
  • Sanitary bathrooms
  • 24-hour electricity back-up
  • Good cafeteria and drinking water
  • Comfortable seating facility etc.
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When all else fails, tech support saves!

The life of an ordinary office-goer involves everything from dealing with clients, making presentations, to handling technical difficulties. While most of us sail through the above issues, it’s the technical problems that has even the most patient colleague frantically hitting their keyboard in utter frustration. Service providers are nowadays not only provide shared or coworking spaces but technical-support is an integral part of these services

Fortunately, we live in an era where most of our tech issues are solved through tutorials or how-to’s available online. On the other hand, some issues require swift action from the tech support. Why? The following real-life example will answer your question.

A colleague worked as a senior manager in a well-known consultancy firm at his previous job. One day, he was finishing up some final documents before closing the project which the team had been working on for six months. During the process, his system prompted him to download a new upgrade to the existing software.

Taking that as a menial task, he downloaded the software while half-heartedly reading the instructions. One confusion led to another, and his entire system crashed. He was nonplussed that how something so simple could be so complex at the same time. That’s where the problem lies. However tech savvy one might be, such a situation could only be solved by the tech support team.

Needless to say, a dedicated tech support is a necessity for almost every firm. It not only saves you time and effort, it (literally) saves your ‘work’ too. At Smartworks, our services are not only confined to offering coworking technical support, but we have a tech associate available on call to ensure our clients never lose out due to a technical snag.

To shed light on this relatable issue, we launched our latest brand film to tell our audience to focus on their work and leave the hassle-filled technical problems to an expert.

Watch the video and tell us if you can relate –

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Building a workplace (Co-working space) that works

Fun. Inspiring. Productive. Engaging. If you wouldn’t define your office space with any or all of those terms, then there is definitely something not right with your co-working office space.

There are multiple reasons to push each one of us off balance at work. For some, it could be the slightest commotion, like swinging doors or talkative employees, while for others, it could be disruptions like unplanned meetings or frequent discussions. However, the one thing that distracts almost everyone is the dull or boring workspace. There are numerous reports, indices, and studies such as Gensler’s Workplace Index, The Leesman Index,  Steelcase, and others that explore the relationship between the office space and business performance metrics, productivity, and what employees value.

As per these reports, co-working office space is strongly correlated to employee productivity and performance and even a small shift can have a dramatic impact.

This physical workspace is the one we see, touch or smell. It could be the art that hangs on the walls, the office floor plan, a colleague sitting next to you, and any other perks we might get in form of catered meals in a beautiful cafeteria, an on-site gym, or a video game area that we (employees) can use to unwind a bit.  

But before reading on, think for a minute about your co-working office space and how it makes you feel. Do you get excited and energized or do you feel as if you are walking into a hospital or a doctor’s office?

If it’s the latter, then there is some learning to pull out from some of the greatest offices across the globe. Both the employers and the employees play crucial roles in making these blueprints effective.

There are no ‘fit-for-all’ workspaces

Some of the most progressive offices across the globe are not just about an open floor plan or a cubicle, rather they’re about giving employees multiple moods of working. Consider SAP, Europe’s largest technology company, which has an open environment, cubicles, a collaborative innovation hub, a co-working cafe, conference rooms, smaller meetings rooms, and areas for presentations. LinkedIn, Cisco, Airbnb, and many other organizations have similar environments. To put it simply, the key is to shift away from having a single floor plan to integrating and incorporating multiple floor plans to improve productivity.

Imbibe your culture

As opposed to what is largely believed and perceived, productive office spaces are not just about throwing around beanbags, ping pong tables, and cool looking art just for the sake of doing so; rather, they are strategic investments. A desk, cubicle or a workspace must reflect the values and the culture of the organization. For instance, a walk down the design firm IDEO’s San Francisco office feels like wandering into a child’s playhouse, with jars of colorful paper clips, pens, and other tools for creative expression lined up at the entrance.

IDEO’s San Francisco office

Innovate, change, implement, repeat

According to a few experts on productive workspaces, one should treat their physical space like software. Just like you iterate, make changes, upgrade, and evolve software, physical space needs to be thought of in the same way. Take for example Airbnb, which constantly experiments and tests new office layouts and environments every now and then.

In a nutshell, creating inspiring office spaces is not about spending million dollars on changing the entire look and feel of the workspace. Instead, they are small changes that help organizations and employees shift away from thinking of work as a utility to ‘beautiful experiences’.

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More than space, shared office spaces are breeding gainful networks

Do 500 Facebook friends, hundreds of Twitter followers and thousands of Instagram friends make us a networking guru? Well, not really. These numbers might make us socially and digitally active, but in the real world it misses building a network of friends and associates to draw energy from and keep us going.

This networking is all about creating a fabric of personal contacts that will provide support, feedback, insight, resources, and information whenever required. At shared office spaces, networking is a constant activity. When people work in the co-working spaces, they learn that they can help each other in ways they had not imagined before. Regular interactions between members lead to strong relationships that can lead to mutually beneficial partnerships.

It is one of the most useful means to gain knowledge and let others know about your business. The more you connect with people, the more clients you create for your business. That is precisely why a lot of countries hold global startup competitions or international tech events that see a convergence of talent from across the globe. People, who understand its importance, attend events, workshops, and gatherings to get in touch with as many people as they can.

However, that’s not the only benefit of networking at shared office space. In fact, that’s only the beginning.

Not a forced interaction
The foremost benefit of working in shared office space is that networking is an inherent part of the setup. In a co-working spaces, professionals come from different skill-sets and backgrounds, and they collaborate to achieve their respective goals. They meet and develop a relationship naturally without forcing each other to do so. Their primary motive is to achieve their goals where networking comes as a by-product. Thus, networking happens in the process of working together and not because you are present in a boardroom or a conference where you must exchange your cards forcefully.

Allows skill sharing
In addition to sharing knowledge and building fruitful relationships, co-working spaces also enable companies to have the best available resources in front of them. Skill sharing is at the heart of shared spaces. When you’re a part of a community, the best way to see it grow is to help opportunities and knowledge flow circularly through it. The notion of ‘pay it forward’ should be at the center of your work. When you are helping others to flourish, they will always be willing to help you do the same.

Ambience promotes connectivity
Networking becomes way too easy and comfortable if the atmosphere is relaxed and soothing. The static nature of workforce in a traditional office setup doesn’t give enough networking opportunities. You work with the same set of people every day. In some cases, workers in a traditional office set up feel skeptical about networking with colleagues, seniors or juniors because of insecure atmosphere and internal politics.

Shared office spaces, on their part, are free from all these constraints. The absence of working hierarchy, formalities, and job insecurity doesn’t bog down workers in shared spaces.

Some folks intuitively know how to network in co-working spaces, whereas others have to learn it. Networking in the shared office spaces is often low-key, yet with high rewards. Just remember, people do need people. The more you build healthy working relationships with those in your space, the sooner you get to expand your horizons and move your business ideas forward.