The Tangible Benefits of CoWorking

WeWork Potsdamer Platz

Walking around the WeWork coworking spaces you can almost forget you are right in the heart of Berlin. There is a seemingly endless stream of accents and languages echoing through the halls and spilling out of the elevator doors onto the 8th floor common area.

Visaya is happily nestled on the 10th floor in the potsdamer platz location. We have access to our office, private working booths, and the common areas. Not too mention an amazing view overlooking the Tiergarten.

Coworking Spaces in Berlin

Coworking spaces are very much in vogue right now. Especially for young tech startups. If you take a look at the map above you can see all the coworking spaces just here in Berlin. A report from the 2017 Global Co-working Survey found that more than one million people will have worked in a coworking space by 2017.

The statistics prove there must be something more to coworking spaces than just fresh interior design, free coffee and beer. That’s not say the free coffee isn’t a huge bonus for my thrice daily iced latte habit…

1. Hiring

One attractive aspect of coworking spaces particularly here in berlin is the hiring pool. The  survey  shows 40% of the workforce will be freelancers temps, independent contractors and soloprenueurs by 2020. Living in berlin that statistic does not seem far off. Most understandable because of the visa requirements for freelancers but also the berlin way of life. In co-working spaces many people are looking for small projects to add on.

Jenny from our marketing team was hired after having a few conversations with our team lead in the common areas in the WeWork spaces coworking spaces.

2. Positive attitude

A report in the journal of organizational behavior concluded that people in co-working spaces report levels of satisfaction and thriving at an average of 6 on a 7 point scale. The survey 70% said they felt healthier than a traditional office. This could be because of health initiatives of the spaces themselves.

3. Structured Freedoms

I think just about everyone can agree humans are weirdos. We crave freedom but long for structure simultaneously. The culture within coworking spaces also lends itself to the freedom/structure paradox. Harvard Business Review noted, “Coworkers reported that having a community to work in helps them create structures and discipline that motivates them.”

Many coworking space are open 24/7 or provide extended hours. Global Co-working Survey noted that one and five members work very irregular hours. It is only the minority of 30% that prefer working typical business hours.

Sometimes when a person has a freedom to choose their hours and the structure. 64% of coworkers said they are better able to complete tasks on time and 68 said they are better at focusing.

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