30 May 2017

Workplace Happiness in 2017 (Guide for Leaders)




Are you constantly worried about your underperforming staff? Ever wondered what would increase their productivity? Perhaps it’s time you placed more focus on workplace happiness.

Rapidly developing technology in every facet of our lives has lead people to become more connected, but also more isolated than ever before, and as a result, more stressed out. With apps that allow us to be reached 24/7 and mounting pressures for employees to outperform ourselves and others at work, the goal of happiness can seem ever more distant. However, research suggests that there are many paths to happiness and that insane pressures of everyday life can become a thing of the past with the right strategies.

Social events and culture are vital

Why do people love their job? What do they want their workplace to look like? The savviest employers know that if you act on this, you should never have a problem with motivation and morale.

Increasingly, workers are placing importance on wellbeing and working conditions, where flexible work hours, collaboration and team spirit are part of the company culture.

The Guardian recently quoted Mark Batey, senior lecturer in organisational psychology at Alliance Manchester Business School.

“This is the human era of the workplace. The best places to work are those in which people can flourish and be their best selves – instead of pretending to be someone else five days a week. The perfect workplace also gives people flexibility and autonomy as to where and how they work, built on a culture of growth and trust.”

Miriam Ort, vice-president and head of HR, PepsiCo UK & Ireland, Top Employer-certified in the UK for five years running chimed in saying, “Our colleagues are offered the chance to grow professionally through regular training, career tools, and different assignments and experiences. We also have a strong philosophy of career growth through experiences, which means we are willing to invest in moving talent through diverse roles that provide the breadth and depth our employees need to grow. This helps them build rewarding careers and become the talent we need for the future.”

Take a few minutes to breathe

A recent article in the Daily Telegraph quotes author and happiness guru Max Strom, who offers lunchtime breathing workshops for office workers in central London. Strom says calming the breath can have a huge impact on wellbeing.

He argues that while smokers are allowed regular breaks outdoors, non-smokers are often forced to sit at their desks for long periods of time when they should be having regular trips out into the fresh air.

He also says that due to the rise of technology, people are more connected than ever, and yet they have never been more isolated. “Some technology is good. The washing machine has hugely freed up time for people, for example,” says Strom.

“The internet is the new white sugar. The more you use it, the more you want to use it, and the worse it is for you. People waste so much time on technology and what they don’t realise is that time is lifespan. When you kill time, you are killing yourself.”

“It’s important to define happiness at the deepest level. If you never go on this journey and learn what makes you happy, you will never find it.” He added.

What is true happiness?

Action for Happiness director Mark Williamson believes that while our moment-to-moment feelings of pleasure or joy are of course important, true happiness is much deeper than this.

“Everyone has their own views on what makes them happy. But although the routes to happiness vary, I would hope most people agree that the best society is one with the greatest happiness and least misery.”

Is pursuing happiness selfish? Perhaps. We should acknowledge that being happier is generally fantastic for people. Happy people tend to have better relationships, earn more money, live longer and do better at work.

However, there is a big difference between searching relentlessly for happiness, which is self-defeating and choosing to live life in a happy, meaningful and fulfilling way.

Trying to live happily shouldn’t be a self-centred, hedonistic pursuit. On the contrary, the happiest society is one where people want others to be happy too. Research shows that people who care more about the happiness of others are themselves happier; and happier people are in turn more generous to others.

Can you ever really make everyone happy? If happier workers are more productive, what happens when you just can’t make certain people happy?

Shawn Anchor, the author of The Happiness Advantage, has found that the brain works much better when a person is feeling positive. At those times, individuals tend to be more creative and better at solving problems. And additional research has shown that when workers are happy they’re more effective collaborators working toward common goals.

Perhaps keeping common goals top of mind is the key in the pursuit of workplace happiness. Whatever formula you choose, it’s clear that happier workers are more productive and able to boost profits for your organisation.

10 May 2017

6 Skills Needed for Effective Collaboration




Does your team currently have the right skill set they need to work together effectively? As leaders or executives, the pressure is on us to increase our team’s output and deliver better results, leaving us constantly on the lookout for innovative ways to increase productivity. One way to do this is through creating better conditions for collaboration to thrive.

In our experience, teams that have the necessary skills to collaborate effectively largely outperform those which don’t. In this article, we share our expertise and insight by looking at 6 crucial skills that will largely transform the way your team interact with each other.

If you’re currently leading a team and are involved in any collaborative efforts, you need to start by asking yourself some important questions. Is your team currently collaborating effectively? Have you created the conditions necessary for collaboration to thrive? Have you offered training and support to your team to develop the essential skills needed for collaboration?

Effective collaboration is achieved when the results of the team’s efforts are greater than those which individual members could achieve on their own. But the bolstered results from effective collaboration don’t come easily. Collaboration comes with its own set of challenges – challenges that require specific skills to overcome.

We’ve put together a list of the 6 most important skills needed by great collaborators:

1.     Communication

One of the most crucial factors in collaboration is communication. Your team members need to be able to express themselves clearly to each other and successfully manage channels of communication with regards to their project. All individuals need to understand their responsibilities and report on them regularly to others. If everyone on your team has good communication skills, they will all be on the same page, working towards a common goal, all the while aware of current challenges encountered and milestones reached.

2.    Authenticity

One of the reasons why collaboration is such a successful tool, is because it brings people from different walks of life together and harnesses the different strengths of each individual personality. This means that the ability to be authentic and true to one’s self, is an important skill to have when collaborating. Effective collaboration will only be achieved if each team member is bringing their unique perspectives, talents and feedback to the table.

3.    Compromise

For any team to work together in harmony and collectively solve problems, all individuals on the team need to have the skill of compromise. Not every battle has to be fought. If your team can compromise with each other, they will be able to reach the best possible solutions from an amalgamation of ideas. The ability to compromise is extremely important not only for results but also for team dynamics and work happiness. If there is someone on your team who does not know how to compromise, their stubbornness may be hindering the overall productivity and morale.

4.    Tolerance

Everyone on your team must have the ability to be tolerant and accepting of others. Creating a team, means grouping individuals together who more than likely have an endless list of differences. Members may have different values, culture, perspectives, work methods as well as diverse ways of handling conflict and stress. It is vital that everyone involved can put differences aside and practice tolerance towards each other. Without tolerance, effective collaboration will not take place.

5.    Team Player

For effective collaboration to occur, every person involved needs to be a team player who is focused on reaching a common goal. Individuals who are looking out for their own interests will not contribute to team efforts. Good collaborators need to be able to work well with others and conduct themselves in a way that adds value to the socially shared work task. Ability to work as part of a team is key for any collaborator – and it’s unfortunately not a skill that everyone possesses naturally!

6.    Reliability

Collaboration requires trust, and trust comes from reliability and consistency. Each and every collaborator has to have the skill of being consistent and being reliable. Members on the team need to have faith in each other in getting tasks done and in trust among one another when sharing ideas and giving feedback. If your team aren’t reliable, your results will be unpredictable and often disappointing. Make sure that they are actively working on reliability and putting measures in place that keep them from dropping the ball.

The benefits of collaboration in any organisation are numerous. If the members of your team have the above 6 skills, the results from their collaborative efforts will reach all-new heights. As a team leader, you need to encourage your team to develop and work on these skills. You may need to provide training and support in improving their collaboration skills and even incorporate these skills into your organisation’s values and culture.

At RISE Beyond, our expert consultants can help train you and your team in order to get the most from your team’s efforts. Get in touch with us today to find out more about our executive level courses and management consulting services.

28 April 2017

5 Ways to Improve Your Team’s Effectiveness




If you’re looking to improve your team’s effectiveness and garner greater results, it is crucial to understand the essence of what a team is.

Individuals simply grouped together are not a team. A team in the true sense, is a group of different people, working together towards a common goal.

“Coming together is the beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” – Henry Ford

As a manager or team leader, you want a successful who team are highly productive, show initiative and are motivated to get results. To improve your team’s effectiveness, you need to actively engage in teambuilding efforts to establish a cohesive unit that leverages collective brainpower in a joint effort to succeed.

Let’s take a look at some of the ways you can begin improving your team’s effectiveness.

1.     Better Team Communication

Communication is key! Clear channels of communication and understanding between your team members is possibly the most important ingredient needed for success.

Every aspect of life within the team needs to be clear to everyone involved. Be especially clear on expectations and instructions.

Encourage sharing of information and regular, quick status meetings or catch-up chats. Another way to improve your team’s communication is through brainstorm sessions, shared working documents, and a collaborative working environment.

2.    Be a Better Team Leader

A great team, starts with a great leader. As a team leader, you need to ensure that you are providing the necessary foundation for your team to build on. You should set the standard and act as an example for the rest of the individuals in the group. Innovation comes from inspiration, and your team will be looking to you as a source.

To lead effectively, you’ll need to have goals set, roles defined and a clear mission communicated to your team.

Keep a clear vision and be willing to take risks!

3.    Create a Culture of Learning

As we’ve discussed in a previous post, a culture of learning within your team is an extremely valuable asset. By creating an open culture, your team will feel comfortable in sharing and putting their hand up when they need help or have made a mistake.

It also provides the opportunity for the team to improve their skills constantly and better their performance.

Encourage learning within your team by sponsoring educational courses or incentivising online courses. By letting your team stretch their wings, it will foster innovation in their efforts and contributions.

4.    Recognition and Incentives

If the members on your team have something to work towards, this greatly increase their performance. There is nothing like the promise of reward to motivate people.

Put some performance measurements in place and communicate the incentives to your team. This creates some healthy competition within the team and for individuals too.

Simple recognition of your team’s efforts and celebrating their achievement can go a long way. You can bring their successes to the attention of the rest of your organisation.

5.    Operating Processes

If your team have streamlined processes for carrying out their work, this will greatly improve productivity. Processes can be put in place for mundane tasks as well as higher level work. This will create a guideline, or ground rules for your team to follow.

Work with your team to implement processes for as many aspects of their work as possible. Processes can be implemented for tackling issues, decision making and a host of other situations they will encounter.

Interested in developing your leadership skills to create conditions for collaboration to thrive? Get in touch with one of our consultants today to find out how we can help.

31 March 2017

10 Quotes on Collaboration




Throughout our lives, we have always been a part of a team in some form or another. Whether it be a team within our family group, friendship group or our work colleagues, teamwork has become the foundation of any good outcome.

Everyone has a talent that they can contribute to the team. Whether they take the lead or sit back and take on feedback, they all form the beginning steps of collaboration. All of which leads to your satisfaction and ideal situation.

Without collaboration, there will be no teamwork. Without teamwork, there will be no collaboration. To celebrate the idea of collaboration we have gathered our favourite quotes surrounding teamwork and collaboration. Let us know which are your favourites!

  1. “If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.” – Henry Ford
  2. “Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than the one where they sprang up.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes
  3. “Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.” – Henry Ford
  4. “The best teamwork comes from men who are working independently toward one goal in unison.” – James Cash Penney
  5. “Politeness is the poison of collaboration.” – Edwin Land
  6. “Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.” – Amy Poehler
  7. “Teamwork begins by building trust. And the only way to do that is to overcome our need for invulnerability.” – Patrick Lencioni
  8. “The ratio of We’s to I’s is the best indicator of the development of a team.” – Lewis B. Ergen
  9. “No matter how brilliant your mind or strategy, if you’re playing a solo game, you’ll always lose out to a team.” – Reid Hoffman
  10. “Great things in business are never done by one person; they’re done by a team of people.” – Steve Jobs

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17 March 2017

How to Create a Culture of Learning




The culture of learning is usually designed as a cyclical process, where every tier of the organisation can benefit and results are constantly reflected upon for improvement. Improving workplace learning in your organisation will have untold advantages, especially from the employees that need it the most. This can only work if your organisational culture has effectively embedded the essential skills throughout its learning processes, so that everyone at any time can reach them (or even better, so they’re reached and understood before they are even utilised).

Fostering a learning culture is the ultimate component. The key word here being ‘adaptation’. Ever heard the mantra ‘change is the only constant?’ Well, in the super-fast paced modern business world, this is increasingly true. A learning culture will encourage adaptation to new technologies, competition, work environments, economic environments and your marketplace in general. The list is not exhaustive.

To put it simply, the Businessdictionary defined a learning organisation as one that acquires knowledge and innovates fast enough to survive and thrive in a rapidly changing environment. With 4 main components: (1) creating a culture that encourages and supports continuous employee learning, critical thinking and risk taking with new ideas. (2) Allowing mistakes and valuing employee contributions. (3) Learning from experience and experiment. (4) implement the knowledge throughout the organisation for incorporation into day-to-day activities.

So here are a couple of ideas to utilise if you’re attempting to create a learning culture:

Creating an open culture

Leaders need to work with their teams to achieve this, and it helps if it starts at the top, the very top. Excellent communication is the key for an open culture and an open culture is a prerequisite to a learning culture. The first real step to achieving either of these is to analyse where your organisational culture lies. Whether it’s hierarchical or clan driven, or already nicely adaptable you will be able to point out the areas you wish to improve and then influence the change you wish to enact. Most companies will be formed from a mixture of cultural definitions and won’t really fit neatly into one. The positive change stems from a lot of communication: up-down, down-up, side-to-side – it will all make a difference and the more the better, especially in the initial stages of development.

Learning opportunities should be available to every employee

Not just those in leadership roles or management positions. Training the basic employee on one topic even opens as a forum for discussing the entire business operation. This is where valuing employee contributions comes in, as a skills session may become the most profitable two-way street yet. Not only this, an increasingly skilled workforce is the best way to stay combat the competition.

Assess employees on multiple competencies

Educational attainment is simply not a qualifiable measure of total skill level in today’s labour pool (without diminishing it as a bad one either). Others need to be tested so improvements can be made. Socio-competencies in interpersonal communication, or group presentation. The ability to handle new technology and many others related to your specific business can have as much of an impact on performance as basic reading and writing skills. Without saying you can always find someone with serious book smarts and pair them with someone who has genuine street smarts, but a learning culture would be an environment where people bounce off each other. Collaboration over competition.

Confront failures and allow mistakes

It’s important to avoid finger pointing if things go bad, but you will still need to analyse the situation and take as much from it as possible. Frank and real discussions should take place with as many people involved as necessary, so all can benefit, but it’s necessary that there is no regard to employee levels or repercussions from said talks. Due to the all-powerful nature of chance, a good decision process can have a bad outcome and a poor decision process may produce an excellent outcome (bad luck meets dumb luck).  Mistakes and failures are always perfect learning opportunities. This comes hand in hand with the mindset of learning and critical enquiry.

 

“Talent is the multiplier. The more energy and attention you invest in it, the greater the yield.” Marcus Buckingham

6 March 2017

Productivity in the Workplace




Whatever the day brings, staying productive at work can be a serious challenge.

However, the odds of staying productive can be greatly enhanced by following some simple steps in lightening your workload.

It’s a combination of intelligent planning and focused efforts. It’s obvious that less productivity and lower efficiency levels are going to negatively affect your business, including that treasured bottom-line, so this is a genuine issue for both employer and employee to tackle.

See how many of these ideas you can include into your daily life:

 

Monitor your time on tasks.

This kind of comes hand in hand with planning out your day and hitting your stride, smashing in your goals. A little personal stress can act as a serious motivator to getting your tasks done. This also allows you to ‘rock the clock’ – shifting focus between monotonous and boring tasks and the more engaging, interesting tasks will keep you more switched on and productive.

 

Stand up for your phone calls.

Seriously, do it. Especially if you’re finding yourself on the phone for far too long throughout your day. Your brain is hardwired to now keep the phone call brief and to the point, and you won’t waste time discussing any unnecessary details. Just remain polite and the other end will probably appreciate the direct pertinence of the simpler conversation.

 

Take regular breaks.

Especially if this involves exercise and that includes getting up and walking around for just 5 minutes. There’s some cool sciencey stuff about how your body can’t break down the necassry enzymes and how sitting down all day increases your chances of a heart attack. So, if you can – take a long walk half way through your day, or at least get up and stretch occasionally. If you’re putting in solid work, even 15 minutes of every hour is justified to give your brain a refresh. Sociable people can hit the water cooler, hydration is another key to productivity – although it might be best to keep a water bottle close by.

 

Adopt the “two-minute rule”.

The rule being: if something is doable in under 2 minutes, do it immediately! Completing the task right away should save you time in the long run, especially if you’re letting them all build up. The fact you’ve got a task done (no matter how boring/remedial/mundane) actually registers as a reward in your brain, giving you that personal satisfaction boost, making you happier and more productive throughout the day.

 

Say no to meetings – or make sure they’re standing.

Time is the most important currency in life. Knowing what meetings to refuse or not schedule in the first place is very important. It’s much better to develop a ‘fit for purpose’ meeting system, apparently spawned after GloxoSmithKline realised that too much of their time was wasted on meetings, as it equalled the amount of time they were spending on drug development. Here, only people directly involved in a specific phase of the project would be involved in the meeting. Everyone else, or those interested, would receive notes on the most important details.

 

Make sure you’re looking at something nice.

Research has shown that outfitting an office with aesthetically pleasing elements can increase productivity up to 15%. This includes plants, pictures, candles and fun or cool décor. Anything that puts a smile on your face. So why not bring in a picture of your significant other, your wonderful grandma or your adorable niece and put it on your desk.

 

Evolve with technology.

There are some seriously awesome tools you can use to make life more productive. Why not try out the RISE Beyond app to make your co-working experiences better and more productive. Our app will help make the most of your time spent in meetings and promote productivity within your team. Download it here.

What are the top tips you or your office are following to keep a productive environment?

17 February 2017

The Collaboration of 10000 Scientists




The Large Hadron Collider (LHC)

A quick google search churns up some impressive results, it’s: the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator, the largest and most complex experimental facility ever built, and the largest single machine in the world. It consists of a 27-kilomtre ring of superconducting magnets with several accelerating structures to boost the energy of the particles along the way.

Not a shabby piece of equipment to scoff at, even if theoretical particle physics isn’t up your street.

The Collaboration

Where does collaboration come in with the LHC? It was built by the European Organisation for Nuclear Research with over 10,000 scientists and engineers from over 100 countries, as well as hundreds of universities and laboratories.

With the aim of allowing progress in understanding the deepest laws of nature, it’s still pushing the boundaries of modern scientific knowledge today. Located a cool 100 meters underground between the borders of France and Switzerland, it genuinely might unearth the secrets of the universe.

Either way, it’s a pretty nifty machine. The basics involve it hurling beams of protons and ions at a velocity approaching the speed of light, the LHC will cause the beams to collide with each other and then record the results caused by the collision. Six sites along its circumference can gather data for the multitude of different experiments being conducted. Most of these experiments revolve around an attempt at understanding our universe, how it works and its actual structure. This is known today in what scientists call the theory of the standard model.

Have you been part of a massive team before? Let us know your thoughts on collaboration as part of large group.

 

10 February 2017

The Collaboration of Steve Jobs and Lee Clow




What happens when you pair two creative geniuses? Introducing one of our favourite collaborations of all time: Steve Jobs and Lee Clow.

Steve Jobs

Now recognised as the charismatic pioneer of the personal computer revolution. Famously co-founding Apple in 1976, less famously resigning in 85 and rejoining in 97 to return an ailing company to profitability (a decade later he was named the most powerful man in business by Fortune magazine).

Lee Clow

Created possibly one of the all-time greatest adverts for television in 1984 for Apple’s Macintosh and has continued creating global masterpieces that you can recognise today in Energizer, Sony, Adidas and many others.

“Think Different”

The collaboration truly started in 1997, when Jobs took the helm of Apple and offered up his advertising account to a series of agencies. It was apparently Lee’s cool and relaxed demeanour that prevented any brash interactions when Steve, met TBWA/Chiat/Day (the acclaimed agency Lee was the CEO of).

Of course, it was Lee’s pitch of the 97 “think different” campaign that won the tenure over a small host of others. So after apparently, a small amount of deliberation (2 minutes tops in the meeting room), Jobs went for it. It was this campaign that turned things around for Apple. This one campaign that got the Apple faithful all fired up again. This one campaign showed the press that Apple still had a pulse. The ‘Think Different’ campaign took the consumers off the fence as the Apple brand was now thought of in a whole new way.

The Collaboration

This collaboration is way more convoluted than just the two geniuses named above. A whole host of people played their part. A full agency of creatives backed by the corporate resource is only a small part. It excludes interpersonal or family-based support. But, the two were known as leaders and visionaries for a reason. It was through their administration, pulling together all the ideas, and pooling all the right skills that this campaign could take off.

Although simplifying Jobs’ role as pulling the trigger, although true, probably dilutes the importance of his part in ‘Think Different’. Imagine it was more like this mission was to aim a heavy Barrett .50 calibre sniper at a target just over a mile away (debatably further with the state of his company), all the while still considering wind strength, elevation, pressure measurements and the Coriolis effect. However, although Steve was a decent shot, he had Lee Clow as his spotter. The spotter’s’scope has a much wider field of view and calls in the measurements for the sniper to adjust. With Clow’s incredible creative approach of leaving nothing unjustified, paired with Jobs’ passion and drive, they managed to form a strong alliance where belief in each other’s direction cemented the partnership.

Success through Collaboration

Within 12 months of the ‘Think Different’ campaign launch, Apple’s stock price tripled. In 97 Apple was in a world of trouble, you really don’t have to look far now to see its strength and prowess.

In 2011, their 30-year journey culminated with the death of Jobs.

The ‘think different’ campaign was a celebration of creative geniuses collaborating for one of the greatest business turnarounds of all time. For 30 years, the advertising and tech legends collaborated to create some of the most iconic commercials in advertising history. From iPod shadow silhouettes to the ‘think different’ slogan, Apple’s branding was both simple and memorable.

27 January 2017

The Wright Brothers Collaboration




Arguably one of the greatest collaborations of all time – the Wright Brothers. Known for achieving the first powered, heavier-than-air, manned and controlled flight in 1903.

This timeless story of success was born through collaboration. The Wright Brothers, Wilbur and Orville brought us into the age of aviation by collaborating with others through the post and via telegram!

Original Collaborators

In 1903, the Wright Brothers had to do things a little differently to how we work today. The first flight occurred in North Carolina because the area reportedly had sustained breezes and sand dunes for a soft landing.
Without Google to easily find information, they were forced to rely on assumptions and the word of others. They relied on collaboration. Their collaboration required telegram and letter writing to deliver hard copy data. Their collaboration had them relying on written word of the local weather station manager!

Their success

Their invention of the three-axis control enabled the pilot to steer the aircraft. This fundamental breakthrough became and remains the standard on fixed-wing planes today. The brothers set out to fix “the flying problem”, which set them apart from other engineers who aimed to create powerful engines.

After lots of hard work, time and working together, two years after their first flight, the Wright Brothers surpassed their own milestone when they built and flew the first fully practical aeroplane.

The collaboration between the two Wright Brothers played a major role in leading them to success before any other individual engineers at the time.

Lessons to learn

What lessons can be taken from this old school collaboration?

  1. Collaboration is key

    Working with each other to achieve their goals is what set this duo apart from others who were trying at the time. Not only did their collaboration with each other play a big role in their success, but also their collaboration with others.

  2. Don’t worry about failure

    “It wasn’t luck that made them fly; it was hard work and common sense; they put their whole heart and soul and all their energy into an idea and they had the faith.” – John T Daniels who witnessed their first flight.

  3. Don’t limit who you collaborate with

    The force that helped the brothers with publicity and getting the news out to the world wasn’t the media. After many successful flights, the Wright Brothers were still being ignored by the media. It was through the help of a trade journalist who’s company sold bookkeeping supplies, that their achievement became known.

 

The importance and benefits of collaboration are clear through many different successes throughout history. Download the RISE app here to improve your collaboration processes and make the most out of co-working with others.

25 January 2017

Why collaborative spaces are a great place to work




To think that offices used to be, or in some cases still are, set up like organisational charts, with upper management on higher floors and the closer your office was to the CEO, the more important you were viewed.  More and more companies are striving to create a balance between start-up innovation and modern professionalism, and so gone are the days when outdated stuffy cubicles were the norm.

Enter collaboration workspaces.  Today’s transparent open space floor plans help employees engage in spontaneous creativity in collaborative work spaces.  The concept of the collaborative workspace is used by small start-ups, big businesses, alongside other emerging companies to enhance employee’s teamwork skills and brainstorm and distil ideas

The benefits of these shared collaborative spaces go beyond simply aiding career prospects, promoting hard work and bringing out the best in your team.  They also allow opportunities for chance meetings, odd encounters, and off-topic chats, all of which can lead to new business relationships.

Here are a few more benefits to working in a co-working office space:

Networking opportunities

Whilst working in a co-working space, you will get to meet people from a wide range of different backgrounds and industries who may be good connections for you in the future.  This will help in growing your business quickly.

Increased productivity

Working at home can be full of distractions, and public work spaces such as coffee shops may have frustratingly unreliable WiFi, whereas co-working allows for maximum productivity. Research has shown that sharing a more open, social and collaborative space makes employees more efficient and productive, so encouraging this type of environment is a smart decision. Sharing a more open, social and collaborative space makes employees more efficient and productive.

Promotes creativity

Creativity is important in every industry at some level.  By allowing employees to work together and share ideas, this opens the door to creative solutions for solving business obstacles.

Eliminates office politics

Because co-working spaces consist of members who work for a range of different companies, ventures, and projects, there is little direct competition or internal office politics.  Employees don’t feel they must put on a work persona to fit in.

Skills sharing

Advantages arise from working in a culture where it is the norm to help each other out.  The variety of individuals in the space means that co-workers have unique skill sets that they can provide to other members.

Flexibility 

Co-working spaces are often accessible 24/7, which means that people can decide whether to put in a long day to meet a deadline, or decide to take a break in the middle of the day to exercise or get some fresh air.  Their working hours can be chosen to fit their lifestyle.  This ultimately leads to greater productivity and trust amongst employees.  Co-working spaces offer both quiet working areas, which allow people to focus, or more collaborative spaces with shared tables where interaction is encouraged.

 

Examples of Co-Working Spaces

  1. WeWork – are located throughout the US, UK, Israel and Netherlands. Their locations act as community centres offering shared and dedicated work spaces to meet your business and networking needs.
  2. Impact Hub – located worldwide. Each hub has its own offerings from their rentals to their events. The branch in Philadelphia offers a free co-working day on Wednesdays for the community to explore the space and experience “a day in the life….”
  3. Trinity Buoy Wharf – A disused wharf off the Thames river in London has turned old shipping containers into spaces. Artists and craftsmen collaborate and innovate in the low-cost development and have built a real community, proving that innovation doesn’t have to be high-cost.

Above all, the internet is the most collaborative working space of all.  With tools like web conferencing, white boarding, and webcasting, technology makes the global web your global office.

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