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I was recently inspired by Seth Godin’s blog post “Goodbye to the office,” and decided to tackle the mystery of #7 – The need people have for someplace to go.
The way people work has changed dramatically
These days 80% of what a person needs to work is found on a laptop and cell phone. The other 20% is where the need for #7, as stated by Seth, lies – people need “someplace to go”. The types of people looking for this 20% includes startups, freelancers, entrepreneurs, consultants, small groups etc, people that are not tied to or required to go into their office, at least not consistently. Often times these people cannot afford office space based off the traditional model which includes 1+ years of commitment to a lease along with costly overhead and other daily costs. I would argue that it’s not the end of office space rather a shift away from traditional office space.
So what are the modern options available to these mobile professionals?
Why working from home falls short
Working from home is the easiest initial solution for workspace. However, it is also because of the “working from home” option that the second two choices exist. So why not just stay at home and work from its comfort all the time? Coworking is a huge trend popping up all over the world that addresses this exact question.
Why do people need somewhere else to go? Ask around and you’ll find the three most common reasons are:
Coworking spaces provide the 3 essential factors that address all of the above problems.
There is something to be said about being amongst a group of other working professionals and an increase in motivation. People like having a designated workspace because it puts them into “work mode.” Even in a coworking environment where people from various industries aggregate and work on very different projects, it works. The point is, everyone is working and as a result, creating a “work mode” atmosphere – the switch is ON. The additional benefit of having a designated “work” space is that it physically separates and draws a clear distinction between work and home. Think about that next time you get home from work and plop down on the couch … it feels good!
And so it comes down to the human need for interaction. It’s amazing how above all else, this is the driving force behind the coworking movement. Next time your walking past a coffee shop during the week, take a look inside … coffee shops are not designed to be workspaces and yet you’ll find that people are cramming into corners and using any available surfaces to work on – for hours! Why? Because being at home gets lonely and monotonous and makes people feel like if they don’t get out they’ll go crazy! Interaction is, by far, my personal favorite and most rewarding part of coworking. On a daily basis I see people, who work in completely different industries, interacting with each other, helping each other, posing questions and offering each other advice etc.. The cross pollination of ideas occurs naturally and creates an office ecosystem unlike any other.
There are also other work styles that I find to be interesting that align with many of the motivations present behind coworking. Two of my favorites are Workshifting and Workplace Autonomy based of the ROWE movement (thanks for the tip @knightcourt777).
What is Workshifting?
“The essence of workshifting is being small, mobile, and self contained — the ability to work anywhere there’s a table and wifi.”
Sample topics of discussion on Workshifting.com, which features tips, reviews, and opinions about the world of Web commuting include:
What is the Workplace Autonomy & ROWE movement?
“Where people are paid for productivity, not time spent ‘at work”
The Workplace Autonomy movement is based on ROWE which stands for Results-Only Work Environment.
Results-Only Work Environment is a management strategy where employees are evaluated on performance, not presence. In a ROWE, people focus on results and only results – increasing the organization’s performance while creating the right climate for people to manage all the demands in their lives . . . including work.
In a Results-Only company or department, employees can do whatever they want whenever they want, as long as the work gets done. No more pointless meetings, racing to get in at 9:00 am, or begging for permission to watch your kid play soccer. No more cramming errands into the weekend, or waiting until retirement to take up your hobbies again. You make the decisions about what you do and where you do it, every minute of every day.
ROWE in Real Life:
In “Experiments in workplace autonomy” you can read about how “CEO Jeff Gunther launched an experiment in autonomy at Meddius, one of a trio of companies he runs. He turned the company, which creates computer software and hardware to help hospitals integrate their information systems, into a ROWE—a results-only work environment.”
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Do you have a creative Mac-centric business? Is technology or another aspect of business hindering your team’s creative output? Have you grown quickly and now realize you could use some organization and strategy? Are you looking for ways to better collaborate? Perhaps you’ve heard about fusion IT and would like to meet in person?
Now through the end of June, fusion IT is offering Open Office Hours in the WorkBar Boston conference room every Thursday from 3:00 – 4:00 PM. We will offer two half-hour sessions to offer big picture advice, without cost or obligation.
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Ask any of these, or bring your own. Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about availability. We look forward to chatting!
What is fusion IT?
fusion IT serves a three-fold purpose; to inspire, connect, and equip the Massachusetts Creative Economy.
Our consultancy focuses on ka-POW-er and leverages technology to enable Mac-based Advertising, Production, Post-Production and affiliated businesses to be World-Class. We specialize in companies with video production and post-production workflows. We are the entire IT department for smaller creatives businesses. We are Mac OS X Server and Pro Video specialists for IT departments not possessing these skill sets. We design, integrate, and optimize rock-solid Final Cut Pro editing systems for companies which do not have a Video Engineer on staff. We are workflow specialists, keeping projects moving from conception to implementation, from you, to your client, to your client’s client.
Having worked within the Boston Advertising, Production and Post-Production community for over 20 years, fusion IT is uniquely qualified to help your creatives ROCK!
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Summer is just around the corner and getting those extra credits in can get exhausting! We are here to provide you with a great place to work, study and meet our diverse community of entrepreneurs, freelancers, startup companies and other Boston professionals.
We have a lot of space and various work areas including single desks, multi worktables and work bars – all designed to cater to your individual work preferences.
As for our community of members, you may be wondering how, short of introducing yourself, you’ll get a chance to learn about the projects they are all involved with or the types of companies they have — don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! WorkBar hosts several member Happy Hours, lunches and other events that help foster interaction between our members and encourage the sense of community our space is so well known for — which lends to the fact that we are much more than just a shared office space!
So how can you benefit?
We’re offering a 15% discount PER MONTH for all full time students (w. valid ID)
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