The Many Harmful Outcomes of Prevailing Incivility at Work

The Many Harmful Outcomes of Prevailing Incivility At Work

The tension in today’s global market is getting more and more intense as the years go by. Companies and organizations all around the world are doing their best to tap maximum efficiency amongst their employees. Research teams are being organized to study and conduct experiments in curing burn out.

In spite of all the efforts being made by organizations all around the world to improve today’s work environment even more, there’s a rampant phenomenon that’s slowly diminishing the talents of this generation’s labor force.

Workplace incivility is on the rise and not only will it affect information sharing and teamwork, it could create lasting damages that organizations should worry about. The buildup of rude actions that leave employees feeling disrespected – intentionally ignored, undermined by coworkers, or belittled by leaders – contributes to employee burnout.

According to a research conducted over the past few years amongst thousands of workers around the world, nearly half of participants from the year 1998 said that they experienced unruly treatment at least once a month. The aforementioned figure then rose to 55 percent during the year 2011 and 62 percent come 2016.

In reality, it is impossible to pin down the cause to one factor. Some have said that existing workplace relationships may slowly be fraying as less people come in to the office and more are transitioning to shared offices. Some have pointed it to be influenced by one’s genetic makeup while some said that it could be the growing narcissism of the younger generation. The globalization of the majority of today’s industries has been suspected to create cultural clashes and today’s technology has also contributed a fair amount of communication gaps and misunderstandings.

Whatever maybe the underlying causes for this phenomenon, the damage incivility creates to an enterprise’s budget rises as the employee stress levels increase

Incivility and Harmful Outcomes

The magnitude of damage that workplace incivility can inflict depends on its degree but the wide reach of its negative effects remain the same. It creates impact to workplace performance, employee turnover, customer experience and collaboration.

Almost everyone who experiences toxic treatment performs worse than those who don’t. Research also indicates that forty-seven percent of those who experienced poor behavior amongst their colleagues admitted to decreasing the time they spent at work and thirty-eight said that they intentionally reduced the quality of their work. Sixty-six percent reported the observation that their performance declined and seventy-eight said that their commitment to their employers have decreased.

Several losses have gone undetected the moment employees leave the company. The trend of professionals who quit their corporate jobs due to awful working environment is becoming a common occurrence and they don’t typically admit as to why. As a result, turnover costs add up quickly.

A pressing damage that it creates involves the potential of employees. Engagement, teamwork, knowledge sharing and innovation wane among those who are half-heartedly working

It also creates an impact to customer experience. Consumers are less likely to interact with businesses they perceive to be uncivil – be it that the rude approach is directed to them or other employees.

A Safe Place

Experts have come up with several ways to reduce the alarming rate of incivility within organizations, but the most crucial first step that companies should take is improving your environment and culture.

Curating an environment that encourages open communication and constructive criticism can influence a team’s culture. One example of how workplace environment and culture influence a person’s behavior is the well-acclaimed shared offices, coworking spaces.

Taking pride in its community and thriving environment, startups, freelancers and even large corporations enjoy the autonomy it gives them. From when and where they work down to how they interact, professionals have complete control of their work day. Moreover, its supportive community promotes collaboration and meaningful conversations. Incivility is almost non-existent within its walls as each members learn how to understand one another despite their differences.

Civility is paramount to success.  When a team of talented individuals are all motivated to work with one another towards reaching one goal, there is almost nothing that they can’t do.

Be part of a community that encourages you and your team to become closer and talk to us today!

Work is Now Digital

Work is Now Digital

Why We Still Need Offices

Undeniably, our way of working has gone through drastic changes.

Today’s technology has allowed us to work almost anywhere we want – spurring a question that a growing majority of us is asking; if work have become digital why do we still come to offices?

British economist Frances Cairncross – along with a number of other social and media theorists – predicted that distance will die during the year 1990s following the spread of the internet. They argued that space itself would become irrelevant when every place is connected instantaneously to every other location on the planet. It only makes sense that some of us would start asking if there’s really any need for offices – why go to work when it can actually go to you?

U.S. professor Melvin Webber’s well-known prediction is seemingly becoming imminent today. He said during the year 1973: “For the first time in history, it might be possible to locate on a mountain top and to maintain intimate, real-time, and realistic contact with business or other associates”. Traditional workspaces will soon be rendered obsolete as instantaneous communication to almost everyone is established.

But quite frankly, history has veered off a bit too far from what they expected. There’s no denying that we can now easily talk to anyone from around the globe yet ironically, we still go to work every day. Despite of its popularity, not everyone has picked up the trend of Telecommuting. On the other hand, corporations continuously invest in new or renovated office spaces located at the heart of urban areas so as to attract more talent.

What They Missed

Little do the early commentators know that though we now have the option of working anywhere, it doesn’t necessarily mean we want to. Even if we already have the power to access a large quantity of information right at our fingertips, we still strive for places that allows us to share knowledge face to face, to generate ideas, and to create pools of talents and perspectives.

No matter how far humanity has gone in terms of modern technology, human aggregation, friction and interaction of minds remain to be vital aspects of work – most especially in the creative industries. The ability of a workplace to curate the aforementioned factors is becoming a vital requirement – stringing along with the other needs brought upon by watershed changes.

The past few years gave us front row seats to the transitioning of labyrinths of cubicles into free-flowing flexible workspaces. And due to its dynamic and sociable vibe, coworking has gained a large following amongst today’s labor force – serving as living proof that humans value shared spaces that allows them to take part in a community of like-minded individuals. Open to diverse disciplines, it promotes colorful interaction and ideation amongst its members.

New Digital Proximity

Mixing the long-established advantages of traditional offices – fitting tools and a reputable business address – and a new breed of intangible yet indispensable benefits, coworking spaces changed the ominous “death of distance” into what many perceive to be the “birth of a new proximity”

Striving to create a place that engineers creativity, pioneers took the much needed procedures to thoroughly understand how the workforce connects with one another through a flexible environment.  With the help of new digital tools that can measure human connections and how they correlate with productivity and creativity, they are creating workspaces that adapts to human needs, instead of the other way around.

Veering far away from what theorists of the 1990s have predicted, rather than rending offices obsolete, today’s technology will transform and revitalize our work spaces.

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Why You Shouldn’t Eat Lunch At Your Desk

Why You Shouldn't Eat Lunch At Your Desk

Some of us have been guilty of this before – eating lunch at our desks because there’s simply too much to do and we can’t be bothered to get up. Though we initially think that this helps us increase our productivity, Fast Company says otherwise.

Author Bob Pozen says that instead of thinking how you utilize lunch to get more things done, see it for the function that it actually serves. He adds that maybe exposing yourself to germs isn’t that worth it if you can actually get more if you step away from your desk.

Admittedly, the notion of having a quick lunch is indeed productive – in a sense that it takes us less time. It’s a hard and fast rule, but it’s not really what we need. We want a functional rule that would help us make the most out of our workday.

Pozen says that eating alone can help you recharge your personal resources. The absence of stimulation actually encourages associative or integrative thought – both of which can spur one’s creativity. If by any chance you have an idea in your head, you can take this alone time to work on it without any interruptions. He adds that you can also use this time to replenish you energy by taking a walk or taking a 20 minute nap. Each suggestion, of course, would work differently on each individual. Hence, he suggests experimenting with a few different approaches.

And other else than providing employees some time for themselves, lunch is also considered as one of the most effective social activity in the office.

Lunch Breaks with Good People

The well-acclaimed and now global trend of coworking couldn’t have emphasized it enough; building a strong sense of community within a company – or team – plays a vital role in creating a thriving working environment.

Pioneers of the movement have set standards and several guidelines on how to curate or strengthen an enterprise’s culture and one of the most suggested activity is sharing meals with one another.

Pozen further discussed in the aforementioned article that you don’t necessarily have to spend lunch all by yourself, its other function is to serve as an opportunity to socialize with your coworkers. Eating together can effectively create connections that could produce fortuitous results and fortifies trust within teams.

Providers of shared offices have utilized this in reinforcing unplanned collaborations and conversations by having in-house cafes and snack bars. Steve Jobs did the same thing back during the inception of the Pixar campus, but in his case, he put bathrooms in one central place so that individuals from different departments would run into each other alongside with their ideas.

CEO of the food startup ZeroCater, Arram Sabeti, says that eating together offers a lot value than what meets the eye. Managers can use this time to casually check in on on-going projects while establishing a much more personal relationship with their employees.

Even though some people nowadays view lunch breaks as something overrated, it’s still worth considering whether the way you are spending it right now is the most efficient way to go. Is it really helping you or is it costing you more in terms of your overall productivity?

Why don’t you have lunch with us and we’ll help you figure out a way of working that increases your proximity to success.

Drowning The World Out: What Headphones Mean to Coworking Members

Drowning The World Out: What Headphones Mean to Coworking Members

Though fairly well received by the great majority, coworking spaces still have non-believers. To some, they view open plan offices as productivity killers. Despite of the claims that it was designed to improve efficiency, the distractions found in almost every space – noise, chatter, phones ringing, loud chats, coughs and even sniffles – contributes to a halfhearted day at work.

Some have slammed the movement for “sabotaging” employees’ ability to stay focused. According to a certain study, office workers lose 28% of their time because of interruptions. But still, shared offices and coworking spaces continue to grow rapidly. Experts from Deskmag have already predicted that 1.7 million people would have joined coworking by the end of 2018.

The fact still remains, its benefits are clear yet at the same time, they still have their fair share of disadvantages. And for members, the commonly complained noise is a small price to pay for the immeasurable assets they gain from the providers. Moreover, it seemed like a majority of them have found a classic work around the issue – the utilization of headphones or earphones.

Cancelling the Noise

Headphones or earphones have now become the walls of coworking spaces. Allowing members to block out background noise, it’s becoming a common occurrence among shared offices around the world throughout a work day as employees tackle tasks or projects that require great concentration and focus.

In the UK, community assistants and managers say that an estimated 50% of subscribers use headphones regularly – typically listening to music as they work on their respective assignments. Not only are they doing this to cancel the distractive noise around them, the act of listening to music itself helps them concentrate.

Admittedly, those who work in open offices are more prone to distractions that those who are found in traditional workspaces. But some have found a way to balance both their need for acoustical focus and creative collaboration through them.

Headphones act as a layer of protection and is considered to be a universal way of saying ‘Don’t Disturb’. Today’s young professionals flock coworking spaces in the aim of becoming part of a community that would could help them conspire with other like-minded individuals while still carrying the need for uninterrupted work. By using earphones, they can easily fixate themselves to the task at hand.

In addition to this, it helps neutralize the overwhelming feeling of being in a busy room with tons of conversations happening all at once.

Headphones, a Contradiction

Despite of the claims that it’s a well-embraced norm in coworking spaces, its presences actually poses a much greater question: as it blocks out conversations, isn’t it defeating the greater cause of the movement – fostering collaboration and community?

Contributor for Harvard Business Review, Anne Kreamer, believe that it actually does.

She suggests that a lot can be missed out when you’re wearing headphones – such as, important details and the so called “collective high” experienced in these spaces that help build strong coworking community.

Kreamer adds that it’s a huge and real loss in terms of career development as you are missing the opportunity to create important relationships.

Regardless of how it somehow contradicts the main reason why the movement has grown into the global market that it is, members and community managers have accepted it into the culture. If you take a general look at work environments, it’s almost impossible to stop someone who doesn’t have their headphones in.

After that all that is said and done, it all boils down to the fact that each and every one of us have our way of working and in spite of all the distractions, coworking spaces gives us that freedom of going through our own pace – something that we cannot easily find in traditional offices.

The Reality Of Chasing After Your Dreams

The Reality Of Chasing After Your Dreams

Dearest 18-year-old me,

I know that no matter where we are right now in terms of our academic career, it’s at this age that we made the conscious decision of fully committing ourselves to our love for writing.

That though we remain to be unsure where will be in the next year or two, one thing is for sure; we will chase after the one thing we truly believe we are good at. Doesn’t matter if it meant crawling our way to it or going back to school to become truly well-versed in the field – we’ve already made a vow to ourselves that this what we want to pursue.

Not just because of the simple fact that the activity puts so much joy and contentment in our little creative hearts, but also because of the concept of earning a living without sacrificing our sanity is a romantic idea that we’d love to experience in due time.

We’ve already fallen in love with the scene of our screenplays making it to the cinemas or TV sets, the scenarios of having the book we’ve worked hard on for years, boxes of copies being distributed around nationwide and going to several book signings.

These are the highlights of the life that we hope – and pray – to achieve in time.

This is the sugar-coated, romanticized version of chasing after your heart’s desire.

The nitty-gritty and much real scene of following your dreams is this: the moment we make something out of these long lists of plans and daydreams, its picturesque landscape loses its appeal and we’re left with no choice but to see things how they actually are.

Realistically speaking, the journey to our professional dreams – dream life – is much more slow and unromantic than our minds make it to be. It is monotonous and at the worse, painful. It is undeniably exhausting, frustrating and most of all, heart breaking.

The roads we need to travel are rough. With dark corners and alleyways in every turn. Its streets are full of people whose main role either falls between helping you move forward or blocking every maneuver you make.

But admittedly, it also has its lovely moments. In-between them though are uneventful and even, painstaking ones when everything we create doesn’t seem to be enough and we convince ourselves that what we made is mediocre that we start to fight those people who are coercing you to get out of your defense mechanism. Every now and then, we receive feedback, comments and opinions that makes us question whether or not should we still continue because we may never actually make it. Nights when we force to keep ourselves awake until 3 in the morning, only to have nothing to show for the hard work we have done and days when we’re awaken by our alarm clocks to the thought that we’d rather be anywhere else than here. Mundane ones of us doing the same task over and over again – thinking to ourselves that there has got to be something more than what we have right now.

These soul-crushing flashes of seconds and all the rejection and pain that we perceive vanishes in one sliver of uplifting occasions. We feel a surge calm and contentment flood in whenever we see ourselves working on a write up inside our favorite coworking space. When we receive a phone call bearing some good news – these are the moments that help us get back up again.

They let us find the spark – that feeling that makes our hearts race and gets our blood flowing – to move forward and become better at what we do.

This is what it feels like to follow your dreams. It’s heartbreak, its pain but more than that, it’s made up of ordinary days. A lot of flatness and tedium.

Following your dreams meant finding the power in yourself to overcome the thoughts of giving up because whenever we add up the small tasks and the boring moments, we are slowly but surely going down the right road.

So keep on living in these moments. Let’s keep writing and writing until we find ourselves doing bigger things. Keep on carrying out your day job and do so with pride. Keep the people you’ve met in your coworking community close and keep on learning from them – if possible, ask for their help.

Do this every day. Do this every hour, every minute, every second. Though it may seem humdrum, exhausting, and ordinary, keep on doing it. Be dedicated to our craft no matter how uncertain things get.

Be all of this for the following days and we’ll make it through.

Virtual Offices and The Women of Work

Virtual Offices and the Women of Work

The Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) announced last Mach 1st that the theme for this year’s National Women’s Month Celebration will surround on the theme “We Make Change Work For Women” with the aim of celebrating the achievements of women and girls across the nation.

Empowering the females of the country to actively and confidently contribute in the development of the country, PCW intends to strengthen the implementation of MCW or Magna Carta for Women that protects Filipino ladies against discrimination and grants them equal opportunities in employment.

Though more and more of us are gathering the courage to stand for our rights and to fight for gender equality, it seems like there’s still a lot that needs to be done.

Women at Work

Around the world, females are constantly keeping up with the emerging trends of the industry in the aim of creating an impact to society and more importantly, to follow their dreams.

Over 74.6 million women are participating members of today’s labor force and among them are 8.3 million solo entrepreneurs running their own businesses at the comfort of their homes. The numbers of lady-owned enterprises have increase by 54% over the last 15 years as the trend of home based businesswomen came into light. And while managing their respective budding companies, they maintain their roles as dedicated mothers and wives to their family.

According to Pew Research Center, both men and women of today’s generation aim to have both a successful career and successful family life. Nearly half of married couples nowadays consists of two breadwinners who aim to be good parents and partners. It’s a phenomena that the general public wants – a marriage that allows both husband and wife to share responsibilities in work and to their children.

But back during the day, this didn’t seem possible. In the year 1975, only 34% of families have both spouses in the labor force. Today, telecommuting and the concept of remote working have empowered the public – majorly the women – to chase after their dream careers.

Aid of Virtual Offices

The rise of flexible working didn’t come as surprising as it did. Even before the phenomena’s popularity skyrocketed, there are certain organizations that have already implemented flex hours to some of its employees.

As the demand for better control on work hours grew, the idea spread like wildfire and have taken in different forms. From freelancers, homebased entrepreneurs to remote workers – the number of independent professionals grew, resulting to new ways of working.

Virtual offices is one of the well-known kinds of flexible workspaces that allows you to have your own formal business address while remaining geographically independent. Other than its financial benefits, it offers more help to businesswomen.

Its receptionist services allows them to never miss a client even when they’re too caught up taking care of the family. It provides them a quiet workspace for whenever their household gets a little too noisy and gives them a professional meeting place for clients.

More than that, it gives women the representation that they deserve. This generation’s ladies are multitasking machines that aim to have the right amount of work-life balance that allows them to fulfill their other duties while growing the career of their dreams.

Though the females of today’s workforce are causing waves of significant changes and innovations in the industry, the fact still remains that they are underrepresented in the industry. Flexible workspaces are just a few of the tools that they can use to sustain growth as young businesswomen.

Luckily, you have us to help you maintain a better life balance, regardless of whether you’re a woman or not.

How to Effectively Transition Big Companies to Coworking

How to Effectively Transition Big Companies to Coworking

Since its success, coworking has expanded its reach from solo entrepreneurs, home-based entrepreneurs and startups, they now accommodate established and big companies – large teams or departments and other individual employees with flexible work hours.

The movement caught the affinity of today’s young professionals with its affordable offices, aesthetically pleasing work areas and great environment. The greater audience of the industry lauded it for the benefits and immeasurable opportunities it provides. Hence, it didn’t come as a surprise when established companies and even conglomerates were observed to be coming in and out of different shared offices.

Since then, it’s been observed as a rising trend among big companies and industry players as influential enterprises and Fortune 500 enterprises move their employees and teams to local coworking spaces. Partnerships between organizations and providers have been established over the last few years causing a large disruption in the real estate industry.

One prominent explanation behind the aforementioned sudden liking is the large pool of talent and ideas nestled in these shared offices. Tech giants and large corporations want to become part of its diverse growing community of innovators in hopes of gaining new perspective that they wouldn’t usually find in the premises of a corporate environment. Moreover, it gives them a better advantage against their competitors as they keep a close ear to any technological advancement or trend that cause potential threat in the industry and allows them to attract top talent and closely monitor any potential target acquisitions.

Though it’s rapidly becoming a common scenario, much is still left to be learned on how leading organizations can make the most of these shared offices. Transitioning to flexible working doesn’t have to be as hard as one would imagine, here are a few steps to ease your move.

Changing Over of Big Companies

The first and most important would be finding a space that fits an organization’s current culture. It’s important for prospect members to establish an open communication with the providers on what will fit for them – the space, its people and its vibe. Creating a discussion on what would work best for both parties is needed.

And since coworking managements will now be dealing with a much larger group of people, its only apt to come up with a brand new and much more flexible agreement for a new kind of lease. Take into consideration that some big companies and other prospective clients would be used to long term leases that could entail other extras such as concessions and more.

Security concerns are detrimental factors in the deliberation. Will they be needing any additional security needs? Can their equipment and other sensitive documents be safe in your private offices?

Once all important details and other technicalities are discussed, introduce the new team or individuals to the rest of the community. The connections and fortunate happenstances that could be made between members are one of the highlights as to why they have decided to join in.

By doing so, you can help freelancers to get gigs and corporations to get new people.

People First Philosophy, Designing Built Environments for People

People First Philosophy, Designing Built Environments for People

There’s a prominent trend that can be observed within the offices of companies across several industries. The same aforementioned inclination has been seen in office space providers – from your traditional private offices to the neophytes of the coworking movement.

Gone are the days when costing and high-end specifications were the main focus of both developers and designers in built environments – today, each and every one’s frame of mind is leaning into the imposition of humanistic environments.

It doesn’t really sound as surprising, frankly – with each one of us spending 90 percent of our time indoors, it’s only fitting that we spend ample time in studying the wellness of our developments. Several research and studies have shown that ‘healthier’ offices boost human productivity. From improved views, well-designed artificial lighting, increase use of daylight down to good air quality – each of the said factor contributes to the betterment of tenants.

And thought we only spend the remaining 10 percent of our time outdoors, it still carries a significant influence to what we think feel about our daily lives. The structures surrounding a built environment is as equally important as its indoor counterpart.

In lieu of discussing the kinds of materials to be used in constructing and the finishes that makes buildings aesthetically pleasing to the eyes, experts suggest that both employers and workspace providers take enough time to understand the aspects of urban spaces that has a direct effect in the physical and mental well-being of its occupants.

Human Centric Built Environments

In order to achieve progressive and productive offices, one should consciously curate them for people. Arising from the fundamental ideology that future urban living starts by creating environment-friendly, active and engaged spaces, our real estate industry has the capacity to address today’s modern challenges such as sustainability and the fortification of a sense of community and identity.

Organizations, experts and leaders of today’s industry has come to the realization that the one-size fits all approach we have grown accustom of, no longer works.

Susan Szenasy, editor of the architectural design journal, Metropoli Magazine, said in a panel last year that they have observed a grassroots movement leaning towards the comprisal of human skill and talent in creating strategies for the workplace. There is no black and white distinction on which one between fully open layouts and traditional private offices works well. Nor is there a definite ratio in combining both of them – making it more detrimental for us to go with a human centric approach.

Global design company IDEO came up with a framework known as “Design Thinking” and has been praised to be a good starting point for built environments and in creating people first headquarters. Though there are other structures present, its simplicity accentuated the concept among others. It gives both businesses and designers a look at designs from the point of view of its end user.

Thinking Process

IDEO’s concept requires you to go through a thinking process that undergoes three stages – each one containing a set of questions that serves as guidelines in designing a human-centered office.

Its first stage, inspiration, suggests observing the current landscape of the workplace. It is important to play close attention to what the end users would embrace – what works for them and what doesn’t. Draw inspiration from other organizations or even try checking out the current trends.

Visit serviced offices such as the widely popular coworking spaces and physically observe the work and cultural aspects of the phenomena that employee surveys simply can’t measure.

Ideation – the second stage – asks you to keep an open mind in generating as many ideas as possible. What layouts or designs can help aid employee productivity and happiness based on what we have observed earlier. Look at each of their distinctive pros and cons for your employees or members. Will open layouts be beneficial? Should you designate a recreational area? Keeping your occupants in mind will help you rule out ideas until you are left with one that you can implement and test.

Lastly, Implementation is its third stage. Test layouts on smaller scales ort teams and create prototype models to get feedback from your employees. By the time that you reach full implementation stage, you will now have a better idea of what they want and what works well for your business.

One example of this would be signing up a specific team to a coworking space and giving them ample time to try out its open layout and wide array of work areas. Observe this for a week and continually get feedback from them until you find the appropriate built environments for your employees.

Helping Hands: New Digital Technology Driving Start Ups to the Future

Helping Hands: New Digital Technology Driving Startups to the Future

Long before the advent of the digital age, buying something meant getting into your car and driving to the nearest store – with word of mouth as its key tool for promotions and are staffed by people who knows a handful of things about you. And the moment you move or visit to another town with a different set of shops, all the knowledge on how you consume products are gone.

But today, businesses now have the ability to keep valuable customer insights right at the tip of their fingers.

Unlike when only the big players can have access to this pool of knowledge, savvy small businesses is able to do the same things and more – now, they can actively gather the same amount of information with the aid of a wide array of digital techniques.

Defining Digital

The term digital carries several definitions, but for small and medium enterprises, the word meant coworking, cloud computing, social media, online sales, search engine optimization, social graphs, mobile technology and the power to reach out to several talents from all around the world.

Small businesses found aid in the wide array of accessible digital technology of today. Offering startups the same opportunities that used to be only available to large enterprises, companies can now garner customer data, create market offers to customers, can help transient customers feel local, and gives them the ability to encourage customers to be part of a large community within hours – instead of years.

Managing director accounting software developer Intuit, Pernille Bruun-Jensen said in an article from The Guardian that the changes in today’s industry is surely exciting him. A large majority of today’s businesses are now online – either purely (12%) or partially (58%).

Digital Technology

Amongst the large variety of modern techniques being used by several businesses across different industries, there are 3 distinct technologies that are used by many.

A big part of how SMEs are able to conduct operations online is through the onset of cloud computing – the capacity of one user to store documents and access services online instead of utilizing a software from their own computers. Surveys from last 2011 say that a third of small enterprises around the world are in the cloud, using one or more internet-based apps excluding email.

Startups are also taking advantage of social media. Bruun-Jensen says that its concept is exceptionally exciting to him and is being taken seriously by today’s industry as it is a simple and inexpensive way of meeting brand new potential customers.

45% of today’s SMEs gain success using social media and allocate twice as much of their budget as large companies do to it. Should there be the unfortunate event of falling short among your local community, you can expand your reach further, globally even, with the help of internet.

Digital technology isn’t just changing how businesses curate customer-centric products and strategies, it’s also slowly destroying the ideology of one single permanent office.  Today’s generation of young professionals can now take their work anywhere they want. Mobile phones and the internet have allowed them to work during normal hours, on weekends or even at night.

Skype, cloud-based customer management tools such as SalesForce and Nutshell has allowed companies to hire employees from almost everywhere in the world. Some businesses even run without a physical office.

Coworking has allowed startups to lease desks, private offices and even virtual offices for a cost-efficient rate. Operations can run with ease through a shared workplace that allows you to not only strengthen collaboration within your team but with several other teams or individuals as well.

SMEs flock these flexible workspaces not just for its rates and great amenities but for its immeasurable community of passionate people. Not only does it help them widen their network, it also introduces them to a large pool of creativity that can inspire innovation.

Food in the Workplace: How The Right Meals Get People Together

Food in the Workplace: How The Right Meal Get People Together

Coworking spaces nowadays put much needed emphasis on the distinctive amenities that they have — what makes them different from the hundreds of other providers. But other than aesthetically pleasing furniture and other recreational features such as pool tables and karaoke rooms, there’s another amenity that could help strengthen the sense of community of your space and could help increase productivity of your members.

Online news source AllWork.Space conducted a survey among several providers, operators, and community managers last year regarding the top favorite workplace features. And among the sea of vision boards, wellness rooms and other personal care services, food was found on top of its list.

Contributor Robert Kropp notes that serving good food is one excellent and very efficient way of bringing individuals together. It plays a significant role in our everyday lives and can contribute to our sense of well-being. Recent studies found out that 75% of workers with access to free food in the office are much happier compared to those who are not. Moreover, 90% of employees that sharing meals with coworkers helps them build stronger relationships with one another.

Enterprise leaders as well as office space providers are now considering impact of having accessible food in the workplace. Not only will it help them nurture connections and develop stronger sense of community, it aids member in improving how they manage their time. When members have access to meals, they save ample amount of time by not having the need to go out of their offices for lunch.

Making Good Food and Great Memories

Pioneers of the movement have already incorporated food into their respective spaces in the form of snack bars and inclusive cafes that serve daily supply of caffeine but experts suggest offering full meals instead of just treats.

Well-known food service company, ZeroCater, recommend preparing healthy options for members. According to a survey that they conducted among 100 employees and office managers, 65% of the aforementioned participants have said that having access to healthy meals is very or extremely important factor for them. Today’s professionals have become more health conscious more than ever with 41% of them requesting to know the ingredients of their meals and where they came from.

Shared workspaces such as coworking spaces can benefit in offering food to their members as it helps strengthen their community. Moreover, it aids members’ productivity levels by keeping them energized and involved.

Extending a Helping Hand

There’s a door of opportunity that can be opened by having accessible full meals and treats in the workplace. Operators of coworking spaces can partner up with local restaurants and food providers in their area, giving business more visibility. Providers can now help more small businesses by striking up deals with them.

Adding this extra flair of uniqueness to your coworking space could be what sets you apart from all of your competition. Moreover, it makes your community and culture all the better.