In the past few years, coworking offices have grown tremendously in number. Many businesses have transitioned from traditional office designs with cubicles to more open layouts where people can work together, converse, and collaborate.
For people who are unfamiliar with the concepts behind coworking, there may be some confusion about why these changes are happening. Cubicle office designs have existed for so long, so why fix something that doesn’t seem to broken? Well, the truth is that, in a way, it sort of is. Many of the jobs that are now in high demand like those in the engineering and technology industries involve many tasks that require collaborative work.
Additionally, businesses are now seeing that employees actually work better in coworking environments and become more invested in their jobs. New data shows that 89% of workers report experiencing improvements in their mood and happiness when switching to a collaborative work space. In addition to improving employee happiness, an abundance of research shows that coworking also improves workers’ health and productivity. All of this translates into larger profits for companies.
Our Experience Designing & Owning a Coworking Space- Words from the Owner of the Supple Collection & Battery 621
When we decided to start our own coworking space, we had no idea that the empty industrial building we purchased would turn into the amazing space and community that Battery 621 is today. At the time, the building was nothing more than a combination of concrete slabs and empty rooms.