Whether you are a first time founder, serial entrepreneur, remote worker, side-gigger or freelancer, coworking spaces offer a flexible working environment with varying service levels and, perhaps more importantly, community.

With the gig-economy leading to less traditional office settings and more temporary assignments, people may find themselves missing the camaraderie and routine of the office each day. As well, seclusion can have a negative effect on remote workers. John Donne wrote, “No man is an island entire of itself.” For some, working in isolation stifles the impromptu communication and collaboration that fosters innovation. Hellen Keller said, “Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much.” Similarly,  an article on theconversation.com states, “

[Other] research finds face to face interaction is essential for identifying opportunities for collaboration, innovation and developing relationships and networks.”

Working from home may also present challenges when arranging meetings or conference calls due to noise or interruptions. Remember the televised interview with Professor Robert Kelly where his child came into his office? Have you ever tried to have a business conversation with someone where the background noise of the surrounding coffee shop drowns out the conversation? Professionalism is an important component of building business relationships.

While coworking supports autonomy, it can also provide structure and support. According to Harvard Business Review, there are benefits to working among people who don’t work for the same company. “Because there is little direct competition or internal politics, they don’t feel they have to put on a work persona to fit in. Working amidst people doing different kinds of work can also make one’s own work identity stronger.” The article went on to conclude, “Our research — which is ongoing — suggests that the combination of a well-designed work environment and a well-curated work experience are part of the reason people who cowork demonstrate higher levels of thriving than their office-based counterparts.“

Generally, colocation facilities offer clients cost-effective solutions that include desks, either on first-come-first-served basis or designated, for a specified time period. They usually provide coffee, kitchen facilities, printing, meeting rooms and some offer dedicated phone lines and other services. Each colocation facility seems to portray a unique vibe or personality that attracts like-minded clients who create a community with shared values.

Innovation Guelph (IG) is focussed on helping businesses start, grow and thrive! To further support this idea, IG has created a space that promotes shared energy and shared values in a colocation community. The Workshop@IG fosters collision, connection, cross-pollination, collaboration and community with a supportive culture of innovation and diversity. To learn more about the space, or arrange a tour contact us.