Work and happiness usually don't go hand in hand, but it doesn't have to be that way. The secret might just lie in coworking.Jon Muller- Founder of Ergonomic Trends. Better Form. Better Health.
When it comes to workplace happiness, most people are willing to compromise. We don't see being happy in the workplace as a realistic goal; after all, the workplace is where we go because we have to, not because we want to. As long as we don't get fired, that's a good outcome for many of us already.
The fact is, when it comes to workplace happiness, we can have our cake and eat it too. We recently conducted one of the most in depth study into coworking spaces, and the data that has emerged has convinced us that for many of us, the key to being happy at work might just lie in coworking. But first thing's first.
While there is no one agreed upon definition of just what constitutes being happy at work, according to a report released by Steelcase, there are 6 key factors that need to be met to create a sense of workplace happiness:
When all or at least most of the conditions above are met, there's a good chance you will feel happy at work.
So how does coworking fit in in the pursuit of workplace happiness? If we examine each of the conditions above, we can see that coworking by its very nature can fulfill a lot of what's missing in a traditional office or even working at home to bring genuine happiness to work.
Working with like minded strangers brings optimism as we hear people's stories of success, trials and tribulations. We're able to just be ourselves without pretense. There is no boss to impress, no singular culture to conform to. A strong sense of belonging is inevitable as we meet people sooner or later that share the same values and dreams as us without actually being in competition. With the myriad of different people stream in and out of coworking spaces, there is never a bored moment as each day brings new surprises and stories from characters from all industries and walks of life.
In our comprehensive curation of coworking related statistics in 2019, we were able to find many data points that supported the assertion that working in coworking spaces makes for happier, more productive workers. Some of the most startling ones are:
Can coworking significantly contribute to your happiness and overall sense of well being at work? Can it really be that simple? The numbers seem to back it up.