Why Coworking Is The Ideal Environment For Productivity

The most recent Global Coworking Survey found that when pressed to list an adjective that describes their coworking experience, most members said the same thing: “fun”. Wait a minute–fun is supposed to be something that happens when the day’s work is done, right? We’ve all had bosses scold us about goofing off on the clock. The same thing goes when you’re your own boss: too much Facebook and the day will be over before you’ve had the chance to rack up any billable hours.

Here’s the problem: when all the fun is sucked out of a workplace, stress moves in to fill the void. And that’s bad news for productivity. As the infographic below shows, the type of environment in which we work has a big impact on how we feel while we’re doing that work.  Everything from lighting to temperature can affect our mood, and take our day from kick-ass to nightmare. As you can see, working together with people (but not too many people) in the same room is the best way to create a low-stress work environment.

That’s why we designed Cohere to offer many different types of work environments, from open desks to private offices, lounge space to outdoor space. We’re here to help you work in whatever style will help you remain peaceful, relaxed, and productive.

What’s the most stressful work environment you’ve ever been a part of? Are you more relaxed as a coworker? Share your thoughts in a comment!

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It’s “Make Up Your Own Holiday” Day!

Happy hump day

It’s the middle of the week. We’re all pining for the weekend (or whatever day means a day off for you). Time to have some fun!

For no good reason at all—except to keep our creative minds sharp—we asked Cohere’s members, “What holiday would you declare if you had the opportunity to do so?”  National Peanut Month, Build A Scarecrow Day, and Work-a-holics Day were already taken, but here’s what our crew came up with:

“Coffee Appreciation Day! I’ve been celebrating it pretty heavily today…” -Andrea Rooney

“If I have to talk again, my vocal chords will explode” day. 9-3 webinars last week, 8-2 webinars this week. Two more days. Then I may have to use a computer to speak for me instead.” -Nick Armstrong

“National No Phone Call Day” -Angel K.

Got ideas to add to the list? Share them in a comment!

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