Disengagement is more prevalent than we know within traditional workplace environments. In an article by Liz Elam, founder of GCUC, the Global Coworking Unconference Conference, she gave the statistic that corporations suffer 66% of their workers being disengaged, whilst within co-working environments, they appear happier, healthier, and more engaged. Is it safe for us to, therefore, expect better day-to-day output by placing ourselves in these environments?
I remember an office where I worked on a separate floor to my colleagues. I would often visit upstairs to boost my personal morale because as a person, I needed interaction. Almost like keeping myself from feeling less robot and more a human being. I was lucky to be able to do this as my work environment allowed for coffee breaks – time to breathe and be, whereas other workplaces may have different and much more demanding cultures due to the nature of their work.
Engaging and disengaged spaces
I love this quote by TalentCulture which says
“When employees are engaged, they adopt the vision, values, and purpose of the organization they work for. They become passionate contributors, innovating problem solvers, and stunning colleagues.”
Research by Victor Cabral on “..analysis of the positioning of collaborative workspaces in Amsterdam”, mentions the difference between specifically curated ‘engaging spaces’, and places of ‘disengagement’.
“ ‘Engage’ relates to engaging with people, information and ideas by actively looking for them as well as by having serendipitous situations. Physical environments that enhance engagement are communal areas, lounge corners, canteens, coffee corners.”
Whilst “Spaces for disengagement are private booths with small single-user tables in corridors, or quiet relax areas”
Guess what? Here at WonderHub, we have both! On floor 2 we have our main coffee lounge member area located next to the communal kitchen, and upstairs on floor 3, we have a designated ‘quiet zone’ away from the communal area where coffee members have a little more peace and quiet to think. We realise that some people work better with little break out spaces designed for quiet, and that issue of whether or not it will be too noisy to be effective, can be a hindrance for some to take that first step into coworking. Don’t you worry! We’ve got these bases covered.
So, what’s stopping you? Replant yourself today – book a tour with us at WonderHub – follow the link: https://wonderhub.space