2/14/2019

Signs That You Are in the Wrong Coworking Space

Coworking spaces are a recent paradigm but they are growing a large number of proponents. Of which, a vast majority are freelancers. Because this is a relatively new phenomenon, many coworking spaces do fail to accommodate their customers properly.

It is intuitive that any business strives to satisfy its customers. Having a target audience of hardworking entrepreneurs and digital nomads who need the most productive work spaces, coworking spaces need to be careful in meeting their needs. In this article, we’ve compiled a set of red flags that you should take note.

1. You get annoyed over the internet speed

Bad internet does make people go mad very quickly. There’s nothing worse than needing to consult a source on the web while working on an article, a line of code, or what have you, and not be able to load even a cached version of the site.

Not only does that irritate people, but it also gets them out of flow state, when they’re at the peak of their productivity.

If the coworking space has just one Wi-Fi network — that’s pretty problematic. This poses a risk to the entire group of people working there since if something goes wrong with the router, the entire coworking space is doomed to miss hours of work, calls with clients, and money lost.

“While having problems with your internet may be really cool on a Friday afternoon, at the end of your shift if you work in a regular office, since you’re on a salary anyway, the vast majority of people using a coworking are either freelancers paid per hour or entrepreneurs. They might not appreciate a power or internet outage at all.” — Chelsea Ann Dowdell, Marketing Specialist at Rewarded Essays.  

The moral of the story is: a coworking space should have at least two working internet connections, and you have to seriously consider this when looking for a good working environment.

2. There is no community manager

Having a person manage the community of workers in a coworking space is absolutely imperative. Having a space manager who tends to your needs and creates opportunities to network between members is what makes coworking more attractive than a normal office in the first place.

3. Bad seats

The first thing that people look at when entering a coworking space is their furniture — predominantly their chairs. This is the piece of furniture you’ll be interacting with 90% of the time. If the place doesn’t have suitable stools and high-backs, it might be problematic.

“Your productivity directly depends on your comfort, and if back pain starts slowly creeping in after two hours of work — you might want to find a better chair or a better coworking space,” says Ethan Dunwill, Social Media Manager at Hot Essay Service.

4. Uncomfortable tables

Just as bad chairs can hinder your productivity, poorly designed tables that aren’t made for long working hours can force you into a weird posture, which in effect, will make you tired in an hour or so.

So you enter the coworking space, and you’re not a table aficionado. How do you figure out whether the desk is going to be problematic for you? Here’s a list of things any coworking space desk should be:

  • It should be free of parts that stand in the way of the users’ feet.
  • It shouldn’t move and wobble
  • The chair that comes with the desk should actually be suitable, especially in height
  • It must be clean. Duh!
  • Have the bare minimum of 1 power socket per user, but should aim for two per person.

5. There is no quiet space

There are many people that prefer to work in silence. Chatter in itself is distracting to the brain. While people can handle background noise, our brains are hardwired to extract information from its surroundings — this is why words simply inject meaning into our brains, and distract us from what we’re doing if the chatter is constant.

There should be a separation between places which are meant to be silent and the ones that provide with a more chatty environment. Ideally, you’d expect to have these three:

  • Silent area – exclusively dedicated for solo work, which implies no calls and no communication.
  • Combined area – a dedicated space for a reasonable amount of communication, a place for collaborative efforts, you may take your phone calls to this area.
  • Skype rooms – a place where formal calls with clients can be made, these areas shouldn’t be big. Ideally, they would fit up to two people and would be a good place where people can have conversations with their clients that demand a more focused environment and a higher level of privacy.

If a coworking cannot accommodate for these needs, it is most probably the case that people often bother each other and can’t have conversations over Skype.

6. There is no dedicated area for eating

Few things are as annoying as having someone eat a smelly dish in a closed room with 8 people in it. One person’s lack of etiquette and common sense shouldn’t be something coworkers should be dealing with. The coworking place must either allocate a special cafe area, where people can take their meals and work if they wish.

“If you care about your coffee, it’s essential to order a double espresso first thing after you’ve had a tour of the place. Your performance and wellbeing partly depend on this drink.” — Neightan White, Senior Writer and coffee drinker at Supreme Dissertations.

Conclusion

Every person is different, and their demands are often different. However, when most of these demands aren’t met, it’s safe to say that the general client satisfaction in a coworking place is really low. Be demanding about the places you work in, because they partly define your performance and success.

Bridgette Hernandez has her Masters in Anthropology with an interest in writing, planning to publish her own book in the near future. She is well-versed in presenting text in a creative and understandable manner. Currently a regular contributor at Is Accurate, her writing is well-researched and informative.

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3. Benefits of Tagging Others

Social data also describes the interaction between social media users. While comments, likes, and shares are the most obvious forms of interaction on social media, tags are another form of communication between social media users. 

Tagging is one of the most effective tips for coworking on social media. When it comes to promoting your coworking space, tags do an amazing job at increasing your visibility. On Facebook, for instance, your post will have more reaches if you tag others:

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If you often organize events at your coworking space, you can tag the participants. If you have some special offers, tag someone who helps you promote them. Any tag conveys social data, as it transfers information from one user to another. It’s a great way to become more visible online and attract potential clients. 

In Conclusion

Like any other big data, social data has limitations, as not every social media user shares information. Nevertheless, social data is still very effective for marketing purposes, as it can help your coworking space become more recognizable. 

Using the above-mentioned social data techniques together will help you increase visibility, as they will help others find your coworking space more easily. In general, these techniques are aimed at targeting large numbers of people and help them easily navigate the space of social media to find the best coworking spaces. 

Platform

Location

Croissant

International

Included.co

International

Hubble

London

Coworker

International

Instant Offices

International

Pickspace

International

Share Desk

International

Happy Desk

International

DesksNear.me

International

DeskTime

International

Coworking London

London

Desk Pass

International

Copass

International

Coworking Wiki

International

Desk Surfing

International

Near Desk

US

Liquid Space

International

GoCoWo

International

Find Workspaces

US

Sneed

India

Ofixu

International

Meetings Booker

International

Qdesq

India

eWorky

International

Share your office

US

Spacelist

US and Canada

42 Floors

US

Office List

US and Canada

Coffices

International

Breather

US, Canada, Europe

Setting

Berlin

Key to Office

International

Peerspace

US and Europe

Bizly

US

Spacewhiz

India

Beewake

US and Europe

Awfis

India

Allofficecenters

Germany

Splacer

US

Lexc

International

Desk Camping

International

Worksnug

International

Seats 2 Meet

US

Coworking.Coffee

International

Commercial Cafe

US

Preferred Office Network

US

Heydesk

International

Office Freedom

International

Flexas

International

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