Proworking – coworking for grown ups.
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Proworking – coworking for grown ups

Workplace
Author since:
December, 2016
33 blog posts

When Workplace first launched in October 2015 we talked a lot about what feel the venue would have and the quality of facilities and service it would offer. Having researched the market and looked at many other mixed use business spaces we decided that we wanted to be different. We wanted to open up this way of working to attract more professional services as well. Most of our members don’t fit the mould of traditional co-workers, they’re mature professionals with a different set of priorities. So we understood we needed to approach this differently.

After batting around a few ideas we started to call this “coworking for grown ups”. Then during a focus group with some of our members and the people who had helped us get this far, someone said in passing “it’s not coworking it’s more proworking” and so the phrase was born.

Changing the face of co-working

So what is proworking? Well, our members are generally consultants or from a professional background. They have worked for other people and have now gone into business for themselves. They are freelancers and pioneers. They are start-ups but not necessarily straight out of university. They are scale ups trying to take the next leap. They are remote workers that need to get their head down amongst like-minded individuals.

So why is this all so different? Well, you really need to visit and to feel and see the difference that Workplace have made on the sharing economy for workspace.

Surround yourself with professionals who love what they do

What you will find at Workplace is a very well and highly designed environment, which offers the quality of service and facilities you would expect from a boutique hotel. We are not about forced networking, we are about nurturing organic relationships. We host member’s breakfast events, wine tasting or business seminars. Our members enjoy the relationships they forge but do not come to us for a social life, they have friends and family that they want to get back to at the end of a busy day.

What you will find is subtle introductions, chats over a coffee, a feature in our member’s spotlight. As business people ourselves we are happy to use our knowledge of our members so that we can always introduce an accountant to someone looking for help with VAT, a designer who can help an app builder or a technology expert who can help a cyber security company. We pride ourselves on getting to know our members and making the right connections…

So back to my original question – What is Proworking? Well, what do you look for in your place of work? To us, it’s a professional, comfortable environment which encourages and enhances the growth of your business.

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The hidden health benefits of shared workspaces

Workplace
Author since:
December, 2016
33 blog posts

Last week was Mental Health Week and it got us talking with our members about if they thought they felt healthier since they started working in a shared workspace than they did working from home.

We had already read statistics that said 60% of people working in shared spaces felt more relaxed at home since starting to co-work and 70% reported they felt healthier working in shared space. We wanted to know if this was true for our members.

The resounding answer was yes – in many many ways. From simply getting some exercise, by commuting on the tram to work, to the social aspects of how interacting with another person and being able to look them in the eyes rather than talk just on the phone made them feel healthier and more positive. One of our members, Lysha Holmes of Qui Recruitment often shares gorgeous pictures from her commute that makes her happy and demonstrates how great commuting can be!

The benefits of networking

Professor Cary Cooper, the renowned workplace psychologist, talks in many of his papers, blogs, and social media posts about the benefits of face to face and how we are social animals that require human interaction.

“Quite remarkably, the degree of mortality risk associated with lack of social relationships is similar to that which exists for more widely publicised risk factors, such as smoking.”

This is proven by the response many of our members had to how this alone had improved their wellbeing. Although prior to joining a shared workspace, many of our members didn’t know each other, they now look forward to coming in and seeing their “colleagues” and this has a positive effect on mental attitude.

Embracing healthy working

At Workplace, we offer free fruit and have also integrated yoga and a running group into our membership to encourage healthy working. Another member, Lisa Welch from Precise Search has started a lunch-time walking group where members can hop in and out and take a walk together around the city, get some air and exercise and have a chat before returning to work.

“Sitting at your desk all day and working can make you quite lethargic so we decided to get to know the city a little bit better, by taking different walks each day while also getting some exercise and air and having a chat with other members in our lunch break. It is a great way to set ourselves up for a productive afternoon’s work and we are having fun in the process, especially when we came across a very angry goose and her goslings but that is another story!”
Lisa Welch

So, the essential point is, don’t go it alone, join a community or a shared workspace. you will not only improve your productivity but your well-being in the process. But don’t just take it from us, talk to any of our members and they will tell you the same, they feel happier now they are working in a community rather than in isolation.

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