After covering the themes of success and failure, today we return to the theme of coworking. Coworking in all its forms has a significant impact on modern offices. Today we write about sharing and three myths of office work.
Myth 1: This is not for small towns
Reality: A common misperception when discussing coworking is that it is only intended for large towns. This attitude can be sarcastically paraphrased as: “It’s just for the Pragers”. It is not true because even in the small towns the local community of small businesses or start-ups can come together and support each other in shared offices. People in small towns also have the desire to work and maintain social contact.
We wrote about the Coworking Open Day, when coworking offices could be seen on the Czech Republic map, not just in Prague but also in other towns. It showed that close cooperation is beneficial in small towns: coworking space is not anonymous and it evokes a feeling of belonging and mutual assistance.
Example: Do you know, for example, of Hubbr Coworking in Havlíčkův Brod? This modern space in the centre of town is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Myth 2: This is just for IT experts
Reality: The more centres that are opened the greater role is played by specialisation. Large IT firms are also designing their own specialised spaces. It is no longer enough just to have a Wi-Fi connection and some common chairs. Highly specialised spaces are being created where members find special equipment, sockets, tools and space for testing prototypes or fixing devices. For example, the American software company Autodesk created a unique tech-coworking centre: project Pier 9.
Example: In Prague a DIY coworking workshop has been set up called Shared Workshop where you will find wood and metal working tools. A computer is not the only tool for earning a living.
Myth 3: Cooperate or die
Reality: Sometimes accompanying the whole coworking boom is the opinion that if you work in a coworking environment you will spend most of your time drinking coffee, sharing information, providing guidance and socialising with others. This would not suit everyone. We are all different and work in a coworking environment does not necessarily mean that you must be an active member of a group or community that operates there. As in any company, there will be some people you take to more than others. Coworking is a state of freedom. It is the opportunity to gain more.
Example: At TECHO we have several shared meeting rooms: for example, the bungee room is an acoustically open space that people walk past whilst meetings take place there. Of course, it is not the best place for an important HR meeting. Some employees like to make phone calls from the closed acoustic boxes, whilst other prefer to walk around in the open whilst calling. We are all different.
TechoCon is also about this. It starts in the morning of 13th September 2018 with some excellent coffee of course.