Why People Thrive in Coworking Spaces

This blog came about after reading another fab article from Harvard Business Review around the positive effects of coworking.

There is something special about coworking spaces. As researchers who have, for years, studied how employees thrive, we were surprised to discover that people who belong to them report levels of thriving that approach an average of 6 on a 7-point scale. This is at least a point higher than the average for employees who do their jobs in regular offices, and something so unheard of that we had to look at the data again.

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People who thrive in life have a bit of an edge about them, they are highly energised, but most importantly, know how to avoid burnout. They have an obvious aura around them, and like to stick with like minded fellow “thrivers”.

Coworking spaces are an ideal stomping ground for them, tying in with their skill-set of collaboration, creativity and a penchant for clear blue thinking.

From a purely insular standpoint, SuperPixel Labs provides the ideal environment for SMEs and startups to thrive. From the games room – a space to chill, think, design and interact; open discussions in the food garden to sharing knowledge – through community led discussion groups.

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Research undertaken by the Ross School of Business’s Centre for Positive Organisational Scholarship, found that people who thrive demonstrated 16% better overall performance (as reported by their managers) and 125% less burnout (self-­reported) than their peers. They were 32% more committed to the organisation, and 46% more satisfied with their jobs. They cite two main factors directly influencing these results. The first is vitality, the sense of being alive, passionate and excited. The second component is learning, the growth that comes from gaining new knowledge and skills.

The colourful atmosphere at SuperPixel Labs creates this environment. A conversation overheard between community members in the food garden.

It’s like our own play school, but just for grown ups”

About
Tara has strong roots in multinationals and well known household brands (Marks & spencer, Volvic, David Beckham, Disney, 20th Century Fox) with a varied and wide breadth of experience across different industries from IT consultancy to Financial PR. Tara was a founder of two successful companies operating in Ireland, UK and Malta. Winning a few accolades and awards along the way: Top 40 Irish Female Entrepreneurs: Image Business, Top 100 Women in Business, Winner IEDR Optimise Award and Top 38 Irish Women in Technology. She now look forward to using her contacts, experience and knowledge base within the Superpixel Labs community.