Coliving spaces are becoming increasingly popular. These utopian dwellings have emerged in cities across the world for a variety of reasons.
There are inherent advantages to having shared living space. As social creatures by nature, we desire human interaction–especially with work from home being a reality for most employees dating back to COVID-19 outbreaks. It also provides opportunities to explore new cities and at a fraction of the price of traditional rentals.
There is yet another reason why coliving is now trendy in metropolitan cities across the globe. Simply put, coliving promotes both productivity and creativity. Starcity’s coliving spaces offer the perfect opportunity for you to grow as a person.
How? Let’s take a look.
Providing Your Work with Meaning
With little to no managerial oversight involved in remote working, feedback is often scarce. We tend to underestimate the value of having a second set of eyes peer at our work or a simple “well done” at the end of a project. Coliving spaces are sprawling with professionals in a multitude of industries, giving you the chance to share your work with others while working in common areas.
Having someone acknowledge your efforts can make them feel all the more meaningful. And that’s where the other occupants of the coliving space come into play.
Even if they don’t know precisely what you’re doing, there’s a camaraderie in working in proximity to others. Even Forbes acknowledges the importance of having friends or acquaintances around as you work.
Coliving Spaces are Bubbling with Inspiration
Coliving spaces are full of innovation. People from all walks of life in industries ranging from tech to finance and beyond have the opportunity to interact in coliving spaces without ever leaving their homes.
A fact of coliving that becomes apparent when walking through common areas is that not everyone operates the same. Observing how individuals outside your circle approach their work and what degree of dedication they apply can help you follow suit. If you see someone putting in extra hours to achieve their goals or dabbling in new work strategies, you’ll be tempted to do the same.
We tend to adhere to our environments and absorb the energy of those around us. Whether it be different work-life balances or choice of office furniture, others’ opinions influence us.
Working in Coliving Spaces Makes Productive Brainstorming Possible
By nature and design, coliving spaces offer chances to interact with other occupants. Not only is this a good way to meet people in a new city, it’s also a great way to network for professional purposes.
As hard-working people touch base and meld minds, they can help others avoid creative block or professional impasses. It’s normal for workers to get so caught up in their projects’ humdrum details that they overlook glaring solutions or opportunities.
Those around you in coliving spaces could potentially have a more practical approach to an issue you’ve overthought. After all, everyone has different skills, experiences, and expertise to draw upon.
It’s largely this phenomenon in action that’s spurred the creation and continued success of some of the world’s most successful companies. Take Apple, for example. Its streamlined work processes and collaborative workplaces weren’t built on air. Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs, and several others established the foundation for Apple’s prosperous future in a temporary coliving space—a garage to be exact. They turned a humble building into an innovative epicenter where ingenious ideas were the norm.
To this day, the Apple garage is perhaps the only coliving space to be named a historic site. However, it’s not unique or even exceptional among success stories. Google, Hewlett-Packard, and even Facebook laid their roots in coliving spaces.
Coliving Opens up New Learning Opportunities
Coliving spaces tend to be relatively diverse. As a result, conversations, interactions, and even hosted events can be learning opportunities.
Collaboration and learning opportunities abound in coliving spaces. At Starcity, there are 6-8 events per month in each city. Events are as diverse as their occupants, anything from wellness classes, volunteering activities, creative courses, sports outings, and more can be found. If none of these interest you, you can also create your own event for a hobby or even professional development.
Coliving lends itself to a dynamic environment of intermingled interests, backgrounds, and experiences. While this may seem counterintuitive to industry-specific progression,, it leads to unprecedented innovation. A commonly cited driving factor behind pioneering genius is the ability to connect seemingly unconnected ideas, after all.
And last but not least, coliving spaces are constantly evolving allowing their occupants to effortlessly keep up with professional and cultural trends.
Hopefully, this post has offered valuable insights into how coliving can solve the working-from-home productivity conundrum. While technology has allowed for a mass exodus from the workplace, it has also hampered the work ethic of some individuals.
Since high-tech and other dynamic companies require an engaged, motivated, and inspired workforce, doubts are growing about remote working arrangements. It seems that the re-energizing environment of a coliving space solves many of these issues at once. Whether coliving is the one-stop-shop solution remains to be seen; however, as of now, it’s promising.
If you’d like to learn more about coliving, why not take a look at this comprehensive, no-fuss coliving guide?
Or, if you’re finally ready to make the leap into the coliving lifestyle, Starcity can help make it happen in cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles, Barcelona and more, so that you can reap the productive benefits.