As one of the few coworking spaces in Mumbai, who focus on adding value to both professional and personal lives, we are intimately aware of how beneficial coworking can be for an individual.
When you become part of the right shared working place and its community, your productivity, and efficiency shoot up. That’s the biggest difference between coworking and traditional offices and the reason why the concept is popular.
But when you end up working out of the wrong shared workplace, the impact is just shy of disastrous. How do you know if a coworking space is ideal for you or not? You look for these signs.
Signs That You’re In The Wrong Shared Workplace
Before we begin, let’s clarify something. There are no wrong coworking spaces. They are merely not fit for you. Fortunately, there is a profusion of shared workplaces in Mumbai and then some!
You’ll find spaces with a casual vibe, you’ll find areas with a focus on community, and you’ll find spaces meant for a particular niche. There is a right one for you. You just have to look for it. Now, onto the signs that a coworking space is not suitable for you.
No Community Manager
If the heart of coworking is its members, then the brain is the community manager. They are imperative to shared workplaces because they play a central and critical role. If the one you work out of lacks a manager, it is unquestionably the time to change.
Unable to Network
Coworking is about building a network of supportive people who come to your aid when needed; it is not sitting at a desk for 8 hours a day next to people you say a casual hi to every morning and evening. If you are unable to build a community in the present shared workplace, it is time to look for another.
It sounds like a lame excuse, but it is not. Nothing plummets productivity like lousy furniture. When you have to sit for an extended time and pain begins to blossom in the very first hour, you’re not going to get any work done for the rest of the day.
So, if your coworking space lacks good chairs for hot desks, and couches and high-backs for lounge areas, don’t renew your membership.
The members make or break a shared workplace. If you are renting a desk in a space where other people only see you as a potential client, then it is time to get out of the door. Although networking and making connections is undoubtedly encouraged, overdoing it leads to disruption of work.
No Phone Booth
Imagine you get an urgent call from an international client as you’re sitting at your dedicated desk. There is constant chatter in the background. It may not be loud enough to disturb the conversation, but it does distract your mind. Instead of focusing on the client, you’re wondering what the person sitting next to you is speaking.
At times like this, a phone booth becomes necessary. If a coworking space doesn’t have one, it is time to say adios. Sooner than later, you’ll realise that the privacy these booths provide is essential to business.
No! No Segregation?
There has to be some separation between areas meant for dedicated and solo work and areas intended for collaboration and teamwork. If your shared workplace doesn’t segregate the two, you are missing out on a significant benefit.
If you were nodding along to any of the signs, start searching for a new shared workplace. If more than one sign resonated with you, change your coworking space ASAP. Once you find the right community of people, you’ll realise the power of coworking can drastically alter the way you work.
What Does A Right Coworking Space Look Like?
As we mentioned, not every coworking space will be the same. The goal is to discover one that most complements your working style and has all the facilities and amenities that make work effortless. If the shared workplace you’re considering has the following, it could just be the quintessential place to make your second home.
- The one area where coworking spaces stand out is community. Therefore, the right shared workplace will give you a sense of belonging, unlike the isolated feeling of a corporate office.
- An atmosphere where you feel the spark of inspiration and are inspired to do more. It should have a community that pushes you to step up your game and give 100% to work.
- A community manager who manages the day to day tasks as well as special events.
- Amenities like private meeting rooms where you can meet a client or hold a team session for a reasonable amount of time without disturbing other members.
- An exclusive private office perfect for work that requires the utmost attention and concentration along with telephone booths for a measure of privacy and stretching those legs.
- A lounge section with comfortable benches and couches to take much-needed breaks from constant screen time. A fun cafeteria where you can feed the stomach and the soul is a plus.
- Dedicated spaces for community activities and collaborative learning.
FYI, all three locations of WorkWise, in Andheri, Lower Parel and Vashi, have all these and more. We understand that coworking is more than renting an office space. To that end, we take care of the minutest detail.
From helping you build a network to ensuring that the furniture is ergonomic, from demarcating social areas to hosting events that spark your interest, WorkWise doesn’t leave a single stone unturned.
Our goal is that when a member imagines themselves at WorkWise; they instinctively know there is no better fit for them in Mumbai. More than that, we’ve built our coworking space to impact the work of every individual, positively.
Coworking can be a life-changing tool in your arsenal, but only if you select the right choice. Give WorkWise a shot and find out why it is the ideal coworking place for you.