Coliving can be a lot of things to a lot of different people. For many professionals, it is the chance to extend their personal network or engage in team-building in a new environment. For some, coliving takes on a more personal tone. It can be a chance to reinstate balance to a busy work schedule, or a moment to cultivate new relationships through sharing. Workers today are questioning the rhyme and reason behind work more than ever before. Younger generations have had to embrace change and thus quickly adapt to less than perfect economic circumstances. But, the need for rapid change has seen various positive outcomes, such as the development of a booming global coworking scene and more recently, coliving. As the concept of collaboration over competition has become more commonplace, there is now a global community of professionals who wouldn’t do it any other way. This flexible and imaginative workforce is looking to test the boundaries of the modern workforce and is open to sharing more than just a desk. Rather than just working for the weekend, workers want to bring the joys of the weekend into the workplace.
Many digital nomads swear by their time out of the office. Those who are permitted to work remotely can now turn to coworking and coliving when they need to step away from their routine. Our very human need to change scenery every once in a while, is no longer only associated with lack of commitment, but rather it’s associated with workplace wellbeing and productivity. While coliving may seem like a vacation at first, many spaces are set-up for those who need to get things done. Platforms like Roam, a start-up that has a global network of coliving spaces, encourage productivity by offering members fully equipped workspace in a homey environment. Digital nomads, entrepreneurs and companies can choose from a variety of locations without having to stress about logistics. In fact, one of the reasons coliving spaces have become so popular is because they provide high quality and reliable workspaces so members can relax and focus on their experience without having to worry about whether or not they can connect to Wi-Fi. Places like Hacker Paradise know how important work is, but they also value time off. Taking care of logistics, like accommodation, functional workspace and community curation, the Hacker Paradise team allows participants to focus on getting to know one another and creating room for fruitful collaborations flow.
Ready or not, joining a coliving space is immediately becoming a part of a vibrant community. Luckily, those who are new to coliving can expect that their housemates are also there for a similar reason. No matter the reason for coliving, the movement attracts a certain type of personality, one that is curious, open and ready for a change. Through common understanding, coliving spaces are home to ready-made communities. For those who have been on the road alone for a while they can ease their loneliness by joining a coliving space. In the case of companies which work closely together, meeting new people and forming potential partnerships can be an enriching professional experience. As everyone has different needs, coliving spaces are designed to offer various programs, workshops, and activities. In addition, many spaces have a set of guidelines that they expect participants to follow. House rules can help participants get the most out of their experience, as there is a sense of order and clarity that colivers can abide by. One of the benefits of coliving is having the chance to grow by learning how others live. By making sure that that basics are covered, like designated quiet hours and cleanliness, keeps members from having unnecessary disagreements. While coliving is not for everyone, it’s important to remember even those who are not outwardly social can still greatly benefit (and enjoy) the experience of living with others. For those who might prefer to spend their time alone, coliving can be a wonderful way, to learn in a new moment and throughout their everyday lives. Whether extroverted or introverted, colivers can benefit from each other’s differences, which is a great life lesson no matter where you are in your career or personal life.
The way of the working world in countries that have undergone an Industrial Revolution is often focused on getting a job that will pay the bills until you retire. Added pressure comes from being made to feel that you need to love what you do. The combination creates a one size fits all model for success, which let’s face it, doesn’t really work. The rise of precarious work has led workers to question the path to success. For example, financial incentives are no longer the only way to keep workers happy, but rather allowing them to enjoy is key. A very large part of the coliving model is focused on play. While coliving spaces are commonly built for professionals, the foundation of coliving is based on relationships cultivated through experience. Like traveling to a new country, or learning a new skill, bonding with a new person can be just as inspiring. Rather than just saying hello on your way to the office, coliving gives you the chance to meet your new co-workers through sharing experiences. Or rather, going on an adventure and playing together. Many coliving spaces organize day trips and excursions. Sun Desk is a great example of a coliving space trying to locate the ideal work/life balance.
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