The report finds that large companies could benefit both from placing staff in off-site shared spaces where they can mix with workers from other companies, and by inviting companies to make use of co-working studios within their offices.
Technological advances have given employees more independence and mobility to work from nearly any location at any time. Large and small employers are permitting and even encouraging their employees to work from out of office. This growing trend has even birthed a new niche market — co-working — as more entrepreneurs and traditional workers, needing only Internet connection, choose to live alternative lifestyles which let them dictate their location and hours.
I’ve realized that easily one of the most paralyzing and disproportionate causes for anxiety in my professional life has been the hours spent perceiving what my competitors were up to.
Are they better at business than me?
Are they whispering sweet nothings in my customer’s ears?
Are they secretly building a ground-breaking, industry-defining technology that I haven’t yet thought of?
In this final part of the series, I will discuss the role of fear. Fear can keep us from being open to change and often has us reacting rather than responding to stimulus in our environment. If we pause instead of instantly reacting, we enable ourselves to respond more appropriately. To be able to pause and respond, we need to access grace.
Another even more difficult barrier is entrenched habits and routines: “We have always done it this way.” Habits can be addictive. It may seem melodramatic to list addiction as a change barrier in an organization, but consider its definition: “The condition of being habitually occupied with, dependent on, or involved in something.” Some habits are healthy and make up the foundations of great systems. However, we can be addicted to behaviour patterns that have become part of our self-image and which limit our freedom to change.
Whether you are looking to make change for yourself or your organization, the key challenge is that of aligning actions with vision. So, what inhibits our ability to align our actions with vision? This column is “Part 1,” as I will be exploring three challenges to establishing our will for change and what we might do about them.
Coworking is far from a new concept—but it still feels new to some of the different cities in Canada. Forbes released an article detailing some of the benefits of coworking.
"Given the intense interest in startups these day, more and more young entrepreneurs are looking to coworking facilities to grab relatively inexpensive office space. In addition to WiFi, fax, conference rooms, kitchen and snack-prep areas; these ‘rental’ business studios also offer new companies the opportunity to rub elbows with others in their world. The coworking industry has seen growth in recent years and that swell is only going to continue."
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