Sustainability is important, and I would argue that coworking is one of the most sustainable uses of office resources.
Studying the co-working industry over the past 3 years while a part of the CODE building development team in Charlottesville has led me to some obvious conclusions. Sharing resources promotes efficiency and coupled with an engaged community of members leads to what I call Active Sustainability. Active Sustainability is sustainability that improves over time, similar to the positive effects of a learning curve in manufacturing. Maybe it’s not really obvious if you haven’t experienced the workspace as a service (WaaS) model- the true definition of efficiency in the office environment, but WaaS is simply having what you need when you need in your work environment.
As humans there are many things that we need (corporately and as individuals) for good performance. There are times when you need a conf room or a quiet place to work. There are times when you need a coffee or stimulating conversation. There are times when you need a place to daydream or take a power nap. There are times when you need unplanned conversations or meetings. We need interaction; the ability to give as well as receive helps us to thrive. All of these things, and more, happen in the right shared workspace community. If you are a business professional or entrepreneur responsible for managing your own productivity and resources; or if you simply want to maximize positive impact in your work, I encourage you to consider a shared work environment like Codebase Coworking.