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4 Ways to Manage your Stress

Regardless of what career path you’ve chosen, what organization you may be part of, or what position or title you may hold – stress is one of those things that is impossible to avoid. Who knows, maybe you’re one of the lucky few that are just more laid-back, no matter what the circumstances. If you’re one of those people, you keep doing you…because obviously you’re on to something! But if you’re not one of those people, welcome to the club. There’s a great article in Forbes that explains How Successful …

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What’s your Idea Space?

An idea space, as defined in recent Inc.com article, is:  “a discrete location away from workplace distractions where you can cultivate and share new knowledge. Think of it as a retreat, a refuge, an escape from the constraints of office culture”. In other words, an idea space is a place that you go, both mentally and physically, to be inspired.  The fundamental idea behind using an idea space to trigger fresh ideas is not new. After all, startups and creative agencies across the world have started adding things like putting …

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Social Connections: Real & Virtual

The holidays have us thinking about the notion of brining people together. A recent post, titled What do Thanksgiving and Coworking Have in Common? explains how, despite many of us achieving thousands of followers and connections through social media, there’s still no replacement for the real connection that comes with actually being with family and friends – especially over the holidays. But what is it exactly that makes a face-to-face human interaction that much better than a virtual one? We could argue that real, offline interactions involve shared energy, emotional …

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U.S. Coworking Survey – the Results are in!

ShareYourOffice (SYO), a San Francisco-based company that acts as “matchmaker” for office space and companies that have spare space available, recently announced their 2014 U.S. Coworking Survey results. Over the past few months, SYO polled hundreds of coworking spaces in nearly every state in an effort to better understand the norms of coworking. The survey produced some really interesting results, and we’ve highlighted some of our favorite findings below. Key Takeaways from the Survey: BOSTON is one of the top coworking cities, along with New York City, Houston, Denver, Los …

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Coworking: Give People What They Want

Coworking is an especially interesting concept when considered from a cultural perspective. The biggest challenge in workplace change is the shift in culture. Many professionals have culturally conditioned attitudes about how they should be managed, and how and when they should work. People also tend to have attachments to the values they associate with the traditional, centralized workplace. Increasingly mobile technologies and the demand for more flexibility are shifting traditional work patterns. In fact, research indicates that the U.S. workforce is undergoing the most substantial transition in almost a century, …

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Shared Office Space: Innovation vs. Concentration

The October issue of the Harvard Business Review features an article titled, “Balancing ‘Me’ and ‘We’: The Best Collaborative Spaces also Support Solitude,” which emphasizes the importance working solo in addition to working with others. We thought this was interesting because, as a coworking space, we’re constantly trying to strike the perfect balance between private offices and shared workspace, between quieter areas and areas that encourage collaboration, and between work and play. We also ask ourselves questions like, “is the music too soft or too quiet?” and “should we host …

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Should Startups Say ‘Yes’ to Content Marketing?

With all the buzz following the recent INBOUND and FutureM conferences, it seems like an appropriate time to ask the question – should startups say ‘yes’ to content marketing? Forbes recently published the article, “Saying Yes to Content Marketing Doesn’t Mean Abandoning Traditional Advertising” – essentially, an argument for companies to adopt content marketing alongside traditional methods. But how does the size of the company you work at impact your decision as to whether or not to pursue these strategies? What is Content Marketing? For starters, content marketing is defined …

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Coworking. Your New Professional Network

We all know that networking is a crucial aspect of the professional world. Business has long revolved around the idea that your personal connections and relationships can make all the difference.  But with social networking making the world a much smaller place, how can you tell if the connections you are making matter?  How do you know if you are networking in the right way?  If someone connects with you on LinkedIn, does that actually benefit you?  In an increasingly digital world with so many new options, it’s easy to …

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What is the Most Important Amenity in a Shared Office or Coworking Space?

One way coworking spaces can differentiate themselves from one another is through the amenities they offer to Members. These amenities can range from the “basics”, such as access to wifi, printers and coffee, to more unique amenities, such as ping pong tables, rotating art exhibits and production studios. So, which is the single most important amenity to consider when looking for shared office space? The Intangibles Community! Just as one would factor company culture into a decision around whether or not a company might be a “good fit” for them as …

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What is the Difference between Coworking Space, Dedicated Desk and Private Office Memberships?

The concept of coworking is becoming increasingly popular, not only in Boston, but also across the country and around the globe. As the coworking phenomenon continues to grow, we realize it can be difficult to understand the difference(s) between Coworking (or Flexible Desk), Dedicated Desk and Private Office Memberships, and what each of these options translates to at each space. Based on this, we want to take a step back and review the Membership options as they’re defined at Idea Space. In need of workspace that’s both flexible and reliable …

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