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Standing is the New Sitting; Sitting is the New Smoking

Understanding the Modern Workspace First, it was exercise stability balls taking the place of traditional office chairs, then it was the “standing desk” in which case we ditched the seating options altogether, and now, treadmills have made their way into offices everywhere. A recent Boston.com article, Office Furniture that Adapts to the Way We Work, speaks to the impact design is having on the workplace and highlights the evolving needs of the modern workforce. The article features something called the “trea” chair, which, although simple looking at the outset, is …

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Coworking Makes You More Relaxed

In our most recent post #ThisIsNotWorking we suggested that perhaps a happier work life could make other parts of our life happier, too. Well, as it just so happens, a recent Huffington Post article included some really powerful statistics that help confirm this idea. According to the article, 60% of people working in a coworking space are more relaxed at home since coworking.  The article goes on to analyze this finding, stating that, “The amount of stress that the typical worker brings home does so much damage to their children/spouse.  …

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#ThisIsNotWorking

One of the best things about kicking off a new year is coming at it with a fresh start. No matter how chaotic life gets and how priorities get rearranged, luckily, January 1st is always there for us – giving us an opportunity to take a step back, assess the past year, and set new goals for ourselves going forward. Typically, the most popular New Year’s resolutions are related to people’s personal lives. They resolve to get in shape, eat healthier, save more money, and travel. What’s interesting about this …

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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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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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Coworking as a Cure

In our last blog post Can Coworking Really Help You Build Your Business? we relayed what we believe to be advantages of coworking space for entrepreneurs. However, one advantage that wasn’t touched on was the idea of “coworking as a cure”. What do we mean by that? Fall in Boston means a lot of great things – a break from the heat, back to school excitement, fall foliage, apple picking and pumpkin carving. The downside is that fall in Boston also means spending more time inside – and if you …

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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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