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Everyone Is Talking About Coworking In Dhaka But What It Is? Well, It Is More Than What You Thought

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May 7, 2015

The way we work is an ever evolving process. From the very beginning of civilization humans have been trying to improve capacity, increase productivity and gain more with less. Henceforth, our experiment with what makes us more effective and capable is a continuous process. This evolution has given us new style of working, and new approach of thinking work, and working spaces.

[su_note note_color="#f8f9f9" text_color="#25618a" radius="13"]This story is first of a four parts series we are running on coworking to better understand it, since we believe coworking is how we will be working in the future. Thank you, hubdhaka, for teaming up with us and supporting us to make this series possible.[/su_note]
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To make ourselves more oriented to work we have built offices: first cubicles then open offices, then city like and more. Our research on what makes a best working environment has never been relented. As a result, we see new trend comes and goes in office and working style. We see Google’s stab to make offices open, Square’s attempt to build city like work station, Facebook’s effort to build their own campus with elaborate design. We have heard about how Apple campus makes interaction among employees inevitable by designing workspace in a way that makes interaction easy.

[blockquote source]A common trend has evolved today in how offices are designed globally. It facilitates human interaction in the office. The reason is simple: when great people meet and talk it inspires action, creativity and spurs great ideas.[/blockquote]

Being said that, a common trend has evolved today in how offices are designed globally. It facilitates human interaction in the office. The reason is simple: when great people meet and talk it inspires action, creativity and spurs great ideas.

But this does not solve the whole problem. Big companies can design their offices whatever ways they see fit because they have money. But what small startups and freelancers and independent professionals can do to take advantage of a great working space that facilitates human interaction and improves productivity? This gap gave birth to the concept of coworking.

We humans build walls and confine ourselves within those walls,” says Sajid Islam, Founder of country’s first full-fledged coworking space hubdhaka, “and then we complain of not having enough connections, access to resources, and more.

coworking imageUnderstanding Coworking

Coined by Brad Neuberg in 2005, coworking suggests a working style where people choose to work alongside with other people instead of working in isolation. It is shared working environment which is centered on a core set of shared values like community feeling, collaborative approach, openness, accessibility and sustainability.

Coworking is more than sharing a common space. It is about sharing network, making connections, exchanging ideas, and sharing resources. It gives small startups, freelancers, independent professionals opportunity to work in an environment that heightens their productivity, gives them chances to interact with likeminded people from diverse fields and exchange ideas. Working alone from home and working from a place where we feel elevated and get less distracted make huge difference in our productivity. It helps to accomplish more and get more things done.

Coined by Brad Neuberg in 2005, coworking suggests a working style where people choose to work alongside with other people instead of working in isolation. It is shared working environment which is centered on a core set of shared values like community feeling, collaborative approach, openness, accessibility and sustainability.

Looking Beyond

Coworking changes how we approach work. It is a new way of thinking about our relationship with our work. It is rooted in our most elemental and eternal human nature. It validates and relates to our innate need to share, help, and socialize. Among most important benefits coworking offers, human connection ranks high.

“We humans build walls and confine ourselves within those walls,” says Sajid Islam, Founder of country’s first full-fledged coworking space hubdhaka, “and then we complain of not having enough connections, access to resources, and more”

The best part of coworking is that, it does not close door on people who can’t afford big and lavish office space instead it gives access to individuals and startups to do work they love in their own terms.

In Bangladesh, we have a large pool of freelancers, independent professionals and now growing number of startups. These people need office spaces to deliver at their best, and coworking space can fulfill this need.

Bangladesh needs Coworking: bigger, diverse, supportive, and awesome.

Image Credit: Hubdhaka for lead image and Pinterest Image from Rita Hairwood's board


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