Help coworking spaces in Czechia to be better

Hi coworkers :blush:

I’m a student from Prague University of Economics and Business, Czech Republic, and currently I´m involved in a 3-year project funded by the Czech Academy of Science. It’s looking at how coworking spaces´ design impacts work performance and well-being among remote workers and freelancers who work from coworking spaces and from other outsourced, serviced offices.

We would be very grateful if you could find a few minutes (8-10) to participate in our survey. I am sending the link in case you are interested: Survey on work in coworking spaces – Center for Workplace Research – Prague University of Economics and Business (in the last question please fill in number „22“).

The output can help coworking spaces in the Czech Republic to improve their design so that the users can be more efficient.

If you are interested in more details let me know and I will send it to you.

Thank you in advance

Have a great day

I would be interested in learning more about this study and its conclusions when you are ready to publish.

Hi Lee, I’m glad you’re interested in our study. The research should be completed by the end of 2022. In one of the questions in the questionnaire, you can leave a contact and we will inform you about the result of the study.

Ok thank you. Are you able to tel me more about this study and its findings so far?

A lot of recent research suggests that open-plan layouts have a negative impact on worker performance and well-being. The research has received a lot of attention, in part because so many companies are moving from private offices to open-plan layouts with claims about positive worker outcomes that the research seems to contradict. One shortcoming of this research is that it has taken place in traditional company offices, although it has obvious implications for the coworking industry. As former coworking-space owners and scholars studying the coworking industry, our team suspect that this research does not tell the whole story. We expect open-plan layouts to have a more positive impact on remote workers and freelancers working from coworking spaces. We started with a literature review that has just been accepted for publication in the journal, “Work”.

We are beginning the data collection process now. As we have just started the collection, I am not able to share any conclusions. Right now we are doing the initial survey. There will be an almost identical follow-up survey 3-6 months after the initial one to see how outcomes have changed over time. Between those two surveys, a smaller group would participate in research using Experience Sampling Method. ESM involves a 5- to 7-day period where members are randomly pinged several time per day (using an app on their mobile phones) and asked to immediately fill out a brief survey (1-2 minutes) indicating where they are, what they are doing, how many people they are doing it with, and to evaluate their performance and well-being. If they’re in the middle of something important and unable to respond immediately, they can wait until they are free. ESM data allows researchers to see the impact of specific environments on outcomes that participants themselves are often unaware of. This method often provides novel and unexpected insights into how specific work environments impact performance.

After this process we will analyse the data and hopefully by the end of 2022 we will publish the outcome.

Thank you for your response.

I can tell you that we have had a very difficult time getting shared work environments, like coworking, to be profitable in Utah. Generally speaking I would say the number one reason someone subscribes to our coworking membership is because of budget or its not their decision. I don’t think it would be anyone’s first choice. Early on, we have thought this is a Utah or a Utah County phenomenon. (Utah County is a very conservative area in the Utah demographic). And so we have thought that in time it will take off. But it has been 5 years since we first made a significant investments in a leased shared working environments. We have come to some of the same conclusions you are suggesting the research points to, despite that investment. Further, I have yet to see the collaborative excitement that is so often talked about in the coworking industry. We have seriously considered converting these shared environments to variations on private or more traditional office space.