Why is it so important to have a permanent workplace? A location where you have set yourself up, have some personal things, stacked pens and notes according to a certain system, and the chair is always at the right height? Of course, this naturally all makes sense. It also makes sense to move around, in terms of space as well as regarding the topic. Innovative ideas, solutions to problems, development in general, and developing content works better when working with others. Start-ups, freelancers, solopreneurs, and young entrepreneurs know this as well. Coworking is thus becoming a more and more popular way of working for this reason.
“The people in the coworking space generally tend to be younger and work in the creative industry”, says Charlotte Simmat. She is currently studying coworking at kraftwerk in the framework of her work in the field of transcultural studies at the University of Bremen and summarises: “But kraftwerk offers more opportunities in this regard. IT people and other technical professions can also be found here. This is surely due in part to the connection to swb, but also to the special support provided to start-ups.” Workers from different industries share workspaces, a network infrastructure, printers, and the kitchenette, and benefit from the wide range of expertise and the flexibility of the workplace. The core idea behind the coworking spaces, though, is to network the individual companies and to form a community. Synergy effects, support, and the initiation of joint projects are important aspects that represent the true value of working together in the same space in addition to the financial advantages of sharing. “Having different people from different industries leads to the creation of different things, of course. The decisive point, though, is that you can help in small ways unbureaucratically when you are sitting next to each other”, knows Charlotte. People who work in such an environment are looking for one thing in particular: “They want to work freely and flexibly and take advantage of the opportunity for self-organisation. This is a big motivator. There are no existing structures that could get in your way like in a company, where you have to be aware of the structures and are sometimes inhibited by them. Here, you can live and expand upon your ideas.”
Flexibility or not, users still individualise their workplaces in spite of this. Even in an open office space where you can choose your workplace like at kraftwerk with a wide variety of views and overviews, in the end, each person has his or her own spot – right in the middle of all the others. Charlotte smiles: “And the kraftwerk team is always sitting at the table directly next to the entrance.” Flexibility also needs to be located at a certain point in space.