Esme Vos has a well timed post on the concept of Co-Working that got me thinking this morning here in Paris.
In my agency from time to time we utilize co-working facilities made available from HQ. When I'm on the road and need an office, I find one in almost 1000 locations, plus airports. My Network Access pass from HQ/Regus Group is about as important to me as my American Express Card and airline club universal access card called Priority Pass. What all provide is a respite from working in a coffee shop or hotel lobby or worse, in the airport departure areas where power is always in short supply, not to mention the noise.
In a co-working environment, like minded knowledge workers can share common resources very easily. Much like some of us with home offices are doing. Personally, I wish my HOA would turn the clubhouse into a daytime co-work facility. It sits idle other than the on site person most of the time. If more community HOA's took the initiative to deliver a better work at home friendly environment, you'd be amazed how much better the quality of life could become. What's more, by keeping people closer to their homes, means less pollution, a greener lifestyle and reduced wear and tear on cars.
Talk about a stress reducer.