Coworkrs' Guide To Creating A Top Notch Workspace

Setting a comfortable working environment is critical for success, gaining potential customers and attracting competitive employees. If you’re an entrepreneur or freelancer, a coworking space can increase your working efficiency. Only 30% of the total 100 million full-time workers in America feel engaged in their work (Gallup’s 2013 State of American Workplace Report), which leads to the lack of productivity. So, what elements are important to have in in your work space to keep you present, productive, and on the ball? We are here to tell you just that.

1. Keep The Colors Vibrant

A drab looking office can lead to lackluster work. An easy way to turn around a boring office is to add uplifting color to the space, lifting the mood and productivity. 

Specifically, CEO and co-founder of Web Talent Marketing, Mike Canarelli, states “Working in a clean, attractive office can have tremendous effects on the interactions between coworkers and managers. Even if the sun can’t shine into your workplace, make an effort to provide a relaxing atmosphere with comfy furniture, working equipment, and a few extra-mile amenities. It might not seem cost-effective at first, but the change in attitude is visceral among staff members when they know you care enough about them to invest in their well-being.”

In-house designer, Elide Rita, designed our Gowanus location with the importance of color in mind. The predominant colors in the Gowanus space are bright blue and green, which Elide calls “pop colors – they’re very refreshing to look at, and reflect positive energy,” she said.

Our spaces are filled with eye catching architecture and the perfect amount of intriguing decor touches – just enough to inspire, but not so much that it’s overwhelming.

Right past the teal staircase in Gowanus are the cerulean phone booths. The blue tint is meant to help invoke a confident and uplifting vibe for members. The dining area is also arranged with bright blues and greens so that when workers enjoy their food, they will continue to be in a productive mindset.

  1. Make the Best Use of Plants and Windows

It has been proven that the presence of indoor office plants prevents fatigue, cleans air and reduces office pollution.

One of the main objectives of Coworkrs is to create a rejuvenating space that does not leave workers feeling that 3PM hunch. One way we work to accomplish this energizing vibe is by incorporating plants and natural light into our office. Both Flatiron and Gowanus office spaces are surrounded by large, frequent windows and fresh plants to help liven up the mood. The Gowanus office also includes two rooftop decks (located on floors 2 & 3) for members to refresh outside when the weather is nice and enjoy events organized by Coworkrs staff and partners.

Coworkrs Gowanus workspace is deliberately designed to make the workers feel closer to nature. Besides the frequent presence of plants in the building, there is a giant window ceiling on the first floor where the natural sunlight directly shines on the members working underneath. Interior designer, Elide Rita, initially wanted to “have the [plant] life around when the work itself makes the workers feel like robots.” At the Flatiron office, there are several plants throughout the space. In addition, Madison Square Park is just a block away so coworkers can stroll down and enjoy the fresh air on a nice day.

The upcoming Mezzanine event space, set to open in mid-late August, will continue with the theme of natural lighting. The space will include bleacher-style seating with a spacious window in front, gleaming in light, and an amazing view of the Financial District and the Charging Bull.

  1. The Decorations and Settings Need to Be Impressive and Individualized.

No one of our work spaces are unique because no one of our members are unique. As well as offering a range of different work spaces (private offices, dedicated desks, conference rooms, etc), we also offer different themed rooms based on culture references, classic artistic pieces, popular icons, culture and more. We want you to be inspired and comfortable when you work with us which is why we go to such lengths to create an individual space for you and your team.

The theme for different conference rooms in the Gowanus building is never the same. How? By changing the settings and, most importantly, the decorations in the room. For example, theGowanus office space, maintains the original building design on one end, while the other is reconstructed and refurbished. In one section, you will see the exposed brick and wood. In another, you will be presented with the modern pop art.

The themes change over time. We do not settle in one place. As we are recruiting artists to contribute to the design of our offices, you will find something new about your workplace every single day. The constant change and upgrades are meant to spark inspiration and innovations.