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Just when you thought the popularity contest of high school lunch tables was over, the concept of shared workspaces is bringing them back.
Making friends at WeWork-style workspaces - areas usually populated with entrepreneurs, freelancers, aspiring business owners, students and those who can't afford a normal office and/or are looking for social interactions - is an enterprise that's "fraught with rejection and awkward encounters" according to the Wall Street Journal.
Number - Workers - Freelancers - Number - People
As the number of independent workers and freelancers rise, so do the number of people who seek out a shared workspace outside of the house. And as happens in any social setting, finding an "office buddy" in a room full of lonely adults sometimes becomes a task in and of itself - because what would going out to do work be if you simply just sat there and did work?
Like everything else in life, shared workspaces instead have to become reality-style-TV dating shows, with workers casting each other "off the island" while picking and choosing who they want to be social with.
Relationship - Worker - Toronto - Jake - Peters
“Relationship done. They ghosted me,” said one thin-skinned and petulant worker in Toronto, Jake Peters, after watching his usual work pal walk past his table one morning, only to go sit with someone else.
Amanda Caldwell, a 30 year old from Austin, Texas, put out a note on the web randomly asking people to join her when she was new to working remotely. "Just scream out ‘AMANDA!’ ” she wrote. "I’ll be the one that turns red." As many as 6 people now join her three days a week.
Co-working - Skill - Boundaries - Work - Time
Co-working is even being called a new social skill set, requiring understanding boundaries between work time and social time. Nisha Garigarn, recently co-working in New York, learned this when someone inserted themselves into her work conversation without asking.
“She kind of inserted...
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