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The Benefits of Co-working

What is co-working?

noun: co-working

The use of an office or other working environment by people who are self-employed or working for different employers, typically so as to share equipment, ideas, and knowledge.

“The whole idea of co-working is to bring bright, creative people together and let the ideas collide”

Co-working is growing ever more popular amongst the self-employed, freelancers and one-man-bands of the business world. There are currently more than 400 x more co-working spaces than this time 3 years ago. But what is it about this working environment that is pulling these individuals away from their home offices and into the world of co-working?

Community

When joining a co-working space you instantly become a part of a living, breathing community; “me” becomes “we”. Workers are no longer alone and isolated with just the cat for company, but they are out there immersed, interacting and learning from one another. The great thing about this community is that it is made up of talented individuals each with their own unique skills and talents. Need help updating your webpage? Stuck on a design for your logo? Chances are you will be working with someone who can help you or refer you to a trusted person they may use themselves.

Co-workers always seem to be in the know. If there’s a networking event or local award show, co-workers will always share this information with one another because they love to see each other thrive and succeed.

Working for yourself can be great but there can also be scary, daunting times for small business owners. Working in a co-working environment, chances are you are going to be surrounded by people who have faced similar challenges and survived them. Sharing solutions to daily problems and being able to ask for advice from a supportive group of people means your business can stride from strength to strength.

Culture

Co-working spaces do not tend to have typical office culture nor do they have the usual politics. In fact, 90% of co-workers stated that they felt an increased level of self-confidence after working in a shared space and felt they could be their true self.

There is a very collaborative culture within co-working communities.  Co-workers regularly work together on projects and spark ideas off one another for future projects. It has been reported that 71% of workers have experienced a boost in creativity since joining their co-working clan. Some larger corporations are actually providing co-working space to external businesses within their large offices to spur innovation and encourage the same collaborative culture within their organisation.

Routine

Working from home you may be able to wake up when you like, have as many breaks as you fancy and even stay in your onesie all day, but when it comes to getting things done is this really a good thing? When working from home, there are an infinite number of distractions that can keep you from staying on task. From chasing after children to cleaning the floors or even getting stuck watching some dull daytime television, there are many things in the home can make it near impossible to structure your working day. Over 60% of co-workers have reported that they have seen an improvement in the standard of their work and are better able to complete tasks on time.

Getting out of the house, dressing in casual business attire and having this change of environment will not only improve your efficiency, but will also better your work-life balance. Your home should be your haven where you can switch off and focus on things other than work. Co-workers are able to relax at home when they have spent the day in the productive atmosphere of their shared workspace.

Facilities

Co-working spaces more often than not, include a lot more than just a desk. Workers are able to take advantage of meeting rooms where they can meet with their clients in a professional, business environment. Most buildings will have a friendly reception desk to welcome any visitors and organise incoming post Tec Marina’s co-working space gives its workers free, unlimited access to premium hot drinks, meaning no more hefty bills after a day of working in over-priced coffee shops where you are guilted into buying something every 30 minutes to remain welcome on the premises. Our co-working desks also come with free access to our on-site gym facilities and any exercise classes that take place at Tec Marina, another reason to leave the house and come to work.

With more and more people taking the plunge into solopreneurship, co-working communities will continue to grow, thrive and achieve incredible things. If you are a freelancer, start up or small business owner looking to restore your work-life balance and get things done, get in touch or download our new brochure to find out more about Tec Marina’s inspiring co-working spaces

Office perks – Coffee in the workplace

Coffee is a big deal.

It is the most popular beverage in the world and is a key part of most people’s daily routines. Having access to good quality coffee in the workplace is an office perk that most employees would struggle to live without.

In the past, coffee breaks may have been seen as a poor use of an employee’s time. However, in more recent years it has been proven that there is a direct link between good coffee and the productivity of an organisation. Complimentary, bean-to-cup coffee is an affordable way for a company to recognise and reward its hardworking employees and for them to feel valued by the organisation.

Here are 2 big reasons why we have invested in top-quality coffee machines that are free for Tec Marina residents to use:

Increased productivity – Coffee breaks have a proven positive effect on productivity levels in the workplace. A break from the computer screen gives a worker the chance to recharge their battery, destress and avoid burnout. As a stimulant, coffee has the ability to improve mental alertness, energy levels and endurance, keeping employees focused for longer.

Let’s get social ­ – In Sweden, the word “Fika” is used to describe an informal coffee break. These breaks can happen any time of day as often as required, and are seen as important social events used to help keep up morale and boost group spirit. A coffee break with fellow colleagues, a manager or clients is the ideal setting for a bit of relaxed relationship building. Not only can you spark ideas off one another, but this caffeine-fuelled bonding session will help improve office culture and inter-employee relationships.

So bosses, if you are looking for an affordable way to keep staff happy and motivated, keep those coffee machines fully loaded. And I’m not talking about those coffee vending machines with the white plastic cups; quality is everything. Providing unlimited, quality coffee to staff is an easy way to show that an organisation cares about its employees’ well-being and happiness and contributes to creating the best kind of working environment.

Tec Marina has invested in 2 premium bean-to-cup coffee machines that will produce the highest standard of hot drinks for residents. If all-you-can-drink, top quality coffee is an office perk you and your team would appreciate then get in touch for more details about our brand new office space.

Work out in your lunch hour at Tec Marina

Reasons to Work Out on Your Lunch Break

According to a 6-year study, not only do happy, healthy employees perform better at work, they also cost the company less in the long run with fewer absences and a lower turnover of staff. Physical and mental well-being in the workplace was a huge motivator behind our new office space and we have included features that we feel will keep employees engaged and inspired.

“The wellness thing is here to stay, not only as a recruitment tool, but as a retainment tool” says architect Scott Spector, who has designed the offices of Uber and Quirky.

At Tec Marina, we have a state of the art gym and exercise studio in our brand new office space that will allow residents to get their fitness fix on their way in or out of the office, or even on their lunch break. With five star changing and shower rooms, Tec Marina residents are able to conveniently fit their workout sessions into their daily routines and reap the benefits of a lunchtime workout.

Reasons to Work Out On Your Lunch Break

Life after work – You’ve finished work at 6pm, it’s dark, you’re tired and you just want to go home. We’ve all been there. Nobody likes driving anywhere other than home after a long day in the office. Squeeze in a quick 30-minute gym session on your lunch break and have your entire evening free to do whatever you like – you’ve earned it!

Performance boost– Workouts during the day will leave you feeling more productive and increase your attention span. To get scientific, serotonin will put a smile on your face and dopamine will keep you focused for the rest of the day; both of these are released during a workout. With these chemicals pumping round your body, you’ll be whizzing through your to do list and your lifted mood will be contagious.

Reduces chance of illness – Getting up and moving, especially if you are an office worker, is vital for your well-being. Sitting for long periods of time has been shown to lower your life expectancy, increase your waist size and slow down your metabolism. A quick burst of intense exercise will reduce your chances of cardiovascular diseases – so escape the office and step away from the desk!

Reduces stress – It’s well documented that exercise can reduce stress levels. A run on the treadmill will give you plenty of thinking space to find solutions to any problems or simply clear your mind. Taking the time to work up a sweat midday is a great way to cope with those tricky spreadsheets and looming deadlines.

Saves you money – Working out on your lunch break means you won’t spend the hour perusing the online sales or buying overpriced lattes at the coffee shop around the corner. In fact, studies show that people are more likely to bring a nutritious homemade lunch option if they are planning a workout for that day.

Ensuring that your gym bag is packed the night before and smartly planning your workout are just some ways to ensure you are organised enough to squeeze in your lunchtime fitness fix – and on onsite gym would make it that extra bit easier!

Tec Marina’s gym facilities and exercise classes are offered to all residents for no extra cost. If this is the kind of work place perk you would enjoy, contact us for more information and arrange a no obligation tour.

Cardiff’s first hi-tech, creative office space

OpenGenius invites you to TecMarina, Cardiff’s first hi-tech, creative office space.

As a company that proactively encourages productivity through creativity, TecMarina is a space created for its members to achieve entrepreneurial growth within an inspiring, energising environment.

Our 20,000 square foot building is located in Penarth Marina. With views across the water to the Millennium Stadium and just a 6-minute train journey from Cardiff’s city centre, TecMarina is ideal for daily commutes and lunchtime waterside walks.

Penarth Marina - Perfect for Lunchtime Strolls

Office Space on Penarth Marina – Perfect for Lunchtime Strolls

Hi-Tech, Creative Space

TecMarina’s office space is fully equipped with the latest innovative technology to assist your workflow. Of course we have incredibly fast internet, but we’re also one of the first offices in the UK fitted with some pretty nifty smartphone access systems, to let the right people in and out of your office – see ya lanyard!

TecMarina is a collaborative space and can assist you in capturing the ideas you are bouncing off each other. We have fitted touchscreens and our very own brainstorming software to allow you to do just that.

With 24-hour access to offices, residents are free to work when they want and how they want. TecMarina is a flexible space with meeting and event rooms, break-out soft seating zones and some extra hot desks for you freelancers. There is plenty of thinking space in our large, open plan atrium to help you stay inspired and it’s often here that some of our best ideas are hatched – right next to our vintage 1930’s speedboat.

Energising Environment

It has been proven that happy, healthy employees can boost productivity levels to new heights. Here at TecMarina we have invested heavily in this manifesto.

With a state of the art gym, evening exercise classes and 5 star shower facilities, TecMarina can keep your team energised throughout the week, and what’s more these vital endorphins come at no extra cost. For all those cyclists, TecMarina has onsite bike storage and is well connected to the rest of the city with some pretty impressive cycle routes.

For those employees more interested in joysticks than star jumps, we’ve got old school arcade games, a pool table and ping pong – say hello to competitive lunchbreaks! A quick mid-day game can clear the mind and encourage collaboration and creativity between employees.

It may not be all that healthy but we know what makes employees happy and fueled for the day – good coffee. TecMarina has premium, bean-to-cup coffee machines that are free for all residents to use and can be found in our brand new canteens. Yes, that’s right – free coffee, tea and hot chocolate for all!

TecMarina Community

All hands on deck! Residents of TecMarina will become members of our co-working community of like-minded entrepreneurs. Residents can support each other’s growth and success through networking opportunities, referrals and regular TecMarina community events. Residents can keep up to date with what’s on at TecMarina through a regular newsletter.

Through promoting a culture that improves employee mental well-being, TecMarina residents can expect increased effectiveness from their happy, healthy teams.

Overview of Resident Benefits

  • Creative, inspiring flexible work space
  • 1GB fibre optic pipe
  • Access to gym facilities
  • Gaming areas
  • Free, high quality hot drinks
  • Friendly reception desk to greet your visitors
  • Touchscreen brainstorming software
  • Mobile access system
  • Various sized bookable meeting and event rooms
  • All office furnishing
  • Onsite cleaning service
  • Air conditioning / heating
  • Mailing address
  • Secure parking at a monthly cost (free parking available)
  • 24/7 access and security
  • 5-minute walk from train station
  • Nearby supermarket, bars & restaurants

TecMarina is Cardiff’s first hi-tech, creative office space. We are working on creating an energising environment and promoting productivity through creativity. If this sounds like the kind of space you can picture yourself and your team in, contact us to arrange a tour and download a brochure here.