What is Coworking and Why is it the Future of Workspace?
Going to work used to mean going into an office, fluorescently lit, and complete with manilla accents, forced small talk and micromanaging bosses. And even if you were lucky enough to have the option to work remotely, working from home or coffee shops presented its own set of distractions and challenges. But within the last five to ten years, a new trend started to creep up, a trend that has now swelled into a huge movement that is changing the way people work all over the world. It’s called coworking and it is definitely the new, cool kid in town. In fact, in 2018 alone, the number of coworking spaces rose 16% in the U.S. and 36% outside the U.S, and continues to grow. There are roughly 35,000 flexible workspaces in the entire world, which represents 521 million square feet. Bob Dylan said it best. “The times they are a changin.” And that is a very good thing.
What is a coworking space??
Essentially a coworking space is a collective of individuals and businesses working in a shared communal space. Generally these spaces are equipped with common areas such as kitchens and dining areas, breakout lounge areas etc. Meeting rooms are also a necessity and are managed usually by some form of reservation booking software online. The idea is to provide anything a business would need to function, plus the community, networking and connectivity that helps businesses grow. Coworking is the nutrient rich soil for small and midsize businesses to really thrive.
Here at the root, helping businesses thrive is our modus operandi. We seek to create an atmosphere that is actually enjoyable, a place that is deeply conducive to both productivity and comfort. That is why we feature not only all the amenities that are standard in coworking spaces, but so much more. We offer kinetic games to get the body moving like cornhole and ping pong, as well as top of the line hydraulic desks and ergonomic chairs. We also throw member happy hours and other community events to help you get and stay connected. We hope you will come check us out and let us show you why the root is the gold standard in coworking.
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Give it up for our last, but certainly not least, 2022 member of the month, Jenna Giesow! Jenna is the co-owner and CEO of VAST Media. She was one of the top 10 seniors her year at OSU and a competitive runner post-grad. Speaking of OSU, Jenna is the biggest college football fan in the space; you can bet on it. Now, she’s on her next trip around the sun leading VAST Media and expecting another sweet baby. She really does it all!
It’s official! The Root is joining forces with the very popular local Tulsa coffee shop, Notion Espresso to create a new concept called Notion Market Café. Notion Market Café will make its initial debut at our new location, Market Station, set to open in early 2023, and will be added to our current location at East Village shortly after. Coffee and lunch meetings just got a whole lot better!
Business Owner, Managing Partner, Feminist, Mother, Military Wife, Dog-lover, Non-profit Starter, Craft Beer Queen of The Root. Robin Walters is now adding another title to her ever-growing list: November Member of the Month! Robin started her own staffing company in 2018 called Rogue Recruitment. One of the cool things about Robin is that you can talk to her about almost any subject because she just knows a little bit about a lot of different things. We love having Robin and her team here at The Root—if you wanna meet her, you can just stop by the front desk on pastry-delivery day (Tuesday mornings).