Thrive Coworking to Expand in Downtown Alpharetta

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Thrive Coworking to Expand in Downtown Alpharetta

By Abigail Sykes


THRIVE Coworking, a coworking and office space for business owners, professionals and startups in Metro Atlanta, has announced its plans to open a new location at 10 Roswell Street in downtown Alpharetta later this year. The new property will be located directly next to their current 44 Milton Avenue location.

The two Alpharetta THRIVE locations will be identified as Alpharetta East (44 Milton) and Alpharetta West (10 Roswell). Though the two Alpharetta locations will not be physically connected, THRIVE members will be able to use the two adjacent locations for a campus effect. Members will be able to enjoy the full amenities of each location, which will include, though not be limited to, Valor Coffee, startup-centric resources, member-focused events, meeting spaces, offices, shared coworking space, events, snacks and Minnie Olivia Pizzeria, which will be housed in the front side of the lower level.

Occupying the entire top floor and half of the bottom floor, Alpharetta West will fill approximately 14,000 square feet, more than doubling THRIVE’s footprint in downtown. Though facing a large space to fill, the company’s fifth location has already been met with high demand — most of the office space is already leased. “Alpharetta has been great to us. It’s really been exceptional how well received we’ve been here,” says THRIVE founder, Ramon Gonzalez. “We really suspect that this next location will be at least as successful as the first one.”

Matthew Thomas, Alpharetta’s Economic Development Manager, observes that “since its establishment in Alpharetta, [THRIVE] has sort of grown with Alpharetta.” As the city continues to develop, Thomas hope that “Alpharetta remains a top notch destination for companies to grow and do business — THRIVE helps to accomplish that goal.”

THRIVE is eager to pour back into the community that has fostered its growth. Developer Bob Rothman, who is working with THRIVE to renovate the property, says THRIVE’s “vision for coworking in Alpharetta will bring a tremendous number of opportunities to the city.” The opportunities that THRIVE will bring to the city are a reflection of the opportunities that the city has given THRIVE. “It’s a no brainer for us to continue our commitment to growing and expanding in Alpharetta,” Gonzalez says.

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How does working from home help shape a productive workforce? 

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How does working from home help shape a productive workforce? 

By Sarah Archer



Working from home is no longer viewed outlandish, even for companies who started with strictly onsite employees. People around the world are getting connected to remote job opportunities, which opens up more options for those in the talent pool who are unable to relocate. 

Besides the obvious benefits of working remote such as finding a job outside of your physical location and having no commute, work from home statistics show that for many, productivity actually increases while also having a more manageable work-life balance. 

Does working from home affect productivity?

Managers who are unfamiliar with hiring remote workers may feel a lack of trust between themselves and an employee who they can’t physically see everyday, ultimately feeling like that could cost the company more in the end. Some people argue there are too many distractions at home such as pets, children or household chores. However, recent studies show just the opposite. 

Many people who work from home no longer have the distractions that come with working in an office like socializing with coworkers, high noise levels and stressful commutes. People who work from home have seen success in increasing their productivity when their environments are comfortable and quiet. Here are two productivity statistics that may alter the way you view remote work:

  • FlexJobs found that 75% of people express they’re more productive working remotely due to less distractions. 

  • TECLA discovered two-thirds of employers report increased productivity for remote workers in comparison to in-office workers.

These studies reveal employers and workers see increased productivity in a work from home environment. It’s important to recognize that working from home is not for everyone, but that doesn’t mean you can’t flourish in a remote job. Coworking spaces are designed for the remote worker who wants reliable wifi, a way to get out of the house and a network of other remote workers. 

Be honest with yourself when considering where you will accomplish the most work — whether that be at home, in a coffee shop or a coworking space. 

How does work-life balance change when working remote?

Work-life balance is an important benefit that job seekers look for in a new company. Many people advocate for a workplace environment that’s comfortable and open, which in turn has led to HR teams adding bean bag chairs, scheduled team breaks and arcade game machines to their office in attempt of attracting the younger workforce. While this has attracted younger talent, it doesn’t work for everyone. 

Many employees would rather spend more time with family, traveling and socializing with friends. Regardless of what employees like to do outside of work, remote jobs has proven to give more flexibility and time to employees outside of work.. Businesses are supporting employees in and out of the office which can make them stand out to top talent.. These work-life balance statistics show how remote work supports a work-life balance: 

  • FlexJobs reported 97% of the workforce stated a career with flexibility would have a huge improvement or positive influence on their overall quality of life.

  • Buffer revealed 81% of remote workers have traveled outside their home city and spent time working during those travels.

These statistics show how a flexible work schedule can improve employees quality of life. Employees who get to spend more time with loved ones or traveling can increase their motivation to work hard remotely. Regardless if you are a remote or in-office employees, employees who are trusted by upper management can show the greatest return for a company. 

Remote workers have proven to increase productivity for their company while bettering their quality of life. It’s a win-win for everyone. 

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5 Tips to Optimize Coworking

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5 Tips to Optimize Coworking

By Abigail Sykes


  1. Make Purposeful Connections

    One of the great benefits of working in a coworking space is the other people around you. So? Connect!

    Meet people from all kinds of industries — they can help you, and you can help them.

  2. Perfect Your Elevator Pitch

    Because you will be meeting so many people in a coworking setting, you don’t want to be floundering to explain what you do. Come up with a summary of your job description that you could share in the span of an elevator ride. Easier for you to say, and easier for others to remember!

  3. Take Advantage of Amenities

    Who doesn’t love snacks? Not only does eating snacks and keeping a drink near you while working help keep you focused & alert, but taking advantage of free snacks and drinks at your coworking space helps you feel at home and comfortable in the space. This is your office — take ownership of it!

  4. Make Use of Business Cards

    Always keep a few business cards on you; as you meet people, you don’t want them to forget who you are. Having a business card on hand can be the difference between a forgotten interaction and future business.

    Many coworking spaces even let members leave business cards out — take advantage for another opportunity to get the most from your coworking space.

  5. Ask the Community Manager Questions

    The chief goal of a Community Manager is to take care of the Coworking Members, so if you need anything, have any questions, have a suggestion of how the space could be even better, they would love to hear it and help! They want you to feel at home in the space, so your input is vital.

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Fall Back into Work

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Fall Back into Work

FALL BACK INTO WORK

By Abigail Sykes


So summer’s over, the kids are back at school, vacation is in the rear view mirror and it’s time to buckle up and focus back on work. 

We have some tips on how to make the most of this fall season for your business, no matter what your role!

Freelancer

As the year winds down, it’s time for you to wind up. Take this time to network; building strong, new relationships during this season can make all the difference for the following year. Find local events that will help you meet new people, from fall festivals to business-networking specific events.

Coworking is also a great option for the freelancer without an office. Work from home? Join a coworking space for greater productivity and to meet all kinds of new people that are in the same community as you. Building those relationships and clientele now is key to growing your residual income for the following year.

Business Owner

You’ve grown your business, and now you don’t want to grow complacent. Take this fall season to step back and figure out your budgets and plans for the following year in order to continue that growth. You may have heard something along the lines of, “make sure you have your budget and your plans done before you put the turkey in the oven.” While the AC is still running and the sun still beating, it may be difficult to think forward to next year’s plans, but before Thanksgiving is the time to get it done. Spend this time to decide if you need to find better talent, scale your business, grow into new office space or get out of your current yearly lease. Is it time for a more flexible option like coworking? Give next-year-you a leg up by making these decisions now.

Executive

Give your employees a fun place to work! This fall, think of activities to increase productivity, from events, to work lunches, to happy hours, don’t let your employees reach burnout. Do some or all of your employees work solely on their computers?  Give them the opportunity to work in different spaces! Offer your employees a stipend to join a coworking space. You’ll save money on office space, overhead, upkeep, and your employees will be better employees because of it. Harvard Business Review reports that people who use coworking spaces find their jobs more meaningful, they have more job control and they are part of a community, all of which contribute to their overall productiveness. Why not give it a shot? 

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