Above, an aerial view of LifeWorking Coworking in Lake Forest, a unique combined office space for businesses. – LifeWorking Coworking
A community within a community
“Working and enjoying life…this is a movement,” said Steve Whittington, corporate “lifer” turned entrepreneur who opens LifeWorking Coworking in picturesque downtown Lake Forest in September.
The collaborative office space for startups, entrepreneurs, small business owners, and corporate telecommuters is the first of its kind for Whittington. The idea is to help business owners achieve their work goals, while at the same time assisting them in finding ways to live happy, fulfilling lives.
LifeWorking Coworking is located in an 8,000-square-foot dynamic office environment to inspire productivity and networking for up to 200 members enabling them to do their jobs more efficiently and effectively. It is nestled within the historic city of Lake Forest with its highly-regarded mix of dining, night life, social events, and shopping.
Workers are much more productive when their work and personal lives are balanced. Additionally, companies save money by not having to lease space and avoid other overhead.
There are both dedicated and “flex” membership options. This includes premium individual work space, collaboration spaces, conference rooms, access to café, kitchen, and bench seating, virtual office, Wi-Fi access, mail service, phone number/voice services, dedicated office 24/7. Also offered are complimentary access to networking events, lunch and learns, and special and private events, each depending on which membership package is chosen.
“We offer a professional, secure environment with natural lighting in an open air setting,” said Whittington. “Our members can receive packages, have their cleaning picked up and delivered, eat in our dining area or have food delivered from a wide variety of excellent Lake Forest restaurants. When all is said and done, after a successful work day, our members will be ready to live their personal lives to the fullest.”
Promoting a work-life balance, LifeWorking Coworking’s members are expected to relish the convenience as well as the collaborative and networking advantages.
Corporations arranging for their employees to use the space have statistics to back up their decision. Workers are much more productive when their work and personal lives are balanced. That includes not having to take a train or drive long distances to work leaves more time for them with family and to pursue other outside interests. Additionally, companies save money by not having to lease space and avoid other overhead.
“LifeWorking Coworking will not only provide an incredibly creative, flexible, and cost- effective workspace for our team,” said Corbett Lamb, Founder and CEO of Inneraction Communications, “but it will provide a collaborative and engaging environment that will inspire us to action, and encourage the active extension of our network. We are humbled and excited to be a part of LifeWorking Coworking’s Lake Forest launch, and look forward to being a part of their growth and success.”
I know all too well the toll work can take on our private lives, and how important it is to make the time to focus on family and the other things we love to do, to personally feel fulfilled.” – Steve Whittington, owner of LifeWorking Coworking in Lake Forest
LifeWorking Coworking is creating a lifestyle coworking experience through a network of productivity and collaboration centers in the Chicago suburbs and Chicago proper focused on work-life balance, productivity and collaboration. Its value proposition to its corporate customer is to provide a competitive advantage in recruiting top talent, increasing employee engagement, and providing another tool in the facility/space management toolbox.
“Our members will get their work done in a unique collaborative atmosphere, meet and share ideas with other business people, and network with a diverse group of entrepreneurs and business owners,” said Whittington. “Many sole proprietors who work from home miss out on the interaction that comes with meeting others to share ideas. And we will help business people successfully pivot between work and their personal lives.
“Our promise to our members is to be a community within your community — enabling the best, most productive marginal minute whether job working, networking, or LifeWorking,” he said.
LifeWorking Coworking recently was named host of The Lake Forest Business Accelerator created to expand economic development for the city of Lake Forest.
“Working and enjoying life, it can be done” said Whittington, a former Procter & Gamble employee who spent 20 years crafting a successful career at corporate headquarters in Cincinnati, which included work travels to Europe and Central and South America.
“I know all too well the toll work can take on our private lives, and how important it is to make the time to focus on family and the other things we love to do, to personally feel fulfilled.”
LifeWorking Coworking is at 717 Forest Avenue, 2nd floor, Lake Forest. For information contact Steve Whittington at 847.457.2662 or email@example.com. Also visit www.mylifeworking.com or @LifeWorkingEnt.