core needs physical, emotional, mental and spiritual”
work). A few critical attributes for what makes a good employer and employee situation: a
commitment to paying a living wage; a shared stake in the company’s success; a culture of
mutual respect and care; and providing employees with incentives and opportunities for
We are living in world where there is an emerging dynamic of an employer and employee
performance that celebrates how we can create meaning together. This win-win scenerio
not only makes for a better workplace but also improves production. A synergistic
performance that demands the best of our capabilities and invites shared possibilities. “As
we engage with each other, we not only create a sense of ‘who’ we are but also a sense of
‘what’ is valued. We create we perform ‘together’ a world wherein a lived reality can
emerge” (Anderson & Gehart, 2007, p. 334).
The New Workplace Embraces Appreciation and Interdependence
Steven Tatar is involved with a company, The Open Office that is taking a closed
elementary school and reconverting to a shared workspace in Cleveland. Here he is
repurposing old industrial castaway parts and designing a functional and fashionable space
for co-working. The transition from coffee shops to a shared office setting will provide a
laboratory for shared resources, collaboration, and entrepreneurial development. This is the
evolution of freelance –- a creative clubhouse, cooperative or collective coming to a
neighborhood near you. Deskmag magazine focuses exclusively on the growth and
popularity of co-working spaces (http://www.deskmag.com/en/how-profitable-are-
coworking-spaces-177). When designing inviting work scenarios, Appreciative Inquiry is a
philosophy that is at the forefront of change because it recognizes that enterprise is an
interdependent performance. “’By asking ‘who’s affected? Who has a stake in this?’ we
begin to recognize that no change happens in isolation” (Cooperrider, D. & D. Whitney,
1999, p. 4).
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