A coworking fur friend is defined as a 4 legged, furry coworker.
The co-founders of CoHoots, Tim & Rhonda, in the rural town of Castlemaine in Australia have nominated me for the Furry Friends award. They said I have to do the submission myself, which is typical as I have to do all the hard-yards around here. I have been working here as the Chief Happiness Officer for about two and half years, starting when the place was 1 year old. Anyway my fiesty Italian nature (I am a Lagotto) means I’m strong willed but loving - just what the members need.
My assigned role is to do the meet and greet of members and visitors. I also keep everyone’s emotions and happiness in check - no small task given the wimpy members they have. When I see a member with that dull glazed look on their face, I take a ball and drop it at their feet to wake them up. Often I have to do this numerous times before they become animated. Persistence is one of my virtues!
And dedicated to the coworking I am! First up let me say that I’ve devoted my whole life, since I was 2 months old, to the coworking sector. Who else can claim that?
I have developed an app primarily to enable safe access to our building. The app is called \"yap\". It goes into full yap mode whenever an undesirable furry thing walks past CoHoots. I’ve updated the yap to also monitor the members’ lowering levels of thought patterns. This sets off a yap that occasionally goes off to scare the shit out of them and get their train of thought focused again.
I’m so dedicated I work 7 days a week. I lead PR campaigns not only when I’m at CoHoots, but also when I’m at the shops, at the local market, friends’ houses, everywhere. It’s non-stop. And I’m the centre of their social media posts. They would be pretty lame if it wasn’t for me.
Recently my passion for coworking has taken me into new directions.
Firstly I have proactively taken a role of future proofing our sector. There’s all this dribble going on about members, community managers, founders and crap. I know the vital key is the CHO and who is doing anything about that? No-one. So i’ve bred 4 junior CHOs. Their father is Italian, so they all should be able to make a good coffee whilst telling dad jokes. Very good skill for a CHO. And I’m so dedicated I only had 6 weeks maternity leave.
Secondly, I’ve watched all these no-hoper members and thought it can’t be too hard doing what they do, so I’ve started a consultancy to promote the utilisation of CHOs. I get my driver, Rhonda, to take me around to other rural coworking spaces and sniff around to see what they can offer. The consultation so far is a bit slow but it will catch on I’m sure. Just need to get my driver a bit more motivated.
And of course there is social justice. Who is concerned about the rights of CHOs? Only me around here. I’m constantly advocating for our rights, such as early morning walks. Why should I have to repeatedly remind the founders to get up and walk ESPECIALLY ON WEEKENDS. It’s a travesty, whatever that is.
Thank you for listening and now I need to get back to monitoring the members. Look there’s someone who wants to throw the ball. I’m on to it.