Aside from championing equality, it seems that co-ops can also make people happier. A recent post over at Co-operative News rounded up seven reasons why co-operatives promote happiness:

  1. You're the boss – you have a vote in how the business is managed
  2. More job security – instead of layoffs, co-operators more often opt for across the board wage cuts
  3. Increased job satisfaction through collective decision making
  4. Collective management – everyone can be the boss
  5. Independence from investors – profits and decisions stay within the enterprise
  6. Cooperation is good for us emotionally
  7. Purpose – coops are underpinned by seven basic principles of cooperation which give workers a sense of purpose

See more on the seven reasons here including links to backup research.

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Cat Johnson is a writer and content strategist focused on coworking, collaboration and community. She's the author of Coworking Out Loud, a guide to content marketing for coworking space operators. Publications include Yes!