Re: Workshare/Participation conversations
From: syndallas baughman (
Date: Mon, 6 Sep 2021 18:29:12 -0700 (PDT)
So every once in a while this idea of paying for hours not worked comes up in 
my community (Great Oak Cohousing) and I wonder how it came to be that Nevada 
Cohousing agreed as a community on that idea.
Do you have a work budget process with community by in that fixes the work 
hours and requires agreement every year?  How many hours a month work do you 
have?  I’m just wondering how that all works.  

We have anywhere from 8-12 hours a month of work at GO (plus meetings) and 
honestly at the point my kids were both young and at home and I was working 60 
+ hours a week that was just impossible for me and I resented the complaints 
from some neighbors for not meeting the full quota when the work system 
contained whatever any committee wanted to be in the system .  Now that I have 
one kid at home and my work is lighter it seems doable but still kind of crazy. 
 When I’m retired I’ll probably like having a higher work hour commitment 
because I like people and when I withdraw from my work work community some of 
that energy will most likely go to my community.  

How does Nevada cohousing deal with differently abled residents with physical 
limitations  or single working parents of a couple kids or middle aged adults 
who have find themselves having heavy elder care duties that go one for years? 
Doctors and nurses and teachers during the COVID pandemic.  People who have 
stuff going on that they don’t want to share? 

Thanks so much for any sharing!


> On Sep 6, 2021, at 5:49 PM, regine via Cohousing-L <cohousing-l [at] 
>> wrote:
> In Nevada cohousing we pay $25 an hour for the hours we don’t work.  It 
> should be mandatory but it’s not.  We have to pay taxes.  Likewise the 
> community needs money to run itself.  If you can’t or won’t pay or do your 
> share shouldn’t you not be living in a cooperative community.  It’s an 
> obligation like paying your PG & E bill.  I know you can’t make people work 
> or pay but there can be a person who talks to folks about it when they 
> neglect their responsibility.  
> R. Wilson
> Sent from the all new AOL app for iOS
> On Monday, September 6, 2021, 12:17 PM, Chris Hansen <itschrishansen [at] 
>> wrote:
> Hi all
> Just separating threads. There's been some mention on the 'inappropriate
> behavior' thread about participation and workshare conversations, and
> Muriel just posted that they have a 'workshare tracker' role, which
> intrigues me, and I'd like to hear more about!
> I know this topic has been discussed more times here than is countable, but
> I'm interested in how the subject of workshare is broached, who does it,
> and what has been found to be a manner that can be heard. I'm also
> interested in infrastructure such as a workshare tracker, and the systems
> many of you have in place for tracking.
> Has it ever been deemed an option to add to CoHo fees, or for some monetary
> exchange? (and yes I know this delves into issues around equity and
> privilege)
> Do people pay others to do their chores? Find 'exchange of service' options?
> What about for people who are aging and/or disabled- particularly in
> communities weighted age-wise toward the older end where there may be a
> growing number of people whose capacity is diminishing?
> What about meal-cooking share for those of you who have a requirement
> around sharing cooking duties for community meals?
> I realize this is probably too many questions in one email, but interested
> in how other Cohos are navigating this.
> -- 
> Chris Hansen
> 32 East Village Drive
> Burlington
> Vermont 05401
> Ph 603 3988730
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