The paper aims at investigating the forms of time crafting activated by mobile workers in coworking spaces. In doing so the paper draws on and contribute to three different streams of research: literature on social acceleration, studies on job crafting and extant recent research on coworking spaces. Results reported in the paper are based on exploratory qualitative empirical research that involved 126 coworkers of 39 coworking spaces in the Italian Region Emilia-Romagna. Empirical evidence suggests two forms of time crafting that coworkers may adopt to structure and manage their time and the relationship between their work time and non-work time: time boundaries crafting and relational time crafting. The former basically refers to actions aimed at separating or overlapping work time and non-work time by frequenting the coworking space; the latter includes actions aimed at concentrating inside the coworking space all the time devoted to professional relationships as well as at ritualizing extra-work relationships. In both the time crafting forms, the coworking space plays a relevant role providing the workers with physical artifacts, services and intangible resources (basically a sense of community) which support coworkers in their actions aimed at crafting the timing, length and temporal intensity of their work and non-work activities.
Keywords: time crafting, job crafting, social acceleration, coworking spaces, mobile workers