Worldwide, people’s lockdown experiences have highlighted some of the negative aspects of working from home.
Even before COVID-19 struck, a scientific paper published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health reported benefits of coworking over working from home.
Many people choose coworking over WFH
The Global Coworking Survey – conducted by Deskmag and currently the biggest survey among operators and members of coworking spaces – found that 45% of coworking users were already working from home before switching to coworking.
Additionally, about 82% of surveyed coworkers work at least partly outside the coworking space (predominantly at home).
In other words, a good proportion of people using coworking spaces have already actively chosen these, at least part of the time, over the option of working from home.
Psychosocial and health benefits of coworking
The study focused on the psychosocial and health benefits of coworking compared to being based at home.
Coworking has the advantage when it comes to productivity, ability to concentrate and self-organisation.
These findings aren’t isolated.
A number of reports and studies reflect well on coworking spaces as an alternative to working from home.
The benefits of coworking include making more business connections, better productivity, in-office perks, flexibility and a better work-life balance.
The negative aspects of working from home
While some people enjoy working from home and find it more productive, the pandemic has shed light on some negative aspects of WFH.
It’s a niche working environment rather than one all workers benefit from.
Some key disadvantages of working from home include:
A poor work-life balance
When home is your work and work is your home, you never get to clock out.
People find themselves working all day and night.
This is exacerbated if you don’t have a separate office or workspace.
Not enough structure
Having a physical workspace to commute to gives your workday structure.
Establishing a routine can be challenging when you have to plan your own schedule.
People who work from home have to work harder to give their day the structure they need to be productive.
Too many distractions
Coworking has its share of distractions, but they tend to be work related and easier to accept as a part of the working environment.
Demanding children, the dog needing to be let out or a pile of laundry fall into a different category.
Working from home can be isolating, even if you’re not much of a people person.
The buzz of an office can create a sense of connection you might not know you needed.
It’s also harder to feel like a team member if you never physically interact with your coworkers.
Coworking at The Workspace
At The Workspace, we offer affordable, fully serviced coworking and offices that are designed to create the better home office solution.
All our coworking spaces and serviced offices have implemented strict COVID-19 safety measures.
All our members have access to meeting rooms, boardrooms and a range of business services, along with kitchen facilities, a full reception service and more. Ideal as an alternative to working from home.